The US climate agency NOAA released a report on Tuesday indicating that this year’s summer was the warmest in the Arctic since records have been kept.

According to NOAA scientists’ assessment known as the Artic assessment Card, summertime land temperatures in the region surrounding the North Pole were the highest ever recorded. They interpreted this as evidence of “accelerating climate change”.

For the fifth time in the 34 years that records have been recorded, Greenland’s ice sheet’s highest point has melted, while the sea ice’s growth has continued to diminish. According to the report, overall, it was the sixth-warmest year in the Arctic since records have been kept.

The study, which was made available in this format for the 18th time, was compiled by 82 scientists from 13 countries.