How the Climate System Works

Globally, carbon emissions from fires were near the long-term average in 2014, but North America's emissions were 70% higher than average.

Friday, July 1, 2011

  • In the Arctic, an ocean is surrounded by continents, while Antarctica is continent surrounded by oceans. These differences in the arrangement of land and water contribute to differences in each polar region’s climate, oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns, and seasonal and long-term sea ice patterns.