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When it comes to coping with climate change in the Arctic region, which is warming at three times the global average, some animals are more equal than others.Migrating Barnacle geese that fly north to lay eggs amid the Norwegian Arctic's craggy peaks and melting glaciers are adapting very well, at least for now.The geese – which leave Scotland each year by the thousands – have come like clockwork since time immemorial in the spring to Spitsbergen and other islands in the Svalbard archipelago to nest.On Svalbard, temperatures shot up an average of 2.5 degrees Celsius over the last century, far exceeding the global increase of 0.8 C since the preindustrial era.Other animals have not managed to adapt as well as the geese to these rapid changes.The U.N.'s climate science panel says melting glaciers will account for a quarter of total sea level rise, which is pegged at 26 to 98 centimeters by 2100 .
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