Scientists warn in a major new report that the increasingly rapid melting of Arctic ice could potentially be irreversible and have severe implications not just for Arctic ecosystems, but for the entire planet.

"The warning signals are getting louder," said Marcus Carson of the Stockholm Environment Institute and one of the lead authors of the report, adding that these developments "also make the potential for triggering [tipping points] and feedback loops much larger."

Researchers monitoring Arctic weather stations and satellites recently expressed alarm when they found that it is currently about 20°C warmer over most of the Arctic Ocean, unheard of at this time of year.

As President-elect Donald Trump rolls out a frightening coterie of fossil fuel-loving, climate change-denying cabinet appointments, it has becomes clear that he's not only ignoring the gathering warning signs, he's happy to roll back many, if not all advancements to combat the effects of climate change. Here's a look at Trump's anti-climate, anti-environment rogues gallery.