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U.S.-Canada Pact Eases Arctic Fears

Low oil prices have reduced pressure to exploit Arctic fossil fuels and boosted hopes that the region’s fragile environment and indigenous people may be better protected.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE


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ExxonMobil—More Than 50 Proud Years of Melting Glaciers

Back in 1962, the fossil fuels giant was bragging about its ability to heat up the Arctic.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 READ MORE



The Arctic and the Mediterranean Face Hot-Spot Worries

Uneven heating of the earth’s surface as a result of climate change could see some regions facing seriously high rises in average temperatures.

Posted on Jan 23, 2016 READ MORE



Arctic Methane Emissions Persist in Winter

Methane, a key greenhouse gas, is released from Arctic soils not only in the short summer period but during the bitterly cold winters as well.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



Brief Respite for Arctic Sea Ice

Scientists are now confident that in the near future, natural forces will keep the Arctic’s winter sea ice from melting as fast as once feared.

Posted on Dec 16, 2015 READ MORE



Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



Arctic Thaw Would Cost Half the World’s Annual Earnings

If Arctic soils melt and release frozen carbon, the impact would cost almost half the world’s annual gross domestic product, researchers say.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE



Ecuador’s Plants Head Uphill to Escape Warmth

In just two centuries, many plant species have scrambled 500 meters up the Andes in search of cooler temperatures.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE



Clean Energy Plans May Increase Toxins in Plankton

Environmental assessment of a proposed hydroelectric dam in Canada sheds new light on the cause of high levels of a potent neurotoxin in Arctic marine life.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming at Halfway Point of Safety Limit, Research Shows

Global temperatures have risen by 1 degree Celsius (nearly 34 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 150 years, and one scientist says a doubling of that could unleash catastrophic sea-level rise this century.

Posted on Aug 2, 2015 READ MORE



Melting Sea Ice Means Shortage of Bear Necessities

Researchers reveal as baseless the theory that polar bears can use hibernation techniques to survive without food as climate change reduces their summertime hunting habitat.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



Global Warming Threatens Colder Climate for Europe

New evidence appears that increased melting of sea ice as the Earth warms could weaken the Gulf Stream and reduce temperatures in Western Europe.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Alaska’s Glaciers Melt Faster as Climate Change Speeds Up

A changing climate, rather than natural causes, is the main reason for Alaska’s glacier loss, which is set to speed up, U.S. scientists say.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE



Forget About the ‘Hiatus’—Warming of the Earth Has Continued

After re-examining data that seemed to show global warming slowing since 1998, U.S. scientists say temperatures have continued to rise steadily.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE



Permafrost Thaw Would Have Runaway Effect on Carbon Release

Arctic warming is causing organic carbon that has been frozen deep in the soil for millennia to be released rapidly into the air as CO2, with potentially catastrophic impacts on the climate.

Posted on May 15, 2015 READ MORE



Polar Bears Weakened by Pollution as Well as Warmth

Climate change causing habitat loss and reduced food is the main problem for polar bears, but plastic waste and other pollutants are growing risks.

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Peer Into Mysteries of Carbon Release From Permafrost

The frozen soil of the northern polar regions holds billions of tonnes of organic carbon—and global warming could speed its escape into the atmosphere.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Canada Will Lose Many Glaciers as Climate Warms

Climate change could cause many glaciers in western Canada to start disappearing by 2040, affecting people and places that depend on their water.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



Cut Carbon Now to Avoid Climate Tipping Points

Not cutting emissions of greenhouse gases could mean driving the planet across systemic boundaries from which there would be no return.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



Deep Concerns as Climate Influences Gulf Stream Flow

Ocean scientists find evidence of an increasing slowdown in the Atlantic’s “invisible river” that could seriously affect weather and sea levels in the U.S. and Europe.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Despite Known Risk of Spill, U.S. to Let Shell Drill in Arctic

In spite of estimates of a 75 percent or greater chance of an ecologically disastrous spill, the U.S. government is expected this week to give the green light to Shell Oil’s plan to restart drilling for petroleum in the Arctic.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



To Drill or Not to Drill—That Is the Question

Major oil company Royal Dutch Shell wants to drill in the Chukchi Sea this summer. In the long term, that could spell doom for one of the last great relatively untouched oceanic environments on the planet.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Arctic Melting Opens Sea Route to More Pollution

Increasing loss of Arctic sea ice is likely to soon mean that more ships can use the polar passage—affecting climate, health and air quality.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Growing Concern Over Iceland’s Rising Landmass

Satellite data confirms a global warming link between the melting of icecaps and an accelerating increase in the height of Icelandic hills.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Triggers Threats to Marine Ecosystems

Just as marine commerce could soon exploit the opening of the fabled north-west or north-east passages between the two great oceans, so could at least 80 species of fish.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Greenland’s Hidden Meltwater Lakes Store Trouble

Scientists find evidence of vast “storage tanks” of water deep below the melting Greenland ice sheet that could have a major effect on sea level rise.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE



Arctic Glacier’s Galloping Melt Baffles Scientists

New satellite data analysis has produced evidence that rapid melting in the last three years has caused dramatic shrinkage of an Arctic ice cap.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Plans to Allow Drilling on America’s East Coast

The Obama administration put forth a five-year plan Tuesday that would allow oil and gas drilling in a giant area off the East Coast.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



Trapped Methane Escapes as Pacific Depths Warm Up

Oceanographers in the U.S. warn that volumes of methane equivalent to a major oil spill are rising to the surface each year as warmer waters heat the frozen ocean bed.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



Ocean Warming Speeds Up Cycle of Climate Change

British and German scientists have identified another consequence of global warming that is likely to accelerate climate change still further.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Satellite Provides Sharper Picture of Shrinking Ice Sheet

The most detailed study yet of the Greenland ice sheet illustrates the complex process that is causing billions of metric tons to melt ever year.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Rapid Increase In Arctic Temperature Is Spreading South

Rising temperatures in Finland illustrate the increasingly rapid pace of warming in high northern latitudes—a trend that has accelerated over the last 40 years.

Posted on Dec 25, 2014 READ MORE



Polar Bears Feel the Heat as Icy Habitat Shrinks

As climate change increasingly affects the Arctic, some polar bear populations are suffering because rising temperatures are reducing the sea ice vital for their survival.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Canada’s Polar Bears Face Food Crisis by 2100

Due to the shrinkage of the sea ice, the survival of polar bears in Canada’s Arctic Archipelago is doubtful in around 80 years’ time.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE



Science Panel’s Urgent Warning to Tackle Climate Change

The U.N. panel of climate scientists says some consequences of global warming will become irreversible unless greenhouse gas emissions fall to zero by the end of the century—but latest research suggests the reality may be even more urgent than that.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE



Arctic Melting Sends Winter Warning to Europe and Asia

Patterns of winds and pressure systems traced by researchers to the decline in Arctic sea ice can transport cold air further south and create harsher winters in Eurasia.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



Sea Rise May Still Pose Man-Sized Threat

Although new research discounts the likelihood of a two-meter sea rise this century, the predicted impacts of global warming are still bad news for the many millions of people living at or near sea level.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



Ice Loss Sends Alaskan Temperatures Soaring

Scientists analyzing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaska outpost of Barrow have linked an astonishing 7°C temperature rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE



Why Greenland Is Likely to Melt More Quickly Than Previously Expected

Scientists who have examined the role of the bedrock beneath the Greenland ice sheet think it shows the huge island is more vulnerable than realized to global warming.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



Ice Melt Dilutes Arctic Sea’s CO2 Cleanup Role

New scientific research confirms that global warming is melting increasingly larger areas of Arctic sea ice—and reducing its vital function of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE



Sun Sheds Light on Arctic Carbon Puzzle

Scientists discover that, as the Arctic continues to warm, sunlight will be the major cause of CO2 escaping into the atmosphere from vegetation preserved in frozen soil.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Rejects NATO Accusations of Aggression

The Russian president rejected accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, likening the behavior of Ukrainian forces in the conflict to Nazis and threatening to take his standoff with the West into the disputed territory of the Arctic.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Pre-History Proof of Climate’s Seesaw Sensitivity

Computer simulations reaching back deep into the last Ice Age have enabled scientists to put a historic perspective on how even small variations in the climate system can lead to dramatic temperature change.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Arctic Warming Blamed for Dangerous Heat Waves

Giant waves in the jet stream that often govern our weather are changing as the Arctic warms more rapidly—leading to long periods of soaring temperatures that pose major threats to economies and human health.

Posted on Aug 17, 2014 READ MORE



Norway Fails to Tap New Arctic Oil and Gas

The Norwegian company conducting some of the most northerly drilling operations in the world acknowledges that it has failed so far to find commercially exploitable hydrocarbon reserves in the high Arctic.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



Lakes Raise New Question on Arctic Warming

Research into the lakes that form when permafrost melts challenges the widely held view that they are contributing to Arctic temperature rise by releasing carbon into the atmosphere.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Svalbard’s Reindeer Thrive as Climate Warms

Rising temperatures have many negative impacts in the Arctic region, but warmer winters have resulted in a remarkable 30 percent population increase for a subspecies of Norwegian reindeer.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



High-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

A sophisticated array of automatic sensors will allow scientists to conduct the longest ever monitoring program to determine the precise physics of summer sea ice melt in the Arctic.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



Atlases Reveal Climate and Weather Impacts

More than 40 years of extreme global weather and decades of ice loss in the Arctic are graphically shown in two new atlases.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE


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