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Speed of Arctic Ice Melt Defies Scientific Predictions

The Arctic climate is changing so quickly that science can barely keep track of what is happening and predict the global consequences, the U.N. says.

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Anthrax Strikes Wildlife in Rapidly Thawing Arctic

Record-high temperatures are believed to be among the main factors in the emergence of the deadly disease in northwestern Siberia.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE

Red Alert as Arctic Snows Melt Faster

Microscopic forms of colored algae are suspected of helping to speed up the melting rate of snow by reducing its crucial ability to reflect the sun’s rays.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE

The Warming Arctic Is Creating a Greenhouse Gas Danger Zone

Researchers warn that thawing soil in the Arctic tundra’s permafrost will release deadly quantities of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Arctic Melting Feeds on Itself

Melting sea ice is affecting the close-knit Arctic climate system in a way that will speed up warming there, scientists say.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE

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

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

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