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Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

On a clear day, anyone flying over Greenland on the route between North America and Europe can look down and see the bright blue patches of melted water atop the flat, blindingly white expanse of the ice sheet that covers the island, the second largest chunk of ice on Earth. Scientists have long known this meltwater flows in streams along the ice… Read More

Watch 28 Years of Old Arctic Ice Disappear in One Minute

Watch 28 Years of Old Arctic Ice Disappear in One Minute

Arctic sea ice is pulling a Benjamin Button. It's been getting younger. But while that's a fate some would relish, it's not necessarily good news for ice as it's trip to the fountain of youth could speed its demise. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration has released an animation showing the decline of old sea ice since 1987, the first… Read More

Fate of Earth’s Ice Comes Further Into Focus

Fate of Earth’s Ice Comes Further Into Focus

The frigid, ice-covered expanses that make up Earth’s poles are some of the fastest warming parts of the planet as human activity drives up greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, altering the global climate. What happens to all that ice isn’t just a concern for these remote, frozen wilds: The ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica hold… Read More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

California gets some drought relief, Europe sets records, the Arctic gets warmer and more in the week’s top climate stories. … Read More

Persistent Warming Driving Big Arctic Changes

Persistent Warming Driving Big Arctic Changes

Not every year can be a record setter in the Arctic. But records are only one small piece of a larger puzzle that shows persistent change in the Arctic. And that change hasn’t slowed according to this year’s Arctic Report Card released at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting on Wednesday. Long-term trends in rising temperatures, spirali… Read More

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt

Greenland’s Ice Sheet Shifts Could Speed Melt

New discoveries in Greenland’s warming ice sheet tell a chilling tale of change in its depths. Mysterious under-snow lakes pockmarking its edges and deep layers of ice at higher elevations both point to changes that could hasten melt and send water cascading into the ocean, pushing global sea levels ever higher. Researchers revealed findings of th… Read More

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

The End and Beginning of the Arctic

In the winter of 2013–14, hundreds of milk-white birds with luminous yellow eyes and wingspans of up to 5 feet descended on beaches, farmers’ fields, city parks and airport runways throughout southern Canada and the United States. Traditionally, snowy owls spend most of their time in the Arctic and subarctic regions. But every four years or so … Read More

6 Degrees: Earth’s Lungs, Ozone Info, Snow Woes & More

6 Degrees: Earth’s Lungs, Ozone Info, Snow Woes & More

New greenhouse gas concerns to Arctic sea ice decline's link to cold winters, all in this week's top news. … Read More