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No Record, But Arctic Sea Ice Will be Among 10 Lowest

No Record, But Arctic Sea Ice Will be Among 10 Lowest

The extent of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean at the end of the summer season likely won’t surpass the record low of 2012, but 2014 will still likely rank as one of the lowest minimum extents (or areas) in the record books. That’s according to Julienne Stroeve, a scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo. “It’s likely… Read More

Scientists Begin Hi-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

Scientists Begin Hi-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers

longer and cost a lot more than watching paint dry, it will be much more interesting and rewarding. They plan to discover just how the Arctic ice retreats, the rate at which it melts, and the oceanographic processes at work. The Arctic ice cap is a vital part of the climate machine, and the basis of an important ecosystem. But although the polar ic… Read More

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

As Arctic Ice Melts, Polar Bears Find a New Menu

Starving polar bears, icon of the climate change movement, may be able to adapt to an ice-free summer season in the Arctic after all. Scientists have long thought that polar bears essentially starve during the summer, living off fat reserves until the sea ice returns and they can venture out to sea to capture their main source of calories: seals. B… Read More

6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

From methane leaking oil wells to gnarly folds in Greenland's ice, here are 6 stories we think are worth a click. … Read More

Refreezing Water Causes Weird Warps in Greenland’s Ice

Refreezing Water Causes Weird Warps in Greenland’s Ice

The flat, glistening, white expanse of the Greenland Ice Sheet, stretching out across hundreds of thousands of square miles, appears placid, unchanging … boring even. But this tranquil surface belies the turmoil taking place below, at the base of the ice sheet. There, scientists have discovered sections of ice up to a kilometer thick and tens of ki… Read More

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Despite it’s name, Greenland is predominantly white, as snow and ice cover the majority of the country. New research indicates that Greenland’s main color may be starting to fade and in fact darken, though, thanks to a widespread increase of dust across the ice sheets. That darkening could speed up surface melt, and with it, sea level rise around t… Read More

Big Waves Bust Up Sea Ice, May Be Playing Role in Melt

Big Waves Bust Up Sea Ice, May Be Playing Role in Melt

Big ocean waves whipped up by storms hundreds or even thousands of miles away from Earth’s poles could play a bigger role in breaking up polar sea ice and thus contributing to its melt more than had been thought, a new study suggests. The study, detailed in the May 29 issue of the journal Nature, found that these waves penetrate further into the… Read More

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Could Occur Yearly By 2100

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Could Occur Yearly By 2100

In July 2012, Greenland ice sheet watchers sounded the alarm as 97 percent of the ice sheet surface melted. It was a rare occurrence, one that left researchers puzzling over the exact causes and its likelihood in the future. New research released Monday sheds light on the causes behind the melt and includes projections that show if greenhouse gas e… Read More