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How Low Will Summer Sea Ice Go? Ponds May Hold Key

How Low Will Summer Sea Ice Go? Ponds May Hold Key

The spring Arctic sea ice melt is well underway, the ice contracting to cover a progressively smaller area until it eventually reaches its annual minimum extent at the end of the summer. Though the melt has so far progressed in fits and starts, the ice has consistently covered a below-average area since reaching its annual maximum in March… Read More

6 Degrees: Icy Lakes, Space Pics, CO2 & Flood Footage

6 Degrees: Icy Lakes, Space Pics, CO2 & Flood Footage

From record ice levels in the Great Lakes to pictures of the epic floods in the Gulf, our news slideshow has it all. … Read More

Astronauts Capture Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season in Progress

Astronauts Capture Arctic Sea Ice Melt Season in Progress

Astronauts have the best seats in the house to watch a lot of amazing processes around the globe. This year’s Arctic sea ice melt is no exception. In an image captured from the International Space Station (ISS), spirals and eddies of ice are seen working south through the Sea of Okhotsk, located on the western edge of Russia and just north of Japa… Read More

Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

Hot West, Cold East May be the Norm as World Warms

The split personality of this winter’s weather in the U.S. appears to have been thousands of years in the making. The big driver behind the frigid-East and warm-West divide was a kinky jet stream, a pattern that arose 4,000 years ago. While natural variations have controlled its wanderings to date, climate change could make the duality we saw this … Read More

6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

6 Degrees: Arctic Ice, Drought, Fracking, Twisters & More

Warming fuels drought, Arctic ice reaches max, twisters, fracking, renewables and the Corn Belt. … Read More

Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

Arctic Ice Hits Yearly Max, But Summer’s Melt Uncertain

It’s that time of year again: No, we’re not talking allergies flaring or cherry blossoms blooming, but the Arctic ice cap reaching its maximum size for the year. Arctic sea ice reached its maximum area, or extent, on March 21, after a brief late season surge in ice formation. The total amount of ice coverage peaked at 5.7 million square miles, so… Read More

New Greenland Ice Melt Fuels Sea Level Rise Concerns

New Greenland Ice Melt Fuels Sea Level Rise Concerns

New data published Sunday in Nature Climate Change reveals that over the past decade, the region has started rapidly losing ice due to a rise in air and ocean temperatures caused in part by climate change. The increased melt raises grave concerns that sea level rise could accelerate even faster than projected, threatening even more coastal communit… Read More

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

Arctic Warming, Extreme Weather Link Far From Certain

The polar vortex that brought frigid weather and snow to much of the U.S. in early January, returned later in the month, and is on the way back for a third time, had plausible links to global warming—according to some scientists, anyway. The idea is that rapid climate change in the Arctic has disrupted the jet stream, leading to spates of extreme… Read More