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Melting Sea Ice Makes Arctic Drilling a Risky Business

Melting Sea Ice Makes Arctic Drilling a Risky Business

Melting Arctic sea ice could open previously dangerous waters to expanded oil drilling, but the risks and expense of doing so could still be extreme, a new paper says. Government regulators and environmentalists have been forceful with their concern about the hazards of drilling in the Arctic, saying that the costs of cleaning up an oil spill in ic… Read More

Polar Vortex Is Back: Coldest of the Cold En Route to U.S.

Polar Vortex Is Back: Coldest of the Cold En Route to U.S.

Of course, blaming this all on the polar vortex isn’t entirely accurate. The true polar vortex exists at upper levels of the atmosphere, and what’s been causing January’s bitter cold - and soon to be February’s - is a result of the interaction between the vortex and events in the more chaotic lower atmosphere. The polar vortex exists at the upper … Read More

Climate Change Brings New Risks to Greenland

Climate Change Brings New Risks to Greenland

When the world's miners, oil-workers, construction teams and industrialists descend on Greenland over the next few years to dig below the rapidly retreating icecap for its ores, hydrocrabons and minerals, no one will watch with more concern – or confidence – than Prime Minister Aleqa Hammond. The Inuit leader of a country with just 56,000 people w… Read More

Six Degrees: Emissions, Explosions, Fires & More

Six Degrees: Emissions, Explosions, Fires & More

Six photos show the top climate news from this week around the globe. … Read More

Sea Ice Cracks Causing Mercury Buildup in Arctic Air

Sea Ice Cracks Causing Mercury Buildup in Arctic Air

Changes in sea ice could be responsible for shifting mercury and ozone levels in the Arctic's atmosphere.… Read More

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Scientists Warn Planet Likely to Warm at Least 4ºC by 2100

Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study. The scientist leading the research said that unless emissions of greenhouse gases were cut, the planet would heat up by a minimum of 4ºC (39.2ºF) by 2100, twice the level the world's governments deem dangerou… Read More

Iceland’s Vanishing Ice Threatens Culture, Society

Iceland’s Vanishing Ice Threatens Culture, Society

Some of Iceland's glaciers have vanished already and several others will be gone within a decade or two, said Helgi Bjornsson, one of the leading scientists to quantify the link between glacial loss and greenhouse gas-induced warming. … Read More

20 Indelible Images Tell the Tale of 2013 in Climate

20 Indelible Images Tell the Tale of 2013 in Climate

20 great images and 20 great stories tell the year in climate change news and research.… Read More