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Greenland’s Melt Season Started Nearly Two Months Early

Greenland’s Melt Season Started Nearly Two Months Early

To say the 2016 Greenland melt season is off to the races is an understatement. Warm, wet conditions rapidly kicked off the melt season this weekend, more than a month-and-a-half ahead of schedule. It has easily set a record for earliest melt season onset, and marks the first time it’s begun in April. Little to no melt through winter is the norm … Read More

Climate Change is Altering How the Poles Drift

Climate Change is Altering How the Poles Drift

The spin of the earth is a constant in our lives. It’s quite literally why night follows day. And while that cycle isn’t going away, climate change is messing with the axis upon which our fair planet spins. Ice melting has caused a drift in polar motion, a somewhat esoteric term that tells scientists a lot about past and future climate and is … Read More

These Ice Cap Images Show the Arctic’s Rapid Change

These Ice Cap Images Show the Arctic’s Rapid Change

This has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week for ice around the world. First came news that Arctic sea ice set a record low extent this winter (topping the old record set last year). Then came news that the West Antarctic ice sheet is facing the threat of runaway melt. Now NASA Earth Observatory has decided to remind us that even … Read More

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Peak, Again

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Peak, Again

It’s been a winter for the books in the Arctic. Capping off a season of sustained, mind-boggling warm weather and stunted sea ice growth, the annual Arctic sea ice maximum hit its lowest level ever recorded. That marks the second straight year that the winter maximum ice extent set a record low. “I’ve never seen such a warm, crazy winter in the… Read More

February Blows Away Global Heat Record

February Blows Away Global Heat Record

Last month was far and away the hottest February on record for the planet, by a margin that has surprised even the climate scientists who closely monitor global temperature data. It was also the most anomalously warm month Earth has seen in 135 years of NASA record keeping, continuing an astonishing recent streak that could see 2016 set a new … Read More

This 23-Second Video Shows Old Arctic Sea Ice’s Demise

This 23-Second Video Shows Old Arctic Sea Ice’s Demise

The Arctic seems to be a never-ending source of dismal climate news, particularly when it pertains to sea ice. Let’s recap. Sea ice extent has set monthly record lows this winter (after setting a seasonal record low just last winter). In general, its extent is shrinking across all seasons. But what’s even worse news is the character of sea ice is … Read More

Another Month, Another Troubling Arctic Sea Ice Record

Another Month, Another Troubling Arctic Sea Ice Record

This year is quickly excising 2015 from the dubious top of the climate record books. The most freakishly warm month on record, record atmospheric heat in February and now for the second month in a row, a new monthly Arctic sea ice low. February saw record low sea ice extent, with ice running 448,000 square miles below average. In essence, a chunk … Read More

What To Know About February’s Satellite Temp Record

What To Know About February’s Satellite Temp Record

Global warming, it isn’t just for the surface. It’s also lurking in the atmosphere and new satellite data shows the incredible heat that’s building on the planet. February marked the biggest atmospheric temperature spike observed, with the monthly reading running 1.5°F above normal, a new record. The measurement is taken by satellites operated by … Read More

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State Temperature Trends Since 1st Earth Day Every state in the U.S. has warmed since the first Earth Day, although the rate of warming varies.

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