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Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

Warming Could Mean Major Thaw For Alaska Permafrost

If you’d asked permafrost researcher Vladimir Romanovsky five years ago if he thought the permafrost of the North Slope of Alaska was in danger of substantial thaw this century because of global warming, he would’ve said no. The permanently frozen soils of the northern reaches of the state are much colder, and so more stable than the warmer, more… Read More

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016: What to Look for in Energy and Climate

2016 will kick off with a sense of optimism about climate change after the success of the Paris climate talks in December. In the U.S., that may mean more enthusiasm for commitments to renewables and other lower-carbon energy sources as low oil prices make the future of fossil fuels production in the U.S. and Canada less certain.… Read More

The 7 Most Interesting Climate Findings of the Year

The 7 Most Interesting Climate Findings of the Year

At Climate Central, we love climate research (but really, who doesn’t?). We cover it relentlessly and a lot of findings have come through our inboxes this year. All those studies are crucial to shaping both what we know about the world we currently live in as well as what we’re in store for in the future depending on how we respond to climate … Read More

The 8 Biggest Climate Storylines of the Year

The 8 Biggest Climate Storylines of the Year

We’re coming to the end of arguably the most influential year ever when it comes to climate change. The agreements struck at the Paris climate talks gave the world hope that nations could finally get their acts together to cut carbon emissions and with them, the risks climate change poses. And talk about a good timing. On top of being the hottest … Read More

Glacial Melt Causing Subtle Slowing of Earth’s Rotation

Glacial Melt Causing Subtle Slowing of Earth’s Rotation

The melting of glaciers caused by the world's rising temperatures appears to be causing a slight slowing of the Earth's rotation in another illustration of the far-reaching impact of global climate change, a study in the journal of Science Advances said. The driving force behind the modest but discernible changes in the Earth's rotation measured… Read More

Polar Bear Numbers to Fall as Arctic Ice Shrinks

Polar Bear Numbers to Fall as Arctic Ice Shrinks

Polar bear populations are likely to fall by more than 30 percent by around mid-century as global warming thaws Arctic sea ice, according to experts who have conducted the most detailed review of the predators to date. The report, by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), estimated there are between 22,000 and 31,000 polar … Read More

Here’s How Much of Alaska’s Permafrost Could Melt

Here’s How Much of Alaska’s Permafrost Could Melt

Up to a quarter of the permafrost that lies just under the ground surface in Alaska could thaw by the end of the century, releasing long-trapped carbon that could make its way into the atmosphere and exacerbate global warming, a new study finds. The study, detailed in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, maps where that near-surface… Read More

Once Stable Greenland Glacier Facing Rapid Melt

Once Stable Greenland Glacier Facing Rapid Melt

For years, much of the concern about the melting of Greenland’s massive ice sheet has been focused on the massive retreat of glaciers in the island’s southeast and west, fueled by climate change. Those in its colder, drier northeast corner were thought to be stable. But a new study detailed in the journal Science shows that two of those glaciers … Read More

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