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Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded

Arctic Sea Ice Just Hit Its Eighth-Lowest Minimum Ever Recorded

The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer. Climate change is pushing temperatures up most rapidly in the polar regions and left the extent of Arctic sea ice at 1.79 million square miles at the end of the summer melt season. This is the time when it reaches its lowest area for the year, before … Read More

There’s a Wildfire Burning in West Greenland Right Now

There’s a Wildfire Burning in West Greenland Right Now

It’s not just the American West and British Columbia burning up. A fire has sparked in western Greenland, an odd occurrence for an island known more for ice than fire. A series of blazes is burning roughly in the vicinity of Kangerlussuaq, a small town that serves as a basecamp for researchers in the summer to access Greenland’s ice sheet and… Read More

Despite Summer Snow, Greenland Is Still Melting

Despite Summer Snow, Greenland Is Still Melting

Recent summers on the vast, white expanse of the Greenland Ice Sheet have featured some spectacular ice melt, including an alarming period in 2012 when nearly the whole surface showed signs of melt. But this summer has instead seen several bouts of snow, staving off a big summer melt. So what gives? While it may seem contradictory, those snows are … Read More

Here’s How Much Arctic Sea Ice Has Melted Since the ‘80s

Here’s How Much Arctic Sea Ice Has Melted Since the ‘80s

Arctic sea ice has been melting at a steady clip this summer as it heads toward its annual low point. But a new chart shows that with nearly two months still left in the melt season, sea ice area is already below what would have been a yearly low in the 1980s. The comparison shows the clear long-term decline of Arctic sea ice fueled by the global … Read More

Arctic Heat Is Becoming More Common and Persistent

Arctic Heat Is Becoming More Common and Persistent

The Arctic is a bastion of cold, blustery weather. But in the latest sign of how quickly changes are happening, new research published this week shows that the Arctic has seen more frequent bouts of warm air and longer stretches of mild weather. The new findings show that while warm snaps have occurred even as far as back as the 1890s, a massive… Read More

The Arctic Has Been Crazy Warm All Year. This Is What It Means for Sea Ice

The Arctic Has Been Crazy Warm All Year. This Is What It Means for Sea Ice

Melt season has begun in earnest in the Arctic. Scientists will spend the next few months watching sea ice turn into open water until the ice pack hits its nadir in early fall. The vagaries of the weather and ocean currents will play a major role in determining where this year’s Arctic sea ice minimum ranks. But the steady drumbeat of climate… Read More

Sunnier Skies Driving Greenland Surface Melt

Sunnier Skies Driving Greenland Surface Melt

In the past two decades, the Greenland Ice Sheet has become the biggest single contributor to rising sea levels, mostly from melt across its vast surface. That surface melt is, in turn, driven mostly by an uptick in clear, sunny summer skies, not just rising air temperatures, a new study finds. What’s causing the decline in cloud cover isn’t yet… Read More

We Couldn’t Monitor Larsen C Without These Satellites

We Couldn’t Monitor Larsen C Without These Satellites

The Larsen C ice shelf is about to calve one of the biggest icebergs on record. The iceberg-to-be is hanging on by a thread, with just eight miles of solid ice standing in the way of a rift that’s spent years carving through the ice. Scientists can track the growth of the crack with precision during the summer season by flying over it, but even … Read More

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Spring Ahead: Warmer Temperatures Arriving Earlier On the current greenhouse emissions path, spring may start an average of three weeks earlier by 2100.

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