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The Arctic is a Seriously Weird Place Right Now

The Arctic is a Seriously Weird Place Right Now

The sun set on the North Pole more than a month ago, not to rise again until spring. Usually that serves as a cue for sea ice to spread its frozen tentacles across the Arctic Ocean. But in the depths of the polar night, a strange thing started to happen in mid-October. Sea ice growth slowed to a crawl and even started shrinking for a bit. Intense … Read More

Here’s How Much CO2 Will Make the Arctic Ice-Free

Here’s How Much CO2 Will Make the Arctic Ice-Free

For every round-trip transatlantic flight or just two months of a home’s electricity use, 30 square feet of Arctic sea ice is lost, according to a new study that lays out in the simplest possible terms the relationship between heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and the precipitous decline of sea ice. The further accumulation of 1,000 gigatons… Read More

Warm Temps Slow Arctic Sea Ice Growth to a Crawl

Warm Temps Slow Arctic Sea Ice Growth to a Crawl

A strange thing is happening in the Arctic. After dipping to its second-lowest extent on record in September, sea ice has struggled mightily to rebound in October. Freakishly mild weather coupled with a warmer than normal ocean are in large part responsible for the great sea ice slowdown of 2016. It’s just the latest piece of evidence that 2016 is … Read More

New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

New Oil Discoveries Largely Unaffected by Paris Pact

Large crude oil discoveries in 2016 face uncertain prospects of development for many reasons, but climate change isn’t one of them, at least for the moment. Climate policies that help countries meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement are likely to have little effect on newly discovered oil fields because the Paris pact all but ignores … Read More

Greenland is Losing More Ice Than Scientists Thought

Greenland is Losing More Ice Than Scientists Thought

Bad news keeps flowing for the icy landscapes of the world. Rising temperatures are melting ice and sending it to the ocean, a process that is pushing sea levels higher and altering the landscape at both poles. The latest news comes from Greenland, where researchers have used high-tech satellite and GPS measurements to see how much mass the ice … Read More

These Images Show Near-Record Low 2016 Arctic Sea Ice

These Images Show Near-Record Low 2016 Arctic Sea Ice

Arctic sea ice is one of the grandaddy’s of climate indicators. And this grandaddy isn’t doing so good these days. Ice is disappearing at a quickening clip as rapidly warming air and water eats away at the briny, frozen mantle on the top of the planet. In the nearly four decades of satellite monitoring, sea ice has disappeared at a clip of 13.4 … Read More

Despite Major Melt, Arctic Sea Ice Will Miss Record Low

Despite Major Melt, Arctic Sea Ice Will Miss Record Low

As the sun begins its seasonal descent in the Arctic sky and temperatures drop, the summer melt of sea ice is slowing down. In the next few weeks, the span of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice will reach its annual low. But despite beginning the summer at unprecedentedly low levels, this year’s minimum won’t break the stunning record of 2012, expert… Read More

This Is What the Ice-Free Northwest Passage Looks Like

This Is What the Ice-Free Northwest Passage Looks Like

An ice-free Northwest Passage was once the stuff of legend. But it’s now becoming the norm thanks to global warming, and commercial freighters to luxury cruise ships are racing to turn a profit off the newest frontier on earth. An image published by NASA Earth Observatory shows a nearly ice-free path from the North Atlantic to the Pacific… Read More

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