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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

These Are the Crazy Climate Records from 2016 You Haven’t Heard Much About

These Are the Crazy Climate Records from 2016 You Haven’t Heard Much About

By now, we’ve all heard that 2016 was the hottest year on record, and that heat-trapping greenhouse gases hit their highest concentration ever, surpassing 400 parts per million for the first time in nearly 1 million years. But there are other climate change-related records that have flown more under the radar. Several of those records were… Read More

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at This Gorgeous Larsen C Satellite Image

Stop What You’re Doing and Look at This Gorgeous Larsen C Satellite Image

The European Space Agency has been the main eye in the sky for monitoring the Larsen C ice shelf and calving event that gave birth to iceberg A68 earlier this month. But NASA isn’t blind to what’s going on by any means. And on Tuesday, the agency released an image that rivals the satellite views its European counterpart has been sharing for months… 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

How Distant Winds May Be Causing Antarctic Meltdown

How Distant Winds May Be Causing Antarctic Meltdown

Estimates of just how much sea levels will rise and inundate coastal areas vary widely. One of the reasons is that scientists just aren’t sure how quickly the vast ice sheets of Antarctica might melt into the sea because of the myriad triggers causing the ocean warming that is fueling that melt. New research suggests one more unexpected culprit… 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

The Larsen C Iceberg Is Already Cracking Up

The Larsen C Iceberg Is Already Cracking Up

The trillion-ton iceberg that broke off Antarctica last week will not go quietly into the night. New satellite imagery reveals that the iceberg, dubbed A68, is already shifting shape along with the remaining Larsen C ice shelf itself. The iceberg has traveled about 1.5 miles from the ice shelf it was formerly attached to. A piece of ice the size … 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

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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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