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European summer weather linked to North Atlantic freshwater anomalies in preceding years

  2024-03-14 (or before) in wcd.copernicus.org

Abstract. Amplified Arctic ice loss in recent decades has been linked to the increased occurrence of extreme mid-latitude weather. The underlying mechanisms remain elusive, however. One potential link occurs through the ocean as the loss of sea ice and glacial ice leads to increased freshwater fluxes into the ocean. Thus, in this study, we examine the link between North Atlantic freshwater anomalies and European summer weather. Combining a comprehensive set of observational products, we show that stronger freshwater anomalies are associated with a sharper sea surface temperature front between the subpolar and the subtropical Nor...

  Tagged under: Climate Data | Europe | Science | Arctic


Methane: The Arctic's hidden climate threat : Natalia Shakhova's latest paper.

  2024-03-12 (or before) in YouTube

A methane burst from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf could happen at any time and needs only a trigger. That's the conclusion of the world's leading research ...

  Tagged under: Tipping Points | Methane | Arctic | Russia


Ice-free summers in Arctic possible within next decade, scientists say

  2024-03-05 in The Guardian

Home of polar bears, seals and walruses could be mostly water for months as early as 2035 due to fossil fuel emissions

  Tagged under: Ice Melting | Arctic


Pumped up: will a Dutch startup’s plan to restore Arctic sea-ice work?

  2024-02-27 in The Guardian

As the Arctic warms, devastating the climate and ecosystems, an old idea used to create skating rinks could be deployed to restore melting ice caps, despite scepticism from some experts

  Tagged under: Geoengineering | Ice Melting | Arctic


Manifestation of Gas Seepage from Bottom Sediments on the Sea Surface: Theoretical Model and Experimental Observations

  2024-01-20 in MDPI - Publisher of Open Access Journals

The key area of the Arctic Ocean for atmospheric venting of CH4 is the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS). Leakage of methane through shallow ESAS waters needs to be considered in interactions between the biogeosphere and a warming Arctic climate. The development of remote sensing techniques for gas seepage detection and mapping is crucially needed for further applications in the ESAS and other areas of interest. Given the extent of the seepage areas and the magnitude of current and potential future emissions, new approaches are required to effectively, rapidly, and quantitatively survey the large seepage areas. Here, we consider...

  Tagged under: Arctic | Methane | Russia


2024 looks to be worse than 2023

  2024-01-07 in Arctic News

2024 looks to be worse than 2023

  Tagged under: Gulf Stream (AMOC) | Arctic | Extreme Weather


Nuclear waste ship makes unprecedented port call at Novaya Zemlya

  2023-09-30 (or before) in The Independent Barents Observer |

"I am deeply worried if Russia has started to move nuclear waste from the Kola Peninsula to the Arctic archipelago," says Frederic Hauge with the Bellona foundation.

  Tagged under: Nuclear Power | Arctic | Russia


Arctic sea ice has reached minimum extent for 2023

  2023-09-26 (or before) in National Snow and Ice Data Center

Arctic sea ice has likely reached its minimum extent for the year, at 4.23 million square kilometers (1.63 million square miles) on September 19, 2023, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The 2023 minimum is ranked sixth lowest in the nearly 45-year satellite record.

  Tagged under: Arctic


From Carbon Sink to Source: The Stark Changes in Arctic Lakes

  2023-09-21 (or before) in Yale E360

For millennia, lakes in Greenland’s tundra have locked up huge loads of carbon in their sediment. But as the Arctic becomes warmer and wetter, scientists believe these lakes could be turning into sources of carbon, which would have important consequences for the world’s climate.

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Arctic


Biden administration cancels controversial oil leases in Alaska wildlife refuge

  2023-09-06 in The Hill

The Biden administration on Wednesday confirmed it will cancel seven controversial oil and gas leases in an Alaskan wildlife refuge issued at the very end of the Trump administration  The admi…

  Tagged under: Arctic | Wildlife | Alaska


Biden administration cancels years-long attempt to drill in Alaska National Wildlife Refuge | CNN Politics

  2023-09-06 by in CNN

The Biden administration announced Wednesday it will cancel seven Trump-era oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and protect more than 13 million acres in the federal National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, stymieing a years-long attempt to drill in the protected region.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Wildlife | Joe Biden | US Politics | Health | Alaska | Finance


Arctic News: Two Tipping Points

  2023-08-30 (or before) in Arctic News

  Tagged under: Arctic | Tipping Points


Arctic News: Arctic sea ice August 2023

  2023-08-28 (or before) in Arctic News

  Tagged under: Arctic


First Calibrated Methane Bubble Wintertime Observations in the Siberian Arctic Seas: Selected Results from the Fast Ice

  2023-07-28 in MDPI - Publisher of Open Access Journals

This paper presents the results of an acoustic survey carried out from the fast ice in the shallow waters of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) using a single beam echosounder. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate an improved approach to study seafloor seepages in the Arctic coastal zone with an echosounder calibrated on site. During wintertime field observations of natural rising gas bubbles, we recorded three periods of their increased activity with a total of 63 short-term ejections of bubbles from the seabed. This study presents quantitative estimates of the methane (CH4) flux obtained in wintertime at two levels of th...

  Tagged under: Science | Data | Methane | Arctic | Russia


‘Nature is being destroyed’: Russia’s arms buildup in Barents Sea creating toxic legacy

  2023-07-24 in The Guardian

Indigenous people and experts say Moscow’s military push and increased shipping and mining will destroy Arctic environment

  Tagged under: Arctic | Whales and Dolphins | Wildlife | Russia


Sea Ice Charts

  2023-07-16 (or before) in Sea Ice Charts

Global, Arctic, and Antarctic sea ice charts using NSIDC data.

  Tagged under: Antarctic | Arctic


The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the globe since 1979 - Communications Earth & Environment

  2023-07-11 (or before) in Nature

Over the past four decades, Arctic Amplification - the ratio of Arctic to global warming - has been much stronger than thought, and is probably underestimated in climate models, suggest analyses of observations and the CMIP5 and CMIP6 simulations.

  Tagged under: Arctic


An earth system model shows self-sustained thawing of permafrost even if all man-made GHG emissions stop in 2020 - Scientific Reports

  2023-07-03 (or before) in Nature

The risk of points-of-no-return, which, once surpassed lock the world into new dynamics, have been discussed for decades. Recently, there have been warnings that some of these tipping points are coming closer and are too dangerous to be disregarded. In this paper we report that in the ESCIMO climate model the world is already past a point-of-no-return for global warming. In ESCIMO we observe self-sustained thawing of the permafrost for hundreds of years, even if global society stops all emissions of man-made GHGs immediately. We encourage other model builders to explore our discovery in their (bigger) models, and report on their...

  Tagged under: Oceans | Climate Change | Arctic | Albedo | Ice Melting | Tipping Points


Polar scientists call for urgent action in view of rapid Arctic and Antarctic change - AAPP

  2023-06-16 in Home - AAPP

Polar scientists are calling for an urgent intensification of national and international research and observational capabilities in view of rapid Arctic and Antarctic change.

  Tagged under: Antarctic | Arctic


Arctic News: Arctic sea ice under threat - update 1

  2023-06-13 (or before) in Arctic News

  Tagged under: Arctic


As the ice melts, a perilous Russian threat is emerging in the Arctic | Barry Gardiner

  2023-06-13 in The Guardian

Putin is weakened and fears Nato encirclement. His militarisation of Russia’s northern border is intensifying, says Labour MP Barry Gardiner

  Tagged under: Arctic | Vladimir Putin | Russia


Sea Ice Charts

  2023-06-12 (or before) in kjpluck.github.io

Global, Arctic, and Antarctic sea ice charts using NSIDC data.

  Tagged under: Antarctic | Arctic


Charctic Interactive Sea Ice Graph | Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

  2023-06-12 (or before) in National Snow and Ice Data Center

  Tagged under: Arctic


Siberia's 'gateway to the underworld' megaslump is revealing 650,000 year-old secrets from its permafrost

  2023-06-07 in Live Science

The permafrost inside the Batagay crater is the second-oldest ever found on Earth and scientists are using it to reconstruct the planet's ancient climate.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Russia


Observationally-constrained projections of an ice-free Arctic even under a low emission scenario - Nature Communications

  2023-06-06 (or before) in Nature

A dominant influence of anthropogenic greenhouse gas increases on Arctic sea ice area is detectable in all months. By scaling climate models’ sea ice response to best match observed trends, an ice-free Arctic in September is projected under all scenarios.

  Tagged under: Arctic


Too late now to save Arctic summer ice, climate scientists find

  2023-06-06 in The Guardian

Ice-free summers inevitable even with sharp emissions cuts and likely to result in more extreme heatwaves and floods

  Tagged under: Arctic | Heatwaves


Arctic News: Will there be Arctic sea ice left in September 2023?

  2023-05-29 (or before) in Arctic News

  Tagged under: Arctic


Dr Jennifer Francis - 2023’s symptoms of climate chaos, El Niño, Ocean Heatwaves, and Arctic Sea Ice lows | Patreon

  2023-05-28 (or before) in Patreon

Official Post from ClimateGenn

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | El Niño | Heatwaves


Toxic Waste from 10,000 Sites Could Spill Into the Melting Arctic Permafrost! | Weather.com

  2023-05-23 (or before) in The Weather Channel and weather.com

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Arctic


A significant heat wave from California to the Arctic Circle is set to shatter records.

  2023-05-13 (or before) in Daily Kos

"Fire isn't going away. We're going to be burning for this entire century. We're going through a global regime change and a whole bunch of things are going to catch on fire, and catch on fire again, until something new grows there, something different...

  Tagged under: Arctic | California


Svalbard: the Arctic islands where we can see the future of global heating

  2023-05-13 in The Guardian

The Norwegian archipelago is warming six times faster than the global average, with potentially disastrous results, especially for species such as the polar bear

  Tagged under: Arctic


First observational evidence of Beaufort Gyre stabilization, which could be precursor to huge freshwater release

  2023-05-09 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

A new study provides the first observational evidence of the stabilization of the anti-cyclonic Beaufort Gyre, which is the dominant circulation of the Canada Basin and the largest freshwater reservoir in the Arctic Ocean.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic


How an Arctic snow school aims to respond to climate crisis with Inuit help

  2023-04-21 in The Guardian

Canadian project plans to strengthen understanding of Arctic environment by drawing on Indigenous knowledge

  Tagged under: Arctic


We Are Keepers of the Water

  2023-04-15 (or before) in We Are Keepers of the Water

Keepers of the Water are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, environmental groups, concerned citizens, and local communities working together for the protection of Water, air, land, and all living things within the Arctic Ocean Drainage Basin.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic


Arctic climate modelling too conservative

  2023-03-14 (or before) in Hem | Gšteborgs universitet

Climate models used by the UN’s IPCC and others to project climate change are not accurately reflecting what the Arctic’s future will be. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg argue that the rate of warming will be much faster than projected.

  Tagged under: Arctic | IPCC | Climate Change


Arctic climate system catastrophe - a wide ranging tour - long version

  2023-03-12 (or before) in YouTube

an augmented version of the 22 August 2022 Cryosphere Symposium Iceland

  Tagged under: Arctic


Arctic Ice: Dire situation gets even more dire

  2023-02-23 (or before) in Arctic News

  Tagged under: Arctic


Arctic News: feebates

  2023-02-17 (or before) in Arctic News

  Tagged under: Arctic


Alarming levels of PFAS in Norwegian Arctic ice pose new risk to wildlife

  2023-02-11 in The Guardian

Oxford University-led study detects 26 types of PFAS compounds in ice around Svalbard, threatening downstream ecosystems

  Tagged under: Arctic | PFAS aka Forever Chemicals | Wildlife


The Convergence of the Next El Niño–Southern Oscillation & the Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

  2023-01-29 in Kevin Hester

As the triple dip La Niña wanes, we need to consider the consequences of the next El Niño on the Arctic Sea Ice minimum, which ‘normally’ unfolds in the middle of September. That could …

  Tagged under: Arctic | El Niño


Norway plans to offer record number of Arctic oil, gas exploration blocks

  2023-01-24 in Reuters

Norway on Tuesday said it plans to offer energy firms a record number of oil and gas exploration blocks in the Arctic as it seeks to prolong its hydrocarbon production, while green campaigners criticised the risk to the environment.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Arctic Sea Ice Minimum | NASA Global Climate Change

  2023-01-23 (or before) by in Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Carbon uptake in Eurasian boreal forests dominates the high‐latitude net ecosystem carbon budget

  2023-01-17 (or before) in Wiley Online Library

Abstract Arctic-boreal landscapes are experiencing profound warming, along with changes in ecosystem moisture status and disturbance from fire. This region is of global importance in terms of carbo...

  Tagged under: Arctic | Trees


In Graphic Detail: The Polar Silk Route | Hakai Magazine

  2022-12-25 (or before) by in Hakai Magazine

China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative aims to link much of the world through road, rail, and maritime networks, including ice-free routes through the Arctic.

  Tagged under: China | Arctic | Trains


Subsea Methane Hydrates: Origin and Monitoring the Impacts of Global Warming

  2022-11-23 in MDPI - Publisher of Open Access Journals

The East Siberian Arctic shelf is the area where the largest natural gas reserves are concentrated. The formation of permafrost of the Arctic shelf during the Ice Age contributed to the emergence of a zone of stable existence of gas hydrates in the sedimentary layer, and subsequent flooding of the shelf led to its gradual degradation, the thawing of gas hydrates and the subsequent emissions of methane into the atmosphere. In the first part of the paper, we use mathematical modeling to study the processes of the formation of subsea permafrost on the Arctic shelf considering changes in the sea levels over the past 200 thousand yea...

  Tagged under: Sea Level | Permafrost | Methane | Arctic | Russia


Why Scientists Got the Fast Pace of Arctic Warming Wrong

  2022-11-18 (or before) by in Scientific American

Concerns about accusations of hype may have biased them toward conservative underestimates

  Tagged under: Arctic


Home | ArcticRisk Platform

  2022-11-16 (or before) in ArcticRisk Platform

The Arctic early-warning system is flashing red. Extreme Arctic warming is triggering a cascade of risks across the rest of the planet. Explore the Arctic Risk Platform to find out what the Arctic climate crisis means for you.

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic


Subarctic boreal forest, vital for the planet, is at risk

  2022-11-14 in The Hindu

The boreal forest is second only to the Amazon in terms of its vital role in ensuring the future of the planet.

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Forest Fires | Trees


World faces ‘terminal’ loss of Arctic sea ice during summers, report warns

  2022-11-07 in The Guardian

The dramatic vanishing of polar ice sheets will cause catastrophic sea level rise that will threaten cities, according to a major new study

  Tagged under: Arctic | Ice Melting | Sea Level


Arctic sea ice loss to increase strong El Niño events linked to extreme weather: Study

  2022-10-24 in Mongabay

As Arctic sea ice begins melting out fully in summer, the frequency of strong El Niños could increase by 35% by century's end, causing extreme weather events to increase, says recent modeling study.

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic | Ice Melting | El Niño


Next pandemic may come from melting glaciers, new data shows

  2022-10-18 in The Guardian

Analysis of Arctic lake suggests viruses and bacteria locked in ice could reawaken and infect wildlife

  Tagged under: Arctic | Wildlife | Ice Melting


That’s a wrap: A look back at 2019 and the past decade | Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis

  2022-10-17 (or before) in National Snow and Ice Data Center

  Tagged under: Arctic


Climate change indicators

  2022-10-09 in Zack Labe

All data are referenced at My visualizations: Arctic Climate Seasonality and Variability Arctic Sea Ice Extent and Concentration Arctic Sea Ice Volume and Thickness Arctic Temperatures Antarctic Se…

  Tagged under: Climate Change | Antarctic | Arctic


Arctic System Collapse? Devastating new research.

  2022-09-19 (or before) in YouTube

The arctic region is a key driver of global climate patterns. In the summer of 2022, three peer reviewed research papers were published, all of which showed ...

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Ice Melting | Sea Level | Collapse


Recent Slowdown in the Decline of Arctic Sea Ice Volume Under Increasingly Warm Atmospheric and Oceanic Conditions

  2022-09-08 (or before) in Advancing Earth and Space Sciences Journal

The decline of Arctic sea ice volume has slowed down in recent years under increasingly warm atmospheric and oceanic conditions The slowdown is due to weak ice export and strong ice growth which ...

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic


Tree loss due to fire is worst in far northern latitudes, data shows

  2022-08-17 in The Guardian

Forests in Russia are most affected, as scientists warn of escape of huge quantities of buried carbon dioxide

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Russia | Trees


Arctic warming 4 times faster than rest of planet: Climate study

  2022-08-14 (or before) in Al Jazeera

Finnish researchers say climate models have underestimated the pace of warming in the Arctic region.

  Tagged under: Arctic


A Striking Satellite Image Shows a Major Greenland Meltdown

  2022-07-26 in Gizmodo | The Future Is Here

The bright turquoise run-off might look beautiful, but it's emblematic of a rapid and worrying decline.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Arctic sea ice loss could trigger huge levels of extra global warming | New Scientist

  2022-07-25 (or before) in New Scientist

Arctic sea ice vanishing in summers by 2050 could trigger 0.19°C of extra global warming – almost enough to wipe out any savings from China going carbon neutral

  Tagged under: Arctic | Sea Level


Climate 'tech fixes' urged for Arctic methane - BBC News

  2022-07-07 (or before) in The BBC

UK scientists say the threat of sudden methane release from the melting Arctic is a "planetary emergency" requiring urgent intervention.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Methane


The Arctic is warming four times faster than the global average

  2022-07-06 in Sustainability Times

  Tagged under: Arctic | Sustainability


Summer swelter: Persistent heat wave breaks records, spirits

  2022-06-24 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

From the normally chilly Russian Arctic to the traditionally sweltering American South, big swaths of the Northern Hemisphere continued to sizzle with extreme heat as the start of summer more resembled the dog days of August with parts of China and Japan setting all-time heat records Friday.

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | China | Arctic | Russia | Japan


Global: Sea-Ice Concentration/Extent/Thickness

  2022-06-23 in Zack Labe

NOTE: Trends and variability in Arctic and Antarctic sea ice are affected by very different atmospheric/oceanic/ice processes and are in opposite seasons! Caution is advised for assessing any stati…

  Tagged under: Oceans | Antarctic | Arctic


Deglacial bottom water warming intensified Arctic methane seepage in the NW Barents Sea - Communications Earth & Environment

  2022-06-16 (or before) in Nature

Phases of high bottom water temperature in the northwestern Barents Sea caused repeated destabilization of methane gas hydrates since the last glacial, according to a foraminifera Mg/Ca bottom water temperature record and hydrate stability modelling

  Tagged under: Arctic | Methane


Why Are Arctic Linkages to Extreme Weather Still up in the Air?

  2022-06-15 (or before) in American Meteorological Society Journals

Abstract Shifting weather patterns, particularly increasing extreme events, are observed in populous midlatitudes, and connections to climate change are becoming clearer. The specific roles of rapid Arctic warming and sea ice loss in this story are a topic of intense research and controversy. Instead of converging on answers however, the science seems as unsettled as ever. Many new studies find evidence supporting Arctic–midlatitude linkages, while others report no robust signals. This article presents my interpretation of recent literature to illuminate possible causes of this discrepancy, which include a low signal-to-no...

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic | Climate Change


New data reveals extraordinary global heating in the Arctic

  2022-06-15 in The Guardian

Temperatures in the Barents Sea region are ‘off the scale’ and may affect extreme weather in the US and Europe

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic


Exceptional warming over the Barents area - Scientific Reports

  2022-06-15 (or before) in Nature

In recent decades, surface air temperature (SAT) data from Global reanalyses points to maximum warming over the northern Barents area. However, a scarcity of observations hampers the confidence of reanalyses in this Arctic hotspot region. Here, we study the warming over the past 20–40 years based on new available SAT observations and a quality controlled comprehensive SAT dataset from the northern archipelagos in the Barents Sea. We identify a statistically significant record-high annual warming of up to 2.7 °C per decade, with a maximum in autumn of up to 4.0 °C per decade. Our results a...

  Tagged under: Arctic


Arctic Circle sees 'highest-ever' recorded temperatures - BBC News

  2022-04-29 (or before) in The BBC

Temperatures are believed to have hit 38C (100F) in one Siberian town after a persistent heatwave.

  Tagged under: Heatwaves | Arctic | Russia


Arctic oil exploration: Potential riches and problems - BBC News

  2022-04-29 (or before) in The BBC

With current oil reserves coping with increased pressure from emerging markets in China and India, the Arctic and its seas are seen as being of crucial importance.

  Tagged under: Arctic


Who owns the Arctic and should they drill for oil and gas? - BBC News

  2022-04-29 (or before) in The BBC

Environmental campaigners are taking Norway to court over drilling in the Arctic.

  Tagged under: Arctic


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The animals at risk from Alaska oil drilling - BBC News

  2022-04-29 (or before) in The BBC

As Donald Trump pushes forward with plans for drilling in the Alaskan wilderness, what is at stake?

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Arctic | Wildlife | Alaska


Heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles alarm climate scientists

  2022-03-20 in The Guardian

Antarctic areas reach 40C above normal at same time as north pole regions hit 30C above usual levels

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Heatwaves | Arctic | Antarctic


Nanoplastic pollution found at both of Earth’s poles for first time

  2022-01-21 in The Guardian

Tiny particles including tyre dust found in ice cores stretching back 50 years, showing global plastic contamination

  Tagged under: Arctic | Microplastics and Nanoplastics | Antarctic


Jet Stream Center-of-Rotation to Shift 17 degrees Southward from North Pole to Greenland with Arcti

  2022-01-14 (or before) in YouTube

When all the sea-ice in the Arctic has vanished from melt and transport, what will happen? This so-called Blue-Ocean-Event (BOE) in the Arctic will mean that...

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Albedo


Unprecedented die-offs, melting ice: Climate change is wreaking havoc in the Arctic and beyond

  2022-01-06 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures and one of the world's most important fisheries.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Climate Change | Fish | Ice Melting


Arctic Report Card 2021

  2021-12-16 (or before) in YouTube

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2021 - Tracking recent environmental changes, with 14 essays prepared by an international team of 111 researchers from 12 diff...

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Ocean Acidification | Rivers | Alaska


Thawing Yedoma permafrost is a neglected nitrous oxide source - Nature Communications

  2021-12-16 (or before) in Nature

During permafrost thaw, nitrogen can be released as the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide, but the magnitude of this flux is unknown. Nitrous oxide emissions from ice-rich permafrost deposits are reported here, showing that emissions increase after thawing and stabilization and could represent an unappreciated positive climate feedback in the Arctic.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Greenhouse Gases


Arctic heat record is like Mediterranean, says UN - BBC News

  2021-12-14 (or before) in The BBC

The highest temperature recorded in the region last year - 38C (100F) - is officially confirmed.

  Tagged under: Arctic


WMO recognizes new Arctic temperature record of 38⁰C

  2021-12-13 in World Meteorological Organization

A temperature of 38°C (100.4°F) in the Russian town of Verkhoyansk on 20 June 2020 has been recognized as a new Arctic temperature record by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

  Tagged under: Arctic | Russia


The Arctic could become dominated by rain rather than snow in some seasons earlier than expected, new study shows - The Washington Post

  2021-11-30 in The Washington Post

Parts of the Arctic could become dominated by rain rather than snow during certain seasons by 2060 or 2070, according to new findings published in the journal Nature, particularly if the Earth continues to warm at its current rate.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


New climate models reveal faster and larger increases in Arctic precipitation than previously projected - Nature Communications

  2021-11-30 (or before) in Nature

The Arctic warms faster than other areas of the planet, which also influences precipitation. Here, the authors show that the latest CMIP6 model ensemble shows a faster Arctic warming and sea-ice loss, causing an earlier transition from a snow- to a rain-dominated Arctic than previously thought.

  Tagged under: Arctic


‘A Trash Heap for Our Children’: How Norilsk, in the Russian Arctic, Became One of the Most Polluted Places on Earth - Inside Climate News

  2021-11-28 in Inside Climate News

This article is part of a series produced in partnership with NBC News and Undark Magazine, a non-profit, editorially independent digital magazine exploring the intersection of science and society. It was 2 a.m. and the sun was shining, as it does day and night in mid-July in Norilsk, a Siberian city 200 miles north of the […]

  Tagged under: Arctic | Russia | Women and Children


The Arctic is on fire: Siberian heat wave alarms scientists | AP News

  2021-10-19 (or before) in Associated Press News

MOSCOW (AP) — The Arctic is feverish and on fire — at least parts of it are. And that’s got scientists worried about what it means for the rest of the world...

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Russia | Health


Russia forest fire damage worst since records began, says Greenpeace

  2021-09-22 in The Guardian

Analysis shows over 18.16m hectares were destroyed in 2021, an absolute record since satellite monitoring began

  Tagged under: Wildfires | Arctic | Greenpeace | Russia | Trees


New Research Explores the Costs of Climate Tipping Points, and How They Could Compound One Another - Inside Climate News

  2021-08-16 in Inside Climate News

Calculating the future cost of global warming is one of society’s most urgent challenges. And that math will depend on the speed of major shifts in Earth’s climate system, like the complete loss of summer Arctic sea ice or the disintegration of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which could raise sea level much faster and […]

  Tagged under: Tipping Points | Arctic | Antarctic | Sea Level


Why Our Forests Are Burning

  2021-08-16 by in Home | Rainforest Alliance

Forests around the world are burning, from the Amazon to the Arctic. As the global alarm sounds, many are asking why our forests are burning—and who is to blame?

  Tagged under: Amazon Rainforest | Arctic | Trees


Smoke from Siberia wildfires reaches north pole in historic first

  2021-08-09 in The Guardian

Occurrence is first since records began and comes as Russian weather officials warn blazes are worsening

  Tagged under: Wildfires | Arctic | Russia


Climate crisis: Siberian heatwave led to new methane emissions, study says

  2021-08-02 in The Guardian

Leak of potent greenhouse gas is currently small but further research is urgently needed, say scientists

  Tagged under: Heatwaves | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Methane | Russia


Arctic thriller’s film crew struggled to find true frozen waste

  2021-08-01 in The Guardian

Colin Farrell and his co-stars in the BBC’s North Water shocked at the loss of wilderness at the north pole from global heating

  Tagged under: Arctic


Surface Conditions: Polar Portal

  2021-07-30 (or before) in Forsiden: Polar Portal

The Danish arctic research institutions present updated knowledge on the condition of two major components of the Arctic: The Greenland Ice Sheet and the sea ice.

  Tagged under: Arctic


Greenland suspends oil exploration because of climate change | AP News

  2021-07-18 (or before) in Associated Press News

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The left-leaning government of Greenland has decided to suspend all oil exploration off the world’s largest island, calling it is “a natural step” because the Arctic government “takes the climate crisis seriously.”

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


On avoiding dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system: Formidable challenges ahead

  2021-07-04 (or before) in PNAS - Proceedings of the National Academy of Science

The observed increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) since the preindustrial era has most likely committed the world to a warming of 2.4°C (1.4°C to 4.3°C) above the preindustrial surface temperatures. The committed warming is inferred from the most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates of the greenhouse forcing and climate sensitivity. The estimated warming of 2.4°C is the equilibrium warming above preindustrial temperatures that the world will observe even if GHG concentrations are held fixed at their 2005 concentration levels but without any other anthropogenic forc...

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | IPCC | Climate Change | Sea Level | Climate Change Mitigation | Tipping Points


Arctic sea ice thinning twice as fast as thought, study finds

  2021-06-04 in The Guardian

Less ice means more global heating, a vicious cycle that also leaves the region open to new oil extraction

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Sea Level


‘Birthplace of Ice’ in Russia’s Arctic Sees Record-Breaking Start to Melting Season - The Moscow Times

  2021-06-02 by in The Moscow Times

The Laptev Sea plays a crucial role in generating ice coverage for the entire Arctic.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Ice Melting | Russia


Greenland’s ice sheet is releasing huge amounts of mercury into rivers

  2021-05-25 (or before) by in New Scientist

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Rivers


START - Arctic biodiversity, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

  2021-05-20 (or before) in Arctic biodiversity, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)

Arctic biodiversity is a site for information on status and trends of the Arctic's living resources. The site contains conclusions from the projects and activities of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council. CAFF's mandate is to address the conservation of Arctic biodiversity, and to communicate its findings to the governments and residents of the Arctic, helping to promote practices which ensure the sustainability of the Arctic’s living resources. It does so through various monitoring, assessment and expert group activities.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Wildlife | Sustainability


The future sea-level contribution of the Greenland ice sheet: a multi-model ensemble study of ISMIP6

  2021-05-17 (or before) in TC - Recent

<p><strong class="journal-contentHeaderColor">Abstract.</strong> The Greenland ice sheet is one of the largest contributors to global mean sea-level rise today and is expected to continue to lose mass as the Arctic continues to warm. The two predominant mass loss mechanisms are increased surface meltwater run-off and mass loss associated with the retreat of marine-terminating outlet glaciers. In this paper we use a large ensemble of Greenland ice sheet models forced by output from a representative subset of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP5) global climate models to project ice sheet changes and ...

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change | Sea Level


Number of ships sailing the Northwest Passage up by 44%

  2021-04-14 by in offshore-energy.biz

Ships entering the Northwest Passage area increased 44% from 2013 to 2019, the latest report from the Arctic Council shows.

  Tagged under: Arctic


Snow chaos in Europe caused by melting sea-ice in the Arctic

  2021-04-14 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

They are diligently stoking thousands of bonfires on the ground close to their crops, but the French winemakers are fighting a losing battle. An above-average warm spell at the end of March has been followed by days of extreme frost, destroying the vines with losses amounting to 90 percent above average. The image of the struggle may well be the most depressingly beautiful illustration of the complexities and unpredictability of global climate warming. It is also an agricultural disaster from Bordeaux to Champagne.

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic | Ice Melting | France


The Terrifying Warning Lurking in the Earth’s Ancient Rock Record

  2021-02-06 (or before) by in The Atlantic

Our climate models could be missing something big.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Extreme Weather | Rainforests | Arctic | Climate Change | Antarctic | Sea Level


Global ice loss increases at record rate

  2021-01-25 (or before) by in University of Leeds

The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up, according to new research.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Antarctic


Clothes washing linked to ‘pervasive’ plastic pollution in the Arctic

  2021-01-12 in The Guardian

Polyester fibres that injure marine life were found in sea water across region

  Tagged under: Arctic | Wildlife


Climate crisis: 2020 was joint hottest year ever recorded

  2021-01-08 in The Guardian

Global heating continued unabated despite Covid lockdowns, with record Arctic wildfires and Atlantic tropical storms

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Arctic | Fossil Fuels | El Niño


Federal appeals court rejects Trump administration permit for offshore oil project in Arctic Alaska

  2021-01-06 (or before) in Anchorage Daily News: Alaska News, Politics, Outdoors, Science and Events

Agencies did not follow environmental requirements in reviews that led to the permit, the court said.

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Arctic | Alaska


Trump kick-starts oil drilling licence sales in Arctic refuge

  2020-12-03 in The Guardian

Fossil fuel extraction sell-off in pristine Alaskan wilderness set for 6 January, predating Biden inauguration by days

  Tagged under: Oceans | Joe Biden | Donald Trump | Arctic | Wildlife | Alaska


Bank of America Says It Won’t Finance Oil and Gas Exploration in the Arctic

  2020-12-01 (or before) in Bloomberg

Bank of America Corp. said that it won’t provide project financing for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic after facing opposition from environmentalists.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Washington State | Finance


As high Arctic ecosystems collapse, scientists call for increased protection | Nunatsiaq News

  2020-12-01 by in Nunatsiaq News | Newspaper of record for Nunavut, and the Nunavik territory of Quebec.

When Warwick Vincent, a Laval University biology professor and a Canada research chair in aquatic ecosystem studies, first visited northern Ellesmere

  Tagged under: Arctic | Collapse


Past perspectives on the present era of abrupt Arctic climate change - Nature Climate Change

  2020-11-22 (or before) in Nature

In recent decades, the Arctic has warmed at over twice the global rate. This Perspective places these trends into the context of abrupt Dansgaard–Oeschger warming events in the palaeoclimate record, arguing that the contemporary Arctic is undergoing comparably abrupt climate change.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


A destructive legacy: Trump bids for final hack at environmental protections

  2020-11-21 in The Guardian

Administration finishing off regulatory moves to lock in drilling, loosen wildlife protections and roll back pollution standards

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Arctic | Wildlife


Climate crisis hits the Supreme Court of Norway - Greenpeace International

  2020-11-06 (or before) in Greenpeace

“Opening up the Arctic for oil drilling in the time of climate emergency is unacceptable, and the Norwegian government must be held accountable."

  Tagged under: Arctic | Greenpeace


Arctic methane deposits 'starting to release', scientists say

  2020-10-27 in The Guardian

Exclusive: expedition says preliminary findings indicate that new source of greenhouse gas off East Siberian coast has been triggered

  Tagged under: Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Methane | Russia


The Arctic is in a death spiral. How much longer will it exist?

  2020-10-26 (or before) in The Guardian

The region is unravelling faster than anyone could once have predicted. But there may still be time to act

  Tagged under: Arctic | Predictions | Climate Change | Ice Melting


War on NOAA? A Climate Denier’s Arrival Raises Fears the Agency's Climate Mission Is Under Attack - Inside Climate News

  2020-10-25 in Inside Climate News

In the shadow of the Trump administration’s dismissal of climate change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has continued to press on with its work measuring the breadth and pace of the climate crisis. So far in 2020, NOAA recorded the nation’s hottest summer on record, the second-lowest Arctic sea ice minimum and the greatest […]

  Tagged under: Oceans | Donald Trump | Arctic | Climate Change


New Climate Warnings in Old Permafrost: 'It’s a Little Scary Because it’s Happening Under Our Feet.' - Inside Climate News

  2020-10-16 in Inside Climate News

A dive deep into 27,000 years worth of muck piled up on the bottom of the Arctic Ocean has spurred researchers to renew warnings about a potential surge of greenhouse gas emissions from thawing permafrost. By tracking chemical and organic fingerprints in long-buried layers of sediments remaining from previously frozen ground, the scientists showed that […]

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change


'This Is Truly Terrifying': Scientists Studying Underwater Permafrost Thaw Find Area of the Arctic Ocean 'Boiling With Methane Bubbles'

  2020-10-14 (or before) in Common Dreams

this is the most powerful

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Methane


German research vessel to return from 'dying Arctic' | DW | 12.10.2020

  2020-10-12 (or before) by in Deutsche Welle

The German Alfred Wegener Institute's Polarstern ship is set to return to the port on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a "dying Arctic Ocean" and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Climate Change


More than 400 sealed ‘craters’ are ticking time bombs from a total 7000+ Arctic permafrost mounds

  2020-09-12 (or before) in Siberian Times - all about Siberia, in English

Dissecting them like surgical abscesses to release the gas seen as one solution to avoid future eruptions.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Russia


Trump in final push to open up Alaska's Arctic refuge to oil and gas drilling

  2020-08-17 in The Guardian

Interior department to reportedly auction leases before year’s end as critics condemn plan to drill in America’s ‘last great wilderness’

  Tagged under: Donald Trump | Arctic | Wildlife | Fossil Fuels | Alaska


Pools of Water Atop Sea Ice in the Arctic May Lead it to Melt Away Sooner Than Expected - Inside Climate News

  2020-08-11 in Inside Climate News

The thickening atmospheric stew of greenhouse gases is punching holes in Arctic sea ice, leading it to crumble at a rapidly increasing rate. Last spring, ponds of meltwater on the ice sped the melting of the glossy shield that reflects incoming heat from the sun back to space. By July, the ice had dwindled to […]

  Tagged under: Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Ice Melting


Canadian ice shelf area bigger than Manhattan collapses due to rising temperatures

  2020-08-07 in The Guardian

Last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic lost more than 40% of its areas in two days at the end of July

  Tagged under: Arctic | Collapse


Canada's Last Fully Intact Arctic Ice Shelf Collapses

  2020-08-07 in HuffPost - Breaking News, U.S. and World News | HuffPost

The Arctic has been warming at twice the global rate for the past 30 years.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change | Collapse


Most polar bears to disappear by 2100, study predicts

  2020-07-20 in The Guardian

Melting Arctic sea ice could cause starvation and reproductive failure for many as early as 2040, scientists warn

  Tagged under: Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Predictions | Wildlife | Ice Melting | Russia | Alaska


Climate change made Siberian heatwave 600 times more likely – study

  2020-07-15 in The Guardian

Human fingerprint on record temperatures ‘has rarely, if ever, been clearer’

  Tagged under: Heatwaves | Arctic | Climate Change | Russia


Climate change: New forecasts predict rising average temperatures, a warming Arctic and more Atlantic storms

  2020-07-09 (or before) in Sky News

The analysis suggests annual global temperatures at least 1C above pre-industrial levels in each year between 2020 and 2024.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Predictions | Climate Change


Arctic warming, as seen by Alaska’s Native Inupiat - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

  2020-07-08 in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

We’re taking on all the risks of these global and environmental changes, said one Native Inupiat whaling captain. “The train wreck is here... we’re just looking at it and trying to figure out: What do we do now? Who’s responsible? Now we have to deal with it.”

  Tagged under: Arctic | Alaska


The Arctic heatwave: here's what we know | Tamsin Edwards

  2020-06-25 in The Guardian

It’s 38°C in Siberia. The science may be complicated – but the need for action now couldn’t be clearer, says climate scientist Tamsin Edwards

  Tagged under: Heatwaves | Arctic | Russia


Climate crisis: alarm at record-breaking heatwave in Siberia

  2020-06-17 in The Guardian

Unusually high temperatures in region linked to wildfires, oil spill and moth swarms

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Heatwaves | Arctic | Russia


‘Zombie’ wildfires threaten Arctic Russia, scientists warn

  2020-06-01 (or before) in The Independent Barents Observer |

  Tagged under: Russia | Wildfires | Arctic


Ice-free Arctic summers now very likely even with climate action

  2020-04-21 in The Guardian

Scientists surprised by latest results but say carbon cuts remain vital to prevent ice loss becoming permanent

  Tagged under: Arctic | Greenhouse Gases


Scientists confirm dramatic melting of Greenland ice sheet

  2020-04-15 in The Guardian

Study reveals loss largely due to high pressure zone not taken into account by climate models

  Tagged under: Arctic | Ice Melting


Climate Destabilization Unlikely to Cause Methane 'Burp'

  2020-02-20 (or before) in Scripps Institution of Oceanography

A long-feared scenario in which global warming causes Arctic permafrost to melt and release enough greenhouse gas to accelerate warming and cause catastrophe probably won’t happen.

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Methane | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases


Goldman Sachs Curbs New Lending on Coal and Arctic Oil

  2019-12-19 (or before) in Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has tightened its policy on fossil fuel financing in a move welcomed by environmental groups, just as global talks on climate change faltered in Madrid over the weekend.

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Coal | Climate Change


Large loss of CO2 in winter observed across the northern permafrost region

  2019-12-11 (or before) in Nature

Recent warming in the Arctic, which has been amplified during the winter1–3, greatly enhances microbial decomposition of soil organic matter and subsequent release of carbon dioxide (CO2)4. However, the amount of CO2 released in winter is not known and has not been well represented by ecosystem models or empirically based estimates5,6. Here we synthesize regional in situ observations of CO2 flux from Arctic and boreal soils to assess current and future winter carbon losses from the northern permafrost domain. We estimate a contemporary loss of 1,662 TgC per year from the permafrost region during the winter season (O...

  Tagged under: Arctic | Predictions


Arctic report card: Melting permafrost is transforming the region into a carbon source - The Washington Post

  2019-12-10 in The Washington Post

A new federal report on the Arctic finds the region is in the midst of drastic and sudden changes as a result of human-caused warming.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Russia's Taymyr plan: Arctic coal for India risks pollution - BBC News

  2019-11-30 (or before) in BBC

A huge wildlife haven is at risk as Russian coal ships exploit melting Arctic ice in Siberia.

  Tagged under: India | Arctic | Coal | Wildlife | Ice Melting | Russia


Warm ocean water delays sea ice for Alaska towns, wildlife | AP News

  2019-11-19 (or before) in Associated Press News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. research vessel Sikuliaq can break through ice as thick as 2.5 feet (0.76 meters). In the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska this month, which should be brimming with floes, its limits likely won’t be tested.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Wildlife | Alaska


The age of Arctic sea ice

  2019-11-14 (or before) in YouTube

New research finds the Arctic’s oldest and thickest ice is more mobile and is vanishing twice as fast as ice in the rest of the Arctic. The new study in AGU’...

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Climate warming is changing Arctic freshwater ecosystems

  2019-10-25 in The Freshwater Blog

The Delta River in Alaska. Much of the river's watershed consists of arctic tundra, which is at risk from climate warming. Image: Bureau of Land Management | Flickr Creative Commons Biodiversity in arctic lakes, rivers and wetlands is increasingly threatened by climate warming, according to a report published earlier this year. It is suggested that…

  Tagged under: Arctic | Rivers | Wetlands | Alaska


Large loss of CO2 in winter observed across the northern permafrost region - Nature Climate Change

  2019-10-22 (or before) in Nature

Winter warming in the Arctic will increase the CO2 flux from soils. A pan-Arctic analysis shows a current loss of 1,662‚ÄâTgC per year over the winter, exceeding estimated carbon uptake in the growing season; projections suggest a 17% increase under RCP 4.5 and a 41% increase under RCP 8.5 by 2100.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Melting glaciers reveal five new islands in the Arctic

  2019-10-22 in The Guardian

Russian navy discovers yet-to-be-named islands previously hidden under glaciers

  Tagged under: Arctic | Russia


Tracing the journey of microplastics in the Arctic

  2019-10-17 (or before) in Phys.org - News and Articles on Science and Technology

By now it's well established that microplastics are a problem in the environment, even in the remotest parts of the planet. But where do different microplastics come from and how they get there, especially in the Arctic?

  Tagged under: Microplastics and Nanoplastics | Arctic


Climate change is making it easier to send ships through the Arctic - Axios

  2019-10-13 (or before) by in Axios

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


East Siberian Sea Is Boiling With Methane - EcoWatch

  2019-10-09 in EcoWatch - For a Healthier Planet and Life

Russian scientists on an Arctic expedition have discovered, for the first time, methane "boiling" on the surface of the water that is visible to the naked eye. The methane is so pronounced that it can be scooped from the water in buckets. The research team found the methane leak east of Bennett Island in the East Siberian Sea.

  Tagged under: Arctic | Methane | Russia


Arctic sea ice decline - Wikipedia

  2019-09-22 (or before) in Wikipedia

  Tagged under: Arctic


The climate crisis explained in 10 charts

  2019-09-19 in The Guardian

From the rise and rise of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to possible solutions

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Antarctic | Wildlife | Fossil Fuels


Air Temperature| ACCAP

  2019-09-04 in ACCAP - Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy

Air Temperature Includes historical analyses, spatial trends, and changes in extremes Temperatures in Alaska and the Arctic are rising twice as fast as other parts of the U.S. and-except for sea ic…

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic | Alaska


Cascading Consequences of the Loss of Arctic Sea Ice

  2019-08-26 in Kevin Hester

“Losing the remaining Arctic sea ice and its ability to reflect incoming solar energy back to space would be equivalent to adding one trillion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, on top of the 2.4…

  Tagged under: Arctic


NASA Studies How Arctic Wildfires Change the World – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

  2019-08-17 (or before) by in Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA is studying why boreal forest and tundra fires have become more frequent and powerful and what that means for climate forecasting, ecosystems and human health.

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Wildfires | Science | Arctic | Climate Change | Forest Fires | Health | Trees


North Pole: multiple lightning strikes follow record-low sea ice levels

  2019-08-13 in The Guardian

‘Furthest north lightning strikes in Alaska forecaster memory’ hit as high temperatures and widespread fires plague region

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Arctic | Sea Level | Alaska


Polar cruise boom harming the Arctic, explorer warns

  2019-08-13 in The Guardian

German adventurer Arved Fuchs says he has seen Inuit villages flooded with gawping tourists – ‘Party ships have no place here’

  Tagged under: Arctic


'Ecological grief': Greenland residents traumatised by climate emergency

  2019-08-12 by Dan McDougall in The Guardian

Islanders are struggling to reconcile impact of global heating with traditional way of life, survey finds

  Tagged under: Arctic | Ice Melting | Global Warming | Greenland | Climate Anxiety and Grief | Climate Change


Arctic wildfires spew soot and smoke cloud bigger than EU

  2019-08-12 in The Guardian

Plume from unprecedented blazes forecast to reach Alaska as fires rage for third month

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Russia | Alaska


Alaska records warmest month ever in July with coastline barren of sea ice

  2019-08-08 in The Guardian

Average temperature for month amid Arctic heatwave was 58.1F (14.5C), nearly 1F above previous high set in July 2004

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Heatwaves | Arctic | Alaska


Starvation deaths of 200 reindeer in Arctic caused by climate crisis, say researchers

  2019-07-30 in The Guardian

Comparable death toll has been recorded only once before, says Norwegian Polar Institute

  Tagged under: Arctic | Climate Change


Oceans Are Melting Glaciers from Below Much Faster than Predicted, Study Finds - Inside Climate News

  2019-07-25 in Inside Climate News

Beneath the ocean’s surface, glaciers may be melting 10 to 100 times faster than previously believed, new research shows.  Until now, scientists had a limited understanding of what happens under the water at the point where land-based glaciers meet the sea. Using a combination of radar, sonar and time-lapse photography, a team of researchers has […]

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Predictions | Climate Change | Antarctic


Research Highlight: Loss of Arctic's Reflective Sea Ice Will Advance Global Warming by 25 Years

  2019-07-19 in Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Losing the remaining Arctic sea ice and its ability to reflect incoming solar energy back to space would be equivalent to adding one trillion tons of CO2 to the atmosphere, on top of the 2.4 trillion tons emitted since the Industrial Age, according to current and former researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Solar Energy | Ice Melting | Global Warming | Arctic


Skipping a flight might not save the Arctic, but it means you care | Oliver Burkeman

  2019-07-19 in The Guardian

There are no strictly rational grounds for making personal sacrifices for the climate

  Tagged under: Arctic | Health


Arctic wildfires emitted as much CO2 in June as Sweden does in a year

  2019-07-12 in The Guardian

Wildfires this year have been at an unusual intensity despite being common in the northern hemisphere between May and October

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Wildfires | Arctic | Russia


'Precipitous' fall in Antarctic sea ice since 2014 revealed

  2019-07-02 in The Guardian

Plunge is far faster than in Arctic and may lead to more global heating, say scientists

  Tagged under: Arctic | Antarctic


Scientists shocked by Arctic permafrost thawing 70 years sooner than predicted

  2019-06-18 in The Guardian

Weakened permafrost in Canadian Arctic a further sign that global climate crisis accelerating faster than scientists had feared

  Tagged under: Arctic | Predictions


Harvard chemist: Permafrost N2O levels 12 times higher than expected

  2019-06-06 in Harvard Gazette

A recent study shows that nitrous-oxide emissions from thawing Alaskan permafrost are about 12 times higher than previously assumed. About a quarter of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in permafrost, which is thawing at an increasing rate. And, even though researchers are monitoring carbon dioxide and methane, no one seems to be monitoring N2O, the most potent greenhouse gas.

  Tagged under: Oceans | Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Methane | Alaska | Sustainability


BP pushed for Arctic drilling rights after Trump's election

  2019-05-19 in The Guardian

Despite PR damage over earlier spills, documents show oil firm pressed for reduced regulation

  Tagged under: BP | Donald Trump | Arctic


Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact – study

  2019-04-23 in The Guardian

Study shows how destabilised natural systems will worsen man-made problem

  Tagged under: Arctic | Greenhouse Gases | Climate Change


Norway refuses to drill for billions of barrels of oil in Arctic region

  2019-04-09 by in The Hill

Politicians in Norway have signaled a shift on their support for oil exploration in the Arctic, delivering a major blow to the country's powerful oil industry.

  Tagged under: Arctic


Researchers Warn Arctic Has Entered 'Unprecedented State' That Threatens Global Climate Stability

  2019-04-08 in Common Dreams

"Never have so many Arctic indicators been brought together in a single paper." And the findings spell trouble for the entire planet.

  Tagged under: Arctic


Arctic Bogs Hold Another Global Warming Risk That Could Spiral Out of Control - Inside Climate News

  2019-02-19 in Inside Climate News

Increasing spring rains in the Arctic could double the increase in methane emissions from the region by hastening the rate of thawing in permafrost, new research suggests. The findings are cause for concern because spring rains are anticipated to occur more frequently as the region warms. The release of methane, a short-lived climate pollutant more […]

  Tagged under: Arctic | Methane | Climate Change


Greenland’s Melting Ice Nears a ‘Tipping Point,’ Scientists Say (Published 2019)

  2019-01-21 in The New York Times

  Tagged under: Oceans | Tipping Points | Arctic | Ice Melting


The Guardian view on climate change: too much, too soon | Editorial

  2018-12-05 in The Guardian

Editorial: We are losing the war against climate change; the use of fossil fuels is driving higher carbon emissions when they need to be coming down

  Tagged under: Renewable Energy | Bolsonaro | Arctic | Coal | Climate Change | Fossil Fuels


Taller Arctic Plants Could Speed Dangerous Warming Feedback Loop - EcoWatch

  2018-09-27 in EcoWatch - For a Healthier Planet and Life

Climate change is giving Arctic plants a growth spurt. A study published in Nature examined seven key plant characteristics over 30 years of warming at 117 locations in the Arctic or alpine tundra and found that plants were growing taller at all locations studied. Plant height could actually speed up as well as signal the warming process.

  Tagged under: Global Warming | Arctic | Climate Change


Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

  2018-08-21 in The Guardian

Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scary

  Tagged under: Arctic


Summer weather is getting 'stuck' due to Arctic warming

  2018-08-20 in The Guardian

Rising Arctic temperatures mean we face a future of ‘extreme extremes’ where sunny days become heatwaves and rain becomes floods, study says

  Tagged under: Extreme Weather | Heatwaves | Arctic


These Climate Pollutants Don't Last Long, But They’re Wreaking Havoc on the Arctic - Inside Climate News

  2018-03-19 in Inside Climate News

When people talk about climate change, the focus is often on carbon dioxide, and for good reason. The CO2 pumped into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels today will hang around for centuries, building up over time and continuing to warm the planet. It isn’t the only culprit, though. Mixing in are other pollutants that […]

  Tagged under: Arctic | Methane | Climate Change


Arctic: Sea-Ice Concentration/Extent

  2016-10-03 in Zack Labe

My visualizations: Arctic Climate Seasonality and Variability Arctic Sea Ice Extent and Concentration Arctic Sea Ice Volume and Thickness Arctic Temperatures Antarctic Sea Ice Extent and Concentrat…

  Tagged under: Arctic | Antarctic


Arctic Sea Ice Volume/Thickness

  2016-10-03 in University of California, Irvine

Under Construction Refereed/Peer-Reviewed Publications: [2] Labe, Z.M., Y. Peings, and G. Magnusdottir (2018), Contributions of ice thickness to the atmospheric response from projected Arctic sea i…

  Tagged under: Arctic


Antarctic: Sea-Ice Concentration/Extent/Thickness

  2016-10-03 in Zack Labe

My visualizations: Arctic Climate Seasonality and Variability Arctic Sea Ice Extent and Concentration Arctic Sea Ice Volume and Thickness Arctic Temperatures Antarctic Sea Ice Extent and Concentrat…

  Tagged under: Antarctic | Arctic


Arctic Sea Ice Figures

  2016-08-22 in University of California, Irvine

Under Construction Resources: More real-time Arctic products are available: Arctic Sea Ice Extent and Concentration Antarctic Sea Ice Extent and Concentration Arctic Sea Ice Volume and Thickness Ar…

  Tagged under: Arctic | Antarctic


Seven facts you need to know about the Arctic methane timebomb | Nafeez Ahmed

  2013-08-05 in The Guardian

Nafeez Ahmed: Dismissals of catastrophic methane danger ignore robust science in favour of outdated mythology of climate safety

  Tagged under: Arctic | Methane


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