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Category / Arctic Sea Ice

Things in the middle of the Arctic are getting really strange

In the deep middle of the remote Arctic Ocean, things are amiss. With the passage of summer, the ice — diminished by the warm season — is expected to regrow as frigid temperatures envelope the Arctic.  But, this year, it’s not.  Specifically, sea ice in the Central Arctic basin — a massive region of ocean...CONTINUE READING
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An appreciation of the persistently grim tweets from the Norway Ice Service

Monday through Friday of each week, the Norwegian Ice Service, a government agency within the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, tweets out rather dismal news about the state of the thawing Arctic. But these tweets aren’t intended to be grim. They’re simply an objective account of the modern Arctic reality. Each morning, the agency puts the current...CONTINUE READING
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Arctic ice hit one of its lowest points on record, but there’s another grim statistic

Sea ice in the Arctic has just about melted to its lowest point of 2018, and this reinforces a trend of dwindling ice atop the globe — where the climate is warming two to three times faster than the rest of the planet. As of last week, it’s the sixth-lowest ice extent — known as the...CONTINUE READING
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Arctic sea ice is loaded with plastic litter from cigarettes and paint

In 2014, scientists clad in thick neon orange suits stepped off a research vessel and visited five different patches of pristine-looking Arctic sea ice. As these researchers discovered, the blinding white ice in the remote north looks awfully pure, but its appearance is deceiving.  After removing cores of ice from the frozen ground, the research...CONTINUE READING
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Researchers hit back at climate change deniers twisting polar bear science

Most polar bear populations are in okay shape today, and this comes with a problem: Climate change deniers, often in the form of bloggers, employ this fleeting reality to promote skepticism about the idea that the planet is warming. The broad argument is that if polar bears — who largely depend on Arctic sea ice...CONTINUE READING
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More ambitious pollution cuts could save Arctic sea ice and the species that depend on it

The loss of Arctic sea ice is one of the clearest signs of human-caused climate change, and there’s been nothing but blinking red alarms coming from the top of the world lately. The past four winters have seen such anemic sea ice growth that they’ve been the lowest four maximum sea ice extents since 1979. ...CONTINUE READING
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Thawing chunks of Arctic sea ice trapped and sunk boats in the Atlantic Ocean

In the spring of 2017, a thick-hulled icebreaking research vessel, the Amundsen, had left its Quebec port en route to a research cruise in Hudson Bay. But the scientists aboard never made it to their destination: The Amundsen was diverted to rescue unsuspecting ships that had become entrapped by Arctic ice floes that moved into...CONTINUE READING
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4th nor’easter this month takes aim at East Coast with jet stream stuck on repeat

The calendar may say it’s the first day of spring, but it will seem more like the movie Groundhog Day along the East Coast on Tuesday. The fourth nor’easter in just three weeks will begin to take shape across the Mid-Atlantic, as the first of two waves of low pressure spreads a wintry mix of...CONTINUE READING
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