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A New Arctic Is Emerging, Thanks to Climate Change

Scientists often speak of a “new Arctic” to describe the region’s rapidly changing landscape. Temperatures are skyrocketing, sea ice is dwindling and many experts believe the far north is quickly transforming into something unrecognizable. This week, new research confirms that a new Arctic climate system is, indeed, emerging. In fact, some aspects of the Arctic climate have…

Arctic ocean moorings shed light on winter sea ice loss

Scientists prepare to deploy ocean moorings used to understand sea ice loss in the eastern Arctic Ocean. Credit: Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System. The eastern Arctic Ocean's winter ice grew less than half as much as normal during the past decade, due to the growing influence of heat from the ocean's interior, researchers have…

Scientists on Arctic mission make unplanned detour to pole

Frank Jordans, Associated Press Updated 6:38 am CDT, Wednesday, August 19, 2020 BERLIN (AP) — A German icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international expedition in the high Arctic has reached the North Pole, after making an unplanned detour because of lighter-than-usual sea ice conditions. Expedition leader Markus Rex said Wednesday the RV Polarstern was able…

Arctic fires released more carbon in two months than Scandinavia will all year

my world's on fire, how 'bout yours? Almost exactly a year ago, we reported that June and July wildfires in the Arctic had released as much carbon as Belgium does in an entire year — an unprecedented summertime burn that would amplify the region’s climate change–fueled fever. But everything, apparently, is worse in 2020, including…

Arctic wastewater dump near Russia’s Norilsk was toxic, says Greenpeace

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Water samples taken by Greenpeace in Russia’s Arctic at the site of a wastewater dump by mining giant Norilsk Nickel contained 50 times the permitted level of toxic substances, the environmental campaign group said on Wednesday. The miner admitted last month its Talnakh metals processing plant had used pumps to dump industrial…

Why Arctic sea ice just crashed to an extreme, record low

By Mark Kaufman2020-07-21 15:13:08 UTC Where there should be ice-clad seas, there is vast, open ocean. Arctic sea ice — declining now for decades — has plummeted to a record-low for this time of year. The oceans above Russia and Siberia have a particularly glaring lack of ice.  "Right now it’s quite extreme," said Walt…

Arctic Ocean alters driven by sub-Arctic seas

New research explores how lower-latitude oceans drive complex changes in the Arctic Ocean, pushing the region into a new reality distinct from the 20th-century norm. The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Finnish Meteorological Institute led the international effort, which included researchers from six countries. The first of several related papers was published this month in…

As the Arctic warms, the Inupiat adjust

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Utqiagvik sits at the very tip of the United States, saddled against the Arctic Ocean. The Alaska Native Inupiat are set apart from other Indigenous peoples by their subsistence hunting of the bowhead whale. Even…

Arctic explorers discover abnormally thin ice as a result of climate modification

By Adam Vaughan The Polarstern icebreaker shipLianna Nixon/MOSAiC The biggest ever science expedition to the Arctic encountered extremely thin sea ice, which could threaten future efforts to study the region. A team on board the Polarstern icebreaker ship began drifting last September until their vessel became locked in an ice floe. In the area off the…

Russian Arctic sets ‘fantastical’ heat records: weather chief

Russia struggles with wildfires in its remote taiga every summer The Russian Arctic set record temperatures in June that sparked abnormal tundra fires, the head of Russia's weather service said Tuesday, blaming climate change for the "fantastical" anomalies. Russia's northern territories, including parts of Yakutia region which borders the Arctic ocean, have faced a heat…

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Here are the winners of the 2020 Ig Nobel Prizes to make you laugh, then believe

Can you tell a narcissist by their eyebrows? — This year's ceremony was held virtually (thanks, coronavirus), but the fun remained. Jennifer Ouellette - Sep 17, 2020 10:00 pm UTC The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony: introducing 10 new Ig Nobel Prize winners, each of whom has done something that makes people laugh,…

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