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    Both North and South Poles See Unusually High Heat

    Both North and South Poles See Unusually High Heat

    Both the North and South polar regions saw anomalous heat on Friday. Temperatures in parts of Antarctica were more than 70 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average, while temperatures in parts of the Arctic were more than 50 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average. This is notable because the Arctic is entering its spring, while Antarctica is […]

    Why Are Large Sinkholes Opening in the Arctic Seabed?

    Why Are Large Sinkholes Opening in the Arctic Seabed?

    Something unusual is happening in the depths of the Arctic ocean: sinkholes are opening up on the seabed, some as large as a city block!  This discovery, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, was based on high-resolution bathymetric surveys of the Canadian Beaufort Sea. “We know that big changes […]

    We Saved the Puffins. Now a Warming Planet Is Unraveling That Work.

    We Saved the Puffins. Now a Warming Planet Is Unraveling That Work.

    I stepped onto the battlefield of climate change, sidestepping carcass after carcass. In the grass were the remains of Arctic terns, common terns, and roseate terns. Along the boulders, researchers pointed out dead puffin chicks. As other climate war zones smolder with wildfire embers, are strewn with flattened homes, or marked by bleached coral, the signature of conflict on a seabird island in the Gulf of Maine is a maddening quietude.

    Beavers Are Migrating North, Altering the Arctic Environment

    Beavers Are Migrating North, Altering the Arctic Environment

    As the Arctic continues to warm, creatures who hadn’t previously inhabited the far northern landscape are taking up residence, including those who build their own homes: beavers. And they’re not only part of the migration of animals taking advantage of the warmer climate — their actions are exacerbating the climate crisis.