arctic

‘Biggest Threat Yet’ to Arctic Refuge as Trump Readies Last-Minute Lease Sale

‘Biggest Threat Yet’ to Arctic Refuge as Trump Readies Last-Minute Lease Sale

By Andrea Germanos “The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge faces its biggest threat yet.” That’s the warning issued by the National Audubon Society on Tuesday — a day before the Trump administration is set to sell oil and gas leasing rights in the refuge’s coastal plain, a biodiversity hotspot of critical importance to the Gwich’in people […]

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    Court Rejects Trump’s Arctic Drilling Proposal in ‘Huge Victory for Polar Bears and Our Climate’

    Court Rejects Trump’s Arctic Drilling Proposal in ‘Huge Victory for Polar Bears and Our Climate’

    By Jessica Corbett Climate action advocates and wildlife defenders celebrated Monday after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit rejected the Trump administration’s approval of Liberty, a proposed offshore oil-drilling project in federal Arctic waters that opponents warned would endanger local communities, animals, and the environment. “This is a huge victory for polar […]

    Bank of America Promises It Won’t Fund Arctic Drilling

    Bank of America Promises It Won’t Fund Arctic Drilling

    After ongoing pressure from environmental groups and Indigenous communities, Bank of America has said it will not finance any oil and gas exploration in the Arctic, making it the last major U.S. financial institution to do so. The decision is especially significant because outgoing President Donald Trump has opened up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge […]

    Sea Ice Still Hasn’t Formed off of Siberia and Scientists Are Worried

    Sea Ice Still Hasn’t Formed off of Siberia and Scientists Are Worried

    By Sharon Guynup At this time of year, in Russia’s far north Laptev Sea, the sun hovers near the horizon during the day, generating little warmth, as the region heads towards months of polar night. By late September or early October, the sea’s shallow waters should be a vast, frozen expanse. But not this year. […]

    EU: Earth Has Experienced Its Warmest September on Record

    EU: Earth Has Experienced Its Warmest September on Record

    The Earth has experienced its warmest September since record-keeping began, according to a European Union agency’s report published Wednesday. The Copernicus Climate Change Service, which tracks global temperatures, published statistics that show 2020 is, so far, tying with 2016 for the warmest calendar year. Global temperatures in January, May and September exceeded those in 2016 […]

    Growing Underwater Heat Blob Is Speeding Demise of Arctic Sea Ice

    Growing Underwater Heat Blob Is Speeding Demise of Arctic Sea Ice

    A recent Science Magazine feature blamed an underwater heat blob for exacerbating sea ice loss as it proclaimed what many Arctic scientists already know: Arctic sea ice is racing toward its demise. Even without the blob, ice levels were already catastrophically low. “There can be little doubt that the vast majority of Earth’s ice loss […]