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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.

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    How an Arctic City Became One of the World’s Most Polluted Places

    How an Arctic City Became One of the World’s Most Polluted Places

    In Norilsk, the northernmost city in the world, the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world, but the permafrost and structural problems have not been caused by climate change alone. A smelting company has polluted rivers and destroyed boreal forest. Norilsk, population 176,000, is known by environmentalists and the Russian […]

    Polar Bear Week Is Almost Here

    Polar Bear Week Is Almost Here

    By Geoff York Whenever I’m fortunate enough to travel north, the stress of daily life seems to fall away with each mile as one goes further away from built environments and closer to raw nature. Returning to Churchill, the small community on the shores of Hudson Bay, is no different. Churchill has a slower pace […]

    How Arctic Warming Triggers Extreme Cold Waves Like the Texas Freeze

    How Arctic Warming Triggers Extreme Cold Waves Like the Texas Freeze

    By Mathew Barlow and Judah Cohen In February 2021, in the midst of rapidly warming global temperatures, an exceptionally severe cold wave hit large parts of North America, from Canada to Northern Mexico. It left 10 million people without power. The impact was particularly severe in Texas, which alone had more than 125 deaths associated […]

    Smoke From Wildfires Reaches North Pole for First Time in History

    Smoke From Wildfires Reaches North Pole for First Time in History

    Smoke from wildfires burning in Siberia’s dense boreal forest has reached the North Pole for the first known time in history, NASA satellite images revealed last week. Smoke from the fires reaching the North Pole “is continental scale by definition,” University of Maryland atmospheric scientist Santiago Gassó told Reuters. According to the European Union’s Copernicus […]

    High Levels of Mercury Found in Greenland’s Glaciers

    High Levels of Mercury Found in Greenland’s Glaciers

    By Isabela Martel When British environmental geochemist Jon Hawkings arrived in Greenland for the first time in 2012, he was impressed. “It’s mind-blowing: You look onto the horizon and it’s just ice and it goes on for 150, 200 kilometers at least.” He went to the Arctic with a group of international scientists. Their goal […]

    Biden Suspends Oil Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge While Supporting Drilling Elsewhere in Alaska

    Biden Suspends Oil Leases in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge While Supporting Drilling Elsewhere in Alaska

    The Department of the Interior on Tuesday suspended oil and gas leases in Alaska‘s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge until a comprehensive analysis can determine the environmental impact of drilling in the area. A review “identified defects in the underlying record of decision supporting the leases, including the lack of analysis of a reasonable range of […]