arctic

Loss of Arctic Sea Ice Causes Earliest Pacific Walrus Haul Out Ever

Loss of Arctic Sea Ice Causes Earliest Pacific Walrus Haul Out Ever

Hundreds of Pacific walruses have hauled out of Arctic waters near Alaska’s Point Lay due to declining sea ice levels, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Wednesday. It’s the earliest haul out the agency has ever seen, and scientists fear a repeat of stampedes that have killed hundreds of walruses in recent years. Loss […]

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    NOAA: Earth Had its Third Warmest June on Record

    NOAA: Earth Had its Third Warmest June on Record

    By Dr. Jeff Masters June 2017 was the planet’s third warmest June since record keeping began in 1880, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information on Monday. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) rated June 2017 as the fourth warmest June on record. The only warmer Junes came […]

    Trump Administration Approves Exploratory Drilling in Arctic Ocean

    Trump Administration Approves Exploratory Drilling in Arctic Ocean

    The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a plan submitted by Eni US to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, setting the stage for a devastating oil spill in one of the most biologically rich areas in America’s Arctic. The company, a U.S. subsidiary of the Italian oil and gas giant, has sat on its […]

    If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

    If We Stopped Emitting Greenhouse Gases Right Now, Would We Stop Climate Change?

    By Richard B. Rood Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of observations, documented in thousands of journal papers and texts and summarized every few years by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The primary cause of that change is the release of carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and […]

    Watch This Hungry Polar Bear Get a Well-Earned Meal

    Watch This Hungry Polar Bear Get a Well-Earned Meal

    Polar bears are increasingly threatened by rising temperatures in the Arctic. As sea ice melts, the bears are losing their habitat and finding fewer bases from which to hunt for seals, their main food source. Check out this video from BBC Earth, where a starving polar bear attacks a seal, but is quickly forced to […]

    Join Emma Thompson in Her Fight Against Arctic Drilling

    Join Emma Thompson in Her Fight Against Arctic Drilling

    “When governments put oil before people, they need to be held accountable,” said actress Emma Thompson in this powerful Greenpeace International video. Thompson is teaming up with Greenpeace to take on Big Oil in the Arctic. She explains that the most important thing she learned after visiting the polar region is that “what happens in […]

    Scientific Research Effort in Arctic Cancelled Due to Climate Change

    Scientific Research Effort in Arctic Cancelled Due to Climate Change

    By Andy Rowell Oh the irony. A scientific expedition examining the effects of climate change has been cancelled because of … climate change. The scientific research effort is being led by world leading Arctic specialist, David Barber from the University of Manitoba, who is joined by 40 scientists from five other universities from across Canada. […]

    Not So Funny: The Arctic is Leaking Laughing Gas

    Not So Funny: The Arctic is Leaking Laughing Gas

    Nitrous oxide, the main ingredient in laughing gas, does more than just act as a nerve agent; it is a powerful greenhouse gas. It is 300 times more potent than carbon dioxide and scientists believe could be leaking from ancient reservoirs beneath Arctic permafrost. A team of researchers from Sweden, Finland and Denmark analyzed 16 […]