arctic

Sorry, Santa: North Pole Temps Could Climb 50 Degrees Above Normal

Sorry, Santa: North Pole Temps Could Climb 50 Degrees Above Normal

By Andrea Germanos Santa will likely be feeling toasty as he does his final checks on the naughty-or-nice list because temperatures at the North Pole on Thursday are forecast to be as much as 50 F above normal. Temperatures are expected to climb to near the freezing point of 32 F, computer models show. Zachary […]

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    Methane Emissions Soar, Agriculture Likely to Blame

    Methane Emissions Soar, Agriculture Likely to Blame

    By Alex Kirby One year ago today, with huge relief, scarcely able to believe their achievement, world leaders finally agreed to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide. But a bare 12 months later comes sobering news: Atmospheric concentrations of another gas, methane, are growing faster than at any time in the last 20 years, putting further […]

    Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator … Killer Whales

    Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator … Killer Whales

    By David Kirby There’s no doubt that melting sea ice in Hudson Bay is threatening endangered polar bears, but it might also be harmful to beluga whales, seals, narwhals and other marine mammals, scientists are warning. The reason? Melting ice caused by climate change is carving huge swaths of open water for longer periods of […]

    7 Stunning Images Show the Northern Lights’ Winter Magic

    7 Stunning Images Show the Northern Lights’ Winter Magic

    With its Arctic climate and desolate, rocky landscape, icy Greenland isn’t a typical travel destination. That is precisely what drew award-winning explorer and photographer Paul Zizka to camp out on an ice cap and capture one of Greenland’s natural phenomena, the Aurora Borealis, aka Northern Lights. Ilulissat gave us the traditional green welcome tonight. It’s […]

    Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Vanishes in Record Heat, Scientists Say

    Polar Sea Ice the Size of India Vanishes in Record Heat, Scientists Say

    The sea ice covering Earth’s two poles are at record lows amidst exceptionally warm global temperatures. The eight panels show the November sea ice extent in the Arctic roughly every five years since 1978, when satellites started monitoring sea ice.NASA Earth Observatory Citing satellite measurements from the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), […]

    Bill McKibben: How to Save the Planet From Trump

    Bill McKibben: How to Save the Planet From Trump

    We’re going to be dealing with an onslaught of daily emergencies during the Donald Trump years. Already it’s begun—if there’s nothing going on (or in some cases when there is), our leader often begins the day with a tweet to stir the pot and suddenly we’re debating whether burning the flag should lose you your […]

    19 Climate Tipping Points Occurring in the Arctic​

    19 Climate Tipping Points Occurring in the Arctic​

    Rapid ice melt could permanently alter the Arctic ecosystem and trigger catastrophic events as far as the Indian Ocean if greenhouse gas emissions are left unchecked, according to a Stockholm Environment Institute Arctic Resilience Report. Two scientists from the ICESCAPE mission study how changing conditions in the Arctic affect the ocean’s chemistry and ecosystems. Kathryn […]

    This Photographer Has Amassed the World’s Largest Collection of Climate Change Images

    This Photographer Has Amassed the World’s Largest Collection of Climate Change Images

    For the past 13 years, award-winning environmental photographer Ashley Cooper has traveled across seven continents, amassing the world’s largest collection of climate change images. [facebook https://www.facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/1357334770946123/ expand=1] His work can be viewed on Global Warming Images as well as his new 416-page photo book, Images From a Warming Planet, featuring 500 of his best images. […]

    Obama Takes Historic Action, Protects Arctic Ocean From Offshore Oil Drilling

    Obama Takes Historic Action, Protects Arctic Ocean From Offshore Oil Drilling

    The Obama administration made another historic move today to decrease America’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels, this time protecting the Arctic Ocean from offshore drilling. In the newly released final five-year program for oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management removed the Chukchi and Beaufort seas for […]