arctic

‘Disappointing’ Decision From Norway’s Supreme Court in Climate Lawsuit Challenging Arctic Offshore Oil Licenses

‘Disappointing’ Decision From Norway’s Supreme Court in Climate Lawsuit Challenging Arctic Offshore Oil Licenses

By Dana Drugmand Norway’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled not to overturn the Norwegian government’s approval of new licenses for offshore oil drilling in the fragile Arctic region. The ruling – a culmination of four years of high-profile litigation in a case challenging continued fossil fuel production on climate change grounds — came as a […]

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    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 […]

    Blue Jean Fibers Found Polluting Arctic Ocean, Great Lakes

    Blue Jean Fibers Found Polluting Arctic Ocean, Great Lakes

    What is the environmental footprint of your favorite pair of blue jeans? A new study indicates it might be quite large. The study, published in Environmental Science and Technology Letters Wednesday, found denim microfibers had infiltrated all the way to the Canadian Arctic Ocean. Researchers say it’s a telling example of the extent of human-generated […]