arctic

Record Shrinking of Greenland’s Ice Sheet Raises Sea Levels

Record Shrinking of Greenland’s Ice Sheet Raises Sea Levels

Greenland’s kilometers-long ice sheet underwent near-record imbalance last year, scientists have reported on Wednesday. The ice sheet suffered a net loss of 600 billion tons, which was enough to raise the global watermark 1.5 millimeters, accounting for approximately 40% of total sea-level rise in 2019. The alarming development was reported in “The Cryosphere,” a peer-reviewed […]

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    Coronavirus Threat Delays Arctic Climate Researchers

    Coronavirus Threat Delays Arctic Climate Researchers

    The coronavirus crisis has spread far and wide, indiscriminately affecting civilians, celebrities, sports stars and politicians and touching all parts of society. Now, the pandemic is impacting scientists on a large research expedition in the frozen Arctic Ocean, delaying critical climate research. The researchers are part of the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study […]

    We Just Had the Hottest January in 141 Years of Record Keeping

    We Just Had the Hottest January in 141 Years of Record Keeping

    In the Northern Hemisphere, temperatures were, on average, 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than normal last month, making it the warmest January on Earth since comprehensive records have been kept starting 141 years ago, according to new data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as The Guardian reported. In some places, the abnormal temperatures […]

    ‘This Is History in the Making’: Cherokee Nation Is First U.S.-Based Tribe to Preserve Seeds in ‘Doomsday Vault’

    ‘This Is History in the Making’: Cherokee Nation Is First U.S.-Based Tribe to Preserve Seeds in ‘Doomsday Vault’

    The Cherokee Nation will save seeds from the “three-sisters” crops in the Arctic “doomsday vault,” making it the first Native American tribe to ensure culturally emblematic crops will be preserved for the future, as The Guardian reported. Never before has a Native American tribe received an invitation to store heirloom seeds in the Svalbard Global […]

    5 Things to Know About Earth’s Warming Oceans

    5 Things to Know About Earth’s Warming Oceans

    By Tara Lohan Part of Joellen Russell’s job is to help illuminate the deep darkness — to shine a light on what’s happening beneath the surface of the ocean. And it’s one of the most important jobs in the world right now. Russell is a professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona. From […]

    Rewilding the Arctic Could Slow the Climate Crisis

    Rewilding the Arctic Could Slow the Climate Crisis

    By Paul Brown Releasing herds of large animals onto the tundra − rewilding the Arctic − to create vast grasslands could slow down global heating by storing carbon and preserving the permafrost, UK scientists say. With no woolly mammoths available nowadays, the scientists, from the University of Oxford, suggest an alternative in the Philosophical Transactions […]

    Ozone-Depleting Substances May Have Driven Arctic Warming, Study Finds

    Ozone-Depleting Substances May Have Driven Arctic Warming, Study Finds

    The world awakened to the hole in the ozone layer in 1985, which scientists attributed it to ozone-depleting substances. Two years later, in Montreal, the world agreed to ban the halogen compounds causing the massive hole over Antarctica. Research now shows that those chemicals didn’t just cut a hole in the ozone layer, they also […]