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Climate Change Is Not The Only Cause Of Greenland Ice Melt. Blame Sunnier Days.

June 28, 2017

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting faster than expected, and this has been accelerating over the past two decades. It is now the biggest single contributor to global sea level rise, accounting for 25 percent of the total. But besides warming climes, there is another culprit for the melt: sunnier days in fair Greenland.

Link: Climate Change Is Not The Only Cause Of Greenland Ice Melt. Blame Sunnier Days.

The Most Exciting Drones Aren't in the Air--They're in the Ocean

June 13, 2017

In July, three odd-looking, 23-foot-long sailboats will launch from a dock in Alaska's Dutch Harbor. They will meander the seas between the U.S. and Russia to track ice melt, measure the ocean's levels of carbon dioxide, and count fish, seal, and whale populations. And they'll do all this without a single human being on board.

Link: The Most Exciting Drones Aren't in the Air--They're in the Ocean

A Century-Old Arctic Shipwreck Could Help Us Predict Extreme Weather

March 28, 2017

In 1879, the USS Jeannette and her crew left San Francisco, headed for the Bering Strait with a dream: to win the race to reach the North Pole. After months of perilous sailing, the Jeannette made it through the strait. But soon after, she got stuck in the grip of ice floes, or sheets of floating ice.

Link: A Century-Old Arctic Shipwreck Could Help Us Predict Extreme Weather

Scientists just measured a rapid growth in acidity in the Arctic ocean, linked to climate change

February 27, 2017

The Arctic is suffering so many consequences related to climate change, it’s hard to know where to begin anymore. It’s warming more rapidly than almost any other part of the planet; its glaciers are melting and its sea ice is retreating; and its most iconic wildlife, including polar bears and walruses, are suffering.

Link: Scientists just measured a rapid growth in acidity in the Arctic ocean, linked to climate change

Arctic 2.0: What happens after all the ice goes?

February 08, 2017

As the Arctic slipped into the half-darkness of autumn last year, it seemed to enter the Twilight Zone. In the span of a few months, all manner of strange things happened. The cap of sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean started to shrink when it should have been growing. Temperatures at the North Pole soared more than 20 °C above normal at times. And polar bears prowling the shorelines of Hudson Bay had a record number of run-ins with people while waiting for the water to freeze over.

Link: Arctic 2.0: What happens after all the ice goes?

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