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"The world from our childhood is no longer here": Report details drastic changes as Arctic warms
The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away, NOAA warns in its annual report card on the state of this crucial ecosystem. At the end of a very dense, very lengthy report loaded with scores of scientific stats, the seemingly abstract science of climate change collides with the sober... more
Saildrones return from the Arctic after milestone research mission
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - After covering more than 36,000 nautical miles and going where no drones have gone before, a fleet of five research saildrones has returned to shore in Dutch Harbor, while one wayward machine was recovered in Utqiagvik. Chris Meinig is featured.
Why this winter's forecast in the Pacific Northwest is more uncertain than usual
Autumn's arrival is announced by falling leaves, less daylight, and the ever-pressing question: what about winter? NOAA's Climate Prediction Center has put out its official winter forecast for the Pacific Northwest. Our region and much of the country for that matter is predicted to get above-normal temperatures this winter. Nick Bond is featured.
Decades of detailed weather reports pulled from old sailor's logs
In September of 1879, the Arctic-exploring USS Jeanette was sailing north of the Bering Strait when it was surrounded by ice floes and frozen in place. Imprisoned at sea, the 33-person crew struggled to survive for nearly two years before their ship sank, forcing them to embark on a perilous journey back to civilization. Old Weathe... more
Why Rising Acidification Poses a Special Peril for Warming Arctic Waters
A recent Northern voyage on a Norwegian research vessel highlighted how soaring carbon dioxide levels and the resulting acidification of the oceans present an especially grave threat to the Arctic’s cold seas and the rich marine life that they harbor. Jessica Cross is quoted.