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Chart of the day: Arctic sea ice continues to plunge


Sobering news from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which reports today: Over the Pacific side of the Arctic, a pattern of unusual warmth continued. While sea ice extent in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas remains below average, extent … Continue reading

Map of the day: Antarctic sea ice hits a new low


We begin with two images from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. First, the extent of Antarctic sea ice as of 20 February 2017, with the yellow line indicating the average sea ice coverage in recent years: Second, a … Continue reading

New Study: Arctic sea ice loss gets personal


A new study takes the role of carbon dioxide emissions in Arctic Sea ice loss to a whole new level, a very personal level, by quantifying the roles each of us play in a growing global catastrophe. From the Max … Continue reading

Arctic sea ice levels continue record decline


First, two graphics from the National Snow and Ice Data Center: And the findings, from the Center’s report: June set another satellite-era record low for average sea ice extent, despite slower than average rates of ice loss. The slow rate … Continue reading

Antarctic ice melt speeds up, warmer seas blamed


New research drawn from satellite images reveals a sobering truth: Ice loss in the Antarctic is accelerating as melting glaciers speed their way into the ocean’s warming waters. From BBC News: The scale and pace of change now taking place … Continue reading

Arctic microbes threaten to spike CO2 levels


Before a detailed look at the alarming news from the Arctic, We begin with the latest on warming from the European Environment Agency, which concludes: Key messages According to different observational records of global average annual near-surface (land and ocean) … Continue reading

Polar ice hits the lowest levels ever recorded


A very sobering report from NASA’s Earth Observatory: In March 2017, Arctic sea ice reached a record-low maximum extent, according to scientists at NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). In the same month, sea ice on … Continue reading

Greenland’s ice cap marches towards extinction


We begin with a brief excerpt from a report By Clare Foran, associate editor of and political writer for The Atlantic: Denial of the broad scientific consensus that human activity is the primary cause of global warming could become a … Continue reading

Arctic lakes are melting earlier every year


Donald Trump says global warming is a hoax invented by the Chinese. If so, why are lakes in the Arctic melting earlier with each passing year? From the University of Southampton: Scientists from the University of Southampton, UK have found … Continue reading

Catastrophic ice retreat reported at both poles


One of the most frightening reports we’ve seen on the collapse of the globe’s ice caps has just been released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The month of November brought significant declines in ice at both poles, and … Continue reading

Polar bear numbers plunge as arctic ice melts


One of the most magnificent creatures on the planet is losing its habitat. From Agence France-Presse: Polar bear numbers could drop a third by mid-century, according to the first systematic assessment, released on Wednesday, of how dwindling Arctic sea ice … Continue reading

Maps of the day: Arctic temperatures at record high


UPDATED With lots more on Alaska and record highs in parts of Siberia. It’s almost thanksgiving, and you’d expect things to be really chilly at the North Pole. But that’s not the case today, where the ice is melting as … Continue reading

World temperature records as Trump heads to office


Americans elected the nation’s most vocal denier of global climate change in a years scientists say is nearly certain to be the hottest ever recorded. Trump, whose frequent and crudely misinformed denials that humans are making the world hotter, stands … Continue reading

Maps of the day: Massive heat wave hits the Arctic


From the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, first a look at land surface temperature anomalies, with record highs being set in Canada, Alaska, and Russia as the mercury hits levels as much as thirty degrees Fahrenheit above … Continue reading

Arctic ice vanishes; impacts for unique organisms


We begin with a remarkable animation documenting the rapid decline of decline in the northern polar regions from NASA Goddard: Older Arctic Sea Ice Disappearing Program notes: Arctic sea ice has not only been shrinking in surface area in recent … Continue reading

Quote of the day: A rapid death spiral in the Arctic


From Peter Wadhams, Cambridge University professor emeritus of ocean physics, writing at Yale Environment 360: The news last week that summer ice covering the Arctic Ocean was tied for the second-lowest extent on record is a sobering reminder that the … Continue reading

Greenland ice loss greater than predicted


The latest bad news for the earth’s northern polar region from Ohio State University: The same hotspot in Earth’s mantle that feeds Iceland’s active volcanoes has been playing a trick on the scientists who are trying to measure how much … Continue reading

Climate change threatens Antarctica’s penguins


The Antarctic’s population of penguins, those flightless birds so beloved of children and animators everywhere, are imploding, threatening to number the creatures among the victims of climate change. From the University of Delaware: It’s a big question: how is climate … Continue reading

Charting the dramatic loss of ice in the Antarctic


From NASA’s Earth Observatory: Along the Bellingshausen Sea coast of West Antarctica, ice has been retreating inland being lost to the sea. Scientists knew this, but they lacked a full picture of the scale. Now a team of researchers has … Continue reading

Enigma solved: Why the Antarctic warms slower


Following up on today’s post about the coral die-off in the Great Barrier Reef, another entry about oceans in the Southern Hemisphere, this time heading further south. From the University of Washington: The waters surrounding Antarctica may be one of … Continue reading