Arctic

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28 11 2020 | 07:57

Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph.

In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew…

28 11 2020 | 07:39

Primeval Greenland lake found buried beneath a mile-thick slab of ice.

Scientists have discovered an ancient lakebed buried under more than a mile of ice that may hold secrets to Greenland's past climate.  The lake formed when northwest Greenland was ice-free, sometime…

27 11 2020 | 12:31

Climate crisis: Arctic temperatures for November soar well above average.

The Arctic’s record-breaking year is continuing as temperatures in late November are reaching up to 12C higher than averages in the 1990s. The latest figures, from the University of Maine's Climate…

17 11 2020 | 16:30

Is the climate crisis pushing the world towards a ‘point of no return’?

A new study claims we may have already reached a hypothetical ‘point of no return’, but other researchers say this is ‘at odds’ with what we know about climate science. Daisy Dunne examines the…

16 11 2020 | 06:54

Renewable Energy Powers an Arctic Village: Ancient Traditions and Clean Technology.

Publisher’s Note: The following showcases the challenges and environmental benefits of installing a microgrid in a location that defines ‘remote.’ We’re proud to share this story featuring BBA…

05 11 2020 | 08:50

'Sleeping giant' Arctic methane deposits starting to release, scientists find

Exclusive: expedition discovers new source of greenhouse gas off East Siberian coast has been triggered. Scientists have found evidence that frozen methane deposits in the Arctic Ocean – known as…

05 11 2020 | 08:43

Scientists Say Methane Release Is Starting in Arctic Ocean. How Concerned Should We Be?

Arctic Ocean sediments are full of frozen gases known as hydrates, and scientists have long been concerned about what will happen when and if the climate crisis induces them to thaw. That is because…

05 11 2020 | 08:22

Tory MPs are right: the north needs a renaissance – but it's got to be green.

Places hollowed out by deindustrialisation could be at the forefront of an environmental revolution.

03 11 2020 | 08:21

Climate crisis: Plumes of methane stretching ‘hundreds of kilometres’ rising from Arctic seabed.

First documented evidence of large-scale release of potent greenhouse gas from region may have ‘serious climate consequences’ Scientists have found alarming new evidence that large quantities of…

27 10 2020 | 10:24

Feeling the heat over Arctic sea ice.

David Nowell thinks Extinction Rebellion should focus on insulating homes, running public transport cooperatives and campaigning for major economic reforms, while Iain Climie says late Arctic ice…

25 10 2020 | 11:12

Alarm as Arctic sea ice not yet freezing at latest date on record.

Delayed freeze in Laptev Sea could have knock-on effects across polar region, scientists say. For the first time since records began, the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has yet to start…

24 10 2020 | 11:40

10 million snowblowers? Last-ditch ideas to save the Arctic ice.

Some of the solutions sound fantastical – but their proponents argue that there are precious few other options. Time is running out for the Arctic. The region continues to warm at two or three times…

15 10 2020 | 10:20

'The Arctic Ocean Is Dying': Grim Conclusion as Biggest North Pole Mission Returns.

The largest Arctic research expedition in history returned to Germany Monday after 13 months in the Arctic, including several months with its ship deliberately trapped by sea ice, according to The…

08 10 2020 | 10:19

September breaks global and European records for hottest ever.

Air temperatures hit all-time highs for month and Arctic sea ice level was ‘particularly low’. The world this year experienced its hottest September on record, scientists have reported. Surface air…

02 10 2020 | 08:48

The Arctic hasn’t been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet.

Every year, sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean shrinks to a low point in mid-September. This year it measures just 1.44 million square miles (3.74 million square kilometers) – the second-lowest value …

30 09 2020 | 09:42

New super-enzyme eats plastic bottles six times faster.

Breakthrough that builds on plastic-eating bugs first discovered by Japan in 2016 promises to enable full recycling. A super-enzyme that degrades plastic bottles six times faster than before has…

22 09 2020 | 11:13

Rising temperatures shrink Arctic sea ice to second-lowest level on record.

Sea ice minimum has fallen below 4m sq km for the second time in 40 years as the climate crisis rapidly transforms the region. Rising temperatures in the Arctic shrank the ice covering the polar…

19 09 2020 | 10:24

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…

15 09 2020 | 10:10

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…

08 09 2020 | 11:29

Zombie wildfires are blazing through the Arctic, causing record burning.

The Arctic wildfire season has been the worst since record-keeping began. "Zombie" wildfires that were smoldering beneath the Arctic ice all winter suddenly flared to life this summer when the snow…