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A Huge Portion Of Greenland Started Melting This Week

A vast region of Greenland is experiencing a freakishly early spring thaw. Summer-like temperatures — a balmy 10C — have created a melt area encompassing 12 per cent of the planet’s northernmost ice sheet, according to analysis by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI). That’s not normal.


Obama Cracks Down On Offshore Oil Drilling 

In a major victory for environmentalists, the Obama administration is expected to reveal a five year drilling plan that will significantly curb offshore oil and gas development in Atlantic coastal waters and the Arctic, The Guardian reports. Members of the Obama administration got ahead of the prez by making the announcement on Twitter this morning.


The Northern Lights Screw Up Arctic Drilling Operations

The Aurora Borealis are a beautiful sight — but, it turns out, they can be a real pain in the arse too. A new report explains that they can and do mess up drilling operations, especially in areas around the Arctic where they’re most common.


Exploring The Arctic Is Beautifully Difficult

Video: It’s cold. It’s lonely. It’s and it’s cold. That’s what this mere glimpse of life on an Arctic expedition looks like. The visuals are jarring: the ship looks like it’s parked on land, the moustaches are frozen, the research looks difficult. But it also must be so beautiful to be in places where so few have gone before.


The Frontlines Of Climate Change: Why Obama's Trip To Alaska Is A Really Big Deal

President Obama’s headed to Alaska today, but it’s not the typical politicized meet-and-greet. From talking to residents who are forced to flee their homes due to rising sea levels, to learning the political repercussions of melting polar ice, he’s got one of the most science-focused itineraries ever embarked upon by an American president.


Watch Smoke From July's Wildfire's Wrap Around The Arctic

Smoke plumes from last month’s wildfires in Alaska and Canada wrapped all the way around the Arctic circle in less than two weeks.


A Massive Lake Beneath Greenland's Glaciers Has Collapsed

Under Greenland’s frozen surface is a vast network of channels, crevasses, and basins — its “glacial plumbing system”. A few years ago, the water suddenly disappeared from a subglacial lake, which then collapsed into a funny silhouette that NASA likens to a “mitten”, but I think looks more like a waving Yeti.


Daring Scientists Are Spending Six Months Adrift On An Arctic Ice Floe

A pair of Norwegian scientists are in the middle of a long expedition over the Arctic winter, living out of a hovercraft on a drifting ice floe. There is no sun, it is freezing, and yet the scientists seem to be having a grand ol’ time doing science.


The Shrinking Of The Arctic Ice In One Simple Graphic

Briefly: NASA’s Greg Shirah made this great grid graphic using images of the north pole sea ice extent from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. From left to right you go from 1979 to 2014. From top to bottom you can see the months. You can see how the spots are smaller every year. Zoom in and scroll.


Ship Lost In The Arctic 160 Years Ago Found Thanks To Climate Change

In 1845, the explorer John Franklin set off to sail the fabled Northwest Passage, an Arctic sea route that would hypothetically connect the Atlantic and the Pacific. He never returned. His ship was lost to the ice. But now, thanks to the obsession of Canada’s prime minister, an expedition has located one of Franklin’s two ships. Why does Canada care so much about this old vessel? Climate change.


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