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A Delaware-Sized Chunk Of Ice May Soon Detach From Antarctic Shelf

Published: 
Wed, 08/24/2016 (All day)

A massive crack in one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves has grown exponentially in recent months, and scientists worry a break-off could destabilize the entire structure.

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Arctic methane 'time bomb' could have huge economic costs

Published: 
Thu, 07/25/2013 - 11:43pm
Category: 
Energy

Scientists say that the release of large amounts of methane from thawing permafrost in the Arctic could have huge economic impacts for the world.

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Satellites Show Sea Ice in Arctic Is at a Record Low

Published: 
Mon, 08/27/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Water

The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record, a confirmation of the drastic warming in the region and a likely harbinger of larger changes to come.

Satellites tracking the extent of the sea ice found over the weekend that it covered about 1.58 million square miles, or less than 30 percent of the Arctic Ocean’s surface, scientists said. That is only slightly below the previous record low, set in 2007, but with weeks still to go in the summer melting season, it is clear that the record will be beaten by a wide margin.

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Global Warming: The Vanishing North

Published: 
Tue, 06/19/2012 - 9:42am

NOW that summer is here, the Arctic is crowded with life. Phytoplankton are blooming in its chilly seas. Fish, birds and whales are gorging on them. Millions of migratory geese are in their northern breeding grounds. And the area is teeming with scientists, performing a new Arctic ritual.

Between now and early September, when the polar pack ice shrivels to its summer minimum, they will pore over the daily sea ice reports of America’s National Snow and Ice Data Centre.