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Arctic Sea Ice in 2015

Every year the sea ice that covers the northern part of the Earth expands and contracts though the winter and the summer. The minimum extent of the sea ice is usually reached some time in September, after which it starts to reform. Human caused greenhouse gas pollution has increased the surface temperatures of the earth,…

Arctic Ice 'Too Thick' for Shipping Route

 Sea ice in the Arctic is still too thick for Northwest Passage commercial shipping route in spite of warming temperatures. This is according to new research from York University.

Arctic sea ice still too thick for regular shipping route through Northwest Passage

Despite climate change, sea ice in the Northwest Passage (NWP) remains too thick and treacherous for it to be a regular commercial Arctic shipping route for many decades, according to new research. Prior to this research, there was little information about the thickness of sea ice in the NWP. Show More Summary

Arctic sea ice still too thick for regular shipping route through Northwest Passage

From YORK UNIVERSITY and the “paging Dr. Peter Wadhams” department… TORONTO, September 29, 2015  – Despite climate change, sea ice in the (NWP) remains too thick and treacherous for it to be a regular commercial Arctic shipping route for many decades, according to new research out of York University. Prior to this research, there was little…

Interactive map lets you be global warming, shrinking the ice cap

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The Atlantic: "On September 11 of this year, the sea ice in the Arctic Ocean reached its annual minimum. 2015’s minimum was the fourth-smallest ever recorded, and it nearly tied with the third-smallest on record. Which makes a certain amount of sense: In the satellite era, the ten worst years for Arctic sea ice have been the last ten.

Melting Ice to Make Northern Sea Route Europe’s Shortcut to Asia

With the Arctic ice cover succumbing to the non-stop process of global warming, the Northern Sea Route may soon offer Russian travelers a much-needed shortcut to Asia and back, Russian TV channel Zvezda reported.

Heartbreaking Photo of a Starving Polar Bear Has Become the New Icon of Climate Change

Photographer Kerstin Langenberger's tragic image of an emaciated polar bear in Svalbard has gone viral and highlighted the climate change crisis. Even as researchers confirm another summer with near record melting of Arctic sea ice, a photo gone viral of an emaciated polar bear has become a new icon of climate change. Show More Summary

Arctic Sea Ice Reached Fourth Lowest Extent on Record This Summer

Arctic sea ice reached its annual minimum on September 11 this year and scientists say it appears the accelerated pace of sea ice decline has continued into 2015. According to researchers at NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center...Show More Summary

CRS Report: 'Changes in the Arctic - Background and Issues for Congress'

2 weeks agoUtilities / Water : WaterWired

Here is another timely Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress, by Ronald O'Rourke. Download CRS_Arctic_Changes Summary The diminishment of Arctic sea ice has led to increased human activities in the Arctic, and has heightened interest in, and concerns about, the region’s future....

Solving the problem of Arctic sea ice thickness distribution using molecular concepts

Scientists have now answered a 40-year-old question about Arctic ice thickness by treating the ice floes of the frozen seas like colliding molecules in a fluid or gas.

Melting Arctic sea ice accelerates methane emissions

Methane emissions from Arctic tundra increase when sea ice melts, according to a new study. This connection has been suspected before, but has lacked strong evidence until now.

Open thread for night owls: We only had 3 minutes on climate change in debate, so let's talk Arctic

Sarah Lazare at Common Dreams writesThe National Snow and Ice Data Center found Arctic sea ice this year reached its fourth lowest level in recorded history: Arctic sea ice this year reached its fourth lowest level in recorded history,...Show More Summary

A Stunning Amount of Sea Ice Melted This Summer

The story was originally published by the Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Ice coverage in the Arctic this year shrunk to its fourth lowest extent on record, US scientists have announced. The...Show More Summary

Peter Wadhams was wrong – Arctic sea ice still there, no record low this year

Last week on September 11th I was the first to call the Arctic Sea Ice minimum. It seems both NSIDC and NASA Goddard agree with my initial claim. Dr. Peter Wadhams had famously claimed that Arctic Sea Ice would be completely gone this year, even Gavin said it was ridiculous: Clearly he’s been proven wrong.…

Arctic sea ice summertime minimum is fourth lowest on record

According to a NASA analysis of satellite data, the 2015 Arctic sea ice minimum extent is the fourth lowest on record since observations from space began.

Feds: Arctic sea ice levels shrink to 4th lowest level

Summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery, federal scientists said.

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum: Achievement Unlocked

The National Snow & Ice Data Center has declared that the Arctic Sea ice extent has reached its annual minimum and is now starting to expand. I was thinking that it was too early to say this, since in past years what looks like a minimum can sometimes be reversed by some additional melting. But…

Burning all of Earth’s fossil fuels would completely melt Antarctica

Much global attention has been focused on the effects of climate change in Arctic, and for good reason. The Arctic is melting disproportionately quickly and the loss of its sea ice has the potential to catastrophically alter climates around the globe. a

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Is Not Extensive

September is when the melt of the Arctic Sea Ice stops, and the re-freeze starts. We are probably not at the minimum yet, but the amount of melting is starting to level off so we can see where we are. The above graphic, made here (go and play with the interactive graph) shows the first…

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