The latest consequence of climate change: The Arctic is now open for business year-round

The Arctic is now open for business year-round after a large commercial ship sailed the Northern Sea Route from Jiangsu, China, to a Russian gas plant on the Arctic coast, for the first time ever during the month of February, when winter temperatures normally make the icy waterway impassable.

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The imminent calving retreat of Taku Glacier

Long an anomaly among glaciers, advancing while most others shrank, Taku Glacier is starting to succumb to climate change, offering an unprecedented look at the onset of tidewater glacier retreat.

Late ice cramps anglers’ appetite, research of crucial fish

A lack of ice in cold weather states this year has made it difficult for scientists to study the population of an ecologically important fish.


Tampa scientist explores Greenland ice holes, with eye on climate change

Using ropes, researchers explore chambers hundreds of feet below the surface of the Greenland ice sheet.

As the Arctic melts, scientists say a regime shift is taking place

The Arctic is changing faster than any environment on Earth. The old, established order is being swept away, leaving scientists to ask: What's coming in its place?
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Sea ice algae could shed light on past and future climate

A previously problematic molecule turns out to be a reliable proxy for reconstructing sea ice, a new study shows. The research could help understand human-induced climate change happening now.


Are white Christmases melting away with climate change?

How is global warming affecting snow cover and the chance, in general, for a white Christmas?


Arctic's shift to a warmer climate is 'well underway,' scientists warn

“There is no reason to think that in 30 years much of anything will be as it is today,” one of the editors of a new report on the Arctic climate said.
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Temperatures in the Arctic are astonishingly warmer than they should be

It's been happening for several years now, especially in the autumn, but it never ceases to unsettle meteorologists like myself: Temperatures in the Arctic are astonishingly warmer than they should be.


On thin ice: Climate change is making winter more dangerous

A new study found that winter drownings are increasing sharply in warmer parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

Tracking the effects of climate change on Arctic animals is no easy task

The climate in the Arctic is rapidly changing and new research offers the first large-scale look at how animal species in the region are adapting.


Arctic time capsule from 2018 washes up in Ireland as polar ice melts

When the crew and passengers of the nuclear-powered icebreaker ship 50 Years of Victory reached the north pole in 2018, they placed a time capsule in the ice floe.


Photographing glacier melt over a century and more

Fabiano Ventura is exploring the rooftops of the world to recreate 19th-century photographs of Alpine glaciers. The juxtaposition of then and now makes for a dramatic view of our warming planet.
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Ah crap: The Arctic is releasing a ton of new greenhouse gases

“At this moment, there is unlikely to be any major impact on global warming, but the point is that this process has now been triggered. This East Siberian slope methane hydrate system has been perturbed and the process will be ongoing."
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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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