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Measuring the impacts of severe wildfires in the Arctic

Posted by External 38 days ago General — Based on the number of acres burned, 2015 is shaping up to be the second most extreme fire year during the past decade in North America's boreal region. Historically, the area has had one or fewer extreme fire years per decade. A new project to measure effects of severe boreal wildfires and the loss of permafrost on ecosystems is now underway. Read More
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Plastic litter taints the sea surface, even in the Arctic

Posted by External 38 days ago General — For the first time, researchers show that marine litter can even be found at the sea surface of Arctic waters. Though it remains unclear how the litter made it so far north, it is likely to pose new problems for local marine life, the authors report. Read More
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Billions of juvenile fish under the Arctic sea ice

Posted by External 42 days ago General — Using a new net, marine biologists have, for the first time, been able to catch polar cod directly beneath the Arctic sea ice with a trawl, allowing them to determine their large-scale distribution and origin. This information is of fundamental importance, as polar cod are a major source of food for seals, whales and seabirds in the Arctic. Read More
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Arctic butterflies adapt to warming climate by getting smaller

Posted by External 53 days ago General — New research shows that butterflies in Greenland have become smaller in response to increasing temperatures due to climate change. It has often been demonstrated that the ongoing rapid climate change in the Arctic region is causing substantial change to Arctic ecosystems. Now Danish researchers demonstrate that a warmer Greenland could be bad for its butterflies, becoming smaller under warmer su Read More
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Arctic sea ice still too thick for regular shipping route through Northwest Passage

Posted by External 60 days ago General — 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. Next to ice coverage and type, sea ice thickness plays the most important role in assessing shipping haza Read More
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'Doomsday' Seed Vault: The Science Behind World's Arctic Storage Cube

Posted by External 63 days ago General — The ongoing civil war in Syria has led to the first-ever withdrawal from the Svalbard "doomsday" Global Seed Vault. Read More
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End-of-Summer Arctic Sea Ice Could Vanish by 2100 | Visualization

Posted by External 70 days ago General — If human-caused climate change continues unabated our world could change dramatically. A new visualization was created by the National Center for Atmospheric Research that shows the ice loss if current temperature trends continue. Read More
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Melting Arctic sea ice accelerates methane emissions

Posted by External 70 days ago General — 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. Read More
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