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F123E4 Norway, Barents Sea, Svalbard, Sjuoyane, Seven Islands. Northeast-Svalbard Nature Reserve. (80°49'06 N 21°31'36 E) Flow ice.

‘Atlantification’ of Arctic sea tipping it towards new climate regime

Rising temperatures and declining sea ice are driving a “rapid climate shift” in the Arctic’s Barents Sea, a new study says. ... Read More

Oceans | Jun 25. 2018.
MF17A5 Detail of blossoming cherry flowers with sun in background.

State of the climate: Warm start to 2018 despite La Niña conditions

The first three months of 2018 have been between the fourth and sixth warmest first quarter on record since 1880. This is despite a modest La Niña... Read More

Global temperature | May 1. 2018.
KDX99H Offshore view across sea ice floe to mountains on east coast at 2 am in arctic summer. Spitsbergen island, Svalbard archipelago, Norway, Scandinavia.

Limiting warming to 1.5C could ‘substantially’ cut risk of ice-free Arctic summers

Meeting the Paris Agreement’s aspirational target of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels could “substantially” reduce... Read More

Sea ice | Apr 2. 2018.
Sea ice and Arctic mountains of Raudfjord, Spitsbergen on the Svalbard Archipelago. Credit: Josh Harrison / Alamy Stock Photo. ED92R5

Arctic sea ice hits second-lowest winter peak on record

Arctic sea ice has experienced its maximum extent for the year, reaching 14.48m square kilometers on 17 March – the second smallest in the 39-year... Read More

Sea ice | Mar 26. 2018.
Bredstedt, Germany. 28 February 2018. A snow plough in operation in Bredstedt, Germany. Strong snowfall lead to a difficult traffic situation on the streets of Nordfriesland. Credit: Frank Molter/dpa/Alamy Live News M63JJY

Explainer: The polar vortex, climate change and the ‘Beast from the East’

While much of Europe is shivering in subzero temperatures, the Arctic and eastern US have basked in unseasonably warm conditions in recent weeks. ... Read More

Extreme weather | Mar 1. 2018.
Snowshoe hares.

Animals with white winter camouflage could struggle to adapt to climate change

Animals that turn white in the winter to hide themselves in snowy landscapes could struggle to adapt to climate change, research suggests. ... Read More

Wildlife | Feb 15. 2018.
Polar bear with a GPS-equipped video camera collar, on the sea ice of the Beaufort sea.

Polar bears could be struggling to catch enough prey, study shows

Polar bears could be failing to hunt enough seals to meet their energy demands, new research suggests. ... Read More

Wildlife | Feb 1. 2018.
S07BF0 Sunlight over the sea. Credit: Gary Moger / Stockimo / Alamy Stock Photo

State of the climate: how the world warmed in 2017

The climate data for 2017 is now in. In this article, Carbon Brief explains why last year proved to be so remarkable across the oceans, atmosphere,... Read More

Global temperature | Jan 26. 2018.
Aerial view of Arctic ice, Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, Arctic Circle, Alaska

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has dwindled to its summer minimum for 2017, with its smallest extent for the year clocking in at 4.64m square kilometres (sq km) on 13... Read More

Arctic | Sep 20. 2017.
Melt water on the Greenland ice sheet near camp Victor north of Ilulissat

Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2017

Dr Ruth Mottram, Dr Peter Langen and Dr Martin Stendel are climate scientists at the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) in Copenhagen, which is... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 1. 2017.
J77E94 Dhaka, Bangladesh. 22nd May, 2017. DHAKA, BANGLADESH - MAY 23 : School children return home after school keeping their school bag on head to save from heat of the sun in Dhaka, Bangladesh on May 23, 2017.Temperature in Dhaka reached 38 degrees Celsius on 23rd May. Credit: Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News

State of the climate: Warm temperatures and low sea ice mark first half of 2017

The first half of 2017 has seen record low sea ice extents at both poles and near-record global average temperatures – despite the absence of a... Read More

Global temperature | Jul 21. 2017.
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