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E4A6TD Transiting the Lemaire Channel in heavy first year sea ice, Antarctica, Polar Regions

Natural ocean fluctuations could help explain Antarctic sea ice changes

Since satellite records of sea ice began in the 1970s, the world’s poles have shown a contrasting picture. While Arctic sea ice levels have fallen... Read More

Sea ice | Dec 3. 2018.
Outlet glaciers descending from main ice sheet, southern tip of Greenland. Credit: robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo. CFCT8J

Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2018

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 | Oct 17. 2018.

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2018 is sixth lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its summer minimum extent for the year, clocking in at 4.59m square kilometres (sq km), which puts it joint sixth lowest in... Read More

Sea ice | Sep 27. 2018.
D7C2M5 Silhouette tree in front of a sunrise. English countryside.

State of the climate: 2018 set to be fourth warmest year despite cooler start

Temperatures on the Earth’s surface in the first half of 2018 were lower than over the same period for the three previous years. This was due, in... Read More

State of the climate | Aug 1. 2018.
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.
Crack along Pine Island Glacier, West Antarctic Ice Shelf. Credit: NG Images / Alamy Stock Photo. D4B7A9

Land uplift ‘could prevent’ collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet

The rapid rise of bedrock beneath one of the fastest melting regions of the West Antarctic ice sheet could help prevent it collapsing, new research... Read More

Antarctic | Jun 21. 2018.
Unusual iceberg at Rothera Research Station, Antarctic Peninsula. Credit: Andrew Shepherd, University of Leeds.

Sea level rise due to Antarctic ice melt has ‘tripled over past five years’

The rate of sea level rise resulting from the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet has tripled over the past five years, according to new research from... Read More

Sea level rise | Jun 13. 2018.
KYNHKF Operation IceBridge View of Larsen C

‘Foehn winds’ causing Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf to melt in winter

Parts of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf are melting in the depths of winter, when temperatures typically stay well below freezing, research finds. ... Read More

Antarctic | May 2. 2018.
Flight over the Thwaites glacier. Credit: U.S. National Science Foundation & U.S. Antarctic Program

Video: Why studying Thwaites glacier is vital for forecasting sea level rise

The UK and US have jointly launched a five-year research programme this week to study one of the world’s largest – and, potentially, most... Read More

Antarctic | May 2. 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.
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