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Ice Breaking up in the North Atlantic. Image ID: WGNFDM. Credit: John G. Wilbanks / Alamy Stock Photo

The Arctic has warmed ‘nearly four times faster’ than the global average

“Arctic amplification” may be stronger than previously thought, according to new research. The phenomenon means Arctic temperatures are rising... Read More

Arctic | Aug 11. 2022.
View of Larcen C

Guest post: Ranking the reasons why the Larsen C ice shelf is melting

Scientists know the surface of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica is melting, making it vulnerable to collapse. For the first time, we can rank the... Read More

Guest posts | Apr 14. 2022.
Ice floes near Svalbard, Norway. Credit: Naturfoto-Online / Alamy Stock Photo.

Arctic sea ice winter peak in 2022 is 10th lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, peaking at 14.88m square kilometres (km2) on 25 February. It is the 10th smallest winter ... Read More

Sea ice | Mar 22. 2022.
Aerial vews over the Yamal Peninsula in Russia

‘Imminent’ tipping point threatening Europe’s permafrost peatlands

Large swathes of northern Europe and western Siberia may become “climatically unsuitable” for carbon-rich permafrost peatlands within a few decad... Read More

Plants and forests | Mar 14. 2022.
Arctic sea ice melt, Baffin Bay, Greenland. Credit: Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo. T8R85X

Guest post: Why does the Arctic warm faster than the rest of the planet?

While the Earth’s surface as a whole has warmed by around 1.2C since the industrial revolution, temperatures are not rising at the same rate in all... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 11. 2022.
A wildfire burns through forests at the Summit Trail Fire in the Colville Reservation, Washington

Melting Arctic sea ice linked to ‘worsening fire hazards’ in western US

Arctic sea ice melt has driven an increase in “fire-favourable weather” across the western US over the past four decades, according to new resear... Read More

Wildfires | Nov 25. 2021.
A glacier at the edge of the ice sheet, melting water and mud are pictured in the North of Kangerlussuaq, Greenland

Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2021

This year, the Greenland ice sheet has provided a feast for scientists. A cool and wet early summer with unusually large and late snowfall in June... Read More

Guest posts | Nov 16. 2021.
Arctic sea ice floe in Svalbard

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2021 is ‘12th lowest’ on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its annual minimum for 2021, clocking in at the 12th lowest on record, according to provisional data from the US National ... Read More

Sea ice | Sep 22. 2021.
Small island in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, with pack ice in the foreground

Guest post: Deciphering the rise and fall of Antarctic sea ice extent

The sharp decline in Arctic sea ice over recent decades has become one of the most enduring images of the Earth’s warming climate. Yet, at the same... Read More

Guest posts | Jun 29. 2021.
View of Ama Dablam on the way to Everest Base Camp Nepal

Climate change has driven 16% drop in ‘snow meltwater’ from Asia’s high mountains

Climate change is reducing the supply of water from melting snow to many of the largest rivers in Asia, threatening the water security of millions of... Read More

Ice | Jun 24. 2021.
Sand bags protecting the beach from sea level rise, Belize

Limiting warming to 1.5C would ‘halve’ land-ice contribution to sea level rise by 2100

Holding global temperature rise to no more than 1.5C – rather than following current emissions pledges – could halve the sea level rise from melt... Read More

Ice | May 5. 2021.
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