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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.
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.
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 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.
Sea ice in Svalbard

Arctic sea ice winter peak in 2021 is joint-seventh lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, peaking at 14.77m square kilometres (km2) on 21 March. This is the joint-seventh smallest... Read More

Sea ice | Mar 31. 2021.
The edge of the Greenland ice sheet.

Greenland to lose ice far faster this century than in the past 12,000 years

The scale of loss from the Greenland ice sheet will be higher this century than in any other over the past 12,000 years, a new study concludes. Ho... Read More

Ice | Sep 30. 2020.
Polar-bear-on-pack-ice-in-Northern-Arctic

Arctic sea ice shrinks to second-lowest summer minimum on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its second lowest level on record, data shows. Each year, Arctic sea ice goes through a seasonal cycle, growing in area... Read More

Sea ice | Sep 21. 2020.
Visualisation using NASA's MERRA dataset to model the jet stream over North America, between June and July, 1988. Credit: Science History Images / Alamy Stock Photo. T81PF2

Jet stream: Is climate change causing more ‘blocking’ weather events?

The past few months have seen some remarkable weather, from the UK’s sunniest spring on record to Siberia’s dramatic heatwave and “zombie wildf... Read More

Extreme weather | Jun 12. 2020.
An argo float measures ocean temperatures. Credit: Argo program, Germany/Ifremer.

Guest post: Could the Atlantic Overturning Circulation ‘shut down’?

Generally, we think of climate change as a gradual process: the more greenhouse gases that humans emit, the more the climate will change. But are the... Read More

Guest posts | Feb 11. 2020.
Adult black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla), Svalbard Archipelago, Barents Sea, Norway. Credit: robertharding / Alamy Stock Photo

Explainer: How 'Atlantification' is making the Arctic Ocean saltier and warmer

In the seas above Scandinavia, there is a point where the Arctic Ocean collides with the warmer, saltier waters of the Atlantic. This Arctic regio... Read More

Oceans | Jan 16. 2020.
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