arctic warming

iceberg floating in ocean water of smith sound in the high arctic of nunavut, canada, mid summer

Factcheck: Is 3-5C of Arctic warming now ‘locked in’

The accompanying press release focused on the report’s section about climate change. It warned that, “even if the Paris Agreement goals are met, Arctic winter temperatures will increase 3-5°C by 2050 compared to 1986-2005 levels” and will warm 5-9°C by 2080.

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What polar bears in a Russian apartment block reveal about the climate crisis

Arctic bears are being driven off their normal migration routes and into human habitation. We should feel pity – and fear — Polar bears prowling around a children’s playground. Polar bears lumbering along the corridors of apartment blocks and offices. Polar bears descending on a sleepy Russian town in their dozens. To state the obvious: …

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Q&A: How is Arctic warming linked to the ‘polar vortex’ and other extreme weather

The past week has seen some brutal weather hitting the US and Canada. With cold Arctic air plunging south down to the US midwest, six states have seen temperatures lower than the south pole and at least eight people have died due to the extreme cold — The UK, too, is braced for snow this …

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Military buildup in Arctic as melting ice reopens northern borders

As ice melts and shipping lanes open up, geopolitical tensions are growing and old cold war bases are being reopened — The climate crisis is intensifying a new military buildup in the Arctic, diplomats and analysts said this week, as regional powers attempt to secure northern borders that were until recently reinforced by a continental-sized …

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Sen. Murkowski Warns About the Impact of Climate Change

The senator from Alaska says the impact of climate change in her state “is real, it is happening, it is now, and almost none of these changes are for the better for us” — Although President Donald Trump has called climate change a hoax and is pushing for the increased use of fossil fuels, Sen. …

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the arctic report card outlines vast changes taking place in the arctic region

Arctic Undergoing Most Unprecedented Transition in Human History

The Arctic Report Card, released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, outlines vast changes taking place in the Arctic region. Here are some major findings — The Arctic continues to undergo dramatic change due to atmospheric and ocean warming, and the region “is no longer returning to the extensively frozen region of recent past …

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Guest post: How Arctic warming could have steered Hurricane Florence towards the US

Prof Jennifer Francis is a research professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University in New Jersey, US — At around 7:15am local time on Friday 14 September, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina. The storm, which had been as strong as category 4 on the Saffir–Simpson …

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Pollution is slowing the melting of Arctic sea ice, for now

Human carbon pollution is melting the Arctic, but aerosol pollution is slowing it down — The Arctic is one of the “canaries in the coal mine” for climate change. Long ago, scientists predicted it would warm quicker than other parts of the planet, and they were right. Currently, the Arctic is among the fastest-warming places …

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‘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 — The research, published in Nature Climate Change, finds that warming conditions and decreasing sea ice volume “may soon” see the Barents Sea complete a transition from cold, fresh Arctic waters to a warm, …

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