The Shard, at over 300 meters tall, is the highest standing skyscraper in all of Europe. It’s also the home of Shell Oil’s headquarters in Britain. The combination of these factors led six activists associated with Greenpeace to climb the tower, without permission, as a dramatic protest against drilling for oil in the Arctic. They [...]
For years, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) has been sharing daily updates of the area (“extent”) of sea ice coverage in the Arctic ocean, charting current conditions in comparison to the 1979-2000 average for purposes of comparison. Current levels consistently lie two standard deviations below that long-term average, making the NSIDC Arctic [...]
This Earth Day, you’ll heard Democrats talking about how horrible Mitt Romney would be for the environment, and it’s true – as President, Mitt Romney would support anti-environmental policies. What you won’t hear Democrats talking about is the wonderful environmental record of Barack Obama. That’s because Obama has a terrible environmental record [...]
The Obama Administration has just agreed to expand offshore drilling along the shore of Virginia, and to allow Shell Oil to conduct offshore drilling in the Beaufort Sea’s icy Arctic waters, using untested technology. Barack Obama has been an anti-environment President, in the pocket of corporations that profit from selling fossil fuel. He is not a decent choice for serious environmentalist voters in 2012. [...]
Ice cover on large bodies of water continues to decline across the north, in the Arctic, but also in the Great Lakes, according to a new report. [...]
If you’ve got a congressional candidate, like Ken Buck, who claims that global warming is a hoax, you’ve either got a candidate who is too ignorant to understand what the facts are, or too unscrupulous to care what the facts are. [...]
Earlier this week, the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center released its latest Arctic sea ice measurements to make them current as of September 15, 2010. The Polar Science Center uses a satellite to measure the three-dimensional volume of the Arctic sea ice (a approach different than that of the National Snow and Ice Data [...]
The melting of the Arctic sea ice literally crossed another line yesterday, as the area of Arctic sea ice fell below the level of two years ago:
The collapse of the Arctic sea this year is only surpassed by the calamity of 2007. The four lowest years of Arctic sea ice extent are the [...]
Last week, the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported:
Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum extent on 10 September. The minimum ice extent was the third-lowest in the satellite record, after 2007 and 2008, and continues the trend of decreasing summer sea ice.
But appearances can occasionally be deceiving. After [...]
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has released satellite data showing that with the extent of ice in the Arctic Ocean is nearing its yearly minimum, the area of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice is at its third lowest in the historical record:
The extent of ice in the Arctic Ocean is [...]
2007-2008 marked the Fourth International Polar Year, a coordinated international research effort dedicated to a better understanding of the Earth’s poles. Various sorts of data were collected in more than 150 research projects during this year.
Some of this research is still proceeding, and a large amount of data collected during the International Polar Year [...]