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Arctic Melting At A Record Breaking Pace In Spring 2014

Antarctica made big news this week as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory released the results of research that suggests that the West Antarctica ice sheet has begun to fall apart due to climate change – and only the most extraordinary circumstances could possibly halt the process. When the water from this section of Antarctica enters the [...]

On Global Warming, Denial, Ice, and The MV Akademik Shokalskiy

People who find it politically inconvenient to believe that global warming is real are taking glee at the suffering on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a boat filled with climatologists that’s stuck in frozen waters near Antarctica. They’re writing articles suggesting that the existence of thick ice near Antarctica somehow suggests that global warming is [...]

Greenpeace Activists Climb Europe’s Tallest Building To Protest Arctic Oil Drilling

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 [...]

NSIDC Starts Graphing Greenland Ice Melt

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 [...]

Barack Obama Attacks Polar Bears Just Before Earth Day

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 [...]

Obama Approves Offshore Drilling With Untested Technology

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 Continues Dramatic Melt In Arctic And Below

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. [...]

For Congressional Election, Pay Attention To Current Climate Research

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. [...]

Arctic Ice Reaches September Minimum Volume: Only 4000 Cubic Kilometers Left, 9500 Cubic Kilometers Below Average

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 [...]

Surprise Late-Season Melt: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Falls Below 2008 Level

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 [...]

Double Dip: Arctic Ice Resumes Late Season Melt

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 [...]