The video below, produced by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, illustrates the change in arctic sea ice over the last generation – not just in surface extent, but also in thickness. Shifts in these measurements are subtle in the early years, so have the
The value of well-funded science is that it produces sustained observations over long periods, not just when an issue is hot. I am appreciative of the National Snow and Ice Data Center, funded by NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation with the task of
The National Snow and Ice Data Center has been tracking Arctic Ocean sea ice extent for many years, and yesterday released new data on the extent of Arctic sea ice, compared to the 1981-2000 average for this time of year: As you can see, the
At this point, the familiar narrative, of how Bernard Sanders is more progressive than Hillary Clinton, and Clinton is nothing more than a corporate-owned Republican in Democrat’s clothing, falls apart.
On March 19 2015, the National Snow and Ice Data Center declared that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean had reached its high point in its area of coverage (“extent”) for the year, and that this high point was the smallest on record. As you
Six activists from Greenpeace have boarded the Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig in the Pacific Ocean, and are camped out on the underside of the gigantic vessel as it moves north. The oil rig has received the go-ahead to begin drilling for crude oil in
Perhaps now that the cold of winter has broken and the final days before spring are seeing a thaw here in the northern United States, it’s an appropriate time to mention that the surface area of sea water in the Arctic covered by ice is
From where I sit as I write this, I can look outside through a window, and see, even in the dim light of this early hour, that it is very snowy, and very cold, outside. It is easy to forget, in these conditions, that last
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.
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
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