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Arctic Sea Ice Extent Nears 2010 Minimum, 4 SD below 1979-2000 Avg

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 [...]

International Polar Year Oslo Science Conference: Watch it Online

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 [...]

Arctic Sea Ice Extent, October 27 2009: 6 Standard Deviations Below the 1979-2000 Mean

The latest data on sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean includes information up through October 27, 2009:

Source: National Snow and Ice Data Center

The National Snow and Ice Data Center’s standard for measuring a notable deviation from the 1979-2000 sea ice average is two standard deviations, which is a reasonably strong standard, [...]

Climate Change Impact Documented In the Arctic

The biological impacts of climate change Post documents in his new work include devastation of Arctic vegetation as a result of insect infestations surging up from the south, ringed seals losing their pups because of thinning ice, and narwhal populations dwindling. [...]

How Does This Graph Show A Cooling Earth?

I’d like to hear from those people who repeat the corporate claim that the Earth is currently cooling, rather than warming, how they think the scientific measurements shown in this graph fit with that idea. [...]

Obama Attacks Ribbon Seals

Biologist Shaye Wolf, says of Obama’s assistance to oil companies in the arctic, “There may be a new captain at the helm, but the federal government is still steering wildlife management in the Arctic on a course for extinction.” [...]

Ice Extent Sensor Fails for One Month, Global Warming Doubters Go Ape

This morning, another person who also goes by the name of Jim left this comment to a post regarding data on Arctic sea ice extent collected by the National Snow and Ice Data Center:

OK, all this data must be considered faulty because the National Snow and Ice Data Center now admits their sensor has [...]

Ribbon Seal Is On Its Own

Environmentalists need to consider the meaning of the ribbon seal ruling, which suggests that future conditions will often not provide a solid foundation for present-day action through the Endangered Species Act. [...]

Arctic Sea Ice Growing At Less Than Average Rate

News from the National Snow and Ice Data Center this month shows the continuing influence of global warming. Arctic sea ice growth is significantly below average so far this year, when compared to the historical average.

Arctic Ocean Climate News Roundup for October 2008

The climate of the Arctic Ocean is changing dramatically. A summary of findings from the past month:

Scientists have found methane plumes emerging from seabed permafrost north of Russia at rates 100 times higher than normal. The area of the Arctic Ocean that melted this year was the second-lowest ever, barely missing the massive record [...]

Arctic Warming Consequence: Here Come the Methane Plumes

While the American news media remains focused on the winks of Sarah Palin and the nods of Ben Bernanke, the British media reports on two disturbing scientific findings. An international team scientists aboard a research vessel traveling Russia’s north coast has encountered plumes of methane emerging from the Arctic ocean at 100 times the typical [...]