Donors Pledge $41M to Watch Arctic Permafrost Thaw

Climate scientists, policy experts and environmental justice advocates announced a major project Monday to better understand the contribution of thawing permafrost to global warming and help Arctic communities cope with its effects. Led by the Massachusetts-based Woodwell Center for Climate Research, the 6-year, $41 million project will fill the gaps in tracking greenhouse gas emissions […]

Killer Whales Find Prey Bonanza in Melting Arctic

Research scientist Brynn Kimber of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Mammal Laboratory at the University of Washington has spent a lot of time analyzing sound data recorded in icy waters in Alaska, Canada, and northern Russia. Typically, Miss Kimber hears the chatter of head whales, beluga whales, narwhals, and other marine mammals native […]

Arctic Ocean Occupied by Neighbor First of All

North Pole. Atlantic. Long ago, the two oceans existed in harmony with the warm, salty Atlantic waters flowing gently into the Arctic. The layered nature of the Arctic – sea ice at the top, cool fresh water in the middle, and warm, salty water at the bottom – helped maintain the boundary between the arctic […]

Arctic Sea Ice Is At Annual Lowest, But Not As Low As In Recent Years

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has reached its minimum size following the summer melting season, and coverage is not as low as it has been in recent years, scientists said on Wednesday. The National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado estimated that the minimum level was most likely reached Thursday, […]

Biden Administration Orders New Review of Drilling in the Arctic

The Biden administration will conduct a new environmental review for potential oil and gas development at the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Initial review during the Trump presidency. The Department of the Interior will submit a statement of intent to the Federal Register on Wednesday, which begins the process of executing an additional Environmental […]