Latest Arctic shrinkage Stories

2009-04-03 06:20:00

According to new analysis, arctic sea ice is melting so fast that the majority of it could be gone within the next 30 years.  The forecast is based on analysis generated using computer models of weather and climate.If the white ice melts, it will be replaced with dark ocean surface that will absorb sunlight. This will then speed up the global warming process.The findings increase concern about global warming, a problem that has become a focus of the G20 discussions under way in...

2009-01-16 10:55:17

Glacier and Ice-Sheet Melting, Sea-Ice Retreat and Coastal Erosion Expected as a ResultTemperature change in the Arctic is happening at a greater rate than other places in the Northern Hemisphere, and this is expected to continue in the future.As a result, glacier and ice-sheet melting, sea-ice retreat, coastal erosion and sea level rise can be expected to continue.A new comprehensive scientific synthesis of past Arctic climates demonstrates for the first time the pervasive nature of Arctic...

2008-12-11 14:00:10

Nearly 1,000 scientists from Canada and 15 other nations are in Quebec for the Arctic Change 2008 International Conference. Climate change and its impacts are accelerating at unexpected rates with global consequences, conference officials said Thursday. Scientific information presented has raised to new levels our concern regarding the changes that are taking place in the Arctic. The social and economic challenges in the Arctic are only going to increase exponentially. Among other things,...

2008-12-03 09:20:00

Soot is tarnishing the ice in the Arctic and adding a swiftness to the melting that could cause the ocean in the North Pole to be without any ice well before 2050, experts announced on Tuesday. Experts stated that in order to resist the impact of global warming in the Arctic, we should re-focus and center more on stopping the industrial greenhouse gasses like soot, ozone and methane in Europe, North America and Russia. Soot darkens the ice which causes it to absorb heat, increasing the speed...

2008-10-28 15:00:24

The European Space Agency says satellite data shows the thickness of sea ice in large parts of the Arctic declined by as much as 19 percent last winter. Using data from the ESA's Envisat satellite, scientists at the Center for Polar Observation and Modeling at University College London measured Arctic sea ice thickness from 2002 to 2008 and found it had been fairly constant until the record loss of ice during the summer of 2007. The research shows last winter the average thickness of sea...

2008-10-16 15:55:00

Arctic temperatures this season are at an all-time high. Sea ice is melting rapidly, causing the Arctic Ocean to become warmer and less salty, researchers said Thursday. Additionally, the new report, compiled by 46 scientists from 10 countries, finds that populations of reindeer appear to be on the decline. "Obviously, the planet is interconnected, so what happens in the Arctic does matter" to the rest of the world, Jackie Richter-Menge of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory...

2008-09-28 08:50:00

Following a record-breaking season of arctic sea ice decline in 2007, NASA scientists have kept a close watch on the 2008 melt season. Although the melt season did not break the record for ice loss, NASA data are showing that for a four-week period in August 2008, sea ice melted faster during that period than ever before. Each year at the end of summer, sea ice in the Arctic melts to reach its annual minimum. Ice that remains, or "perennial ice," has survived from year to year and contains...

2008-08-27 11:55:00

Scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center say Arctic Ocean sea ice has melted to the second lowest level since satellite observations began.On Monday, they recorded Sea ice melt that exceeded the low recorded in 2005, which had held second place.Ice in summer 2008 has a chance to diminish below the record low set last year, according to scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center.Some environmentalists groups are calling the rapid melts another alarm bell warning...

2008-05-14 14:50:00

Officials said Wednesday that the Interior Department is accepting the recommendation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of the decline in Arctic sea ice from global warming. The department made its decision after citing studies by its own scientists that the decline of Arctic sea ice off Alaska and Canada could result in two-thirds of the polar bears disappearing by mid-century. The decision...

2008-03-20 08:24:20

Arctic ice has reformed rapidly this winter after a record summer low, but it still covers less of the Arctic Ocean than it did in previous decades, NASA scientists announced today in an update of the states of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice. March is the month where Arctic sea ice traditionally hits its highest extent after the Northern Hemisphere winter and Antarctic sea ice reaches its lowest extent. NASA satellites have monitored sea ice coverage over both poles for nearly 40...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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