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2013-08-01 08:34:07

Slight changes in the timing of the annual loss of sea-ice in polar regions could have dire consequences for polar ecosystems, by allowing a lot more sunlight to reach the sea floor. The research by scientists at UNSW and the Australian Antarctic Division predicts that biodiversity on some areas of the polar seabed could be reduced by as much as one third within decades, as the poles warm. The study, Light-driven tipping points in polar ecosystems, will be published in the journal...

Polar Pool Not Extreme
2013-07-31 11:23:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last week, pictures from the North Pole Experimental Observatory (NPEO) showed the North Pole seemingly covered by a sea of water, but according to a statement from the project's principal investigator, conditions in the Arctic are typical for this time of year and viewing the images is all a matter of perspective. "Every summer when the sun melts the surface the water has to go someplace, so it accumulates in these ponds," said Jamie...

Arctic Winters Were Ice-Free Three To Five Million Years Ago
2013-07-30 06:29:43

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online During the Pliocene Epoch, the Earth was substantially warmer than it is today, despite similar concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. A new study, led by the University of Colorado Boulder, suggests year-round ice-free conditions across the surface of the Arctic Ocean could explain the difference. The study was published in a recent issue of Palaeogeography, Paleoclimatology, Palaeoecology. A new record was marked by...

UK Government Accused Of Being Complacent Over Arctic Drilling
2013-07-29 05:00:33

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The UK government has been accused by a coalition of environmental advocates of failing to protect the Arctic from oil and gas drilling, allowing projects to commence without performing adequate risk assessment. According to the Belfast Telegraph, Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have accused the coalition government of "complacently standing by" while drilling projects commence despite the...

2013-07-26 08:22:17

QUEBEC CITY, July 26, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Amundsen will celebrate its 10(th) Anniversary as a research icebreaker this year as it departs Quebec City on 26 July for its annual expedition to the Canadian Arctic. Over the last 10 years, the CCGS Amundsen has been a major catalyst in revitalizing Canadian Arctic science by giving Canadian researchers and their international collaborators unprecedented access to the Arctic Ocean. Thanks to major...

Ticking Time Bomb: The True Cost Of Arctic Methane Release
2013-07-25 07:44:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online An Arctic methane 'time bomb' brought about by rapidly thinning permafrost could cost the world up to $60 Trillion, the size of the entire global economy, a group of economists and polar scientists warned on Tuesday. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, although it lasts less than a decade in the atmosphere. Large amounts of the gas are concentrated in the frozen Arctic tundra, and are also found as semi-solid gas hydrates under...

2013-07-16 23:22:59

Groupizo Goes Green for a Cause With Eco-Friendly Apparel Fundraiser Chicago, IL (PRWEB) July 16, 2013 Izo Brands utilizes its group funding platform Groupizo to bring positive attention to issues surrounding global warming with a Protect the Arctic fundraiser for non profit the Sierra Club Foundation. The Sierra Club Foundation provides financial support to the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations reflecting the Club’s core values: that all people have a right to a safe...

2013-07-10 14:23:46

New research by UM bioclimatology Assistant Professor Ashley Ballantyne models the influence of Arctic sea ice on Arctic temperatures during the Pliocene era. His research was published in the Research Highlight section of the July issue of Nature Geoscience. The full paper will be published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology: An International Journal for the Geosciences. Ballantyne and coauthors from Northwestern University, the University of Colorado and the National...

2013-06-10 10:19:55

Fund recommended to hedge against greatest threat: a breached oil sands tailing pond; Biodiversity in watershed covering roughly 20% of Canada compared to Africa's Serengeti; Alarm raised at melting of permafrost, ice that plays vital global climate role Canada's Mackenzie River basin -- among the world's most important major ecosystems -- is poorly studied, inadequately monitored, and at serious risk due to climate change and resource exploitation, a panel of international scientists warn...

2013-06-06 00:20:34

Arctic Protection Can Now Be Incorporated into CSR and Sustainability Plans EMERYVILLE, Calif., June 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SCS Global Services (SCS), an internationally recognized third-party certification body verifying environmental claims, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and carbon offset projects, celebrated World Environmental Day by launching its new Arctic Climate Neutral certification initiative. This groundbreaking program establishes a new beachhead in the worldwide...


Latest Arctic Reference Libraries

Arctic Ocean
2013-04-18 22:31:23

The Arctic Ocean which is located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the shallowest and smallest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization recognizes it as an ocean, although, some oceanographers consider it as the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply, the Arctic Sea, classifying it a Mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, the Arctic Ocean can be considered as the northernmost...

Weather Reference Library
2012-07-05 11:03:14

Continental arctic air mass is known for its very frigid and dry air. The most common place in the United States to find this air mass is in Alaska. However, in the coldest parts of the winter such as December and January along with early February it is not uncommon for this air mass to invade the Northern part of the United States. This air mass is responsible for bringing with it temps that drop well below zero. Along with the cold temps the air is very dry and if people stay outside in...

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2009-07-06 17:01:44

Arctic haze is a phenomenon that occurs in the atmosphere at high latitudes in the Arctic due to air pollution. What distinguishes Arctic haze from haze found elsewhere, is the ability of its chemical ingredients to endure in the atmosphere for a longer period of time compared to other pollutants. Due to limited snowfall, rain, or turbulent air to displace pollutants from the polar air in the spring, Arctic haze can continue for more than a month in the northern atmosphere. Arctic haze was...

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2007-10-24 15:45:58

The Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea), is a species in the finch family. It breeds throughout northern North America and Eurasia. Subspecies of the Common Redpoll include the Arctic Redpoll and Mealy Redpoll. These are common too in the Arctic, Iceland, Greenland, and Baffin Island. They all migrate south into southern Canada, northern United States and most of Eurasia. These birds are remarkably resistant to cold temperatures and winter migration is mainly due to lack of food rather...

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2007-01-22 14:02:25

The Arctic fox (Alopex lagopus), also known as the polar fox, is a small fox native to cold Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere. It is common in all three tundra biomes. Although some authorities have suggested placing it in the genus Vulpes, it has long been considered the sole member of the genus Alopex. The Arctic fox has smaller, more rounded ears, a more rounded braincase. It has a slightly shorter and broader muzzle than the red fox. Its feet are furrier than those of other...

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