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Arctic Ice Cover Continues To Shrink
2013-04-04 08:52:02

[ Watch the Video: An Interesting Year for Arctic Sea Ice ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Arctic Ocean's ice cover shrank to its lowest extent on record last September at the end of the northern hemisphere summer. This continues a long-term trend diminishing the ice to about half the size of the average summertime extent from 1979 to 2000. The sea ice refreezes during the cold and dark Arctic winter, achieving its maximum extent usually in late February or...

Several Species Of Alaskan Birds Vulnerable To Changing Climate
2013-04-03 14:21:49

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As the forces of climate change continue to shape the planet, conservationist groups are focusing on how these trends may affect the viability of different animal species. According to a new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), many of the breeding bird species in Alaska will experience a marked change to their populations by 2050. Based on their assessment, the WCS estimates that two species will become "highly"...

Greening Of The Arctic A Real Possibility
2013-04-01 04:56:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Rising temperatures in the Arctic will cause the region to become much greener in the near future, claims new research published in Sunday´s edition of the journal Nature Climate Change. According to Jaymi McCann of the Daily Mail, the study concludes that a gradual warming of climate will lead to an increase in trees and shrubs in the Arctic, which could cause wooded areas to increase by as much as 50 percent over the next...

Loss Of Arctic Ice May Be Cause Of This Chilly Spring
2013-03-27 14:31:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you been experiencing the coldest spring weather in recent memory? It´s probably because of global warming. According to climate scientists, warmer than average temperatures have thrown a monkey wrench into global weather patterns by melting Arctic sea ice at record rates during the summer months. "Ironically ... as the ice pack retreats and the Arctic heats up, there's a counteracting tendency in middle latitudes for colder...

2013-03-20 16:20:32

WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Operation IceBridge scientists have begun another season of research activity over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice with the first of a series of science flights from Greenland completed on Wednesday. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) A specially equipped P-3B research aircraft from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., is operating out of airfields in Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland,...

Climate Change Affecting Polar Bears, Only Those With The Most Fat Thrive
2013-03-20 14:36:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Recent climate induced changes to Arctic polar bears´ environment is affecting their habits and ability to survive, with the bears having to rely more and more on internal fat reserves, according to a new paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The bears are having particular difficulty adjusting to the shifting sea ice dynamics. In the past, sea ice has remained throughout the Arctic summer months, but now it is almost...

Amplified Greenhouse Effect Shifts Growing Seasons In The North
2013-03-11 04:37:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A warming climate and reduced temperature seasonality has resulted in increased vegetation production in northern latitudes, which have begun to resemble the conditions found in regions located several degrees of latitude further south as recently as three decades ago, an international team of researchers have discovered. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, 21 authors from 17 different institutions in seven countries...

2013-03-10 16:20:07

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vegetation growth at Earth's northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, according to a NASA-funded study based on a 30-year record of land surface and newly improved satellite data sets. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) An international team of university and NASA scientists examined the relationship between changes in surface temperature and vegetation growth from 45 degrees...

Record Warming Will Lead To Faster Melting Glaciers And The Loss Looks Irreversible
2013-03-08 08:56:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the next few centuries, Canada's Arctic Archipelago glaciers will melt faster than ever, according to a new study. Research has revealed that 20 percent of the Canadian Arctic glaciers may have disappeared by the end of our current century, leading to an additional sea level rise of 1.4 inches. The findings, funded in part by EU's ice2sea program, are available online and will be published in an upcoming issue of Geophysical...

Sail Across The North Pole By 2050
2013-03-05 06:27:45

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The quest to set foot on the North Pole began in the early 1800s but the realization of that quest had to wait nearly 100 years to occur. The US Navy engineer, Robert Peary, claimed (and not without more than a little controversy) to have reached the Pole on April 6, 1909. One of the most daunting obstacles in reaching the hometown of Mr. and Mrs. Claus is the ocean it is located in. Unlike the South Pole, the North Pole rests upon...


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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