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2014-09-22 16:22:50

Download Inuktitut version of this news release OTTAWA, Sept. 22, 2014 /CNW/ - The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) and CSA Group are pleased to announce the publication of a new National Standard of Canada (NSC) that will support the adaptation of northern infrastructure to a changing climate and provide tangible - and long-term - improvements for those living in Canada's North. Buildings in Permafrost Supported on Thermosyphon Foundations is the first of four innovative...

2014-09-16 16:20:52

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past few decades, average global temperatures have been on the rise, and this warming is happening two to three times faster in the Arctic. As the region's summer comes to a close, NASA is hard at work studying how rising temperatures are affecting the Arctic. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO NASA researchers this summer and fall are carrying out three Alaska-based airborne research campaigns aimed...

2014-09-09 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Earth's northern polar region, one of the most rapidly changing areas of our planet, is the focus of three recent NASA research campaigns and will be discussed in detail during a media teleconference at 3 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 16. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The airborne field campaigns will examine changing glacier elevations in Alaska, thawing permafrost and the impact of sea ice retreat on the...

arctic permafrost
2014-08-25 03:00:15

Bernie DeGroat, University of Michigan Just how much Arctic permafrost will thaw in the future and how fast heat-trapping carbon dioxide will be released from those warming soils is a topic of lively debate among climate scientists. To answer those questions, scientists need to understand the mechanisms that control the conversion of organic soil carbon into carbon dioxide gas. Until now, researchers believed that bacteria were largely responsible. But in a study published in Science...

Researchers Find Cooling Effect In Warming Arctic lakes
2014-08-07 03:47:42

University of Minnesota Scientists have known for a while that warming global temperatures are causing Arctic lakes to release methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leads to even more warming. In a new study published in the journal Nature, a team of researchers including U of M researcher Jacques Finlay, found that Siberian lakes have actually pulled more greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere than they have released into it since the last Ice Age, causing an overall slight cooling...

sea ice off alaska
2014-07-31 03:00:56

Hannah Hickey, University of Washington As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water that is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Storms thus have the potential to create Arctic swell – huge waves that could add a new and unpredictable element to the region. A University of Washington researcher made the first study of waves in the middle of the...

Arctic Lakes Soak Up More Greenhouse Gases Than They Emit: Study
2014-07-18 03:19:15

University of Alaska Fairbanks New University of Alaska Fairbanks research indicates that arctic thermokarst lakes stabilize climate change by storing more greenhouse gases than they emit into the atmosphere. Countering a widely-held view that thawing permafrost accelerates atmospheric warming, a study published this week in the scientific journal Nature suggests arctic thermokarst lakes are 'net climate coolers' when observed over longer, millennial, time scales. "Until now, we've...

Siberia Yamal Peninsula
2014-07-17 10:01:06

Joshua Garrett for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What could cause an 80 meter hole to form somewhere in northern Siberia? A meteorite strike? Aliens? Cthulhu? Researchers all over the world are scratching their heads over this one, as no one seems to have an answer they are 100 percent sure of. Reported by the Siberian Times, this giant hole of unknown depth appeared rather suddenly in the Yamal Peninsula, which is said to translate as “end of the world,” giving the whole...

Twelvemile Lake permafrost
2014-06-11 06:47:04

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Most studies on Arctic permafrost are harbingers of doom. As the sea ice melts, the permafrost is being affected, and releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases such as carbon and methane. These gases will accelerate the process of global warming, creating a vicious cycle. A new study from the US Geological Survey and McGill University, published in Geophysical Research Letters, has revealed a surprise in permafrost research....

Permafrost Thawing Could Accelerate Global Warming
2014-04-08 15:41:51

Kathleen Haughney, Florida State University A team of researchers lead by Florida State University have found new evidence that permafrost thawing is releasing large quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere via plants, which could accelerate warming trends. The research is featured in the newest edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We’ve known for a while now that permafrost is thawing,” said Suzanne Hodgkins, the lead author on the paper...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.