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The area covered by Arctic sea ice during the summer reached a new all-time low on Thursday, with the summer sea ice extent falling to 1.64 million square miles (4.24 million square kilometers).
A new report from the European Space Agency (ESA) shows that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has receded dramatically during this summer, opening up two new shipping lanes - the Canadian Northwest Passage and Russia’s Northern Sea Route.
The fast-melting Arctic sea ice seems to be pushing the walruses out onto land, with many moving near the area where oil leases have been sold.
In three decades of recording Arctic Ocean sea ice, NOAA on Monday reported that in July 2011 the sea ice hit its lowest monthly recorded level.
The melting of Arctic sea ice may temporarily stabilize, and the ice may even expand, over the coming years.
According to MIT researchers, the most recent global climate report fails to capture the reality of the changing Arctic seascape.
Danish researchers say the rate of melting in the Arctic sea may be slower than previously thought.
An analysis of prehistoric "Heinrich events" that happened many thousands of years ago, creating mass discharges of icebergs into the North Atlantic Ocean, make it clear that very small amounts of subsurface warming of water can trigger a rapid collapse of ice shelves.
A federal scientist under internal investigation, apparently over a study on polar bear deaths that was cited by Al Gore in â€œAn Inconvenient Truthâ€, went on the offensive Thursday, filing a complaint alleging persecution from within the Interior Department.
During the last prolonged warm spell on Earth, the oceans were at least 20 feet higher than they are now.
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...
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