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2008-09-15 14:35:00

Observations on ice coverage and thickness show that sea ice in the Arctic may be headed for a consecutive record low in a trend that demands action from governments pursuing a new climate pact, the Worldwide Fund for Nation said on Monday. "If you take reduced ice thickness into account, there is probably less ice overall in the Arctic this year than in any other year since monitoring began," said Martin Sommerkorn, senior climate adviser of the WWF's Arctic program. "This is also the first...

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2008-09-12 12:20:00

Experts reported on Friday that the amount of sea ice around Antarctica has grown in recent Septembers in what could be an unusual side-effect of global warming. Since the late 1970s, in the southern hemisphere winter, when emperor penguins huddle together against the biting cold, ice on the sea around Antarctica has been increasing, perhaps because climate change means shifts in winds, sea currents or snowfall. But Arctic sea ice at the other end of the planet is now close to matching a...

2008-09-10 21:00:13

By Richard Sadler New research by the Met Office has revealed that official predictions for sea level rise are out of date because they do not include the effects of melt water from the massive Greenland ice sheet.The situation is so serious that the Environment Agency is being forced to review its flood defence plans for London. Contingency plans for other major low-lying cities Hull, Newcastle, Glasgow and Norwich will also have to be re-evaluated.The extent of the problem was revealed...

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2008-09-03 12:40:00

Scientists said on Tuesday the ice shelves in Canada's High Arctic have lost a colossal area measuring 19 square miles after it broke away last month. The remaining shelves attached to Ellesmere Island, which have lasted for thousands of years, have seen almost a quarter of their cover break away. The Markham Ice Shelf, one of just five remaining ice shelves in the Canadian Arctic, split away from Ellesmere Island in early August.  Scientists also reported that two large chunks totaling...

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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...

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2008-08-13 00:15:00

Four years of scientific research on ice core data has brought to light the warming trend in West Antarctica, the world's coldest climate.  According to the study, the West Antarctic warmed in response to higher temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which itself has been warming due to weather patterns including an El Nino event from 1939 to 1942 and greenhouse emissions from cars and factories. "An increasingly large part of the signal is becoming due to human activity," said the...

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2008-08-11 10:45:00

The German Research Vessel Polarstern had to prove its ice breaking capabilities in Arctic waters to gain data on two series of long-term research measurements. After working in regions up to latitude 82° N, Polarstern of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association entered port in Reykjavik (Iceland) on August 10th. "This year, we had to cope with exceptional heavy ice coverage", says chief scientist Prof. Gerhard Kattner. The sea ice covered...

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2008-07-31 07:15:00

Although new evidence suggests that a long-term thawing of Arctic sea ice is currently under way, scientists withdrew previous prediction that the ice would shrink below a 2007 record low this year. Previous reports highlighted a fear that the drastic melt witnessed in 2007 could lead to a total melt of ice on the North Pole. "Most likely there will not be a new record minimum ice year in the Arctic this September," said Ola M. Johannessen of the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing...

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2008-07-10 08:45:00

Climate scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute present their own prognosis for the first time The ice cover in the Arctic Ocean at the end of summer 2008 will lie, with almost 100 per cent probability, below that of the year 2005 "“ the year with the second lowest sea ice extent ever measured. Chances of an equally low value as in the extreme conditions of the year 2007 lie around eight per cent. Climate scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in...

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2008-06-27 11:25:00

Many polar scientists believe that ice at the North Pole stands a good chance of completely disappearing over the course of the year. Some scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer. The massive melting of such a well-known arctic location would be a symbolic example of the great impact of global warming. "From the viewpoint of science, the North Pole is just another point on the globe, but symbolically it is hugely important. There is supposed to...


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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...

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