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Thawing Russian Arctic Permafrost Leads to Anthrax Outbreak

Seventy-two nomadic herders, including 41 children, living in the Russian Arctic Circle town of Salekhard have been hospitalized since reindeer began dying en masse due to an anthrax outbreak that scientists linked to rising temperatures, which is causing permafrost to thaw.

Shrinking sea ice forces Polar Bears into "marathon" swims as population declines

Polar Bears Undertaking Marathon Swims, Populations Declining Rapidly as Sea Ice Disappears

The polar bear population in the Beaufort Sea area have declined 50% or more in the last decade. Nearly 7 in 10 of the 100 bears the researchers monitored swam at least 49 km (30.44 mi) in 2012. That’s up 25% from 2007.

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Politics of a Warming Arctic

The front line of climate change and the politics of a warming Arctic – It was just a little over 100 years ago that Robert Peary’s expedition first reached the north pole – or at least very close. In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), including Canada, the United States, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and…

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American Leadership of the Arctic Council Bodes Well for Climate Action

The far north will assume a leading role in the war against climate change now that the U.S. has replaced Canada as the leader of the Arctic Council. On Friday April 24th 2015, the U.S. assumed the leadership of the international body that is charged with addressing climate change and other important issues facing the Arctic. The Council’s mandate is…

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Arctic Sea Ice Maximum Reaches Lowest Extent on Record

Preliminary analysis from the National Snow & Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado shows that Arctic sea ice likely reached its seasonal maximum on February 25th. At 5.61 million square miles (14.54 million square kilometers) the expected maximum ice extent is the lowest in the satellite record. The maximum extent for 2015 is 425,000 sq. miles (1.10 sq. kilometers)…

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Blood Falls in Antarctica - one of the lesser known effects of climate change

Ten Lesser Known Effects of Climate Change and Environmental Abuse

The effects of climate change and environmental abuse are far ranging and may include some pretty strange phenomenon. A number of studies show the wide assortment of deleterious impacts from climate change, including increasing heat waves, drought, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, extreme weather, storm surges, and wildfires. While climate change and environmental abuse is already causing death and disease, there…

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Shrinking ice in the Arctic

Artic Sea Ice and Albedo: Ice Free Season Growing 5 Days per Decade

Arctic ice autumn freeze-up starting later  – According to new research to be published in the forthcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the ice-free season in the Arctic is growing by five days per decade. Analysis of satellite data by a team of researchers headed by Julienne Stroeve indicate increasing absorption of solar energy in the summer Arctic ocean is pushing…

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