Tag Archives: arctic and global warming

Politics of a Warming Arctic

Arctic Sunset

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 Russia (at the time …

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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 to protect the Arctic …

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

Shrinking ice in the Arctic

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 back the start of …

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Arctic Sea Ice Volume Reaches Record Low

Arctic sea ice extent (or area covered) reached its seasonal low this year on September 14th, hitting its second lowest level since satellite data collection began thirty years ago, not quite reaching the record low of last year. The near-record low “strongly reinforces” the 30–year downward trend for Arctic sea ice extent, a full 34% below the long-term average from 1979 to 2000, and only …

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