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Arctic Ocean Rapidly Acidifying

After three years of ongoing research by an international team of scientists, a study commissioned by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme for a first-ever comprehensive assessment of Arctic Ocean acidification was presented last week at a meeting of Arctic Council Ministers in Bergen, Norway. Arctic Ocean Acidification Facts The research show that the cold waters of the Arctic sea are more…

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The world faces serious implications from the rapidly declining Arctic Sea Ice

EarthTalk: Implications of Declining Arctic Sea Ice

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: I heard that the Arctic summer sea ice is at its lowest level since we began recording it. What are the implications of all this melting?              — Jo Shoemaker, Bowie, MD It is true that on September 16, 2012…

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A melting ocean and Arctic sunset

Arctic Sea Ice Update

According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), as of September 16 Arctic sea ice reached its seasonal minimum for the year at 1.32 million square miles (3.41 million square kilometers), the minimum seasonal extent in the satellite record that began in 1979. NSIDC cautioned that changing wind patterns over the next few weeks could push the minimum…

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The Scramble for the Arctic

The Scramble for the Arctic Intensifies

Richard Sales latest book “The Scramble for the Arctic” gives a sobering account of the fate of the region as nations rush to exploit a melting Arctic.