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Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

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Plastic pollution on an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Conor McDonnell

Discovery by UK scientists prompts fear that melting ice will allow more plastic to be released into the central Arctic Ocean – with huge effects on wildlife

September 25, 2017 — A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Continue reading Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change doubters

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Arctic scientists have previously warned that the increasingly rapid melting of the ice cap could have catastrophic consequences around the world. Photograph: Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty

New chair of Arctic council calls for Paris treaty on global warming to be respected amid fears of commitment downgrade

May 11, 2017 — Finland, the new chair of the Arctic council, has appealed to climate change scientists to fight the threat of the US and Russia tearing up commitments to combat global warming. Continue reading Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change doubters

Global temps soar in February, setting new heat record

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CRACKED EARTH. In this photo taken on February 11, 2015, the sun scorches an already cracked earth on a farm in the Australian agricultural town of Walgett, 650 kilometers (404 miles) northwest of Sydney. File Photo by Peter Parks/AFP
With an average temperature that was 2.18 Fahrenheit (1.21 Celsius) above the 20th century average, the month marked ‘the highest departure from average among all 1,646 months in the record’

MIAMI, USA (Mar. 18, 2016) — Temperatures across the planet soared again last month, setting a new heat record with the warmest February since modern records began, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday, March 17.

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Melting Arctic Ice is Changing Whale Migration

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January 1, 2016 — It seems that every day brings a new discovery regarding the impacts of climate change on our planet. From its contribution to the Sixth Mass Extinction to its threat to coral reefs worldwide, to its impact on animal migration patterns, the negative effects of a changing climate are being seen everywhere.

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