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Donald Trump accused of obstructing satellite research into climate change

earth’s sea ice has shrunk dramatically in recent years
Earth’s sea ice has shrunk dramatically in recent years. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

Republican-controlled Congress ordered destruction of vital sea-ice probe

November 5, 2017 — President Trump has been accused of deliberately obstructing research on global warming after it emerged that a critically important technique for investigating sea-ice cover at the poles faces being blocked. Continue reading Donald Trump accused of obstructing satellite research into climate change

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record

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Aerial view of ice in the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean, Alaska, 21/05/2011. Credit: Vicki Beaver/Alamy Stock Photo.

Arctic sea ice has dwindled to its summer minimum for 2017, with its smallest extent for the year clocking in at 4.64m square kilometres (sq km) on 13 September

September 21, 2017 — At 1.58m sq km below the 1981-2010 average, this puts 2017 as the eight lowest summer minimum in the satellite record, according to preliminary figures from the US Continue reading Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2017 is eighth lowest on record

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

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he Christophe de Margerie carried a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Hammerfest in Norway to Boryeong in South Korea in 22 days.

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route

August 24, 2017 — A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic. Continue reading Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

Shipping companies urged to stop using dirty fuels in the Arctic

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The risks to fragile Arctic ecosystems could soar as more polar sea lanes become accessible because of climate change. Photograph: Solent News/Rex/Shutterstock

Shipping companies are under pressure to phase out use of heavy fuels, as world’s first hybrid battery-powered cruise ship set for launch in 2018

July 11, 2017 — Shipping companies are under pressure to phase out use of heavy fuels ahead of a potential ban on their use in the Arctic in the coming years. Continue reading Shipping companies urged to stop using dirty fuels in the Arctic

Antarctica’s high elevation is slowing rate of warming, says study

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Antarctic explorer staring at new horizonts Credit: VichoT / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Temperatures in the Arctic are increasing around three times as fast as the global average, yet the pace of warming has been much slower at Earth’s other pole

May 18, 2017 — A new study, just published in Earth System Dynamics, suggests the difference might – in part – be down to the great heights of Antarctica’s land surface. Continue reading Antarctica’s high elevation is slowing rate of warming, says study

Arctic sea ice could disappear even if world achieves climate target

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A polar bear drinks Arctic water in Svalbard, Norway. The animals’ habitat is threatened by climate change. Photograph: Barcroft

Goal of limiting rise in average global temperatures to below 2°C may not prevent ice-free Arctic, scientists warn

March 6, 2017 — Arctic sea ice could vanish in summers this century even if governments achieve a core target for limiting global warming set by almost 200 countries, scientists have said. Continue reading Arctic sea ice could disappear even if world achieves climate target

How disappearing sea ice has put Arctic ecosystem under threat

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An adult polar bear hunting for seals on the melting pack ice in the Arctic. Photograph: Alamy

From algae to fish and polar bears, the loss of habitat caused by global warming is affecting the food chain

March 4, 2017 — In a few days the Arctic’s beleaguered sea ice cover is likely to set another grim record. Its coverage is on course to be the lowest winter maximum extent ever observed since satellite Continue reading How disappearing sea ice has put Arctic ecosystem under threat

Thawing Arctic is turning oceans into graveyards

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‘Arctic sea ice is the vital seal-hunting platform of the polar bear.’ Photograph: Alamy

NASA research shows that ice-free summers are now imminent, posing a peril to us all

January 8, 2017 — Something is happening to the floating sea ice of the Arctic, other than the well-documented retreat in its surface coverage each summer. Scientists are finding that Arctic sea ice is Continue reading Thawing Arctic is turning oceans into graveyards

Arctic sea ice cover set to be second lowest ever recorded, data suggests

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For most of the year, the Northwest Passage is impassible but in this image taken on 9 Aug 2016 a path of open water can be traced along most of the distance from the Amundsen Gulf to Baffin Bay. Photograph: VIIRS/Suomi NPP/NASA

Satellite data shows ice was close to last year’s record low confirming a long-term downward trend towards ice-free Arctic summers

September 14, 2016 — Arctic sea ice cover could be confirmed within days as the second lowest ever recorded, the latest data suggests.  Continue reading Arctic sea ice cover set to be second lowest ever recorded, data suggests

Arctic sea ice crashes to record low for June

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An area of Arctic sea ice about twice the size of Texas has vanished over the last 30 years, and the rate of that retreat has accelerated. Photograph: NASA/Reuters

From mid-June onwards, ice cover disappeared at an average rate of 29,000 miles a day, about 70% faster than the typical rate of ice loss, experts say

July 7, 2016 — The summer sea ice cover over the Arctic raced towards oblivion in June, crashing through previous records to reach a new all-time low.  Continue reading Arctic sea ice crashes to record low for June