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Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average

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The 2017 summer ice minimum was 610,000 sq miles below average as part of an ongoing decline driven by climate change. Photograph: Lev Fedoseyev/TASS

This summer’s minimum is the eighth lowest on record and shrinking ice cap increasingly linked to extreme weather events around the world, say scientists

September 21, 2017 — The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer, according to data released late on Tuesday. Continue reading Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average

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

All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws

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One of the giant craters discovered on the Yamal Peninsula. Photograph: Vasily Bogoyavlensky/AFP/Getty Images

A recent heatwave in Siberia’s frozen wastes has resulted in outbreaks of deadly anthrax and a series of violent explosions

July 20, 2017 — Strange things have been happening in the frozen tundra of northern Siberia. Last August a boy died of anthrax in the remote Yamal Peninsula, and 20 other infected people were treated Continue reading All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws

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

Multi-million dollar upgrade planned to secure ‘failsafe’ Arctic seed vault

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Work could involve making the entrance tunnel of the vault slope upwards instead of down to prevent water running in. Photograph: Heiko Junge/EPA

Improvements aim to ensure the vault’s role as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds after a recent flooding by melting permafrost

June 13, 2017 — The Global Seed Vault, built in the Arctic as an impregnable deep freeze for the world’s most precious food seeds, is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade after water from melting permafrost flooded its access tunnel. Continue reading Multi-million dollar upgrade planned to secure ‘failsafe’ Arctic seed vault

Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

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The Svalbard ‘doomsday’ seed vault was built to protect millions of food crops from climate change, wars and natural disasters. Photograph: John Mcconnico/AP

No seeds were lost but the ability of the rock vault to provide failsafe protection against all disasters is now threatened by climate change

May 19, 2017 — It was designed as an impregnable deep-freeze to protect the world’s most precious seeds from any global disaster and ensure humanity’s food supply forever. But the Global Seed Continue reading Arctic stronghold of world’s seeds flooded after permafrost melts

US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

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US secretary of state Rex Tillerson at the Arctic Council meeting in Fairbanks, Alaska. Photograph: Alexander Shcherbak/TASS/Getty Images

Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, signs a commitment to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to extend scientific cooperation in the Arctic region

May 12, 2017 — Environmental campaigners were given some hope that the US may stick to its commitments under the Paris climate change treaty when Rex Tillerson, the US secretary of state, signed a commitment to protect the Arctic and extend scientific co-operation. Continue reading US signs treaty to protect Arctic, giving some hope for Paris agreement

Russia and climate change follow Tillerson to Arctic

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TRAVELING SECRETARY. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Fairbanks, Alaska May 10, 2017. Photo courtesy US State Department

America’s top diplomat is in Fairbanks, Alaska, to chair a meeting of the 8-nation Arctic Council, a policy forum for countries with territory in the great white north

FAIRBANKS, USA (May 11, 2017)— US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson travelled about as far from Washington as he could without leaving the United States, but could not escape questions about Russia and climate change. Continue reading Russia and climate change follow Tillerson to Arctic

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