Tag Archives: diminishing sea ice

‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

labrador's polar bear
There are over 2,500 polar bears in the coastal area that includes Labrador and northern Quebec, according to Environment Canada. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Getty Images/Gallo Images

Despite vanishing sea ice and shorter winters, Labrador’s polar bear population is among the healthiest in the world – and it could be thanks to the harp seals

May 24, 2018 — Guido Rich, 28, an Inuit hunter from Rigolet, Labrador, brings his Ski-Doo to a careful stop on the sea ice, mindful of the precious cargo it hauls: the body of an 800lb male polar bear. It takes Rich and two other men to roll the animal off the sled and on to the ice, while his wife and young children watch. Continue reading ‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

sea ice in the antarctic
Sea ice levels in the Antarctic have experienced huge variability in the last few years. Photograph: Pauline Askin/Reuters

Unpredictable nature of Antarctic sea ice levels the focus at conference of meteorology experts in Australia this week

September 26, 2017 — Sea ice levels in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, but experts say there is not a clear link to climate change. Continue reading Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

Piecing together the Arctic’s sea ice history back to 1850

whaling ship
“The Bear” whaling ship getting free from the ice pack. Credit: New Bedford Whaling Museum

A guest article by Florence Fetterer, principal investigator at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) in the US

August 12, 2016 — Sea ice cover in the Arctic has undergone a widely reported decline in recent decades. The decrease has been greatest during summer, with sea ice extent reducing by around 12% per decade since the satellite record began in 1979.  Continue reading Piecing together the Arctic’s sea ice history back to 1850