Pace of climate change in Svalbard poses challenge for scientists

Pace of climate change in Svalbard poses challenge for scientists

Scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute argue in an article in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that climate changes are happening so fast in the...
Studies paint grim outlook for mammal species

Studies paint grim outlook for mammal species

By this point, a single academic paper predicting a sharp decline in polar-bear populations over the next 40 years is, unfortunately, not all that...
From pole to pole, twin sea ice records have scientists stunned

From pole to pole, twin sea ice records have scientists stunned

We already knew there was something pretty odd about last month, November, in the Arctic. And in the Antarctic. At both poles, much of...
Arctic sea ice isn’t just shrinking in area; it’s also getting thinner

Arctic sea ice isn’t just shrinking in area; it’s also getting...

Had November been normal, sea-ice extent might have been somewhat above average for the month.Despite exceptionally warm air and water temperatures in the Arctic...
Steller sea lions in Alaska’s western Aleutians keep getting scarcer

Steller sea lions in Alaska’s western Aleutians keep getting scarcer

Steller sea lions, iconic Alaska marine mammals known for their loud roars and endangered status, continued their decadeslong downward spiral in Alaska’s westernmost islands...
Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat

Polar sea ice the size of India vanishes in record heat

OSLO — Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size...
Indigenous peoples of the world’s coastlines are losing their fisheries – and their way of life

Indigenous peoples of the world’s coastlines are losing their fisheries –...

The world loves seafood. According to some estimates, people consumed about 102 million tons of it last year.A new study released Friday by the...
Arctic soils are set to release a lot of carbon—probably more than the region’s plants can absorb

Arctic soils are set to release a lot of carbon—probably more...

As temperatures have risen in the Arctic and worldwide, so have worries about how much carbon might stream into the atmosphere from warmer soils.Will enough new...
The ground beneath our feet is poised to make climate change much worse, scientists warn

The ground beneath our feet is poised to make climate change...

At a time when a huge pulse of uncertainty has been injected into the global project to stop the planet's warming, scientists have just...
Bowhead whales might be the longest-lived mammals on the planet

Bowhead whales might be the longest-lived mammals on the planet

As biologist Craig George was helping Native whale hunter Billy Adams cut sections of blubber from a bowhead whale, he pressed his knife into...