Starvation killed 80,000 Russian reindeer after unusual rains cut off food supply

Starvation killed 80,000 Russian reindeer after unusual rains cut off food...

In August, a lightning blast claimed the lives of more than 300 reindeer in Norway. The month before, an anthrax epidemic -- which Russian...
Large die-off of tufted puffins in Pribilof Islands seems linked to unusual warm spell

Large die-off of tufted puffins in Pribilof Islands seems linked to...

Earlier, it was murres and whales that had been turning up dead in large numbers on Alaska beaches or in Alaska waters. Now it...
Bioluminescent creatures are lighting up the long polar night in unexpected ways

Bioluminescent creatures are lighting up the long polar night in unexpected...

When the last rays of sunlight hit Arctic communities in October, disappearing until the following March, so too do the lights go out under...
Narwhals, tusked whales of the Arctic, see with sound. Really well.

Narwhals, tusked whales of the Arctic, see with sound. Really well.

The narwhal is not an aquatic unicorn. It’s not magical, or mythical. It’s just a whale with two teeth, one of which happens to...
DNA study casts fresh light on the diet of earliest Greenlanders

DNA study casts fresh light on the diet of earliest Greenlanders

When scientists dig through the trash left behind by prehistoric cultures to determine things such as diet, their assessment is typically based on visual...
Iceland is mysteriously free of mosquitoes—for now, anyway

Iceland is mysteriously free of mosquitoes—for now, anyway

They suck your blood and buzz annoyingly around your ears. Their itchy bites can turn a festive barbecue miserable or ruin a bucolic walk...
Here’s how much of the Arctic you’re personally responsible for melting

Here’s how much of the Arctic you’re personally responsible for melting

Dirk Notz calculates that for every person who drives a car 1,000 miles or takes a round-trip flight from New York to London, three...
Denmark’s ambitious Arctic research strategy is light on funding

Denmark’s ambitious Arctic research strategy is light on funding

Denmark is to become “one of the world’s leading Arctic-research nations,” according a new strategy unveiled by that country’s science minister.Among the proposals put...
‘Arctic gene’ that poses risks when fasting is found in many more infants now that DNA testing has begun

‘Arctic gene’ that poses risks when fasting is found in many...

Thousands of years of a diet with lots of animal fats and sparse carbohydrates left a mark on the DNA of Native people of...
New permafrost map shows areas in Alaska vulnerable to thaw-induced collapses

New permafrost map shows areas in Alaska vulnerable to thaw-induced collapses

A new map of northern hemisphere permafrost identifies the areas that are most vulnerable to thawing and slumping.The map shows which regions in the circumpolar north...