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Walrus reflect changes in the Arctic’s climate

Associated Press and ctvnews.ca report, 28th August 2015: ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Pacific walrus have come ashore on the north-west coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change. “There appears to be several thousand animals up there,” said Andrea Medeiros, spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service […]

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Are marine phytoplankton under threat – new study investigates

Scubadiving.com reports, 31st July 2015: It’s the “dark matter” of the oceans—almost invisible, yet it rules the fate of all our seas, perhaps even planet Earth itself. PlanktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important organisms form that drift in our oceans. They can exist in larger forms […]

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Eco-based engineering could protect coastal cities from rising sea levels

The Guardian reports, 6th August 2015: ‘Eco-based’ engineering systems to put sediment-laden water back on to the delta plains could prevent the loss of 500,000 hectares of wetlands in Mississippi and greatly reduce annual flood damage costs to New Orleans and the Louisiana coast. Rich nations spend huge sums to keep the seas at bay […]

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National Geographic redraws its atlas to reflect Arctic sea ice change

The Huffington Post reports, 6th August 2015: In yet another sobering sign that climate change is drastically altering our planet, National Geographic has updated its “Atlas of the World” in what it calls “one of the most striking changes in the publication’s history.” The 10th edition of the atlas now features a much smaller Arctic […]

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Pew Trust explains the Global Ocean Legacy Project

Matt Rand, Director, Pew Foundation, reports 16th June 2015: The ocean plays an essential role in sustaining life on our planet. It covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly half of the world’s known species—and many more yet to be discovered. The ocean provides sustenance for billions of people and myriad […]

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Scientists surprised by Arctic sea ice recovery in 2013

The Guardian reports, 20th July 2015: Ice in the Arctic staged a surprise revival in 2013, bucking the long-term trend of decline, according to the first analysis of the entire ice cap’s volume. The revival was the result of cooler temperatures that year and suggests that, if global warming was curbed, the Arctic might recover […]

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Tropical weather systems are accelerating Arctic ice melting

The Washington Post, 13th July, reports: Relatively few tropical storms ever make it as far north as Greenland, the ice-covered island that straddles the Arctic Circle east of Canada. But the ones that do appear to be inflicting serious damage — and not just to Greenland. A recently published study shows that warm, tropical air […]

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Arctic ice-melting affecting the weather in the northern hemisphere

The Guardian reports, 1st June 2015: The string of massive snowstorms and bone-chilling cold on the US east coast, as well as flooding in Britain and record temperatures in Europe, are linked to rapid ice loss in the Arctic, new research appears to confirm. While the rapidly-thawing Arctic cannot be held responsible for specific weather […]

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Australian researchers explore carbon-storage potential of seaweeds

The University of Technology (UTS), Sydney, reports May 2015: There are great hopes for the potential of coastal plants and seaweeds to store carbon and help counter the effects of climate change and a new study is backing that potential. Scientists from UTS and Deakin University have carried out the first investigation of how a […]

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Further evidence of serious Antarctic ice melting

The Independent reports, 21st May 2015: A sudden and massive melting of glaciers in a part of the Antarctic that was thought to be relatively stable has been detected by satellites monitoring the polar ice sheet, scientists have said. Many glaciers in the Southern Antarctic Peninsula have become unstable since 2009, releasing vast amounts of […]

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Antarctic ice shelves melting dramatically

The Guardian reports, 26th March 2015: “The ice around the edge of Antarctica is melting faster than previously thought, potentially unlocking metres of sea-level rise in the long-term, researchers have warned. “A team of US scientists looked at 18 years’ worth of satellite data and found the floating ice shelves that skirt the continent are […]

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Arctic sea ice: profound seasonal changes confirmed by new study

ClimateProgress.org reports, 26th March 2015: “The 2015 Arctic sea ice maximum is the lowest on record. “Arctic sea ice has been in a virtual death spiral for over three decades now with serious implications for extreme weather, sea level rise, and permafrost melt. Not only has the surface area or extent of sea ice declined […]

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Scientists consider genetically altering coral to combat climate change

The Guardian reports, 3rd February 2015: “The Australian government’s marine research agency is looking to genetically alter species of coral to help them cope with rising sea temperatures, as new modelling showed the coverage of living corals on the Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than 10% if warming continued. Scientists at the Australian […]

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Ocean “dead zones” will worsen as global warming advances, suggests study

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership reports, 14th November 2014: “Nearly all ocean dead zones will increase by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a new Smithsonian-led study. Researchers have known that low-oxygen, or hypoxic, areas are on the rise. They have doubled in frequency every 10 years since the 1960s, […]

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New evidence on Arctic sea ice trends

Dana Nuccitelli in The Guardian reports, 20th October 2014: “The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as it’s come to be known, is […]

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New oil field discovered in the North Sea

BBC News Scotland reports, 23rd October 2014: “Oil firms BP and GDF Suez have announced the discovery of a new field in the UK Central North Sea. The find, which spans adjacent blocks operated separately by the two companies, has been flow-tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels per day. The discovery has been […]

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Copepod is “keystone Arctic species” as indicator of climate change

In an article in the October 2014 edition, The National Geographic reports on Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Circle. This archipelago of islands is a nature reserve under Russian law and host to a wide range of Arctic animal species, in particular, the little auk. The National Geographic reports: “The little auk feeds primarily […]

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Are walrus at risk from climate change?

The Guardian reports, 4th October 2014: A mass haul out of 35,000 animals on an Alaska beach doesn’t bode well for the future of wildlife dependent on the Arctic ice. Thirty-five thousand walrus on a beach in Alaska, rolling in filth and the carcasses of their kin, have become the unwitting new poster children for […]

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Collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet is “now irreversible”

Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, reports in The Observer, 17th May 2014: “Last Monday, we hosted a Nasa conference on the state of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which, it could be said, provoked something of a reaction. “This Is What a Holy Shit Moment for Global Warming Looks Like,” ran […]

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Further evidence of polar ice melting

The Guardian reports, 1st September 2014: “German researchers have established the height of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with greater precision than ever before. The new maps they have produced show that the ice is melting at an unprecedented rate. The maps, produced with a satellite-mounted instrument, have elevation accuracies to within a few […]

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