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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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Warming of the seas is changing the marine ecology of the Gulf of Maine, USA

The Guardian reports, 3rd September 2014: “Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region’s famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99% of the world’s […]

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Coral reefs in the Caribbean could disappear within 20 years without protection

The Guardian reports, 2nd July 2014: “A comprehensive analysis by 90 experts of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at nearly 100 Caribbean locations since 1970 shows that the region’s corals have declined by more than 50%. But restoring key fish populations and improving protection from overfishing and pollution could help the reefs recover and make […]

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Change in Arctic bird breeding patterns confirms that the Arctic is warming

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Arctic migrants are nesting up to seven days earlier as the world warms. The sandpiper makes a beeline for the Alaskan shores, to join the phalarope on the beach and the songbirds in the woods — Conservation scientists Joe Liebezeit and Steve Zack – both then of the Wildlife […]

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First power plant with “carbon capture” in the North Sea secures funding

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Drax, the operator of Britain’s biggest power station, has secured up to €300m (£238m) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose carbon dioxide emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea. The new plant will be built on land next to Drax’s existing […]

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Larger whale populations could “reverse climate change and increase fisheries”

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “The first success of the environmental movements of the 1960s was to save the whale. Now, with deep irony, whales may be about to save us with their poo. A new scientific report from the University of Vermont, which gathers together several decades of research, shows that the great […]

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“Dark snow” is accelerating ice melt in the Arctic and Greenland

The Guardian reports, 5th July 2014: “The phenomenon of “dark snow” is being recorded from the Himalayas to the Arctic as increasing amounts of dust from bare soil, soot from fires and ultra-fine particles of “black carbon” from industry and diesel engines are being whipped up and deposited sometimes thousands of miles away. The result, […]

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Antarctic Emperor penguins need protection in order to avoid risk of extinction

The Guardian reports, 29th June 2014: “The entire population of Antarctica’s famous emperor penguins could fall by a third by the end of the century because of disappearing sea ice, putting them at risk of extinction, say researchers writing in the journal Nature Climate Change. They also called for marine reserves to buffer the fish […]

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High Seas should be closed to fishing because fish are a significant “carbon sink”

Science Daily, 5th June 2014, reports: “Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to research from the University of British Columbia. The study found fish and aquatic life remove 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the […]

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Scotland’s coastal “machair” grasslands at risk from climate change

The Guardian reports, 23rd May 2014: “The Hebrides and Northwest coast of Scotland are home to 70 per cent of the world’s machair, one of the rarest habitats on Earth and disappearing rapidly with climate change. Machair is unusually fertile grassland along the coast, enriched by winds driving off the Atlantic that blow tiny fragments […]

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Plan to drill for gas in coal seams under the North Sea

The Journal reports, 31st March 2014: “A billion-pound plan to reach untapped coal reserves under the North Sea will be under way by the end of the year, as the vast scale of the energy source beneath the North Sea is made clear. Scientific data of the true extent of the coal deposits on the […]

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