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Archive for November, 2012 :

Arctic Sea Ice Larger than US Melted this Year
November 28th, 2012

An area of Arctic sea ice bigger than the United States melted this year, according the UN weather agency, which said the dramatic decline illustrates that climate change is happening “before our eyes.”

Arctic Thaw Raises Stakes in Global struggle to Cut Carbon
November 28th, 2012

The massive release of methane and other gases from the Arctic will make it tougher to meet human greenhouse gas cuts, but the scale of the problem will still be determined by how much fossil fuel is burned by humans over coming decades, scientists say.

Google Street View Maps Ski Slopes, Expands in Arctic
November 28th, 2012

Want to enjoy a winter wonderland this holiday season, but don’t care to step outside into the chilly temperatures? Do some armchair vacationing in the Canadian Arctic, one of the newest stops for Google’s Street View.

Rosneft and Statoil Sign Declaration on Russian Arctic Shelf Environmental Protection
November 24th, 2012

Acknowledging that the Arctic environment consists of ecosystems with unique features and resources, and as such, require special protective measures, Rosneft has taken the initiative for a Declaration on environmental protection in the Arctic to be signed with its partners.

New Russian Arctic Route to Connect Europe to Asia-Pacific?
November 24th, 2012

As the melting of Arctic sea ice broke records this summer, Russia’s arctic revival plan moved a step forward.

Satellites Reveal Why Antarctic Sea Ice Grows as Arctic Melts
November 19th, 2012

US military satellite data exposes complexity of climate change and impact of changing wind patterns on polar regions.

The Innovation Challenge in the North
November 19th, 2012

Proximity is obviously not an advantage that the North enjoys. The region also, in Canada, lacks universities and population density.

Arctic Policy a Model for Resolving South China Sea Dispute?
November 19th, 2012

The geopolitical conflicts in the Arctic get more and more attention when climate change is discussed in the public sphere.

Canada Concerned Over Russian Suspension of Arctic Aboriginal Group
November 19th, 2012

Canada’s term as head of the Arctic Council could get interesting before it even begins after Russia shut down a group that represents its northern aboriginals at international meetings.

Climate Scientist Links Arctic Melting to U.S. Weather Fluctuations
November 19th, 2012

Climate scientists avoid blaming any single weather event like Sandy on global warming. But many say that climate change may well have played an important role in Sandy’s destruction, as well as other recent extreme weather events.

Naval Records from the 1800s- The Key to Unlocking Arctic Warming?
November 13th, 2012

What do Arctic warming, Hurricane Sandy, and Naval records from the Victorian Age have in common? Everything.

How Antarctic Sea Ice Increases with Climate Change
November 13th, 2012

Scientists have shed light on why, unlike the dramatic losses reported in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change.

Northern MPs Argue Over Arctic Council Leadership
November 13th, 2012

Bevington says Foreign Affairs minister should be chair, not Aglukkaq.

Warming Temperatures Will Change Greenland’s Face
November 13th, 2012

The new model shows how a melting would alter the topography of “one of the world’s refrigerators,” potentially affecting adjacent ocean circulation and salinity, and speeding further melting.

Global Warming Means Culture Change
November 13th, 2012

Global warming is bad news for winter sports. But that’s not the only way climate change will mean culture change, too.

Massive Flood That Caused Ancient ‘Big Freeze’ Located
November 13th, 2012

A giant flood of Arctic meltwater may have triggered an ancient 1,200-year-long chill nicknamed the “Big Freeze,” the last major cold age on Earth, a new study finds.

Spring Snow Pack in the Arctic Disappearing Fast, Environment Canada Warns
November 13th, 2012

The spring snow pack in the Arctic is disappearing at a much faster rate than anticipated even by climate change models, says a new study by Environment Canada researchers.

U.S. Looks to Old Arctic Ship Logs for Climate Change Clues
November 13th, 2012

A project to help track Arctic climate change using volunteers to transcribe U.S. ship logs online was launched on Wednesday by the National Archives and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Why Antarctic Sea Ice Cover Has Increased Under the Effects of Climate Change
November 12th, 2012

Scientists from NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena California explain why, unlike the dramatic losses reported in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change.

Montrealer Sails new route in Canada’s Arctic
November 8th, 2012

Global warming creating dramatic change in icy waters, sailer says.

Freshwater Flows Into the Arctic and Southern Oceans Appear to Determine the Composition of Microbial Populations
November 8th, 2012

The six-nation study indicates that shallow-water populations have little in common

Russia’s Tantalising Arctic Oil and Gas Deposits
November 8th, 2012

Some of the world’s largest undiscovered oil and gas deposits lie under shallow seas on the broad continental shelves off the northern coasts of Alaska, Canada and especially Russia — a tantalising prize for the major international oil companies, but once which has so far eluded them.

Arctic Rapidly Gaining Winter Ice
November 8th, 2012

Ice extent doubled in October. The rate of increase since the 2012 minimum was near record, resulting in an October monthly extent 230,000 square kilometers (88,800 square miles) greater than the previous low for the month, which occurred in 2007.

‘Deep Concern’ As Deal To Protect Antarctic Seas Fails
November 6th, 2012

Governments meeting in Australia have failed to reach agreement on new marine protected areas for the Antarctic ocean.

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