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Global Climate Change Archive - The environment

A collection of older (2004-2005) news items that relate to the environment of Arctic and surrounding regions. All links will take you to sites outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

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    August, 2007

  • August 13, 2007 - Arctic sea ice set to hit new low - BBC
    Arctic sea ice is expected to retreat to a record low by the end of this summer, scientists have predicted.

  • June, 2007

  • June 8, 2007 - Melting Glacier Draws Scientists To Arctic - The Washington Post
    Researchers are studying the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland to find out if climate change is causing it to melt more rapidly than in previous years.

  • June, 2006

  • June 20, 2006 - Arctic mountain is a Noah's Ark for world's seeds - Time
    Work began yesterday on a “doomsday” vault buried in the Arctic permafrost that will become the guardian of 10,000 years of agriculture, protecting millions of seed samples in the event of a global catastrophe. The project, dubbed the Noah’s Ark for seeds, will catalogue and preserve more than threemillion species to ensure the long-term survival of the world’s vital food crops.

  • May, 2006

  • May 31, 2006 - Scientists Say Arctic Once Was Tropical -
    Scientists have found what might have been the ideal ancient vacation hotspot with a 74-degree Fahrenheit average temperature, alligator ancestors and palm trees. It's smack in the middle of the Arctic. First-of-its-kind core samples dug up from deep beneath the Arctic Ocean floor show that 55 million years ago an area near the North Pole was practically a subtropical paradise, three new studies show.

  • May 15, 2006 - Meltdown fear as Arctic ice cover falls to record winter low - The Guardian
    Record amounts of ocean water failed to freeze over this last winter, leading to serious conditions for wildlife and to what some scientists are calling a "tipping point in global warming". In this case, winter water freezing is no longer capable of recovering from the warmer summer weather, and decreasing the overall amount of ice. Exposed darker water has greater capacity to absorb radiation from the sun, this in conjunction with warmer weather could cause global warming to spiral out of control.

  • March, 2006

  • March 22, 2006 - NASA Radar Plane Gauges Arctic Snow Layer - ENN
    A radar-equipped NASA plane is flying low over the Arctic this week to measure the snow on top of sea ice, a finding with implications for polar bears and possibly humans, an ice scientist said this week. Polar bears raise their young in snow dens sitting atop sea ice so the depth of that snow is critical to their survival, said Thorsten Markus of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington.

  • March 22, 2006 - Inuit Alarmed By Signs of Global Warming - MSNBC
    The Inuit, described by one of their leaders as "sentries for the rest of the world,"say this winter was the worst in a series of warm winters, replete with alarms of the quickening transformation that many scientists believe will spread from the north to the rest of the globe.

  • March 20, 2006 - Treading On Thin Ice - Guardian Unlimited
    Canada's warmest winter on record is putting pressure on wildlife and politicians alike. By Canadian standards it was balmy, with temperatures 3.9C (39F) above normal across the country, and 8C (46.4F) higher than usual in parts of the north.

  • February, 2006

  • February 17, 2006 - Proposed Arctic Pipeline Obstacle: Warming - MSNBC
    Environmental hearings on Canada's proposed $6 billion Mackenzie Valley pipeline opened with warnings that the safety of the pipeline and the natural gas fields that feed it is threatened by climate change that already is damaging northern roads and airstrips.

  • February 16, 2006 - Greenland's Glaciers Losing Ice At Faster Rate -
    Satellite observations indicate that Greenland's glaciers have been dumping ice into the Atlantic Ocean at a rate that's doubled over the past five years, researchers reported. This study by Eric Rignot and PRISM's Pannir Kanagaratnam was published in this week's issue of Science. Similar story from Guardian Unlimited.




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