Arctic sea ice shrank to its second lowest level on record, researchers announced on Monday. Sorry. Continue reading Arctic Sea Ice Hit a Scary Milestone
This story will provide important context for the headline, and I encourage you to read it—but really, the headline tells you what you need to know: It was 80 degrees Fahrenheit above the Arctic Circle this week. Continue reading It Hit 80 Degrees in the Arctic This Week
In the scheme of things, a freak lightning storm near the North Pole probably isn’t the biggest concern about the rapidly warming Arctic. But it’s yet another sign that the Arctic continues to have an abnormal one this summer. Continue reading Lightning Struck Near the North Pole as the Arctic Continues to Unravel
Alaska in March is supposed to be cold. Along the north and west coasts, the ocean should be frozen farther than the eye can see. In the state’s interior, rivers should be locked in ice so thick that they double as roads for snowmobiles and trucks. And where I live, near Anchorage in south-central Alaska, the snowpack should be deep enough to support skiing for weeks to come. But this year, a record-breaking heatwave upended norms and had us basking in comfortable—but often unsettling—warmth. Continue reading Record-Breaking Heat in Alaska Wreaks Havoc on Communities and Ecosystems
The Greenland shark is one of the world’s largest marine species, reaching lengths over 19 feet. And yet these fish, which prefer the deep, cold waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans, have largely eluded scientific study. Continue reading The World’s Most Ancient, Elusive Sharks Were Finally Caught on Video
Three hundred miles above of the Arctic Circle is America’s northern most snow observatory, typically the last place in the nation to see its snow melt. As of today, its snow has melted, setting a new (and terrible) record.