A vast region of Greenland is experiencing a freakishly early spring thaw. Summer-like temperatures—a balmy 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit)—have created a melt area encompassing 12 percent of the planet’s northernmost ice sheet, according to analysis by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI). That’s not…
It’s cold. It’s lonely. It’s really cold. It’s really lonely. It’s unfathomably cold. And it’s lonely. That’s what this mere glimpse of life on an Arctic expedition looks like. The visuals are jarring: the ship looks like it’s parked on land, the mustaches are frozen, the research looks difficult. But it also must be…
Smoke plumes from last month’s wildfires in Alaska and Canada wrapped all the way around the Arctic circle in less than two weeks.
For the first time ever, scientists have observed a polar bear catching and eating white-beaked dolphins. It’s suspected that the dolphins ventured too far north and became stranded in the ice — a possible consequence of climate change.
As spring approaches, even the northern reaches of Canada are melting up. Extensive rafts of sea and lake ice are shattering during the spring thaw, creating beautiful landscapes of broken glass glittering in the sun.
This tiny plane flying over ice sheets as part of NASA's Operation IceBridge mission in Alaska. With little to interrupt the seemingly-endless sheets of white, this cheery red plane flies in summer and fall to monitor glaciers and sea ice while measuring clouds and greenhouse gas concentrations.
A comprehensive review of the state of the Arctic reveals some troubling information about rising temperature rates, which are more than double those of anywhere else on Earth, as well as some strange new habitat changes for polar bears.
Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper was absolutely gushing yesterday when he announced the discovery of one of the lost ships from the doomed Franklin expedition. But this anti-science government doesn't actually care for archaeology. Rather, it plans to use the find as a way to make a territorial claim on the…
It's no secret that the ice in the arctic is getting thinner, both in terms of sheer volume and in terms of land mass occupied. But now, scientists say that we should also be concerned about the snow on top of that ice.
Last April, US Geological Survey researchers collared four female polar bears north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Those collars were outfitted with small video cameras, and the USGS has just released the first videos they collected. They show a female eating, swimming, and socializing with a potential mate.
As Arctic temperatures rise and the ice melts, animals that once had separate migration patterns are suddenly encountering each other — and that could lead to some new animal hybrids.
China has two related policy priorities: Obtain more sources of energy, and gain a foothold in the Arctic, which is rich in natural resources. So, it comes as no surprise that Beijing is rumored to be interested in a piece of private property on a Norwegian Arctic archipelago that's been put up for sale.
The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on the planet. And as it does so, many nations — especially those with Arctic coastlines — are assessing opportunities for establishing new trade routes and tapping into the region's vast reserves of offshore oil and gas.
Meet Nanuqsaurus hoglundi. Based on its 25-inch-long skull, its body was probably half the length of a Tyrannosaurus Rex's, but this petit tyrannosaurid was an apex predator of the Arctic.
With the incredibly frosty temperatures we've been having this year, it's easy to imagine that the melting ice might be getting a temporary reprieve — until you watch this video of the arctic ice shrinking over the last few decades, that is.
This image is based on satellite observations of the Arctic region over a 30 year period, starting in 1982. What it reveals, according to NOAA, is that the icy area around the north pole is getting greener. In the future, plants will thrive in former ice fields.
A politically-savvy, action-packed movie/TV pilot, called Borealis, appeared and then disappeared without a trace last week. It's one of the great tragedies of TV series that don't get pickup — you catch a glimpse of the awesomeness that could have been, and then you are left pining for more. Produced in Canada, it's…
We know Earth's countless geological and climatological processes are interconnected, but this connection is particularly incredible. Wind patterns 15 to 30 miles above the Earth's surface can wreak havoc on deep ocean currents... and Earth's climate as a whole.
We're rolling back millions of years of change in the Arctic, and soon enough the area will be able to support the same kind of life found in the region over 2.5 million years ago. That's the message from today's presentation by Alexandre Guertin-Pasquier of the University of Montreal's Department of Geography, at…