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Global warming to continue no matter what we do: study

Paris - Even if humanity stopped emitting greenhouse gases tomorrow, Earth will warm for centuries to come and oceans will rise by metres, according to a controversial modelling study published Thursday.

Arctic sea ice at record low October levels: Danish institute

Copenhagen - Sea ice in the Arctic was at record lows for October, as unusually warm waters slowed the recovery of the ice, Danish researchers said Wednesday.Diminishing sea ice comes as a reminder about how the Arctic is hit particularly hard by global warming.

Biggest North Pole mission back from 'dying Arctic'

Bremerhaven - Researchers on the world's biggest mission to the North Pole returned to Germany on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a dying Arctic Ocean and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.

Arctic odyssey ends, bringing home tales of alarming ice loss

Berlin - The biggest Arctic expedition in history will return to the German port of Bremerhaven on Monday after a year-long mission, bringing home observations from scientists that sea ice is melting at a "dramatic rate" in the region.

Higher temperatures are triggering Arctic greening

Data from NASA indicates that are Arctic summers become warmer this is impacting on the planet's northern landscapes. Based on satellite images,scientists have tracked the global tundra ecosystem across several decades, showing the extent of the concern.

If Arctic ice melt doesn't boost sea levels, do we care?

Paris - US government scientists reported Monday that the Arctic Ocean's floating ice cover has shrivelled to its second lowest extent since satellite records began in 1979.

Massive chunk of Greenland's largest glacier crashes into sea

Copenhagen - A massive chunk of ice -- larger than the city of Paris -- has broken off from the Arctic's largest ice shelf because of warmer temperatures in Greenland, scientists said Monday.

Climate change on track to wipe out polar bears by 2100

Paris - Climate change is starving polar bears into extinction, according to research published Monday that predicts the apex carnivores could all but disappear within the span of a human lifetime.

Danish ice cream maker drops 'Eskimo' name

Copenhagen - A Danish ice cream maker said on Wednesday it would remove the name "Eskimo" from one of its products in case it offended Inuit and other Arctic people.

Russian company reports another large fuel leak in Arctic

Dudinka - Russian mining giant Norilsk Nickel said on Sunday that around 45 tonnes of aviation fuel had leaked from its pipeline in the Arctic.

Secluded Arctic region rejects Putin in rare protest

Moscow - Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries authorities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

Russian mining giant admits waste 'violations' at Arctic plant

Moscow - A Russian mining giant behind an enormous Arctic fuel spill last month said Sunday it had suspended workers at a metals plant who were responsible for pumping wastewater into nearby tundra.

Arctic town reaches 100°F — The highest temperature ever recorded

Temperatures in the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk hit 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, according to public-facing weather data. It's a record-high temperature in one of the fastest-warming places in the world.

Russia sees melting permafrost behind Arctic fuel spill

Moscow - An unprecedented fuel spill that has polluted huge stretches of Arctic rivers was caused by melting permafrost, Russian officials said Friday, ordering a review of infrastructure in vulnerable zones.

Russia says has stopped spread of Arctic fuel spill

Moscow - Russia has managed to contain a massive diesel spill into a river in the Arctic, a spokeswoman for the emergencies ministry told AFP on Friday.

Russia struggles to clean up Arctic river fuel spill

Moscow - Russia on Thursday intensified efforts to clean up a major fuel spill that environmentalists say is the worst such accident in the Arctic, as investigators made their first arrest.

Putin declares state of emergency over Siberian fuel spill

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered a state of emergency and criticised a subsidiary of metals giant Norilsk Nickel after a massive diesel spill into a Siberian river.

Massive Arctic heatwave reignites Siberian forest fires

Global warming is no longer a distant threat as exceptionally warm temperatures in some parts of the Arctic reach as much as 16 degrees Celsius (29 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the usual, according to meteorologists.

Essential Science: CFC replacements still pose environmental risk

While CFC gases, commonly used in cold temperature devices and to propel aerosols, have largely been phased out, a number of so-termed ‘greener’ replacement products are still harmful to the environment as data from the Arctic indicates.

Largest-ever ozone hole over the Arctic has closed

An “unprecedented” hole in the ozone layer which developed to become the largest ever seen over the Arctic has closed just weeks after opening, according to scientists monitoring ozone concentrations over the North Pole,.

There's a new hole in the ozone layer, and it's unusual

Scientists using data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite have noticed a strong reduction of ozone concentrations over the Arctic, resulting in a ‘mini-hole’ in the ozone layer.

Cannibalism on rise among polar bears, say Russian scientists

Moscow - Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said Wednesday.

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on 60,000 more food seeds

Longyearbyen - A "doomsday vault" nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles' cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world's agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on more food seeds

Oslo - An Arctic "doomsday vault" is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe.

NASA technology detected millions of Arctic methane 'hotspots'

Scientists are taking to the skies to study methane emissions in the Arctic. In a series of more than 400 airplane rides in 2017, researchers with NASA’s Arctic Boreal Vulnerability Experiment discovered 2 million methane hotspots.

Adventurers cross Arctic Ocean on skis despite thinning ice

Oslo - Two adventurers have successfully crossed the Arctic Ocean on skis after persevering through brutal conditions, briefly running out of food, and struggling to traverse thin ice caused by global warming, their team said on Sunday.

Microplastics found in all arctic beluga whales tested

Tuktoyaktuk - Canadian researchers working with hunters from the Inuvialuit community of Tuktoyaktuk, in the Northwest Territories in Canada, were surprised to find microplastics in the digestive systems of beluga whales hunted for food.

Arctic ice declining faster than predicted by most climate models

Arctic sea-ice is decreasing more quickly than previous models suggested, and this is happening in conjunction with a rise in global surface warming, according to new research. This is because Arctic warming is occurring faster than the global average.

HMS Terror shipwreck offers up secrets of lost Arctic expedition

Ottawa - Almost two centuries after descending to its watery grave, the HMS Terror could offer up new clues to its demise -- and solve one of the most enduring mysteries in the history of Arctic discovery.

Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

Moscow - Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region.
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A handout photo provided by the European Geosciences Union in 2016 shows an undated photo of a polar...
A handout photo provided by the European Geosciences Union in 2016 shows an undated photo of a polar bear testing the strength of thin sea ice in the Arctic; US data showed that polar sea ice coverage continued its downward trend in 2019
Mario HOPPMANN, European Geosciences Union/AFP/File
A scene from Polar Sea 360.
A scene from Polar Sea 360.
Polar Sea 360
White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada s Bylot Island.
White-rumped sandpiper chicks on northern Canada's Bylot Island.
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The massive number of walruses seen in an aerial view on Saturday  Sept. 28  2014.
The massive number of walruses seen in an aerial view on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2014.
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Ever wondered what the meeting room looks like for an Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials  meetin...
Ever wondered what the meeting room looks like for an Arctic Council Senior Arctic Officials' meeting? Here's a picture of the meeting room today in Juneau, Alaska.
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This image of melting sea ice by NOAA shows us the seriousness of the problem.
This image of melting sea ice by NOAA shows us the seriousness of the problem.
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Donovan Wylie (b. 1971)   Untitled (14)  North Warning System 2013  - digital chromogenic print  © ...
Donovan Wylie (b. 1971), "Untitled (14), North Warning System 2013" - digital chromogenic print, © Donovan Wylie / Courtesy Stephen Bulger Gallery.
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On March 22  Operation IceBridge flew a mission to survey the ice sheet and underlying bedrock of no...
On March 22, Operation IceBridge flew a mission to survey the ice sheet and underlying bedrock of northern Greenland. This is an image of the Leidy Glacier near the beginning of the survey line. Photo by Nathan Kurtz/NASA.
NASA - Operation IceBridge
German research vessel POLARSTERN in Atka Bay  Antarctica during supply of Neumayer-Station
German research vessel POLARSTERN in Atka Bay, Antarctica during supply of Neumayer-Station
Hannes Grobe/Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
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Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
Red Phalarope at a shoreline.
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Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
Sea ice hits record lows for November 2016.
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Image of Arctic sea ice taken by  NASA Goddard researcher Linette Boisvert of the holes and openings...
Image of Arctic sea ice taken by NASA Goddard researcher Linette Boisvert of the holes and openings in the sea ice cover that expose the warm ocean below where more heat and moisture are put into the atmosphere, helping to warm the Arctic.
NASA - Operation IceBridge
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Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
Barbara Hillary at the North Pole with guide Eugene Orlov.
Photo courtesy of Barbara Hillary
Ulukhaktok (Holman Island) is a traditional home of the Copper Eskimos. Franklin was the first Europ...
Ulukhaktok (Holman Island) is a traditional home of the Copper Eskimos. Franklin was the first European to visit the area, and Collinson soon followed in search of the lost Franklin expedition. Habitation of the island was first reported by Steffanson in 1911 when two villages were sited. The Hudson Bay Company post opened in 1940 and the Holman Eskimo Cooperative was formed in 1961.
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Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
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Jimmy Manning  (b.1951)   Icebergs  - August  2012  digital chromogenic print. Courtesy of the Artis...
Jimmy Manning, (b.1951), "Icebergs" - August, 2012, digital chromogenic print. Courtesy of the Artist.
Jimmy Manning
Sea ice extent on March 13  2019
Sea ice extent on March 13, 2019
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