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The Science Times (September 21)

2020/ 09/ 22 by jd in Global News

“The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitory Service in Europe has monitored over 100 wildfires in the Arctic” since June. “The ‘zombie fires’ have been the worst this year since reliable monitoring began in 2003.” In June alone, the Arctic fires had already released an amount of carbon comparable “to how much the greenhouse gas is emitted in an entire year from smaller nations like Cuba and Tunisia.”


BBC (June 22)

2020/ 06/ 23 by jd in Global News

Temperatures in the Arctic Circle “hit an all-time record on Saturday, reaching a scorching 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, a Siberian town.” In contrast, the average high is just 20 degrees. “Recent months have seen abnormally high temperatures” in the Arctic, which “is believed to be warming twice as fast as the global average.”


LA Times (October 6)

2019/ 10/ 08 by jd in Global News

“The Arctic is transforming more rapidly than anywhere else on Earth, with temperatures rising at twice the rate seen elsewhere.… Nobody can be certain when the Arctic sea ice will be gone, but scientists agree that we are on a precarious downward spiral. The loss of nearly all Arctic sea ice in late summer seems inevitable, and an ice-free Arctic Ocean will probably arrive within decades, if not sooner.”


The Economist (September 21)

2019/ 09/ 23 by jd in Global News

“We have found that, whether it is in Democratic politics or Russian dreams of opening an Arctic sea passage, climate now touches on everything we write about…. Because the processes that force climate change are built into the foundations of the world economy and of geopolitics, measures to check climate change have to be similarly wide-ranging and all-encompassing. To decarbonise an economy is not a simple subtraction; it requires a near-complete overhaul.”


Chicago Tribune (January 30)

2019/ 02/ 01 by jd in Global News

“This is at least the third polar vortex intrusion Chicago has endured in the past five years, as the cold air mass engulfed the area in January 2014 and February 2015. As temperatures in the Arctic continue to rise, polar vortex intrusions could become more common in the Midwest and the Northeast.”


The Economist (April 29)

2017/ 05/ 02 by jd in Global News

“Those who doubt the power of human beings to change Earth’s climate should look to the Arctic, and shiver…. In the past 30 years, the minimum coverage of summer ice has fallen by half; its volume has fallen by three-quarters. On current trends, the Arctic ocean will be largely ice-free in summer by 2040.”


US News & World Report (December 28)

2016/ 12/ 28 by jd in Global News

“It was about 37 degrees Fahrenheit warmer in the Arctic in November than it usually is this time of year. The week before Christmas, it was 50 degrees above the usual average. That is, to put it mildly, something quite out of the ordinary.” Even more troubling, “what every scientist in the world studying the Arctic knows is this: what happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic; and global warming is now permanently altering the region in ways that will have untold consequences. In fact, the Arctic system has changed so dramatically that it may now be vulnerable to tipping points that affect the entire planet.”


New York Times (July 22)

2015/ 07/ 23 by jd in Global News

“Given the rapid changes in that region, the fishing ban hasn’t come too soon.” With the Arctic melt proceeding faster than many imagined, the U.S., Canada, Russia, Norway and Denmark have proactively “put a ‘No Fishing’ sign on the high seas portion of the central Arctic until full scientific studies have been conducted.”


Time (October 23)

2012/ 10/ 25 by jd in Global News

“We’re in the final few months of what’s shaping up to be the hottest year on record. In September, Arctic sea ice melted to its smallest extent in satellite records, while the Midwest was rocked by a once-in-a-generation level drought. Global carbon dioxide emissions hit a record high in 2011 of 34.83 billion tons, and they will almost certainly be higher this year….Given all that, it might seem reasonable to think that climate change —and how the U.S. should respond to it — would be among the top issues of the 2012 presidential election.” Instead, climate change has gone largely unmentioned.


Washington Post (August 27)

2012/ 08/ 30 by jd in Global News

“The extent of Arctic sea ice has reached a record low, a historic retreat that scientists said is a stark signal of how climate change is transforming the global landscape.” Typically the summer low comes in mid-September so the ice cover may continue to shrink beyond its current size of 1.58 million square miles. This year, “the ice melted at an unprecedented 38,600 square miles per day during the first part of August.”


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