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We’ve reached another dangerous climate milestone: for the first time in recorded history, it’s late October and there is no Arctic in Siberia’s Laptev sea. The seasonal sea ice usually melts in the summer and reforms by this time. These ice-free waters put Arctic sea ice at its lowest point, with water temperatures 5 degrees Celsius above average.
Why This Matters: The lack of sea ice right now has plenty of knock-on effects. Any ice that freezes now won’t have as much time to thicken, meaning that it’ll melt more quickly next spring as temperatures rise again. And the Laptev Sea specifically is important because it’s the Arctic’s ice nursery: ice that forms here will float out and help other ice packs form. Without the nursery ice, other ice may not form either.
Less ice means higher seas, a disruption of polar ecosystems, and even faster warming with less of a white sheet of ice to reflect the sun’s heat.
“Without a systematic reduction in greenhouse gases, the likelihood of our first ‘ice-free’ summer will continue to increase by the mid-21st century,” Zachary Labe, a postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University, told the Guardian.
A Global Meltdown: It’s not just the Siberian Arctic losing its sea ice. This summer, the last fully intact ice shelf in the Canadian Arctic collapsed. Glacier National Park in Montana now has fewer than 30 glaciers, a far cry from the estimated 150 when President Taft created the park not much more than 100 years ago.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In another significant blow to the Pebble Mine project in Alaska, the EPA has asked a federal court to allow Clean Water Act protections for parts of Bristol Bay, a body of water that stands to be decimated if the project continues. Environmental advocates and Alaska Native tribes hope […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer California’s record-breaking drought is not just a result of climate change — it’s also making climate change worse. According to a new study, population growth and energy-sapping water projects have driven up emissions and slowed down decarbonization campaigns. As it gets more and more difficult for Californians to rely […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor A federal judge has thrown out a Trump administration environmental rollback that scaled back federal protections for the nation’s streams, marshes, and wetlands. Despite support from farm and business groups, the federal judge ruled that the rollback could lead to “serious environmental harm.” Environmental groups are celebrating the decision, which will reinstate protections for […]
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