Polar Bears Jeopardized by Drastic Habitat Loss; DOI Says ANWR Drilling Won’t Hurt Them

Polar Bears Jeopardized by Drastic Habitat Loss; DOI Says ANWR Drilling Won’t Hurt Them

All but a few populations of polar bears found in the high Arctic could be extinct by 2100 due to the drastic loss of sea ice across their range, according to a study in the Journal Nature Climate Change published Monday.  Without ice, polar bears must survive on land, long distances from their food supplies, causing them to go hungry.

Why This Matters:  This study puts data behind the starving polar bear photo.  The U.S. population is one of the most threatened in the world because of the loss of ice.

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Siberia’s Record-Breaking Heat Leads to Wild Fires and Alarm from Scientists

Siberia’s Record-Breaking Heat Leads to Wild Fires and Alarm from Scientists

At the end of June, we wrote that a record-breaking high temperature of 100° F was detected in the northeastern Siberian town of Verkhoyansk. This caused alarm as this was one more indicator of the rapid warming happening at the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, this stretch of record heat has continued in Siberia where’s it’s accelerated […]

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What Winter? Climate Change Alters Weather and Ocean Circulation Patterns

What Winter? Climate Change Alters Weather and Ocean Circulation Patterns

We know this winter was a warm one in much of the U.S. — dozens of cities east of the Mississippi River experienced a “meteorological winter” that was among their top 10 warmest on record — because, according to climate scientists, the Arctic oscillation has been in an unusually strong and it kept the cold Arctic air trapped up north,

Why This Matters:  Some of the Earth’s major circulatory systems are being altered by climate change, and now we can prove it.  The changes to weather and to the distribution of species on land and in the ocean could be devastating.

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JP Morgan To Stop Funding Arctic Projects, Warns Its Investors About Climate “Catastrophe”

JP Morgan To Stop Funding Arctic Projects, Warns Its Investors About Climate “Catastrophe”

JP Morgan Chase, the largest funder of oil and gas projects in the Arctic, announced on Monday that it will no longer fund those projects and it will reduce its investment in coal-fired power projects, but it will continue to invest in oil and gas projects in the rest of the U.S.

Why This Matters:  The commitment by JP Morgan to stay out of the Arctic shows that pressure from the public is working — forcing the bank to reconsider its fossil fuel loans and investments in a part of the planet which is changing more rapidly than most areas.

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Russia Announces Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan

Russia Announces Comprehensive Climate Adaptation Plan

The Russian government last week made public its plan to adapt its economy to both mitigate against the damages caused by climate change, but also “use the advantages” of warming, according to The Guardian.

Why This Matters: Russia is not ignoring the impacts of climate change — it is one of the most impacted nations — Russia is warming 2.5 times faster than the planet as a whole, on average

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Alaska’s Temps Are Rising At Much Higher Rates Than The Rest of the Planet

Alaska’s Temps Are Rising At Much Higher Rates Than The Rest of the Planet

Each year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issues an Arctic Report Card, and this year’s warns that Arctic ecosystems and communities are increasingly at risk and draws particular attention to the Bering Sea region, where declining winter sea ice exemplifies the potential for sudden and extreme change.

Why This Matters:  The Arctic is changing more rapidly than the rest of the planet.  And what happens in the Arctic does not just stay in the Arctic.

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