Melting Russian Permafrost Threatens Buildings and Infrastructure

Melting Russian Permafrost Threatens Buildings and Infrastructure

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The earth is collapsing under Russia’s northeastern towns as global warming melts the permafrost beneath them. Permafrost occupies 65% of Russia’s landmass, making this massive thawing particularly destructive.    “There isn’t a single settlement in Russia’s Arctic where you wouldn’t find a destroyed or deformed building,” said Alexey Maslakov, […]

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NASA Finds Arctic Ice Melt Forms Clouds that Fuel Warming

NASA Finds Arctic Ice Melt Forms Clouds that Fuel Warming

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Scientists have discovered another vicious cycle that has taken root in our environment due to climate change — this time, between sea ice and clouds. New NASA research has found that melting arctic ice is exposing the surface of the Arctic ocean, in turn fueling cloud formations that blanket […]

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World’s Northernmost Island Uncovered by Shifting Arctic Sea Ice

World’s Northernmost Island Uncovered by Shifting Arctic Sea Ice

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Scientists have discovered the world’s northernmost island in the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland. The island, just 30 meters across, was revealed by shifting sea ice and is comprised of seabed mud and sediment left behind by moving glaciers. Although the scientists say that climate change may not have played a direct […]

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Half of Denali National Park Closes Early Due to Landslides

Half of Denali National Park Closes Early Due to Landslides

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The National Park Service has closed down a large swathe of Alaska’s Denali National Park after excessive permafrost thawing caused landslide activity near the park’s only access road. The access road is now closed, blocking entry to about half of the park. Park officials say that although there have been landslides in […]

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Federal Judge Throws Out Permits for Major Alaska Drilling Project

Federal Judge Throws Out Permits for Major Alaska Drilling Project

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Last week a federal judge threw out permits for a significant Alaska drilling project granted under Trump and legally backed by the Biden administration. The project isn’t dead yet, and ConocoPhillips says it will be evaluating its options to continue the operation. Still, Indigenous communities and environmental groups are celebrating the decision. “Today’s […]

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Siberian Fires Now Larger Than All Others Combined

Siberian Fires Now Larger Than All Others Combined

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   According to NASA, the “airpocalypse” caused by Siberia’s record-breaking wildfires has reached the geographic North Pole for the first time in history. The region’s blazes are now larger than all others burning across the earth combined. Half of the current fires are burning so hot that firefighters are incapable of fighting them, and […]

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