Melting Permafrost, Exploding Methane Behind Mystery Craters in Russian Arctic

Melting Permafrost, Exploding Methane Behind Mystery Craters in Russian Arctic

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study may reveal the mystery behind violently exploding craters in the Siberian tundra. Last year, a 17th massive permafrost crater cracked open in the Russian arctic; the first was spotted in 2013, leaving scientists searching for a reason as to why it had appeared.  The craters, the most recent 100 […]

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Snowstorms Shut Down Power, Delay Vaccines Across Southern U.S.

Snowstorms Shut Down Power, Delay Vaccines Across Southern U.S.

After snowstorms swept across the South this week, 14 states are expecting power outages, frozen roads, and dangerous conditions. Hundreds of millions will be impacted by the storm.  Millions will be experiencing rolling blackouts in the coming days due to stress on the Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

Why This Matters: Although it might seem that this polar vortex is an exception to global temperature rise, research says that erratic, far-reaching polar systems like the one we’re seeing now can be directly related to warming temperatures in the Arctic.

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BRRRR – Global Warming Could Cause Polar Vortex to Blast the U.S. With Cold Air

BRRRR – Global Warming Could Cause Polar Vortex to Blast the U.S. With Cold Air

Above the North Pole, a polar vortex — a swirling flurry of cold air — could cause weeks of frigid weather in the Eastern United States, Northern Europe, and East Asia according to forecasters. Snow blanketed Spain over the weekend, dumping nearly two feet of snow on Madrid — the most snow in the last 50 years there.  Madrid

Why this Matters:  While many associate global warming with hotter weather, climate change can also cause harsher, more snowy winters.

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Arctic Bowhead Whale Population Rebounding Despite Warming

Arctic Bowhead Whale Population Rebounding Despite Warming

Bowhead whale populations have nearly returned to their numbers pre-commercial whaling. An update from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration suggests that even in spite of Arctic warming, Bowhead whales have multiplied in Alaskan waters.

Why this Matters:  Bowhead whales were once nearly extinct, as commercial whalers at the turn of the twentieth century hunted them for their oil, blubber, and baleen.

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NOAA Releases Annual Arctic Report Card, Reports Unprecedented Warming click button

NOAA Releases Annual Arctic Report Card, Reports Unprecedented Warming

On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 15th annual Arctic Report Card. It observed a “sustained transformation to a warmer, less frozen, and biologically changed Arctic.”  The holistic report is a collection of “vital signs” from the Arctic ecosystem and factors in variables like wildlife, air temperature, wildfires, and sea ice.

Why This Matters: In a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification, the Arctic is warming at a rate 2 to 3 times higher than the global average

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Treasury Department Proposes Rule Aimed At Banks That Refuse To Lend For Arctic Drilling

Treasury Department Proposes Rule Aimed At Banks That Refuse To Lend For Arctic Drilling

On Friday, the Treasury Department proposed a rule that states that “decisions by banks to not serve a specific customer should be based on individual risks, rather than a categorical exclusion.” according to The Hill.

Why This Matters:  This kind of government mandate overriding the free market smacks of, well, socialism or cronyism or both. And while oil ad gas companies are now hurting, they’ve reaped billions from our dependence on oil and gas for fuel. 

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