Late night commentator Seth Meyers and MSNBC Anchor Chris Hayes both took a minute to make “light” of Secretary of State Pompeo’s speech at the Arctic Council Meeting on Monday in which Pompeo listed all the “blessings” that the melting ice provides. Hayes had a devastating riff on the speech noting the irony of Pompeo […]Continue Reading 173 words
At a meeting of Foreign Ministers from all the Arctic Nations held Monday and Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo refused to sign a previously negotiated declaration of support by the nations for their joint strategy and cooperation plan in this key region because it involved working to address climate change impacts in the region. […]Continue Reading 534 words
A team of scientists studying Greenland’s ice mass reviewed data going back as far as 1972 for the first time, which allowed them to look at longer trends, and learned that even though there might be more snow in some years, the glaciers (large ice masses on the land) are still being negatively impacted by warming, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Continue Reading 534 words
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For most people, a mild end to the long winter is a blessing, but for the people of Alaska, it may be too much of a good thing. Temperatures in Alaska reached record highs for the month of March — with an unprecedented 70-degree day in the Southeastern town of Klawock on March 19 — the earliest any spot in the state has hit that high. — beating the previous first warm day by almost a month.Continue Reading 447 words
According to a new report issued by the United Nations Environment Program, the Arctic is locked into extreme temperature increases because of greenhouse gasses already emitted and the heat already being stored in the ocean. The Report, entitled Global Linkages – A graphic look at the changing Arctic, explains that winter temperatures in the Arctic will […]Continue Reading 365 words
The number of women researchers working in Antarctica is “skyrocketing” as particularly younger women are charging ahead there — 55% of APECS (Association of Polar Early Career Scientists) members are now female, according to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. As National Geographic points out, polar science used to be for men only.Continue Reading 557 words
Last week, the Interior Department held a public meeting in Fairbanks to hear their comments and concerns about plans to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. The agency brought scientists who were there to explain the environmental impact of the project and then take testimony from members of the public.Continue Reading 453 words
By Madison Pravecek Despite Trump’s refusal to address climate change in his SOTU address, he spent quite a bit of time discussing how the United States should prioritize strength and security. However, rather than being diametrically opposed, national security and climate change are tightly bound. The Arctic is experiencing increased geopolitical attention due to the […]Continue Reading 447 words
If you ever wondered what a polar vortex looks like from above, this is it. Grab a blanket and bundle up. The midsection of the country — even places like Minnesota that are accustomed to cold air — are bracing for the worst cold weather that has been seen in a generation. Temperatures could break […]Continue Reading 545 words