As Biden Suspends ANWR Leases, Advocates Push for Arctic Shipping Noise Restrictions

As Biden Suspends ANWR Leases, Advocates Push for Arctic Shipping Noise Restrictions

As the Biden administration moves to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas drilling, advocates are also urging officials to tighten restrictions on Arctic shipping because the number of ships and distance traveled in the Arctic has grown dramatically. A new report by the Arctic Council found that underwater noise pollution from shipping in parts of the Arctic ocean doubled in just six years.

Why This Matters: The Arctic is warming at rates two to three times faster than the rest of the world, creating ripple effects like changing ocean temperatures, storm patterns, and increased coastal permafrost erosion.

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Study Finds Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

Study Finds Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

The world’s glaciers are melting faster than ever before, and it’s having significant consequences on the oceans, wildlife, and our coastlines. A study published Wednesday found that nearly all the world’s glaciers are melting, and some are withering at rates 31 percent higher than 15 years ago. 

Why This Matters: As glaciers melt, habitats for critical species disappear, water sources deplete, coastlines recede, and dangerous glacial bursts threaten communities.

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One Wobbly Thing: The Earth’s Shifting Axis

One Wobbly Thing: The Earth’s Shifting Axis

A study published recently in the journal Geophysical Research Letters found that the Earth’s axis, which shifts naturally, is now shifting 17 times faster than before 1981. Scientists use satellites that track gravity to assess “polar drift” and what they have discovered is that water is the greatest cause of the shifts.  Even more unnerving […]

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Cold War Lessons From Greenland’s Ice

Cold War Lessons From Greenland’s Ice

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer During the Cold War, the U.S. had grand plans to hide nuclear missiles beneath Greenland’s ice. While that project didn’t pan out, as part of the work, researchers extracted a massive mile-long ice core and 12 feet of frozen soil. That soil was analyzed decades later, and the leaves, […]

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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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Mending the Arctic Council After Trump Administration’s Climate Denial click button

Mending the Arctic Council After Trump Administration’s Climate Denial

The Trump Administration wreaked havoc on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that brings together eight nations and six Arctic Indigenous organizations to discuss issues impacting the melting top of the globe.

Why this Matters: With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe, it’s especially imperative to have international collaboration on how to navigate the changing realities.

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