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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CFCs Could Be Making The Arctic Warm Faster

CFCs Could Be Making The Arctic Warm Faster

According to a new study published in the Journal Nature late last month, chlorofluorocarbon gasses (or CFCs), that were widely recognized for causing the ozone hole over the Antarctic, “could be responsible for up to half of the effects of climate change observed in the Arctic from 1955 to 2005.” 

Why This Matters:  It is especially relevant because another study released just yesterday in Live Science found that the rapid melting is reshaping the Arctic before the residents’ very eyes — Arctic permafrost can thaw so quickly that it triggers landslides, drowns forests and opens gaping sinkholes.

 

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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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Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

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.

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Arctic Melting Now “Locked In”

Arctic Melting Now “Locked In”

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 […]

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Methane concentrations are rising and scientists don’t know why

Methane concentrations are rising and scientists don’t know why

Levels of methane in our atmosphere are rising and scientists haven’t yet been able to pinpoint the cause. And while scientists love a good mystery this particular one is pretty starting considering that methane is a potent greenhouse gas. As the LA Times reported, twenty years ago the level of methane in the atmosphere stopped […]

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