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this season’s arctic sea ice ain’t forming

NORMALLY, THE ICE IN THE ARCTIC grows in the cold of the winter months and shrinks in the warmth of the rest of the year. But that ain’t hap­pening in the winter of 2020-2021. The ar­ticle “This Year’s Arctic Sea Ice Is Failing to Form, Raising a Huge Red Flag” tells us that the ice still hasn’t re­frozen since last winter. [Continue reading]

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there’s an ocean where there used to be ice

THERE’S AN OCEAN WHERE THERE USED TO BE ICE. The ar­ticle that caught my at­ten­tion was “Stretched Thin on Thin Ice.” It in­cluded the threat­ening sub-title, “With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards strug­gling to keep up, the next dis­aster is a matter of when, not if.” [Continue reading]

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oldest arctic ice melting faster than the rest of the icecap

HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO READ that cli­mate change is hap­pening “faster” than ex­pected be­fore we change our expectations—or, at least, our de­f­i­n­i­tion of fast? “Stretches of the Arctic’s oldest ice, and its thickest—the last refuge ice that should sur­vive even when the Arctic Ocean tech­ni­cally be­comes ice-free in sum­mers later this century—are now dis­ap­pearing twice as fast as the rest of the Arctic icecap. [Continue reading]