this season’s arctic sea ice ain’t forming

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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]

there’s an ocean where there used to be ice

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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]

oldest arctic ice melting faster than the rest of the icecap

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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]

something is not right at the highest latitudes of the globe

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WINTER HAS EXTENDED ITS GRIP on the Arctic, drop­ping a cur­tain of dark­ness on the top of the world. But at least one part of the Arctic is re­sisting its grasp. In what’s be­coming an un­for­tu­nately common story, sea ice growth is stalling out in one of the gateway seas leading to the heart of the Arctic Ocean. [Continue reading]