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  • Increased knowledge of climate change in the Arctic

    The Arctic is warming faster than other areas of the planet. Researchers are working to increase knowledge of the processes that affect this development. Changed wind patterns and changes to the circulation in the ocean are significant for how the increasingly thinner sea ice in the Arctic is spreading. "Earlier, the processes in the Arctic have been more isolated, but now we are seeing a ...

  • IAEA scientists investigate Arctic Ocean for clues of climate change

    Scientists from the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories (MEL) in Monaco are reaching the end of their involvement in a month-long sampling effort aboard a Canadian research icebreaking vessel, studying the effects of climate change on the Arctic environment. The Malina project as it´s called, involves 66 individuals from 18 laboratories in four countries. This includes five scientists from the ...

  • Climate change hitting Arctic faster & harder than previously thought

    Climate change is having a greater and faster impact on the Arctic than previously thought, according to a new study by the global conservation organization WWF. The new report, called Arctic Climate Impact Science – An Update Since ACIA, represents the most wide-ranging reviews of arctic climate impact science since the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) was published in 2005. The new ...


    By WWF UK

  • Better Arctic Observations Needed to Meet Climate Change Challenges, Opportunities

    WMO is participating in the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 16-18 October to draw attention to the urgent need for better weather and climate observations and services in rapidly changing Polar regions. The temperature in the Arctic Circle is rising faster than anywhere else on Earth and the sea ice is shrinking at record levels. ...

  • Aspen institute commission on Arctic climate change releases final report and recommendations

    The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the release of the final report and recommendations of the Aspen Institute Commission on Arctic Climate Change. The report and recommendations promote an important new perspective on the level of international cooperation and stewardship that will be necessary to manage the Arctic marine environment in anticipation of the climate change impacts the ...

  • Aquatic Bacteria: Possible markers for monitoring arctic climate change

    The study, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition, shows that bacterial communities in the six rivers shifted synchronously over time, correlating with seasonal shifts in hydrology and biogeochemistry. The research team documents these patterns through a three-year, circumpolar study of planktonic bacterial communities in the six largest rivers of ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • U.S. on thin ice in Arctic

    With the climate problem growing more urgent every year, the United States is not well prepared for a changing Arctic, and its continued dependence on fossil fuels only makes the situation more serious. The recent climate science, as explored in WRI’s Climate Science 2009-2010: Major New Discoveries, shows that the Arctic is indeed ...

  • EU backing for Arctic initiative

    Top politicians, civil servants and researchers from all over Europe have agreed that joint initiatives offer the only answer to the challenges posed by climate change in the Arctic. A hunded politicians from the European Parliament, the EU Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers spent two days in Ilulissat, Greenland, discussing a joint strategy to deal with the changes taking place in ...


    By The Nordic Council

  • Our Arctic Challenge - EEA

    His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark was guest of honour at a preview of the new EEA documentary, ‘Our Arctic Challenge’. Filmed over 10 days in July 2007, the film follows an EEA team as it participates in the Extreme Arctic Team Challenge – an annual adventure race based on the island of Ammasalik, East Greenland. 'I was lucky enough to be a member of one of the two EEA teams ...

  • Putting a stop to the arctic meltdown

    Should the oil companies be allowed to take advantage of melting ice to drill for more oil in the warming Arctic? Should industrial fishing fleets be allowed to chase the last remnants of fished-out stocks into the areas where ice has previously stopped their ships? We say no: as should anyone who believes you don't put out a fire with gasoline. The retreat of polar sea-ice is one of our ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • How will the climate be impacted by future changes to the Arctic`s sea ice and snow cover?

    Extreme weather events such as cold snaps in the winter and heat waves in the summer have been linked to the reduction of sea ice and warming in the Arctic. The proportion of the observed extreme events that is due to the reduction of sea ice in the Arctic is still an unanswered question. The GREENICE research project plans to find out more about the interplay between changes in climate and ...

  • Focus on Climate Change in the Arctic Could Yield Environmental and Financial Dividends, Panel Concludes

     Climate change in the far north is occurring far more rapidly than elsewhere around the planet, but common-sense efforts to mitigate key emissions and protect the fragile Arctic environment could slow this trend and benefit communities, the environment, and companies.  This was the central message delivered in ...


    By SCS Global Services

  • Above the Arctic Circle, Ban sees first-hand view of climate change’s impact

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has travelled above the Arctic Circle to experience first-hand the impact of climate change on the fragile region, as fewer than 100 days remain before the start of the United Nations conference where countries will aim to reach a new agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Having departed the Norwegian capital, Oslo, Mr. Ban made his way to the Svalbard ...


    By United Nations

  • Weather or Climate change?

    It's hard to know whether individual weather events are just random fluctuations, or whether they are growing signs of climate change. What we need to look for are patterns- is the weather changing? And how do the changes that are actually happening compare to those predicted for climate change? Three years ago, two federal government departments (Natural Resources Canada and Health Canada) ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Europe’s climate continues to change

    The period from 2004-2013 was the warmest decade on record in Europe. Many other changes significant for Europe have been observed across the climate system, including warming oceans, rising sea level and shrinking snow cover, ice sheets, sea ice and glaciers. In the last decade global near-surface average annual temperature was 0.75 - 0.81 °C warmer than the pre-industrial average. ...

  • Climate change and health in Canada

    In a classic example of how not to orchestrate the public release of a major study of potentially great interest to Canadians, the federal government has made available on a request only basis a pivotal report on health-related vulnerabilities to climate change. Human Health in a Changing Climate: A Canadian Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Adaptive Capacity is the first study of its kind in ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Explaining the science of climate change

    New web pages which explain the science behind the headlines on climate change have been launched by Government Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sir John Beddington. The web pages, produced with the support of leading scientists from the Met Office Hadley Centre and others, present an overview of some of the most important areas of study in climate change science. Professor Julia Slingo, Met ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Silence on climate change is deafening

    The recent silence on climate change in the U.S. political discourse is extremely troubling. As we can see from the recent spate of extreme weather events, the costs of inaction are clear in terms of both environmental and economic impacts. If we are going to meet the challenge of the ...

  • Arctic Peoples Overlooked as GLACIER Conference Thaws Climate Discussions

    On August 30–31, President Obama traveled to Alaska to address the U.S. State Department’s conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER), highlighting international and domestic priorities in the region. However, as politicians and activists seek to tackle the climate change challenges of the far North—rather than ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • SCS Launches First Arctic Climate Neutral Certification Program

    SCS Global Services (SCS), an internationally recognized third-party certification body verifying environmental claims, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and carbon offset projects, celebrated World Environmental Day by launching its new Arctic Climate Neutral ...


    By SCS Global Services

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