Triple-digit heat in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave fits a disturbing pattern

The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as the planet as a whole, with serious consequences. Scientists have been warning about this for decades.

Mark Serreze, Research Professor of Geography and Director, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~7 min

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Siberia heat wave: why the Arctic is warming so much faster than the rest of the world

Models have predicted for some time that with every degree of global warming, the Arctic will see double or more.

Jonathan Bamber, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Bristol • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

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Russian Arctic oil spill pollutes big lake near Norilsk

There is a risk that tonnes of diesel oil could drift from the lake to the Arctic Ocean.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 9, 2020 ~4 min

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Russia's Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill

Russia's President Putin declares a state of emergency after 20,000 tonnes of oil leak into a river.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 4, 2020 ~3 min

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‘Shorefast ice’ loss threatens livelihoods of Arctic residents

Climate change has caused the decine of "shorefast ice," vital to Arctic residents for hunting, fishing, and connecting with neighbors, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Warming Arctic nudges wolf spiders to cannibalism

To compete in a warming Arctic, wolf spiders get bigger, reproduce more, and eat different foods—including other spiders.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
May 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Lots of carbon and metal flow under Arctic sea ice

The flow of carbon and trace elements under Arctic sea ice will clarify how climate change will affect one of the fastest-warming regions of the world.

Leslie Lee-Texas A&M • futurity
April 24, 2020 ~6 min

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North Pole will be ice-free in future summers

By 2050, sea ice at the North Pole could be gone, researchers say. But how long the disappearance lasts is up to us.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~4 min

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Permafrost microbes may not create so much methane

The thawing of Arctic permafrost will reinvigorate microbes. The question is, how much methane will those microbes produce?

Brian Wallheimer-Purdue • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

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Arctic climate change – it's recent carbon emissions we should fear, not ancient methane 'time bombs'

The wet and low-lying East Siberian Arctic is likely to be a major methane source in the coming decades.

Joshua Dean, Lecturer in Biogeochemical Cycles, University of Liverpool • conversation
April 2, 2020 ~5 min

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