Reindeer: ancient migration routes disrupted by roads, dams – and now wind farms

The Arctic is particularly vulnerable to climate change, but efforts to tackle it risk alienating the people who live there.

Simone Abram, Professor in the Dept of Anthropology, Co-Director of Durham Energy Institute, Durham University • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~7 min

Woolly rhino from Ice Age unearthed in Russian Arctic

Found with most of its organs intact, the rhino is thought to have lived more than 20,000 years ago.

Dec. 30, 2020 ~2 min

Arctic Ocean: why winter sea ice has stalled, and what it means for the rest of the world

The Laptev Sea is one of the Arctic's biggest nurseries of new sea ice in winter, but Siberia's record summer heat may have halted production.

Jonathan Bamber, Professor of Physical Geography, University of Bristol • conversation
Oct. 26, 2020 ~5 min

The Arctic hasn't been this warm for 3 million years – and that foreshadows big changes for the rest of the planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming – and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.

Steve Petsch, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~9 min

Ancient DNA is revealing the genetic landscape of people who first settled East Asia

By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.

Melinda A. Yang, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond • conversation
Sept. 15, 2020 ~11 min

Arctic warming: are record temperatures and fires arriving earlier than scientists predicted?

The high temperatures and wildfires of 2019 were thought to have heralded a freak summer for the Arctic. Then 2020 brought worse.

Christopher J White, Senior Lecturer in Water & Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde • conversation
Sept. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Mammoth task: the Russian family on a resurrection quest to tackle the climate crisis

The Zimovs want to restore the prehistoric 'mammoth steppe' ecosystem and see if it slows down – or even reverses – melting permafrost.

Charlotte Wrigley, PhD Candidate, Queen Mary University of London • conversation
Sept. 7, 2020 ~24 min

A 20,000-tonne oil spill is contaminating the Arctic – it could take decades to clean up

Climate change is thawing permafrost and increasing the risk of these accidents, and the region has fewer of the bacteria that can 'clean up' oil spills.

Antonia Law, Lecturer in Geography, Keele University • conversation
July 14, 2020 ~8 min

Ancient pup ‘Zhokhov’ clarifies sled dog origins

DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from the Siberian island of Zhokhov provides a new picture of sled dogs today, including huskies and malamutes.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~5 min

Siberia heatwave: 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