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Floating ice breaking away from Holl Island, Antarctica.

‘Exceptional’ Antarctic melt drives months of record-low global sea ice cover

Global sea ice extent is at a record low for this time of year, due to rapid Antarctic sea ice melt and below-average Arctic coverage, new data revea... Read More

Arctic | Sep 26. 2023.
An Arctic fox in Canada.

Dwindling sea ice linked to decline of Arctic foxes in Canada’s Hudson Bay

The fast disappearance of sea ice in Canada’s Hudson Bay could be linked to a decline in Arctic foxes, according to new research. The study uses... Read More

Arctic | Jul 31. 2023.
The Sir David Attenborough viewed from a speedboat off the shore of east Scotland.

Sir David Attenborough: How polar ship will help scientists study climate change

Later this year, a state-of-the-art UK polar research ship – equipped with aquariums, a “moon pool” and 14 different laboratories – will sail... Read More

Antarctic | Jul 7. 2023.
Broken pieces of Arctic sea ice north of Svalbard, Norway.

Montreal Protocol has slowed loss of Arctic sea ice, say scientists

The Montreal Protocol – which aims to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting gases – has had the unexpected benefit of slowing Arctic sea ice loss, ... Read More

Sea ice | May 22. 2023.
Sunrise over sea ice

Arctic sea ice winter peak in 2023 is fifth lowest on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its maximum extent for the year, peaking at 14.62m square kilometres (km2) on 6 March. It is the fifth smallest winter pea... Read More

Sea ice | Mar 16. 2023.
Extreme lack of snow for winter sports at La Thuile ski resort, Italy.

Recent Alps snow cover decline ‘unprecedented’ in past 600 years

The duration of snow cover in the Alps is now 36 days shorter than the long-term average – an “unprecedented” decline over the past 600 years �... Read More

Glaciers | Feb 15. 2023.
Ice melting in the glacier lake, Iceland.

Half of world’s glaciers to ‘disappear’ with 1.5C of global warming

Half of the world’s glaciers – frozen reservoirs holding three-quarters of the global water supply – could “disappear” by the end of the ce... Read More

Glaciers | Jan 5. 2023.

Polar bears and climate change: What does the science say?

The image of a polar bear stranded on melting sea ice is often used as a symbol of the world’s rapidly changing climate. Yet every now and again,�... Read More

Wildlife | Dec 8. 2022.
Greenland ice sheet. Credit: elementix / Alamy Stock Photo.

Guest post: How ancient ice-age valleys could hold the key to global ice-sheet loss

Advances in satellite technology over recent decades have allowed scientists to chart the melting of the Earth’s ice sheets in remarkable detail. ... Read More

Guest posts | Oct 5. 2022.
Broken pieces of Arctic sea ice north of Svalbard

Arctic sea ice summer minimum in 2022 is ‘joint-10th lowest’ on record

Arctic sea ice has reached its minimum extent for 2022, tied with 2017 and 2018 as the 10th lowest on record, according to provisional data from the ... Read More

Sea ice | Sep 23. 2022.
Aerial view of the ice sheet, Greenland. Credit: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo.

Guest post: How the Greenland ice sheet fared in 2022

The end of the northern-hemisphere summer brings to a close the Greenland ice sheet melt season and with it confirmation that 2022 was the 26th year ... Read More

Guest posts | Sep 22. 2022.
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