Ocean floor observatories, research ship and airplane were deployed to a area of 250 active methane gas flares in the Arctic Ocean. CREDIT Torger Grytå/CAGE

Surprise finding: Arctic Ocean methane does not reach the atmosphere

From the CAGE – CENTER FOR ARCTIC GAS HYDRATE, CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT and the cancel the “methane time bomb” department comes this surprising finding: 250 methane flares release the climate gas methane from the seabed and into the Arctic Ocean. During the summer months this leads to an increased methane concentration in the ocean. But surprisingly,…

Soot at the bottom of a meltpool in Greenland

Current atmospheric models underestimate the dirtiness of Arctic air

From the “we told you so” department, it seems they are just now catching up with observations. Black carbon aerosols–particles of carbon that rise into the atmosphere when biomass, agricultural waste, and fossil fuels are burned in an incomplete way–are important for understanding climate change, as they absorb sunlight, leading to higher atmospheric temperatures, and…


Oh Noes!!! “Crocodiles and Palm Trees in the Arctic? New Report Suggests Yes.”

“It’s the most dire prediction yet”!!! Guest post by David Middleton Featured image borrowed from here.   By Marianne Lavelle PUBLISHED MAY 23, 2016 In even the bleakest climate change scenarios for the end of this century, science has offered hope that global warming would eventually slow down. But a new study published Monday snuffs…

Icebreaker Fennica, source Wikimedia (attribution license - author Marcusroos  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Icebreaker_Fennica.jpg

Politico: 40% Surge in Orders for New Ice Hardened Petroleum Transporters

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Politico reports that Finland’s Ship Building Industry is experiencing a bumper year, as Paris Climate Agreement signatories celebrate the new global environmental accord, by massively ramping up oil and gas exploration and mining in the Arctic. Finland finds global warming’s upside The country’s icebreaker business is booming as the shrinking…

Arctic sea ice was at a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second straight year. At 5.607 million square miles, it is the lowest maximum extent in the satellite record, and 431,000 square miles below the 1981 to 2010 average maximum extent.
Credits: NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio/C. Starr

Arctic sea ice wintertime extent sees a record low

Arctic sea ice appears to have reached a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second year in a row, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA. Every year, the cap of frozen seawater floating on top of the Arctic Ocean and its neighboring seas melts during…

A crevasse created by water drilling a hole tens of meters deep into the glacier ice. A layer of dark cryoconite surrounds it. Langjökull glacier. July 2006. Image: Ville Miettinen from Helsinki, Finland - Crevasse, CC BY 2.0

Missing from climate models: Unaccounted for Arctic microbes appear to be speeding up glacier melting

From the SOCIETY FOR GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY and the “department of robusted models” comes this Today, at the Microbiology Society’s Annual Conference in Liverpool, scientists will reveal how Arctic microbes are increasing the rate at which glaciers melt, in a process not accounted for in current climate change models. The research, led by Dr Arwyn Edwards…