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The UK Arctic Research Station in spring. Credit: NERC (1550x1033)

Ny-Ålesund: How UK scientists are studying climate change in the Arctic

The northernmost town in the world, Ny-Ålesund, has for more than 30 years hosted the UK’s Arctic Research Station – the nation’s only permane... Read More

Arctic | Feb 9. 2024.
Antarctic sea ice.

Guest post: Why 2023 was an exceptional year for Antarctic sea ice

While 2023 made headlines for smashing global temperature records, last year also saw some truly remarkable events in the Antarctic. After crashin... Read More

Guest posts | Jan 29. 2024.
Snowmelt waterfall pouring over cliffs into ocean, Antarctic Peninsula, Weddell Sea, Antarctica.

Q&A: Warming of 2C would trigger ‘catastrophic’ loss of world’s ice, new report says

Global warming of 2C would see “extensive, long-term [and] essentially irreversible” losses from the Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers, warns a n... Read More

Ice | Nov 16. 2023.
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.
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