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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Feb. 17, 2017 — You might think that polar bears — and the potential for attack — are the biggest danger the Norwegian arctic island archipelago of Svalbard. But avalanches kill far more people on Svalbard than ... read more

Study Traces Black Carbon Sources in the Russian Arctic

Feb. 3, 2017 — Transport and residential heating could be responsible for a greater contribution of black carbon in the Russian Arctic compared to gas flaring or power plants, according to new ... read more

Feb. 2, 2017 — Tiny air bubbles compressed within a polar ice core make some sections brittle to the touch, but one ice core lab knows how to handle this delicate part of the chemical analysis, thus making the ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — Dust released by an active coal mine in Svalbard, Norway, reduced the spectral reflectance of nearby snow and ice by up to 84 percent, according to new ... read more

A Future for Skiing in a Warmer World

Feb. 1, 2017 — As the world struggles to make progress to limit climate change, researchers are finding ways to adapt to warmer winter temperatures -- by developing environmentally friendly ways of producing ... read more

Jan. 30, 2017 — An international team of researchers has discovered why fresh water, melted from Antarctic ice sheets, is often detected below the surface of the ocean, rather than rising to the top above denser ... read more

Natural Hazards Fatalities in Switzerland Have Been Falling Since 1946

Jan. 25, 2017 — Since 1946, events associated with natural hazards have claimed more than 1,000 human lives. Researchers have now compiled a database of these fatalities to analyze the development of casualty ... read more

Jan. 25, 2017 — Researchers have succeeded in documenting an extremely rare case of evolutionary adaptation "in action" among wild snow voles. The selective pressure triggered by several consecutive ... read more

Arctic Melt Ponds Form When Meltwater Clogs Ice Pores

Jan. 23, 2017 — A team of researchers, including a mathematician, has determined how Arctic melt ponds form, solving a paradoxical mystery of how a pool of water actually sits atop highly porous ... read more

Jan. 18, 2017 — Glaciologists have uncovered large valleys in the ocean floor beneath some of the massive glaciers flowing into the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica. Carved by earlier advances of ice during colder ... read more

Jan. 13, 2017 — A new study provides important details on the extent of sea ice, which can protect ice shelves from the impacts of ocean storms, in the Antarctic ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — Scientific efforts are aimed at learning more about the effects of pink snow algae on glaciers and snowfields covering Pacific Northwest ... read more

Jan. 10, 2017 — Ice core records from the two poles show that during the last ice age, sharp spikes in Arctic temperatures shifted the position of winds around ... read more

Jan. 5, 2017 — When summer temperatures rise in Greenland and the melt season begins, water pools on the surface, and sometimes disappears down holes in the ice. That water may eventually reach bedrock, creating a ... read more

Jan. 5, 2017 — About 15,000 years ago, the ocean around Antarctica has seen an abrupt sea level rise of several meters. It could happen ... read more

Dec. 20, 2016 — Surface meltwater that drains to the bed of the Greenland Ice Sheet each summer causes changes in ice flow that cannot be fully explained by prevailing ... read more

Dec. 19, 2016 — Nine months of continual radar observation reveals the complex changing patterns of ice stream movement in three dimensions that can inform predictions for the speed at which the ice caps will ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — Scientists documented a spring pulse in northern Alaska in 2014 that included carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to 46 percent of the net carbon dioxide that is absorbed in the summer months and ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — An international team of researchers has concluded that the Antarctic Ice Sheet actually plays a major role in regional and global climate variability -- a discovery that may also help explain why ... read more

Dec. 12, 2016 — The East Antarctic ice sheet is more vulnerable than expected, due to a strong wind that brings warm air and blows away the snow. Scientists combined climate models, satellite observations and ... read more

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