The North Pole Has Melted. Again.

Author: Eric Levenson
Date: 26 July, 2013
In what has now become an annual occurrence, the North Pole's ice has melted, turning the Earth's most northern point into a lake. Call it Lake North Pole. To be clear, the water surrounding the pole is not seawater seeping up from the ocean but melted ice-water resting on top of a thinning lay...

Arctic methane ‘time bomb’ could have huge economic costs

Author: Matt McGrath
Source: BBC
Date: 25 July, 2013
Scientists say that the release of large amounts of methane from thawing permafrost in the Arctic could have huge economic impacts for the world. The researchers estimate that the climate effects of the release of this gas could cost $60 trillion (£39 trillion), roughly the size of the global ...

Antarctica Food Web

There is a tiny creature that lives in the Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica. It weighs about the same as a big pinch of salt (two grams). It is so numerous that it has been called the biggest living mass on our planet. Huge swarms can be seen from space! These swarms are so tightly packed t...

Arctic food web & climate change

Arctic food web and the impacts of Climate Change Climate change is having a rapid impact on the Arctic food web on land and on the ice. The Arctic is home to the polar bear, caribou, musk oxen, walrus, the beluga and bowhead whales. The creatures most at risk from a warming planet are those that p...

Indigenous people of the Arctic

Indigenous people of the Arctic and impacts of Climate Change With a one degree of warming at the equator there are four to six degrees of warming in the Arctic. For the Inuit people who live in this freezing environment the changes are both economic and cultural. They will be affected by shifting ...

Sea Ice – What’s the fuss?

Date: 20 May 2013
Sea ice is found floating around on the icy waters of The Arctic. It’s also found floating around the continent of Antarctica. Sea ice is always on the move. It crunches and grinds its way across the polar regions with the wind and ocean currents. Sea ice is an important habitat for seals, walrus...

Krill in the Southern Ocean

Source: FIS - World News
Date: Thursday, June 17, 2010
Has the hunting of whales to the brink of extinction in the twentieth century caused a drop in krill numbers in the Southern Ocean? With almost two million whales killed in the Southern Ocean between 1900 and 1970 you would think that the krill would be pretty happy. Thriving with one of their major...

Krill Facts

Krill are found all over the world and are important components of many ecosystems, but Antarctic krill occupy an extremely important place in the Antarctic food web. They are thought to have the largest population of any species on Earth. Blue whales can eat up to 4 tons of krill per day, and o...

The good and the bad in Greenland

Author: Michael D LemonickSource: Climate SpectatorDate: 9 May, 2013  The flow of Greenland’s glaciers toward the sea may have increased significantly in the past decade, but a new report in Nature finds that rate of increase is unlikely to continue. “The loss of ice has doubled in the pas...