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Gwich’in & allied groups sue Trump agencies for illegal oil lease program in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The Gwich’in Steering Committee and allied groups took Trump’s Secretary of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to court today for finalizing an illegal leasing program that would hand over the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil and gas industry. By The Sierra Club “BLM’s decision to violate […]

August 25th

Pressured by climate activist groups, Deutsche Bank ditches drilling in the Arctic

Climate activists are celebrating Deutsche Bank’s new energy policy banning financial support of drilling in the Arctic, a move which comes after years of pressure from advocacy groups. The bank, a multinational investment company headquartered in Germany, announced Monday that it will no longer offer financial services to new projects that involve drilling for oil […]

July 29th

As Earth edges closer to multiple climate tipping points, scientists identify first active methane gas leak in Antarctica

Scientists have for the first time identified an active leak of methane gas from the sea floor in Antarctica, increasing the possibility that the planet is close to one of the “tipping points” that would put the impacts of global heating out of humans’ control. By Julia Conley Common Dreams According to The Guardian, researchers led by Andrew […]

July 28th

Heat waves, wildfire & permafrost thaw: The Arctic’s climate change trifecta

The Arctic Circle became unbelievably hot on June 20. In the Russian community of Verkhoyansk, temperatures topped 38C, marking what may be the highest air temperature ever recorded within the Arctic. A wildfire burns outside Fairbanks, Alaska, after a lightning strike. (Catherine Dieleman), Author provided Catherine Dieleman, University of Guelph The Conversation The temperatures at […]

July 23rd

As the Arctic burns, the global climate is once again pushing into “Hottest Year Ever” territory

The unprecedented heat and fires that ravaged Siberia last month came at the tail end of a 12-month period that European researchers revealed Tuesday effectively tied with the hottest year on record based on global surface temperatures, bolstering calls from activists for international bodies and governments across the globe to take immediate action to tackle the climate […]

July 8th

100 degrees in Siberia? 5 ways the extreme Arctic heat wave follows a disturbing pattern

The Arctic heat wave that sent Siberian temperatures soaring to around 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the first day of summer put an exclamation point on an astonishing transformation of the Arctic environment that’s been underway for about 30 years. By Mark Serreze, University of Colorado Boulder The Conversation As long ago as the 1890s, scientists […]

June 26th

‘This scares me,’ says Bill McKibben as Arctic hits 100.4°F—hottest temperature in human history

A small Siberian town north of the Arctic Circle reached 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, a figure that—if verified—would be the highest temperature reading in the region since record-keeping began in 1885.”This scares me, I have to say,” environmentalist and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben tweeted in response to news of the record-breaking reading in Verkhoyansk, […]

June 22nd

The month in climate change science: Pre-term births, fewer fishermen, and accelerated arctic melt

Every month, climate scientists make new discoveries that advance our understanding of climate change’s causes and impacts. The research gives a clearer picture of the threats we already face and explores what’s to come if we don’t reduce emissions at a quicker pace. Our blog series, This Month in Climate Science, offers a snapshot of the month’s […]

January 26th