Antarctica & Arctic

Beavers Are Flooding the Warming Alaskan Arctic, Threatening Fish

"A thawing of permafrost in beaver-built wetlands can release vast stores of greenhouse gases to warm the climate, but Native peoples are already feeling the rodent’s impacts." "When the beavers came to streams near the Alaskan village of Venetie, the fish disappeared."

Source: Inside Climate News, 02/01/2022

Die-Offs, Melting Ice: Climate Change Is Wreaking Havoc In Arctic Seas

"Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures and one of the world’s most important fisheries."

Source: LA Times, 12/21/2021

"Trends in Arctic Report Card: ‘Consistent, Alarming and Undeniable’"

"The changes happening at the top of the planet could unfold elsewhere in the years to come, scientists report." "Across the icy dome that crowns the Earth, rising temperatures are turning the tundra greener and more lush. Beavers are expanding their range. Garbage from passing ships is fouling the shores. Wildfires are scorching the once permanently frozen lands of Siberia."

Source: NYTimes, 12/15/2021

"Crucial Antarctic Ice Shelf Could Fail Within 5 Years, Scientists Say"

"Scientists have discovered a series of worrying weaknesses in the ice shelf holding back one of Antarctica’s most dangerous glaciers, suggesting that this important buttress against sea level rise could shatter within the next three to five years."

Source: Washington Post, 12/14/2021

"The Arctic Could Get More Rain And Less Snow Sooner Than Projected"

"The planet’s warming is transforming the sprawling and fragile Arctic, moving it toward a future that can be summed up in four words: more rain, less snow. But now researchers say that unprecedented shift — and the profound impacts that are likely to accompany it — could come decades sooner than previously thought."

Source: Washington Post, 12/02/2021

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