With summer melt season at its peak, the largest Arctic ice shelf has been broken to a piece of ice twice the size of Manhattan.
In the winters of 2018 and 2019, the Bering Sea sea ice cover hit record low not seen in thousands of years, a new study revealed on Wednesday, in line with global concerns about the accelerating impact of climate change in the Arctic.
A recent Reuters analysis of new shipping and fuel-consumption data revealed that melting sea ice enables ships sailing into the Arctic, resulting to increasing amounts of climate-warming pollution.
As the geography of the polar regions dramatically alters due to the warming climate, the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) highlights several major issues arising from these changes, their impacts, and the actions that need to be taken.
The International Maritime Organization’s Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR7) meeting began on February 12 as the landmark of discussions around the Arctic’s environment. Now, environmental groups ask the IMO to protect the Arctic marine environment from the impacts of international shipping.
According to a study issued by NASA, due the increase of the sea ice melt, a major ocean current in the Arctic is faster and more turbulent. Specifically, the current is part of a delicate Arctic area, which is now flooded with fresh water, following the impacts of the climate change.
Human-caused climate change is on track to make the Arctic Ocean functionally ice-free for part of each year starting sometime between 2044 and 2067, said a recent study by the US University of California (UCLA) climate scientists.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published its updated edition of the “Arctic Report Card for 2019”, focusing on the risks generated from the warming air temperatures, the declining sea ice and the warming waters. The report pays attention basically to the Bering Sea region.
A study issued in the journal “Geophysical Research Letters” informs that what has been the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice has begun disappearing, twice as fast in the rest of the Arctic Ocean, because atmospheric winds in north of Greenland transfer sea ice to other parts of the Arctic.
A newly-published study presented the idea of ‘artificial snow’ could prevent further ice melting and could stop the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from sliding into the ocean. The scientists launched an engineering project to blanket the ice sheet’s surface.
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