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The Arctic

The Arctic is something that is in grave danger of being lost forever. Already, the past seven years have seen the lowest minimum sea ice coverage ever recorded and this year has joined the list. The repercussions are serious, and further decline of the Arctic sea ice can spiral towards fatal consequences. It is clear that the human footprint has profoundly altered the planet in ways that we never imagined.

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Frozen in time

Blog entry by Frida Bengtsson | 22 September, 2011 4 comments

I will never forget Pyramiden , an abandoned Russian mining town on Svalbard that I visited last year. Walking over green grass unheard of in the Arctic and passing by building complexes that could be the homes of hundreds of people.

Polar bear

Image | 21 September, 2011 at 16:44

An adult polar bear that approached the Arctic Sunrise in the sea ice west of Svalbard. Polar bears are ever curious and will often approach ships that are frozen into or breaking through the sea ice.

Sea ice: melting, melting...

Blog entry by JulietteH | 16 September, 2011 2 comments

The National Snow and Ice Data Center in the US has announced yesterday that Arctic sea ice had reached its annual minimum. It is, as we guessed last week, the second lowest extent in recorded history, just behind the all-time...

Another ordinary day in the Arctic…

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 13 September, 2011 2 comments

This afternoon I was on watch. Bear watch. Whenever there are people out on the ice, it’s necessary for a couple of people at least, and more if there’s fog, to be keeping a look out. On these occasions there’s usually one person up...

As sea-ice retreats, still no oil found in the Arctic

Blog entry by Ben Ayliffe | 13 September, 2011 1 comment

This month sees the Arctic sea ice minimum, a litmus test for the health of the global climate, with indications suggesting the extent in 2011 could be the lowest level ever. Arctic sea ice acts like the planet’s air...

A meeting with “the Elvis of sea ice science”

Blog entry by Joss Garman | 12 September, 2011

A few months ago I took the train down from London to Cambridge with my colleague Frida Bengtsson, who is leading this expedition, so that we could meet up with Professor Peter Wadhams. As head of the University’s ‘Polar Ocean Physics...

The bigger picture

Blog entry by Georgia | 9 September, 2011 3 comments

Everything north of Holland was new territory for me. I’d never seen the ice and could barely imagine it. When I asked a shipmate of mine what it was like, he said, you feel how old it is, how untouched. I was on watch when the first...

Arctic sea ice meltdown continues

Blog entry by JulietteH | 7 September, 2011 3 comments

We sometimes feel like we're repeating ourselves when we talk about Arctic sea ice - because we are. In recent months, sea ice extent has been again reaching record lows - right now, it's at a second-low record, just behind the 2007...

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