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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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Arctic Sea Ice Minimum

Publication | August 27, 2012 at 13:17

Sea ice is frozen sea water that waxes and wanes in response to the cooling and warming of the Arctic throughout the year. The ice pack reaches its greatest extent at the end of the winter, during March, and its lowest point at the end of...

Save the Arctic Petition

Publication | August 3, 2012 at 10:09

Polar ice is vital for cooling the planet but the Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth. Without the ice, polar bears and other wildlife cannot survive. As the ice retreats, oil giants like Shell are moving in. An oil spill...

The state of the cryosphere: What the ice is telling us

Publication | November 28, 2003 at 0:00

The cryosphere comprises all the frozen water and soil on the surface of the Earth. The book from Cambridge University Press, "Mass Balance of the Cryosphere", to be published in January 2004, focuses on two key components of this sensitive...

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