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The North Pole is an insane 36 degrees warmer than normal as winter descends
Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. That’s when the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold, when the sea ice that covers the vast Arctic Ocean is supposed to grow and thicken.
How Capt. James Cook’s intricate 1778 records reveal global warming today in Arctic
Records from Cook's voyage north reveal the extent of the Arctic ice pack and contrast with today’s ice-free summer route through the Northwest Passage.
How much longer can Antarctica’s hostile ocean delay global warming?
The waters of the Southern Ocean have absorbed much of the excess heat and carbon generated by humanity.
Stunningly good news for the planet: Carbon emissions were flat for the third straight year
A world greatly concerned about how the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president could stall global climate policy received a major dose of welcome news Sunday, when scientists published a projection suggesting that for the third straight year, global carbon dioxide emissions did not increase much in 2016. The news comes from the Global Carbon Project, a group of scientists who measure how much carbon dioxide humans emit each year, as well as how much is subsequently absorbed by plants, land surfaces and oceans. The difference between the two determines the amount of carbon dioxide that remains in the atmosphere and drives global warming.
Low growth in carbon emissions continues for third year
Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels did not grow in 2015 and are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of almost no growth, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project.