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Fri, 2008-08-01 10:03Todd Carmichael
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Arctic tourists evacuated amid melting and unprecedented warming

If the 21 tourists evacuated from the Baffin Islands yesterday weren't convinced that we're near a climate change tipping point they are now.

According to a Canwest new service story out this morning the tourists were evacuated from the Auyuittuq National Park:

“Thawing permafrost, eroding lakeshores, a melting glacier and fears of flash floods at a national park on Baffin Island have forced the evacuation of 21 tourists and led officials to declare much of the wilderness reserve off-limits until geologists and ice experts can assess what appear to be the latest dramatic effects of climate change in Canada's Arctic.”

Wed, 2008-04-30 13:47Bill Miller
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Judge tells US to decide on polar bears, poll tells presidential hopefuls to gird for action

A federal judge has rejected the Bush Administration’s bid for further delay and ordered it to decide by May 15 whether to provide protection for polar bears whose Arctic habitat is melting due to global warming.

The decision could also lead to restrictions on oil and gas exploration offshore Alaska and curbs on greenhouse emissions.

Meanwhile, a new poll has found that two-thirds of adult Americans believe the next president should do something about climate change, pronto.


Tue, 2007-10-02 10:43Emily Murgatroyd
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Arctic Tipping Point?

Scientists are suggesting that the Arctic thaw may have reached its tipping point and that Arctic ice may disappear in the summer, decades before it was anticipated to happen.

They caution that that this is not alarmist, as tipping points can be reversed but they do say that many models have underestimated the speed of which Arctic ice is melting.

Fri, 2007-09-21 10:56Bill Miller
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Scientists ‘stunned’ as Arctic sea ice shrinks to 30-year low

Arctic ice has melted to its lowest recorded level, with scientists and researchers blaming rising concentrations of greenhouse gases, which have pushed up temperatures from one to four degrees.

Sun, 2007-09-16 12:12Bill Miller
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Canada's typical summer heats up, especially in the Arctic

The summer of 2007 was hotter than average and that’s becoming the norm. Canada’s statistical agency says the trend is “consistent with what scientists predict will happen more frequently as the world becomes warmer as a result of climate change.”

Sat, 2007-09-08 08:16Ross Gelbspan
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The News Just Gets Harder to Bear

Two-thirds of the world's polar bears will be killed off by 2050 — and the entire population gone from Alaska — because of thinning sea ice from global warming in the Arctic, government scientists forecast Friday. Polar bears have walked the planet for at least 40,000 years.
Wed, 2007-05-23 09:55Bill Miller
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Rapid climate change threatens world’s largest creatures

A new report entitled “Whales in hot water?” says whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) face increasing threats from global warming as rising sea temperatures destroy polar habitats and undermine their food sources.

Tue, 2007-03-27 09:53Bill Miller
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Global warming heats up in the Arctic

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the Arctic holds some 25 per cent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas, among other resources, and the melting of the Polar ice cap due to human-induced climate change is accelerating the stampede for riches. It's a catastrophic scenario for the Arctic ecosystem, for polar bears and other wildlife, and for Inuit populations whose ancient cultures depend on frozen waters.

Thu, 2007-03-08 09:29Bill Miller
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U.S. stifles officials from responding to global warming questions

Internal memorandums circulated in Alaska’s federal Fish and Wildlife Service appear to muzzle government biologists traveling abroad in Arctic countries from discussing climate change, polar bears or sea ice without official authorization. Only those who “understand the administration’s position” can talk to the issues.

Wed, 2007-03-07 10:38Bill Miller
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Asia’s pollution hits global climate harder than previously realized, study finds

Scientists say an “Asian haze” of pollution from rapid industrialization is boosting storms in the Pacific and having profound impacts that may be felt as far away as the Arctic.

 

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