Migratory barnacle geese threatened by rapidly rising Arctic temperatures

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According to a study published in Current Biology, migrating barnacle geese that lay their eggs in the Arctic zones of northern Russia are becoming confounded by earlier springs in their traditional nesting grounds. The rising temperatures found in the Arctic circles are threatening the survival of this species that travels over 3,000 km, or 1,800 miles, to reach their egg-laying territory. The research, unveiled in May of 2018, noted that the geese habitually make the month long journey from parts… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



The first salty lakes discovered in the Arctic could hold the key to finding alien life

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Snhetta unveils plans for worlds first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle

Snøhetta has revealed designs for the world’s first energy-positive hotel in the Arctic Circle—an incredible proposal given the region’s below-freezing temperatures. Located at the foot of Svartisen, Norway’s second largest glacier, the circular Svart hotel will offer panoramic 360-degree views of the fjord and use solar panels to produce more energy than it needs. The sustainable building is being developed in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska.

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An enormous amount of mercury is buried beneath the melting Arctic permafrost

Scientists have learned that a massive amount of mercury is currently encased within the Arctic permafrost. This discovery could have significant implications for ecological and human health beyond the far North. In a study published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Charming Vega Cottage is a romantic getaway in the wild Arctic landscape

Kolman Boye Architects wrapped Vega Cottage in a continuous timber skin weathered to an attractive silver-gray patina that matches the muted and natural tones of the landscape. Situated on top of a rock beneath a granite shoulder, Vega Cottage complements View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Scientists hatch crazy $500 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic

As governments make slow progress at best on alleviating climate change, and denial marks the new Trump administration’s approach to the global crisis, scientists have hatched a crazy $500 billion scheme to refreeze the Arctic. Led by Steven Desch of Arizona State University, a team of 14 scientists concocted a plan to replenish ice at the Arctic via ten million wind-powered pumps.

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Obama administration just protected the Arctic and Atlantic from drilling until 2022

With only two months left in office, President Obama’s administration just finalized its program for oil and gas leasing, and it will ensure protections for the Arctic and Atlantic oceans until 2022. In what is considered a major win for coastal regions and marine wildlife, these areas will not be subject to dangerous oil or gas drilling until climate change-denier and fossil fuel-guzzling proponent Donald Trump has completed his term in office – and perhaps even beyond.

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World’s leading sea ice expert warns the “Arctic death spiral” will make global warming even worse

The terrifyingly ominous phrase “Arctic death spiral” refers to the chart that measures the continual melt laying waste to the ice in the Arctic Circle over the last 30 years. Climate scientists have issued repeated warnings that the Arctic death spiral is the Earth’s “canary in a coalmine,” and that greenhouse gas emissions must be curbed in order to fend off certain destruction. As time passes and global temperatures continue to rise, many conservationists are arguing that the point of… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Global warming is uncovering toxic pollutants from an abandoned Arctic military base

A decommissioned U.S. military base encased in the Greenland Ice Sheet since the 1960s is slowly being unearthed by Earth’s rising temperatures, along with the toxic waste stored inside. Snowfall is not able to keep up with melting ice on top of the Cold War-era base, which could mean the underground pollutants could enter marine ecosystems by the end of the century.

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Crazy low Arctic sea ice levels will likely smash records this summer

Arctic sea ice levels continue to plummet. Researchers from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center continue to track sea ice levels and have found results that given current trends, aren’t too surprising: Arctic sea ice extent is likely to break records for the lowest level this summer. May data revealed Arctic sea ice extent levels were “two to four weeks ahead” of the levels in 2012, the year that currently holds the record but probably won’t for much longer.

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