December 18, 2014

5:00 PM | Robot Captures Views of Hidden Arctic Ecosystem
A remote-controlled underwater robot explores the underside of stable Arctic sea ice, collecting the most detailed information yet of this largely unexplored environment.

December 17, 2014

10:43 PM | Science Book Club: Ice Whale
It's time again for an installment of the STS Book Club! This time, it's a novel of the young adult variety. Perhaps a perfect stocking stuffer for the 11-year-old, nature-lover in your life? Or, you know, your story-loving 20-something PhD student. My co-conspirators, then and now.  Notice that I have grown in myappreciation of pants-wearing. I grew up on a farm in south central Kentucky with a small expanse of second growth forest rimming the yard and cultivated fields.  My […]
7:20 PM | Arctic Temperatures Are Rising Twice As Fast As Anywhere Else On Earth
A comprehensive review of the state of the Arctic reveals some troubling information about rising temperature rates, which are more than double those of anywhere else on Earth, as well as some strange new habitat changes for polar bears. Read more...

December 13, 2014

3:01 AM | Polar Bears Sparring
This post is the first in the Click! Click! Click! Series which profiles interesting photographic moments that Kike captures during his travels.  About the photo: Two male polar bears (Ursus maritimus) sparring. Location: Canadian Arctic If you like this photograph, you find it at the National Geographic Online Store.   Follow Kike Calvo on Blog,  Facebook, Twitter, Web, Tumblr, LinkedIn or Instagram.

December 12, 2014

10:41 PM | Using Penguins to Study Prehistory
Hesperornis isn’t a celebrity fossil, but it used to be. Soon after paleontologist O.C. Marsh named the toothed …

December 09, 2014

11:30 AM | North Pole's Reindeer Population Plummets
Inbreeding, poaching, a lack of herders and climate change are contributing to the iconic animal's decline.

December 08, 2014

10:38 PM | December 7, 2014: Return “Kidnapped” Animals to the Wild, Save the World’s Big Cats and More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they climb El Capitan with young children, stop the kidnapping of Brazil's wildlife, save lions by saving livestock, lift a 35-ton stone with prehistoric technology, work to save the last 3,000 wild tigers, visit some of the last nomadic tribes, bottle feed a baby cheetah, and clean up hazardous waste.

December 04, 2014

2:00 PM | Messing With Nature to Stop Warming: Too Risky?
Engineering methods to cool the climate could rescue humanity from its inability to control greenhouse emissions. That is, if it doesn't make the situation worse.

December 03, 2014

10:14 PM | As Sea Ice Disappears, Arctic Ringed Seals Could Get Largest Critical Habitat Ever
Arctic ringed seals (Phoca hispida hispida) could soon get a critical habitat more than twice the size of California within the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. Under rules (pdf) proposed this week... -- Read more on
5:03 PM | AGU 2014: Key Events from The Earth Institute
Scientists at Columbia University’s Earth Institute will present important talks at the Dec. 15-19 meeting of the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest gathering of earth and space scientists. Here is a journalists' guide in rough chronological order.

December 02, 2014

9:26 PM | New diseases travel on the wings of birds in a rapidly changing north
When wild birds are a big part of your diet, opening a […]
8:41 PM | Lab fridge Arctic ground squirrels
"They do their best to approximate a sphere," Loren Buck explained as he removed the ground squirrel from its lab-made hibernaculum. Hibernating Arctic ground squirrels can sustain a core body temperature of just -2.9°C [26.78°F]. "It’s cold… Do you want to touch it?" Buck uncurled the animal carefully. "He knows he’s being handled, it just takes a while for him to ramp up his metabolism to warm. So you can stretch him out." ARCTIC GROUND […]
2:00 PM | Cliché or no, climate change really is coming for the polar bears
Polar bears are the easy target, the global warming victim too cute and obvious to really mean what we want them to mean, right? Look at that guy up at the top; enviros just picked this species as a poster child because they’re amazing and adorable, right? They can’t really be that threatened by rising temperatures

December 01, 2014

4:40 PM | Ice Projections Put Arctic Polar Bear in Peril By 2100
Forward-looking models and polar bear energetics data foresee an alarming loss of habitat by the century's end.
1:40 PM | Thousands of Ancient Shark Teeth Found in Arctic
The stark, barren landscape of Banks Island in Canada has yielded more than 8,000 shark teeth that date back millions of years.

November 27, 2014

4:24 PM | a diversion to something icy
In words stolen from the old Monty Python shows – and now for something completely different. I moved away from the pleasant world of my garden to the arctic world I occasionally visit in this article over at Sustainable Collective, check it out here. I’ll get back to garden posts shortly.

November 26, 2014

4:03 PM | Polar Bears Use Scent as a Trail of Bread Crumbs
By Emily Shenk National Geographic Imagine you’ve drawn a line across a jigsaw puzzle, and you’re following that line from beginning to end. Suddenly the puzzle breaks apart and the pieces move in different directions. How do you follow the line to your destination? In the case of polar bears, the destination is a potential…
12:42 PM | Life on Earth’s Cold Shoulder – Film
The talented folk down at the University of Derby’s TEL Media Production have whipped up this short introduction to the fascinating world of glacier microbes. We hope it makes you question whether […]

November 25, 2014

7:40 PM | Many angles to decode frozen debris lobes
“Something chewed on the casing,” Margaret Darrow explained. “Probably a bear.” Blue chips were scattered from the cracked ABS pipe. Inside the casings that protect the holes drilled in and around frozen debris lobe -A there’s non-toxic propylene glycol. Propylene glycol, this brand a clear greenish liquid, prevents freezing – helpful for scientific instruments – but it also tastes slightly sweet. And bears are curious creatures. Later, taking […]
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