Posts

January 29, 2015

+
3:08 PM | Rocks in the right place at the right time…
Flo looks two examples of the strange and important ways that geology and where it’s located can affect international governance and regulation. From the presence of tiny coralline islands to ownership of the Arctic! I’ve always had an interest in the peculiarities of geology and geomorphology and the inordinate (sometimes almost absurd!) ways that they play their part in deciding on big international governance. Humanity has long-relied on the presence of geological features such […]

January 28, 2015

+
2:20 PM | Arctic sea-ice decline erratic as expected
Imagine a ball bouncing down a bumpy hill. Gravity will ensure that the ball will head downwards. But, if the ball hits a bump at a certain angle it might move horizontally or even upwards for a time, before resuming its inevitable downward trajectory. This bouncing ball is an analogy for the behaviour of Arctic … Continue reading Arctic sea-ice decline erratic as expected →
+
11:59 AM | Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #75
Wow! We are almost there! Nearly 860,000 Wild Bird Enthusiasts on our Facebook page and counting… This is the 75th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” and represents one of the best wild bird photograph collections I have ever seen. This is a testament to how far this community has come and…

January 26, 2015

+
5:15 PM | Obama Recommends Extended Wilderness Zone in Alaska
Setting aside 12.28 million acres of public land in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would seal off from roads and development, including drilling.
+
4:00 PM | Atlantic, Pacific Fish Face Mixing as Arctic Warms
The Atlantic Cod could displace valuable Alaskan fish as the natural barrier of the Arctic Ocean warms with climate change.

January 22, 2015

+
9:00 AM | Of Time and Turtles
On Tuesday two people who I met a few years ago posted similar pictures. One still lives in the town of Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, where I briefly lived; the other, last I heard, had moved even farther north, to somewhere in the Norwegian wilds. Each posted a picture showing the […]
+
9:00 AM | Of Time and Turtles
On Tuesday two people who I met a few years ago posted similar pictures. One still lives in the town of Kiruna, north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden, where I briefly lived; the other, last I heard, had moved even farther north, to somewhere in the Norwegian wilds. Each posted a picture showing the […]

January 20, 2015

+
10:29 PM | Squirrels’ role in climate change puzzle
Alaska’s North Slope is home to Arctic ground squirrels. Near the Atigun River their interlaced burrow network takes advantage of sandy soil. The burrows are so interconnected and the entrances so myriad that the scientists working there to decode Arctic ground squirrel mysteries carry a map denoting burrow entrance numbers so they can be certain to always return squirrels to their home burrows. Arctic ground squirrel lifestyle Why so much interest? Arctic ground squirrels are the only […]
+
10:29 PM | Squirrels’ role in climate change puzzle
Alaska’s North Slope is home to Arctic ground squirrels. Near the Atigun River their interlaced burrow network takes advantage of sandy soil. The burrows are so interconnected and the entrances so myriad that the scientists working there to decode Arctic ground squirrel mysteries carry a map denoting burrow entrance numbers so they can be certain to always return squirrels to their home burrows. Arctic ground squirrel lifestyle Why so much interest? Arctic ground squirrels are the only […]

January 19, 2015

+
3:00 AM | In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
By Hampton Sides Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age. In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the […]

January 14, 2015

+
6:30 PM | The Mysterious Greenland Shark: Massive, Absurdly Slow, and Probably Blind (Video)
For many years, scientists believed that Greenland shark dwelled exclusively in deep, cold waters near the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. Recently, however, the mysterious sharks are starting to make frequent appearances near more hospitable regions like Northern Europe, giving researchers more insight into this hidden species of shark. Though they were officially added to the list of known species in 1801, it wasn’t until recently that researchers really started to […]

January 13, 2015

+
2:22 PM | Continued Arctic changes, 2014
During high school when the day promised heat I used to spend a minute in the morning to put sunglasses on my car. They were ‘shutter shades’, louvered sunglasses printed in bold lines on folded white cardboard meant to be spread just under the windshield. The car may not have contained power anything, a reliably functional speedometer, four working doors, or air conditioning apart from crank-open windows, but it did have science. The expanse of white cardboard reflected sunlight […]
+
2:22 PM | Continued Arctic changes, 2014
During high school when the day promised heat I used to spend a minute in the morning to put sunglasses on my car. They were ‘shutter shades’, louvered sunglasses printed in bold lines on folded white cardboard meant to be spread just under the windshield. The car may not have contained power anything, a reliably functional speedometer, four working doors, or air conditioning apart from crank-open windows, but it did have science. The expanse of white cardboard reflected sunlight […]
+
2:17 AM | Too Soon Gone: Alberto Behar, Who Used Robots and Rubber Ducks to Probe Icy Secrets
An inventive polar researcher who would use high technology or toys to probe mysteries is dead.

January 10, 2015

+
2:49 AM | Polar Bears Head North
Polar bears are moving into northern Canada, from areas south and east where sea ice is less stable.

January 08, 2015

+
4:00 PM | Are Polar Bears Saving Themselves?
As one researcher explains, sea ice is like a moving sidewalk and polar bears travel with it.

January 06, 2015

+
2:00 PM | Declining sea ice pushes sea birds to the brink
It’s not just polar bears. Yes, climate change’s spirit animal really is threatened by rising temperatures and disappearing sea ice in the Arctic, but the frozen wastes of the north are home to a lot more than the largest bear on the planet. And other animals may be even more susceptible to the ravages of climate
+
12:33 PM | Scientists Sequence Genome of Bowhead Whale
A team of genetic researchers headed by Dr Joao Pedro de Magalhaes from the University of Liverpool, UK, has sequenced the genome of the mysterious bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus). The bowhead whale, also known as Greenland right whale or Arctic whale, is a species in the right whale family Balaenidae. This species has a dark [...]

January 02, 2015

+
4:29 PM | Meet the lab: Elyssa Cameron
Here’s another in the “Meet the lab” series – written by Master’s student Elyssa Cameron. Like many in my field, my love of nature and the creatures which inhabit it began much earlier than I can remember. From camping trips to day camps to museums and everything in between, I have always been passionate about […]
1
19 Results