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August 28, 2014

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6:00 PM | 'Hobbits of the Arctic' Traced by DNA
The petite Dorset people went extinct before the Vikings arrived and never mixed with Inuit or Eskimo peoples.

August 26, 2014

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6:29 PM | Putting His Life at Risk for Wildlife
"There were political problems in Guatemala in those days...the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had already sent people down to look into the plight of the poc, and those agents had disappeared and were presumed dead." - from Mike Lubbock's journal, in "The Waterfall Man (of Sylvan Heights) by Dale True, 2014, about his 1984 trip to save the vanishing Atilan Grebe (a.k.a., poc).Reading the above referenced book, I've learned about some of the times waterfowl champion Mike Lubbock put his life at […]

August 22, 2014

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9:01 PM | Svalbard Reindeer: Thriving Again on the Tundra
Perhaps the most endearing animal observed on our summer 2014 sojourn through the Arctic was the Svalbard reindeer, a subspecies of reindeer endemic to the archipelago midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. Depleted by hunting over more than six decades, the Svalbard reindeer has been recovering strongly under Norway's conservation measures, and there may now be as many as 10,000 of them on the islands.

August 21, 2014

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4:42 PM | Court Ruling Could Affect Nation’s Electric Grid
Editor’s Note: While Tim Profeta is on vacation, Jeremy Tarr, policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program at Duke’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, will author The Climate Post. Tim will post again August 28. A unanimous ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit could change the way utilities and regulators consider electricity…

August 20, 2014

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11:01 AM | Will Increase in Icebergs Lead to Another Titanic?
A new study suggests that the 1912 Titanic disaster may have been caused by an increase in icebergs -- a condition that might threaten ships now. Continue reading →

August 18, 2014

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5:59 PM | It's Not Just The Arctic Ice That's Thinning -- It's The Snow Too
It's no secret that the ice in the arctic is getting thinner , both in terms of sheer volume and in terms of land mass occupied. But now, scientists say that we should also be concerned about the snow on top of that ice.Read more...

August 14, 2014

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9:18 AM | Greenland 2014: field work update!
The Greenland ice sheet is the largest continuous body of ice in the northern hemisphere, covering an area of ~22million km^2. Despite appearing to be devoid of life, it is […]
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9:18 AM | Greenland 2014: field work update!
The Greenland ice sheet is the largest continuous body of ice in the northern hemisphere, covering an area of ~22million km^2. Despite appearing to be devoid of life, it is […]
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4:03 AM | The merits of plasticity
Whether a species thrives or flags can have resounding consequences. When we think of our changing world, we imagine an ecosystem occupied by organisms which are interlinked. Photosynthesizers like plants and phytoplankton which harvest energy from the Sun occupy the lowest trophic level, while the herbivores that eat them are on the second trophic level, supporting higher level carnivores. When something goes wrong in one part of this pyramid / web / food chain, disconnects can […]
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4:03 AM | The merits of plasticity
Whether a species thrives or flags can have resounding consequences. When we think of our changing world, we imagine an ecosystem occupied by organisms which are interlinked.

August 13, 2014

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12:46 AM | TDB Today: Dragon breath and the age of consequences
In my column at The Daily Blog this week — Dragon breath and the Age Of Consequences — I take a look at the latest news on Arctic methane. It’s not good, as Jason Box demonstrated by not mincing his words about the seriousness of the threat. For an idea of the consequences, I strongly […]

August 07, 2014

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9:01 PM | Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak
Lots to talk about here: Published on Aug 1, 2014 Arctic Emergency: Scientists Speak On Melting Ice and Global Impacts (1080p HD) This film brings you the voices of climate scientists – in their own words. Rising temperatures in the Arctic are contributing the melting sea ice, thawing permafrost, and destabilization of a system that…

August 06, 2014

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2:51 PM | The Hunt for Triassic Sea Monsters in Svalbard Is On
The Spitsbergen Jurassic Research Group, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Jørn Hurum, is blazing its next great expedition to the icy rim of the world in search of stunningly preserved fossils. As the expedition finally gets under way, fair skies and fields of wildflowers greet the group.
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12:05 PM | Dinosaur Footprints on the Roof… Of the World!
Canyons and plains in middle latitudes aren't the only places to hunt for dinosaurs. Archaeologists are also tracking dinosaurs under the midnight sun in Svalbard.

August 05, 2014

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10:50 PM | Melt Ponds on Ice Sheets Are Chillingly Beautiful
When endless summer days reach the Arctic, the massive expanses of rarely-interrupted blinding white is cut by lakes and rivers of meltwater. The deep blue set against white is a unique, surreal beauty, creating an alien landscape that is smooth, crisp, and cool in its simplicity.Read more...
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4:00 AM | Polar Obsession
By Paul Nicklen Synopsis: The Arctic is in Paul Nicklen’s blood. Born and raised on Baffin Island, Nunavut, he grew up in one of the only non-Inuit families in a tiny native settlement amid the […]

August 04, 2014

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11:21 PM | August 3, 2014 Radio Show: Paragliding at 18,000 Feet Above the Earth, Swimming 213 Feet Below the Ocean Without Air And More
This week on National Geographic Weekend, join host Boyd Matson and his guests as they dive 207 feet under the ocean by holding our breath, fight off an aggressive cheetah in Tanzania, measure our feet to find out why a foot is a foot long, use spark plugs as currency in Cuba, travel by parachute for 40 miles at 16,000 feet, spy on polar bears in Norway, colonize the Arctic with North America's earliest European visitors, and get taken hostage by rebels in a Himalayan valley.
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10:30 PM | Brilliant Blue Arctic 'Melt Ponds' Captured in Photos
New images from NASA's Earth Observatory reveal the turquoise melt ponds in the Arctic that form every summer.
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2:07 AM | Through the Killing Field to See Walruses
To get relatively close to a trio of walruses on a beach at Kapp Lee on Edgeøya, the third largest island in Svalbard, we had to skirt a killing field littered with bones of the corpulent marine mammals. Preserved as a cultural relic, along with a couple of huts once used by trappers and researchers, the skeletons are a…

July 31, 2014

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7:00 PM | Large Waves Recorded in Arctic Ocean for First Time
Waves as tall as 29 feet were recorded in an area of the Arctic Ocean that was not long ago permanently covered in ice.
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2:32 PM | Christians Mingle for Climate, Surf’s Up in the Arctic, the Empire Strikes Back (at Birds!)
By Jason Bittel You gotta have faith: It's no shocker that environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council (which publishes OnEarth) would come out in support of the Obama administration’s new power plant rules (though they want the standards to be even tougher). But other faces in the crowd at the EPA’s public hearings this week might surprise you. More than two-dozen faith leaders, including evangelicals and conservative […]

July 30, 2014

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5:55 PM | When your only highways are ice
“The first half of the trip was in the forest and the second half on the tundra. The difference that those ecosystems imposed on the snow cover was beautifully manifest,” Matthew Sturm reminisces. He’s referencing a long snowmobile journey from Fairbanks, Alaska to Hudson Bay in Canada, chronicled in his book Finding the Arctic (University of Alaska Press, 2012). But where you or I might notice the old gnarled trees of the forest or the howling wind over vast open... Read more
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5:55 PM | When your only highways are ice
“The first half of the trip was in the forest and the second half on the tundra. The difference that those ecosystems imposed on the snow cover was beautifully manifest,” Matthew Sturm reminisces. He’s referencing a long snowmobile journey from Fairbanks, Alaska to Hudson Bay in Canada, chronicled in his book Finding the Arctic (University of Alaska Press, 2012). But where you or I might notice the old gnarled trees of the forest or the howling wind over vast open... Read more
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3:24 PM | Extreme Waves Recorded in Arctic Ocean
Five-meter-high waves have been detected in the middle of the Arctic Ocean by Dr Jim Thomson of the University of Washington and Dr Erick Rogers of the Stennis Space Center’s Naval Research Laboratory. “As the Arctic is melting, it’s a pretty simple prediction that the additional open water should make waves,” said Dr Thomson, who [...]
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