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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019

Pure as snow? Scientists say air carrying plastics to Arctic

Scientists say tiny bits of plastic are being sucked into the atmosphere and carried thousands of miles to some of the remotest corners of the planet.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

US officials warn of climate risk as Trump dismisses it

Senior U.S. officials warned Congress on Wednesday about the threat to national security from melting ice in the Arctic as Russia and other adversaries take advantage of the increasing possibilities …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019

Deep freeze grips Upper Midwest, more bitter cold to come

An arctic wave has wrapped parts of the Midwest in numbing cold, sending temperatures plunging and prompting officials to close schools in several states on Friday, but forecasters say the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica.


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018

Polar bear killed after attack on Arctic cruise ship guard

Norwegian authorities said a polar bear on Saturday attacked and injured a polar bear guard who was leading tourists off a cruise ship on an Arctic archipelago. The polar bear …


NASA baffled by mysterious ice circles in the Arctic

Add this to the ever-growing list of things you have to worry about: Somewhere in the Arctic sea ice, where the temperatures are typically below freezing on even the balmiest …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

Arctic report card: Permafrost thawing faster than before

Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing faster than ever, according to a new report released Tuesday


Renewed interest in oil drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge mobilizes wilderness advocates

Dan Ashe, who rose from the ranks of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 to become its 16th director, finally got his chance to visit the Arctic National …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Tillerson says U.S. won’t be rushed on climate change policies

Arctic nations have renewed calls for the world to address climate warming, but U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States will not rush to make a decision …


UPDATED: Wed., May 3, 2017

Groups sue to keep drilling ban in Arctic, Atlantic waters

Environmental and Alaska Native groups sued Wednesday to overturn an executive order by President Donald Trump that could lead to expanded petroleum drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.


Scientists keep increasing their projections for how much the oceans will rise this century

A report by a leading research body monitoring the Arctic has found that previous projections of global sea level rise for the end of the century could be too low, …


Polar explorer Will Steger to speak on climate in Spokane

Polar explorer Will Steger will be in Spokane this month to present a free program, “Eyewitness to Climate Change.”


Putin visits Arctic archipelago to reaffirm Russian presence

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday visited an Arctic archipelago, part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region.


Arctic sets record for low levels of sea ice

Floating sea ice at the top of the world has set another troubling record for its low spatial extent, shattering a prior record set just two years ago for this …


Without action on climate change, say goodbye to polar bears

As the Arctic warms faster than any other place on the planet and sea ice declines, there is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction, the government …


Shawn Vestal: WSU professor’s Arctic research dangerous, but exhilarating

It was a chilly way to spend the spring. Von Walden, an engineering professor at Washington State University, worked for about a month on a ship in the Arctic in …


Reindeer may be weighing less due to global warming

Reindeer living on the Arctic island of Svalbard are getting smaller – and scientists say climate change may be the cause.


Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016

Though this is when the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, the amount of …


The Arctic is being utterly transformed – and we’re just starting to learn the consequences

It’s the fastest-warming part of the planet – and the impacts will be felt far, far afield. No wonder, perhaps, that on Wednesday, the outgoing Obama administration convened top science …


Scientists tell Obama: Drop Arctic from plans for offshore drilling

Nearly 400 scientists have signed a letter urging President Obama to eliminate the possibility of Arctic offshore drilling in the near future by taking the Arctic Ocean out of the …


Russian jets raise alertness in Alaska

TIN CITY, Alaska – The air is frigid and the wind is howling as Air Force Col. Frank Flores lifts a pair of foot-long binoculars and studies a hazy dot …


Winter storm to bring snow Wednesday

A winter storm watch was upgraded to a winter storm warning this afternoon for far Eastern Washington and North Idaho as well as locations closer to the Cascades as an …