The Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent sails past a iceberg in Lancaster Sound in 2008.
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New shipping opportunities are opening up in the Arctic as sea ice continues to recede. But travel is still dangerous and the region isn't equipped to deal with more vessel traffic.
Since 2005, the Barents Sea has become too warm for sea ice to exist south of the Polar Front.
Sea ice in the Arctic.
The link between melting sea ice and extreme weather has been known for a while, but now it's happening further afield.
An Arctic iceberg, pictured in 2015. This year, ice coverage has reached record lows for the early northern winter.
The end of 2016 has brought balmy Arctic temperatures and record low ice extent for the time of year. It's a freak event even by modern standards, and climate models point the finger firmly at humans.
China’s capacity to participate in Arctic affairs is still weak.
China has been very quiet in negotiations over fisheries regulations for the central Arctic Ocean. Why is the country's behaviour there so dramatically different from what it pursues in Antarctica?
New research from Stanford shows that Arctic thermokarst lakes, which form when sheets of permafrost melt, store more greenhouse…
Sinking the unsinkable.
At 11.40pm local time on the cold, moonless night of 14 April 1912, the crow’s nest lookouts on board the RMS Titanic sighted a large iceberg only 500m ahead. Despite quick action, the iceberg still struck…
Breaking through the ice in Antarctica.
Strong winds linked to climate change and the hole in the ozone layer are driving a steady increase in Antarctic sea ice…
Greenhouse gas emissions from thawing permafrost have been greatly underestimated in current climate models, according to…
Another great British summer.
Most people saw the warm dry weather from June to September as a welcome, but freak, occurrence. Because, as anyone who invested in floaty dresses, barbecues or expensive sunglasses in previous years will…