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September 24 2013

The Vital Long View in Tracking Diminishing Arctic Sea Ice - NYTimes.com

The Vital Long View in Tracking Diminishing Arctic Sea Ice - NYTimes.com

http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/the-vital-long-view-in-tracking-diminishing-arctic-sea-ice/?partner=rss&emc=rss

Sorry, the arctic ice is not really recovering !

With the annual pullback of Arctic Ocean sea ice at an end, it’s clear that this year’s retreat is nowhere near the satellite-era record set in 2012, but it’s also clear that there is still a long-term trajectory toward a largely open-water Arctic in summers in coming decades.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/xz2vv4q6brsol68/seaice_escalator2%20%28gliss%C3%A9%28e%29s%29.jpg

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/yfn7le8c1pa2nma/seaice_escalator2%20%28gliss%C3%A9%28e%29s%29%201.jpg

The image above is from The Cryosphere Today, a valuable Website maintained by William Chapman and others at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The National Snow and Ice Data Center has not quite officially called the “minimum,” but it is nigh.

In a story on the Arctic ice season in The Guardian, Julienne Stroeve of the National Snow and Ice Data Center put it well:

We are looking at long-term changes and there are going to be bumps and wiggles along the long-term declining trend, but all the climate models are showing that we are eventually going to lose all of that summer sea ice.

If you dare, read David Rose’s ice coverage for a classic example of torqued, sensationalist reporting on the “recovery” of the ice. The best counterpoint to such assertions remains this clever Skeptical Science animated graph:

#arctique #climat

September 23 2013

Arctic ice reaches lowest extent for 2013 | Climate News Network

Arctic ice reaches lowest extent for 2013 | Climate News Network

http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/2013/09/arctic-ice-reaches-lowest-extent-for-2013

By Alex Kirby

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic appears to have reached its lowest point for 2013 – more than last year, but well below the long term average.

http://www.climatenewsnetwork.net/wp-content/uploads/640px-NOAA_arctic_spring_1950_corp1104.jpg

LONDON, 21 September – Scientists say the sea ice which covers much of the Arctic Ocean appears to have reached its minimum extent for this year.

The fate of the ice year by year is an important indicator of the impact of climate change on the Arctic, where average temperatures are rising twice as fast as elsewhere in the world.

#arctique #climat

August 20 2013

Ottawa testing $620K stealth snowmobile for Arctic - North - CBC News

Ottawa testing $620K stealth snowmobile for Arctic - North - CBC News

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2013/08/18/north-arctic-snowmobile.html

The Canadian military has been secretly test-driving a $620,000 stealth snowmobile in its quest to quietly whisk troops on clandestine operations in the Arctic.

The Canadian Press has learned that soldiers have taken the new hybrid-electric snowmobile prototype on trial runs to evaluate features such as speed, noise level, battery endurance and acceleration.

The Department of National Defence even has a nickname for its cutting-edge, covert tool: “Loki,” after the “mythological Norse shape-shifting god.”

#arctique #canada

August 13 2013

Kirkenes, Norvège. En attendant les cargos chinois

Kirkenes, #Norvège. En attendant les cargos chinois
http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/visuel/2013/08/05/en-islande-l-argent-chinois-transforme-le-grand-nord_3457506_3244.html

Il est 2h30 du matin à Kirkenes, sur le bord de la mer de Barents. L’heure où les quatre pubs et boîtes de nuit jettent leurs derniers clients dehors. Kirkenes, 3500habitants, enfoncé à 500km au nord du cercle polaire arctique. Storskog, le poste-frontière norvégien avec la Russie, est à moins de 15km. Le fjord est à l’image des terres de Laponie, aplani depuis l’ère glaciaire.

Bientôt, si la vision d’un armateur norvégien se réalise, émergeront du bout du fjord des cargos de classe polaire en provenance de Chine ou de Corée du Sud, avant la poursuite de leur route vers l’ouest. Le bourg aux rues presque toujours désertes deviendra l’un des nœuds de cette nouvelle voie maritime commerciale qui reliera l’Europe à l’Asie en passant par le nord de la Russie. La fonte de la banquise sera alors un avantage concurrentiel… En cette mi-juin, on a enregistré les plus hautes températures jamais constatées ici, jusqu’à près de 30°C dans la journée.

#arctique

August 07 2013

Finland-Norway : The road to the extreme north | Presseurop.eu :

Finland-Norway: The road to the extreme north | Presseurop.eu:

http://www.presseurop.eu/en/content/article/4034081-road-extreme-north

The northernmost border post in the EU, the village of Nuorgam is the crossing point for workers that commute between Finland and Norway. However, the region, which is in the heart of Lapland, has to some extent been forgotten by the rest of Finland.

http://www.presseurop.eu/files/images/article/Nuorgam-Finland.jpg

#norvège #finlande #arctique #sami

June 28 2013

Is Arctic Permafrost the Sleeping Giant of Climate Change ? Le jour où le permafrost va dégeler...

Is Arctic Permafrost the Sleeping Giant of Climate Change?

Le jour où le permafrost va dégeler...
http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Is_Arctic_Permafrost_the_Sleeping_Giant_of_Climate_Change_999.html

Flying low and slow above the pristine terrain of Alaska's North Slope research scientist Charles Miller of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory surveys the white expanse of tundra and permafrost below. On the horizon, a long, dark line appears. His plane draws nearer, and the mysterious object reveals itself to be a massive herd of migrating caribou, stretching for miles.

#climat #arctique #permafrost

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now

http://www.france24.com/en/20130626-gazprom-abandons-arctic-gas-project-now

Gazprom abandons arctic gas project for now
The Barents Sea is seen in 2004. Russia's energy giant Gazprom said it was giving up development of the Shtokman natural gas field under the arctic Barents Sea until new technology made the project viable.
The Barents Sea is seen in 2004. Russia's energy giant Gazprom said it was giving up development of the Shtokman natural gas field under the arctic Barents Sea until new technology made the project viable.

AFP - Russia's energy giant Gazprom said on Thursday it was giving up development of the Shtokman natural gas field under the arctic Barents Sea until new technology made the project viable.

#russie #gazprom #énergie #arctique #barents

May 25 2011

Fascination pour les pôles

La fonte des glaces de l'océan Arctique est le prélude à l'eldorado : sous les mers gelées, le pétrole et autres richesses modernes attendent d'être exploités. Réchauffement climatique et économie libérale, l'air est connu. On oublie souvent en revanche que lorsque change un paysage, c'est aussi un (...) / Écologie, Histoire, Géographie, Matières premières, Climat, Environnement, Arctique - 2010/12

May 13 2011

WikiLeaks s'invite au club arctique

Les diplomates de haut rang de huit pays arctiques — Canada, Danemark, Etats-Unis, Finlande, Islande, Norvège, Russie et Suède — s'étaient donné rendez-vous à Nuuk (Groenland), jeudi 12 mai, pour élaborer des règles communes concernant l'exploitation de la région. Car les changements climatiques en (...) / Canada, États-Unis (affaires extérieures), Russie, Norvège, Suède, Danemark, Finlande, Islande, Arctique - La valise diplomatique

November 07 2010

Nouvelle géopolitique du monde arctique

La Norvège et la Russie ont signé un accord en 2010 qui règle définitivement le différend frontalier en mer de Barents. Il durait depuis plus de quarante ans. / Canada, États-Unis, Russie, Géopolitique, Pétrole, Norvège, Danemark, Arctique - Relations (...) / Canada, États-Unis, Russie, Géopolitique, Pétrole, Norvège, Danemark, Arctique - Relations internationales
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