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Arctic river turns blood red in new images of Russia’s 20,000-ton fuel spill

Arctic river turns blood red in new images of Russia’s 20,000-ton...

ESA's Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites monitor Earth. The mission caught sight of the diesel fuel spill near Norilsk in Sibera in early June. Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA A diesel fuel spill in the Arctic Circle is so massive a satellite was able to see it turn wide swaths of a river…
Largest Arctic ozone hole on record closes itself up

Largest Arctic ozone hole on record closes itself up

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Data from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite revealed a mini ozone hole over the Arctic in 2020. Iincludes modified Copernicus data (2020), processed by DLR/BIRA/ESA Something strange happened over the Arctic this year when a hole developed in the ozone layer. The European Commission's Copernicus satellite program tracked the unusual occurrence, and now has evidence that…
Why Exists A Lot Oil in the Arctic?

Why Exists A Lot Oil in the Arctic?

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In 2007, two Russian submarines plunged down 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) into the Arctic Ocean and planted a national flag onto a piece of continental shelf known as the Lomonosov Ridge. Rising from the center of the Arctic Basin, the flag sent a clear message to the surrounding nations: Russia had just laid claim to…
The Arctic is on fire, and these images from area reveal the choking smoke

The Arctic is on fire, and these images from area reveal...

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Satellite images from NASA and the European Space Agency paint a sobering picture of wildfires burning across Siberia.  Fires are typical for this time of year there, but this summer is proving particularly severe. More than 2.7 million hectares (6,671,845 acres) of remote forest is currently burning across six Siberian…
A lot of the Arctic Is on Fire, You Can See It From Area

A lot of the Arctic Is on Fire, You Can See...

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Wildfires are burning in 11 regions across the Russian Arctic. Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS data from NASA EOSDIS/LANCE and GIBS/Worldview, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Wildfires burning large swaths of Russia are generating so much smoke, they're visible from space, new images from NASA's Earth Observatory reveal. Since…
Arctic Permafrost Is Going Through a Fast Crisis– 70 Years Early

Arctic Permafrost Is Going Through a Fast Crisis– 70 Years Early

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Melting permafrost on the Jamal region of Russia. New research suggests that permafrost in the Canadian Arctic is melting rapidly, and large swaths of permafrost worldwide are vulnerable to this accelerated thawing Credit: Georgy Golovin/Getty In the Canadian Arctic, layers of permafrost that scientists expected to remain frozen for at least 70 years have already…
In Photos: A Conveyor Belt for Arctic Sea Ice

In Photos: A Conveyor Belt for Arctic Sea Ice

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Eye on the ice Credit: ESA/DriftNoise – Satellite Services New ice forms in the Laptev Sea along the coast of Russia. New research finds that new sea ice, as seen in gray in this image, now usually melts near the coast instead of traveling through the open Arctic Ocean. This change, caused by rapid warming…
Judge states Trump can’t re-open Arctic waters that Obama near drilling

Judge states Trump can’t re-open Arctic waters that Obama near drilling

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Enlarge / United States, Alaska, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Kaktovik, frozen lagoon and sea, pack ice formation. Getty Images On Friday, a federal judge ruled that President Trump could not re-authorize drilling in Arctic waters after President Obama removed those waters from drilling in 2016. If the Alaskan judge's ruling withstands appeal, it would mean…
Tiny Dino-Era ‘Night Mouse’ Found Above Polar Circle

Tiny Dino-Era ‘Night Mouse’ Found Above Polar Circle

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A tiny marsupial relative that lived in the twilight of the dinosaurs, as well as in literal twilight for much of the year, has been discovered in the Arctic. The mouse-sized creature lived 69 million years ago on the northernmost landmass of its day, at the equivalent latitude of the northern islands of the Svalbard…
Threatened Polar Bears Are Intimidating An Arctic Town

Threatened Polar Bears Are Intimidating An Arctic Town

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