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PostPosted: February 27 18, 8:51 am 
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The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.

Temperatures may have soared as high as 35 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) at the pole, according to the U.S. Global Forecast System model. While there are no direct measurements of temperature there, Zack Labe, a climate scientist working on his PhD at the University of California at Irvine, confirmed that several independent analyses showed “it was very close to freezing,” which is more than 50 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) above normal.
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Scientists were shocked in recent days to discover open water north of Greenland, an area normally covered by old, very thick ice. “This has me more worried than the warm temps in the Arctic right now,” tweeted Mike MacFerrin, an ice sheet specialist at the University of Colorado.


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I really wish climate science was easier to explain. News like the article cited above are why schmoes often utter, "What global warming? It's snowing in Rome!!"

The heat at the pole is moving the colder air south, and that's why we're seeing unexpected snow throughout parts of Europe.

Major newspapers (what's a newspaper?) are written at a 6th grade level for a reason, so for as complex as this topic is, I wish they would keep things are simple as possible.

The bottom line is this: It's not supposed to be this warm at the North Pole right now. The fact that it already is does not bode well for the remaining ice up there this summer.


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PostPosted: March 22 18, 12:12 pm 
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FEMA is buying homes in this Alaskan town because climate change
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VICE News Tonight visited Newtok in October 2017. In just four days, a winter storm tore away 10 feet of the community’s shoreline, bringing the water just a few feet from the nearest home. In Alaska’s coastal villages, erosion of that scale isn’t supposed to happen, but the arctic is warming faster than any other part of the planet.

Much warmer winters mean soils don’t freeze, and easily crumble into the sea. Romy Cadiente, Newtok’s relocation coordinator, said the problem keeps getting worse: “This winter, the water didn’t freeze until the end of January and damage to the shoreline was crazy.”

A full relocation isn’t cheap. Newtok’s move will cost an estimated $130 million, and so far it’s fallen far short of raising enough money. According to Cadiente, these new grants came at the right time: “This actually saved people”, he said to VICE News.


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