arctic sea ice

North Pacific Council Votes to Close Arctic to Commercial Fishing

Article: North Pacific Council Votes to Close Arctic to Commercial Fishing

SEATTLE, Washington, February 6, 2009 (ENS) – The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted unanimously Thursday to prohibit all commercial fishing activity in U.S. waters north of the Bering Strait and east to the Canadian border. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, this precautionary approach would close roughly 150,000 square nautical mile Arctic Management…

2008 Among 10 Warmest Years on Record, UN Reports

Article: 2008 Among 10 Warmest Years on Record, UN Reports

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – The year 2008 is likely to rank as the tenth warmest year on record since the beginning of the instrumental climate records in 1850, although the global average temperature was slightly lower than previous years of the 21st century, according to the United Nations meteorological agency. The combined…

U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

Article: U.S. and Canada Collaborate on Arctic Sea Bed Mapping

WASHINGTON, DC, September 3, 2008 (ENS) – A joint Canada-U.S. scientific expedition this fall will map the unexplored Arctic sea floor where the U.S. and Canada may have sovereign rights over oil and gas resources and control over activities such as sea bed mining. The expedition will be collaboratively undertaken by the U.S. and Canada…

Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Verges on New Record Low

Article: Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Verges on New Record Low

BOULDER, Colorado, August 28, 2008 (ENS) – Evidence that Earth’s climate continues to heat up comes this week in the form of satellite data that shows the extent of Arctic sea ice this year has shrunk below the 2005 minimum to stand as the second-smallest since observations from space began 30 years ago. Last summer,…

U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

Article: U.S. Lists Polar Bear as Threatened But Balks at New Protection

By J.R. Pegg WASHINGTON, DC, May 14, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration reluctantly declared the polar bear a threatened species today, concluding that the loss of Arctic sea ice has put the future of the iconic species in peril. But the administration also took steps to ensure the decision will not require new efforts…

Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

Article: Black Carbon Pollution a Major Factor in Global Warming

SAN DIEGO, California, March 23, 2008 (ENS) – Black carbon, particulate matter in the air produced by diesel exhaust, biomass burning, and cooking with solid fuels, has a warming effect in the atmosphere three to four times greater than existing estimates, according to scientists in an upcoming review article in the journal “Nature Geoscience.” Atmospheric…

Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

Article: Groups Press Legal Action on Behalf of Polar Bears

SAN FRANCISCO, California, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit against the Bush administration on Monday for missing the legal deadline to issue a final decision on whether or not to list the polar bear under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace and the Natural Resources Defense…

U.S. Transport Systems Vulnerable to Climate Change

Article: U.S. Transport Systems Vulnerable to Climate Change

WASHINGTON, DC, March 11, 2008 (ENS) – Every mode of transportation in the United States will be affected as the climate warms, with the greatest impact expected to be flooding of roads, railways, transit systems, and airport runways in coastal areas because of rising sea levels and surges brought on by more intense storms, says…

Federal Government Petitioned to Protect Pacific Walrus

Article: Federal Government Petitioned to Protect Pacific Walrus

SAN FRANCISCO, California, February 7, 2008 (ENS) – The Pacific walrus is threatened by global warming and oil development throughout its range and needs the shelter of the federal Endangered Species Act, the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity warned today, filing a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the walrus for…

Groups Seeking Polar Bear Listing to Sue Bush Administration

Article: Groups Seeking Polar Bear Listing to Sue Bush Administration

WASHINGTON, DC, January 7, 2008 (ENS) – Three environmental groups today said they will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to make a decision about whether or not to place the polar bear on the federal Endangered Species List by this coming Wednesday. To survive, polar bears must contend with shrinking sea…

Ribbon Seal of the Bering Sea Losing Icy Habitat

Article: Ribbon Seal of the Bering Sea Losing Icy Habitat

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 26, 2007 (ENS) – The rare ribbon seal may be one of the first species to lose its habitat to global warming, says the Center for Biological Diversity. The ribbon seal is dependent on Arctic sea ice for survival – but that sea ice is shrinking fast. The group has filed…