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Thousands of walrus appear on Alaska’s northwest coast as Arctic sea ice melts

Posted by waterweek on 17 October 2007

Thousands of walrus have appeared on Alaska’s northwest coast in what conservation­ists were calling a dramatic conse­quence of global warming melting the Arctic sea ice, reported The Advertiser: (8/10/2007, p. 29) from Anchorage, Alaska.

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Posted in Arctic, Climate, Emissions, Water Week Vol 0415 | Leave a Comment »

Arctic sea ice 39 per cent below long-term average from 1979 to 2000 as record tumbles

Posted by waterweek on 9 October 2007

According to Will Dunham in Washington, Arctic sea ice hit a record low this summer, reported The Courier Mail (3/10/2007, p. 36).

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Posted in Arctic, Sea Level Rise, Water Week Vol 0414 | Leave a Comment »

A doomsday vault, or Noah’s Ark of the plant kingdom: Norway deep-freeze protects crop seeds against future disaster

Posted by waterweek on 3 October 2007

In a cavern under a remote Arctic mountain, Norway would soon begin squirrelling away the world’s crop seeds in case of a man-made or natural disaster, wrote John Acher in The Advertiser (28/9/2007, p.19).

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Posted in agriculture, Arctic, New ideas, Storage, Water Week Vol 0413 | Leave a Comment »

Arctic ice cap collapses; area twice as big as Britain gone in one week alone: north­west passage fully navigable

Posted by waterweek on 18 September 2007

The Arctic ice cap has collapsed at an unprecedented rate this north­ern summer and levels of sea ice in the region now stand at a record low, scientists said yesterday. Experts said they were “stunned” by the loss of ice, with an area almost twice as big as Britain disappearing in the last week alone. So much ice has melted this northern summer that the north­west passage across the top of Canada is fully navigable, and observers say the north-east pass­age along Russia’s Arctic coast could open later this month, reported The Canberra Times, (6/9/2007, p.15).

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Posted in Arctic, Climate, Sea Level Rise, Water Week Vol 0411 | Leave a Comment »