Permafrost may release largest Mercury source on Earth

There are 32 million gallons worth of mercury, or the equivalent of 50 Olympic swimming pools, trapped in the permafrost. For context, that’s “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and oceans combined. And it could be released.   Ambarchik: Research on permafrost at the Siberian arctic coast…

How Greenland’s Melt Raises Seas. What will be left?

This video provides an outline on the accelerated ice loose from Greenland, explains the mechanism causing the melt, and features the new stunning visualization of Greenland without ice. Teaser image Konrad Steffen’s full talk How Greenland Would Look Without Its Ice Sheet, British Arctic Survey Little Algae creates Huge Melt Feedback on…

Arctic Sea Ice and Permafrost Status Report 2017

The Arctic is warming faster than anywhere else on Earth, affecting people in the region, fish and wildlife they depend on for food, and their environment. This unprecedented change has ramifications far beyond the region for the global economy, weather, climate, sea level, trade and security.  Highlights the report at

NASA’s Mission to Explore Greenland’s Ice Melt (Raw)

The Oceans Melting Greenland mission seeks to understand how ocean water is contributing to ice loss in Greenland. In October 2017, mission scientists and crew dropped 240 ocean probes from a C-130 aircraft into the waters around Greenland to measure ocean temperature. Footage includes interior and exterior shots of the aircraft with crew and scientists…

Experts: Permafrost + Gas Hydrates in Arctic, Greenland SLR, Security

In this panel, Vladimir Romanovsky (University of Alaska Fairbanks), talks about thawing permafrost. Anders Levermann (PIK) 12:30 ,talks about Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise, David Titley (Ret. U.S. Navy Admiral, now Pennsylvania State University) 23:38 , talks about security, with a subsequent panel discussion 33:34 . Video via Earth Institute

Arctic Sea Ice Extent 2nd lowest on Record for the Date

Another “warm” and slow freeze season in the #Arctic. Sea ice extent is the 2nd lowest on record for the date (2016 – lowest) & 1.9 million km^2 below the 1980s average… Arctic Sea Ice Extent/Concentration Sound effects by