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Arctic sea ice decline may have triggered recent snowy winters

A new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology provides further evidence of a relationship between melting ice in the Arctic regions and...

Polar bear headed for extinction, says University of Alberta scientist

Unless the pace of global warming is abated, polar bears could disappear within 100 years, says a University of Alberta expert in Arctic ecosystems. While it has been known for some time that the polar bear is in trouble, new research shows that Arctic ice--the polar bear's primary habitat--is melting much faster than scientists had believed, says U of A biologist Dr. Andrew Derocher. "The climate predictions coming out are showing massive changes in sea-ice distribution," said Derocher, who follows polar bears to see how they adapt to changing conditions. If the predictions are correct, he says, "we'll certainly lose polar bears in a lot of areas where we currently have them." Ice conditions in the Beaufort Sea, for example, are already changing dramatically.

Time to adjust the compass?

Working high in the Canadian Arctic, researchers from the University of Rochester say they've found that several aspects of the powerhouse that drives the Earth's magnetic field may be related. That's new in itself. But the team also thinks it may indicate our planet's about ready for a pole reversal, in which all compasses will begin pointing south.

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