Big Melt

North Pole Rises Above Freezing




Istimages/Shutterstock.com

March 20 is normally close to the coldest season at the North Pole, but an extraordinary thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this year. 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, reports the U.S. Global Forecast System model.

Such extreme warm intrusions in the Arctic, once rare, are becoming routine, research has shown. A study published in Geophysical Research Letters in July 2017 found that since 1980, these events are becoming more frequent, longer-lasting and more intense. Study author Robert Graham, from the Norwegian Polar Institute, says, “Previously, this was not common. It happened in four years between 1980 and 2010, but has now occurred in four out of the last five winters.” The events are related to the decline of winter sea ice in the Arctic, with last January’s the lowest on record.


This article appears in the August 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Climate Consensus

Scientists are warning that if humans don’t reduce greenhouse gas emissions drastically and maintain natural carbon sinks like forests within 10 years, the impact on Earth’s climate will be catastrophic.

Sinking City

By factoring in the settling of artificial landfill as water aquifers empty, scientists now estimate that 166 square miles of land around the bay is in jeopardy of being underwater by 2100.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »This Month

Boston Retains Top Spot on 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

The 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, which ranks cities on more than 50 metrics, has again ranked Boston first, earning 77.5 out of a possible 100 points.

Energetic Vibes

Feeling Young and Strong at Any Age
Beyond appearances and feel-good body sensations, we can learn to listen to our whole-body intelligence. We can use our body in an integrated way which means that each body part works in harmony with the others.

How to Treat Symptoms of ADD/ADHD via Self-Discovery

Those with ADD/ADHD should work to embrace their unique way of thinking and can gain insight into themselves by employing alternative treatment modalities.

Anxiety and Neurofeedback

Neurofeedback can be used to treat anxiety by targeting neural pathways and encouraging better, more efficient functioning.

Recapture Spirit at Hartford’s Spirit Festival

Event Spotlight
Spirit Festival, a three-day yoga, music, dance and healing event, will be held September 13 through 15 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the Riverfront Recapture’s breathtaking system of parks on the banks of the Connecticut River.

Reprogram the Mind for Success

Join the Empowerment Partnership for an Integrative Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Certification training from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., October 17 to 20.