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Massive ‘space hurricane’ discovered swirling over the North Pole

Satellite data reveals a spectacular plasma storm swirled over the Arctic during the summer of 2014.
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China Pledges to Build 'Polar Silk Road' Over 2021-2025

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will construct a "Polar Silk Road" and actively participate in the development of Arctic and Antarctic regions, it said...
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Russia launches satellite to monitor climate in Arctic

Russia launched its space satellite Arktika-M on Sunday on a mission to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic amid a push by the Kremlin to expand the country's activities in the region.
Tags: Europe, News, Russia, Arctic, Kremlin


Tundra vegetation shows similar patterns along microclimates from Arctic to sub-Antarctic

Researchers are in the search for generalisable rules and patterns in nature. Biogeographer Julia Kemppinen together with her colleagues tested if plant functional traits show similar patterns along microclimatic gradients across far-apart regions from the high-Arctic Svalbard to the sub-Antarctic Marion Island. Kemppinen and her colleagues found surprisingly identical patterns.
Tags: Science, Arctic, Antarctic, Arctic Svalbard, Julia Kemppinen, Antarctic Marion Island Kemppinen


Russia launches satellite to monitor climate in Arctic

Russia launched its space satellite Arktika-M on Sunday on a mission to monitor the climate and environment in the Arctic amid a push by the Kremlin to expand the country's activities in the region.
Tags: Russia, Cnn, Arctic, Kremlin


'Enough is enough,' W&M members say of recent IRS missteps

IRS Washington, D.C., headquarters (Photo by Davide Boeke via Flickr CC) Taxpayers are not the only ones ticked off because they got failure to file notices from the Internal Revenue Service. "Enough is enough," two leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee has told IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig in a recent letter. W&M Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-New Jersey), chair of the tax-writing panel's Subcommittee on Oversight, took the agency to...
Tags: Texas, Taxes, Congress, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Arctic, Ira, Irs, Don, Lone Star State, Neal, Pascrell, House Ways and Means Committee, Rettig, Richard Neal, Bill Pascrell Jr


More bomber operations mean 'the chess pieces are moving,' US Air Force's top officer says

B-52 bombers in formation after missions over the Baltic Sea, October 23, 2019. US Air Force/SSgt. Trevor T. McBride The US Air Force's bomber fleet has been busy, flying frequent missions to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Those flights are to "make sure the chess pieces are moving on a regular basis," the Air Force chief of staff said. The Air Force has to be "thoughtful" about the messages it sends to adversaries, Gen. Charles Brown said. Visit the Business section of Insider for mor...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, Sweden, China, Russia, India, Defense, US, International, Trends, Joe Biden, Iran, Austin, Alaska, Middle East


Russian Gas Tanker Shows Arctic Is Navigable Year-Round Now

Every day, the Arctic slips further into an unstable state. The latest sign: A Russian icebreaker and liquid natural gas ship have traversed the Northern Sea Route in February for the first time due to exceptionally low and weak sea ice cover.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Arctic, Navigation, Arctic Ocean, Regions, Northern Sea Route, Sabetta, Sovcomflot, Kara Sea, Physical Geography, Hemispheres Of Earth, Extreme Points Of Earth, Nuclear Powered Icebreaker


A cricket ball lurking behind UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to [email protected] Please feel free to deliberately place the cricket thing in the unusual place yourself. Ged Ladd was watching UK Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, being interviewed by Sophy Ridge On Sunday. “Just to the north-east of the cabinet minister’s ear, I can clearly see a cricket ball,” he said. This is not perhaps the most unlikely location for a cricket ball as Hancock’s affection f...
Tags: UK, Sex, Arctic, Bangladesh, Parliament, Ben Stokes, Hancock, Glenn Maxwell, Regulars, Matt Hancock, Ged Ladd, Cricket bats in unusual places, Ed Giddins, Matt Horne


The Air Force just sent the first B-1B bomber to the 'boneyard'

A B-1B takes off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, October 11, 2017. US Air Force The Air Force has taken the first step in its plan to divest 17 B-1B bombers in the coming months, sending the first Lancer to the "boneyard." The divestments will reduce the active B-1 fleet to 45 aircraft, and the service plans to retire all of them by 2036. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The first B-1B Lancer bomber has headed to the Boneyard, Air Force Global Strike Command an...
Tags: Texas, Sweden, US, Trends, Middle East, Arizona, Arctic, Norway, Oklahoma, Air Force, US Air Force, Ray, IBS, Ellsworth, South China, Tinker Air Force Base


What So Many Of The Misleading Narratives About Texas Miss

This article is part of TPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. As the Texas blackouts stretch into their third day, misleading narratives about what went wrong have spread far and wide. One particularly pernicious one you may have heard is that wind and solar are to blame for the outages. But what so many of these assertions lack is a fundamental understanding of Texas’ electric power supply, and its mutual vulnerabilities with the state’s gas systems. We're facing an energy s...
Tags: Texas, News, Mexico, Arctic, Houston, Cafe, Gw, Rice University, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Environmental Engineering, John Light, ERCOT, Daniel Cohan, Electric Reliability Council of Texas ERCOT, Texas Miss


RWE Warns of Profit Hit as Texas Winter Storm Disrupts Wind Farms

By Christoph SteitzFRANKFURT (Reuters) - RWE, Germany's largest power producer, on Thursday warned that Arctic temperatures hitting the U.S. state...
Tags: Texas, Germany, Arctic, Reuters, Christoph, RWE Warns of Profit Hit


Texas snowstorms are due to rapid heating of the Arctic, say scientists

Winter Storm Uri brought snow and freezing temperatures to Texas this week, causing multiple deaths and damage to infrastructure.Climate scientists have spent years exploring the relationship between extreme winter weather and warming temperatures in the Arctic Circle.Some studies suggest that the warming Arctic disrupts a natural phenomenon known as the polar vortex, which normally contains cold air in the north. Winter Storm Uri battered the southern U.S. this week with frigid temperatures an...
Tags: Weather, Texas, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Global Warming, Nasa, Earth, Innovation, Arctic, Noaa, Un, Arctic Circle, Uri


Republican leaders in Texas face growing backlash as power crisis deepens

Residents struggle with lack of power, food and water following deadly storm while state’s leaders try to deflect responsibilityAs Texas struggled on Thursday with a disastrous lack of power, food and water following the deadly storm that brought Arctic temperatures to the southern US, the state’s Republican leadership stood battered by a growing outcry over mismanagement of the power grid and a painfully slow emergency response. Related: Texas storm: political tensions boil over as vast power...
Tags: Texas, Republicans, US, World news, US news, US politics, Arctic, US weather


Sen. Ted Cruz jets to Cancun as Texas shivers in the dark: report

Cruz and other Texas Republicans under fierce attack for failing to prepare for the catastrophic winter storm and Arctic blast that has...
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The bogus blame game on Texas weather

The winter storms and Arctic deep freeze that have blanketed the West, Midwest and South are still threatening lives and spreading misery, particularly in Texas.
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Opinion: The blame game on Texas weather

The winter storms and Arctic deep freeze that have blanketed the West, Midwest and South are still threatening lives and spreading misery, particularly in Texas.
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Opinion: The bogus blame game on Texas weather

The winter storms and Arctic deep freeze that have blanketed the West, Midwest and South are still threatening lives and spreading misery, particularly in Texas.
Tags: Texas, News, Arctic, Stories, West Midwest


Opinion: The phony blame game on Texas weather

The winter storms and Arctic deep freeze that have blanketed the West, Midwest and South are still threatening lives and spreading misery, particularly in Texas.
Tags: Texas, News, Arctic, Stories, West Midwest


Texas blackouts explained: Arctic weather shut down power plants as demand for heat surged, and the state's grid is on its own

Pike Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm on February 16, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather and power outages to Texas as storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images Millions of Texans are without heat and power Wednesday as Arctic weather pummels the state.  The cold weather caused energy sources including natural gas plants to go offline, just as demand for ele...
Tags: Energy, Weather, Texas, News, Climate Change, California, US, Trends, Austin, Iowa, Arctic, Blackouts, Miller, Abbott, Greg Abbott, Reuters


Million-year-old mammoth genomes set record for ancient DNA

DNA from teeth found in Siberia permafrost the oldest yet sequenced, pushing science into ‘deep time’ Teeth from mammoths buried in the Siberian permafrost for more than a million years have led to the world’s oldest known DNA being sequenced, according to a study that shines a genetic searchlight on the deep past.Researchers said the three teeth specimens, one roughly 800,000 years old and two more than a million years old, provided important insights into the giant ice age mammals, including i...
Tags: Science, Sweden, Biology, Climate Change, Russia, World news, Genetics, Arctic, Evolution, Siberia, Palaeontology, Research publishing


Earth's 'air conditioner' is trapped in a polar heat spike

Dramatic changes are unfolding right now in the Arctic and the fallout is being felt well beyond the reaches of the north pole.
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Texas winter storms brought such unusual cold that it confused the weather satellites

An image generated by the GOES-East weather satellite on February 16, 2021. The purple area is meant to show cloud cover, as on the left of the image, but instead shows the unusually frigid ground. College of DuPage/Insider The cold snap in Texas is so severe that it tricked a weather satellite into malfunctioning..  The GOES-East satellite mistook the ground in Texas for clouds because it was so cold. The glitch is a reminder of the extremity of the weather in the South, which has led to ...
Tags: Weather, Texas, Science, Cold, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Canada, South Dakota, News UK, Arctic, Satellite Images, South, Sioux Falls, Rochester New York


The Latest: Disrupted Polar Vortex to Blame for Low Temps

Meteorologists blame the historic chilly weather on a large disruption of the polar vortex with Arctic weather that’s normally kept penned near the North Pole.
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CBO letter signals that Bernie Sanders' minimum wage bill may be able to pass via reconciliation

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks during an event to introduce the Raise The Wage Act in the Rayburn Room at the Capitol January 16, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Bernie Sanders got a CBO letter comparing the Raise the Wage Act to prior reconciliation legislation. Sanders wants the bill, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2025, to pass via reconciliation. The budget scorekeeper found it would impact more budget functions, meaning reconciliation ...
Tags: Senate, Germany, Trends, Washington Dc, Arctic, Mitch McConnell, Biden, Bernie Sanders, Sanders, Economic Policy Institute, Sen Bernie Sanders I VT, Congressional Budget Office CBO, CBO, McConnell, UK US, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Officials: 2 dead in Texas as subfreezing cold sweeps US

By PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sprawling blast of winter weather across the U.S. is likely to blame for the deaths of two people in Texas, where an unusually snowy emergency Monday knocked out power for more than four million people, shut down grocery stores and air travel and closed schools ahead of frigid days still to come. As nightfall threatened to plummet temperatures again into single digits, officials warned that homes still without power would likely not have ...
Tags: Health, Business, Texas, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Kentucky, US, Sport, Joe Biden, Austin, Soccer, Arkansas, Arctic, Moscow, Kansas


‘Things will likely get worse’: Cold disrupts power in Texas

By PAUL J. WEBER and JAKE BLEIBERG AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sprawling blast of winter weather across the U.S. plunged Texas into an unusually snowy emergency Monday that knocked out power for more than 2 million people, shut down grocery stores and air travel and closed schools ahead of frigid days still to come. As nightfall threatened to plummet temperatures again into single digits, officials warned that homes still without power would likely not have heat until at least Tuesday, as frustration...
Tags: Health, Business, Texas, News, Minnesota, Minneapolis, Kentucky, Sport, Joe Biden, Austin, Soccer, Arkansas, Arctic, Moscow, Kansas, Dallas


Shrubs and soils: A hot topic in the cool tundra

As the climate warms in the Arctic, shrubs expand towards higher latitudes and altitudes. Researchers investigated the impacts of dwarf shrubs on tundra soils in the sub-Arctic Fennoscandia.
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Climate research: rapid formation of iodic particles over the Arctic

When sea ice melts and the water surface increases, more iodine-containing vapours rise from the sea. Scientists from the international research network CLOUD have now discovered that aerosol particles form rapidly from iodine vapours, which can serve as condensation nuclei for cloud formation. The CLOUD researchers, among them scientists from the Goethe University Frankfurt, fear a mutual intensification of sea ice melt and cloud formation, which could accelerate the warming of the Arctic and A...
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The Siberian Tundra Is Doing That Exploding Thing Again

The Siberian tundra is still out here exploding. A new study from the Woodwell Climate Research Center has identified three new craters in the region’s increasingly volatile permafrost, and the climate crisis is to blame.Read more...
Tags: Science, Environment, Arctic, Methane, Geography, Earth Sciences, Geomorphology, Yamal Peninsula, Tundra, Permafrost, Cryosphere, Woodwell Climate Research Center, Physical Geography, Gyda Peninsula, Pedology