Archive for the ‘Arctic’ Category

Bee country up north

So even though I recently read the book Our Native Bees by Paige Embry, I must admit, I don’t remember reading about the Arctic Bumblebee. So imagine my surprise to come across this article entitled “6 Scientists, 1,000 Miles, 1 Prize: The Arctic Bumblebee” by James Gorman over at the New York Times. Who knew?!

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Polar darkness

So this was an article that I came upon a couple of months ago is one that I found just really fascinating. The quotes included come from a wide range of people all around the Arctic Circle region.

One individual who they quoted had the same last name as my mom’s family, which I was very surprised to see. Her name is Gunda Hackbarth. Hackbarth is in fact a very German name.

Anyway, the article is entitled “Snapshots From a Land of Endless Nights” by Josephine Sedgwick at the New York Times. The pictures are also incredible. It’s really just a great read.

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The far north

It’s one thing to head north to Minnesota but it’s another thing to talk about the far north. To read this article in the New York Times was heart breaking. The article is entitled “Polar Bears’ Path to Decline Runs Through Alaskan Village .

To me, the polar bear is one of the most majestic animals around and hopefully we figure out what to do to help them and all of the animals on this planet, including the humans. Let’s hope it happens soon!

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North and south, south and north

For the first time, scientist have witnessed polar bears eating white-nosed dolphins. With less ice up in the arctic region, dolphins are migrating farther north while seals (the main source of polar bears diet) are moving farther south. The result, polar bears are hunting dolphins.

You can read all about it in the article “Global warming causes polar bears to eat dolphins” by at GrindTV. There is also a link to a study in Polar Research Journal by the Norwegian Polar Institute. Climate change.

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The question is, what’s behind the winds?

Okay, today’s word(s) of the day are “polar vortex”. It’s the terminology that all of our local weather stations are using to describe what caused this sudden dip in temperatures. So being the good research librarian that I am (and since I’m off today), I did a little digging around. First I re-read a  couple of recent articles I posted last month in “The arctic ice stirs the world“.

Then I did some more digging and came upon this article entitled “Melting Arctic Ice May Lead to Severe Weather Changes” at SciTechDaily. It goes into great detail how the weakening polar vortex up in the arctic affects the jet stream which then allows the colder air to dip so far south.

Brrrrrrrr!

 

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The arctic ice stirs the world

So if these two articles are any indication, apparently the arctic is what runs the earths thermometer.  This first article I came across was originally published at the Sun-Sentinel via my local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and is entitled “Arctic Ice May Help Alter Hurricane Paths” by Ken Kaye.

The other article I read today over at Yahoo! is via LiveScience and is entitled “Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Means Scorching US Summers” by Becky Oskin. I have to say though, it’s a little hard to imagine those types of weather when there’s snow on the ground.

Snowy days!

 

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Talking to the whales

So if the article “Arctic Sea Ice Melt Disrupts Weather Pattern” by Beck Oskin at LiveScience is true, then maybe we should be listening to the whales.

According to Douglass Main’s article “Enchanting Whale Songs, Stories of a Changing Arctic”, also over at LiveScience, maybe that’s what we should be doing. Apparently they have a lot to tell.

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