Whales wield thermometers for climate science

Faced with treacherous conditions and staggering price tags, scientists called in new recruits to measure ocean temperatures in the warming Arctic. It’s no coincidence that these recruits are native to the region, nor that they are natural divers.

Of course, the fact that they’re whales is pretty unique. … Continue Reading


Coast Guard admiral wants more resources in Arctic

Healy in the Arctic

Researchers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy doing research in the Arctic this summer (credit: NASA)

The Coast Guard pointman for the High North, Rear Admiral Christopher C. Colvin, wants more equipment, research and preparation for the increasingly traveled Arctic, according to this Associated Press story in the Washington Post today.

Outlining the growing transit of international ships and visitors through the rapidly warming region, the story clearly illustrates how climate change is making operations more complicated and unpredictable for the U.S. military.

According to the story, “CG admiral asks for Arctic resources” : … Continue Reading