'Unprecedented' Jet Stream Pushing Warm Air Into Arctic

For the second consecutive year, the northern reaches of the planet are experiencing unprecedented waves of warm air.

And climate researchers say they've never seen anything like it.

Unprecedented warm weather

To try and understand what is going on, VOA spoke with Mark Serreze, the director of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) based in Denver, Colorado.

The center does all kinds of things, from helping the Navy spot and avoid sea ice, to monitoring the temperatures, weather systems and extent of the sea ice covering the Arctic and Antarctic throughout the year.

Climate Change Could Open Up Another Arctic Shipping Route

By Kate Wheeling

Russian researchers find that, by the end of the century, the Northern Sea Route, which hugs the Russian coast opposite the Northwest Passage, could be navigable for more than half the year.

The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on Earth. As Arctic ice levels dwindle through hotter summers and milder winters, the region has opened up to the shipping and energy industries. A new study finds that one shipping route—the Northern Sea Route—could be navigable for more than half the year by the end of the century.

Increased activity in warming Arctic piques interest of Lower 48 National Guard leaders

By Yereth Rosen  
National Guard officials from more than a fourth of the states say they're so interested in the future of the Arctic that they want to be part of an Alaska-led effort for training, supplies and operations.

The Arctic –Territory of Dialogue business program includes 40 events

The business program of the fourth international forum The Arctic — Territory of Dialogue, to be held in Arkhangelsk on March 29-30, 2017, has been released, according to the Roscongress Foundation.

The program of the forum, whose theme is ‘Man in the Arctic,' features over 40 events, including 32 themed sessions and discussions, two plenary meetings and an expanded meeting of the State Commission on Arctic Development.

The forum will open with a plenary session, ‘The Arctic — Territory of Life,' devoted to constructive cooperation between Arctic nations. The plenary session, ‘Man in the Arctic,' to be held on March 30 will be attended by President Vladimir Putin and highlight Russia's priorities in implementing Arctic projects.

The themed section, ‘Human Capital,' will include discussions on projects to provide the region with human resources, developing comprehensive healthcare and using cutting-edge medical technologies in the Arctic, as well as developing its tourism potential.

‘Beyond the extreme’: Scientists marvel at ‘increasingly non-natural’ Arctic warmth

By Jason Samenow, The Washington Post

The Arctic is so warm and has been this warm for so long that scientists are struggling to explain it and are in disbelief. The climate of the Arctic is known to oscillate wildly, but scientists say this warmth is so extreme that humans surely have their hands in it and may well be changing how it operates.

Temperatures are far warmer than ever observed in modern records, and sea ice extent keeps setting record lows.

2016 was the warmest year on record in the Arctic, and 2017 has picked up right where it left off. “Arctic extreme (relative) warmth continues,” Ryan Maue, a meteorologist with WeatherBell Analytics, tweeted on Wednesday, referring to January’s temperatures.

Veteran Arctic climate scientists are stunned.

Taking the Measure of Internet Access Around the Arctic

By John Thompson

The availability of high-speed internet access varies greatly around the circumpolar region. The Arctic Economic Council is urging governments to take steps to encourage greater broadband connectivity for northern residents.

TARA SWEENEY, THE chair of the Arctic Economic Council, once met a man from the Faroe Islands who earned a living designing maps for flight simulators from his home. The encounter made a lasting impression: if someone living on a remote island in the North Atlantic halfway between Norway and Iceland is able to eke out a living in the high-tech economy, why couldn’t others do the same in Arctic communities?