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3 April 2014
Last chance to see disappearing glaciers in the 'Mountains of the Moon'
"Much has been written about their snow-capped peaks, but a recent expedition has found that the glaciers that have for centuries captured imaginations will soon be history." (

2 April 2014
Polar ice shelves could fall like dominoes
"German climatologists have shown that when an ice shelf collapses, its demise can trigger a chain reaction leading to the collapse of neighboring shelves." (Discover Magazine)

1 April 2014
Study says melting permafrost emitting more carbon than tundra can offset
"Our estimates of temperature changes as a result of human input from fossil fuels isn't yet accounting for these additional carbon inputs that we may see from permafrost thaw." (Alaska Public Media)

27 March 2014
Climate change shifts the Earth in Alaska
"It's warming up. . . . even the deepest permafrost is several degrees warmer than it was 30 years ago." (

27 March 2014
Satellite time-lapse movie shoes U.S. East Coast snowy weather
"This new animation of NOAA's GOES-East satellite imagery shows the movement of winter storms from January 1 to March 24 making for a snowier-than-normal winter along the U.S. East coast and Midwest." (NASA)

27 March 2014
Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast, study says
"We found that in years when the sea ice extent departed strongly from the trend, such as in 2012 and 2013, predictions failed regardless of the method used to forecast the September sea ice extent." (National Snow and Ice Data Center)

26 March 2014
New study shows major increase in West Antarctic glacial loss
"Six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are moving faster than they did 40 years ago, causing more ice to discharge into the ocean and global sea level to rise." (American Geophysical Union)

24 March 2014
Researchers reveal the dynamics behind Arctic ecosystems
"The climate—combined with the body size of the herbivores—is crucial for how the tundra's ecosystem works" (Aarhus University, Denmark)

18 March 2014
Geographers create 'easy button' to calculate river flows from space
"The new approach relies exclusively on the measurements of a river's width over time, which can be obtained from freely available satellite imagery." (Phys.Org)

17 March 2014
Antarctic moss lives after 1,500 years under ice
"The findings in mosses have special relevance for Antarctic ecosystems and climate because mosses are primary producers on land in both northern and southern polar regions." (Phys.Org)

17 March 2014
Better prediction of glacial response to global climate change
"From understanding past glacial changes, we can understand how glaciers may change in the future." (Phys.Org)

16 March 2014
Glaciers in western Canada still receding despite cold, snow
"We haven't seen glaciers in the Rocky Mountains or the interior of British Columbia as small in several thousand years." (Calgary Herald, Canada)

16 March 2014
In topsy-turvy "polar vortex" winter, ice sparse in Arctic, abundant in Great Lakes
"The lack of ice—and lack of snow cover in much of Alaska—was part of the topsy-turvy winter afflicting all of North America." (Alaska Dispatch)

16 March 2014
Vanishing ice warning for "Africa's Alps"
"Experts warn the ice is melting at "disturbing" rates, and that within two decades Africa's equatorial peaks will be bare rock, impacting agriculture and tourism." (Agence France Press)

16 March 2014
Greenland Ice Sheet loses its last grip
"Once thought immune to global warming's effects, melting in northeast Greenland could significantly boost Greenland's contribution sea level rise." (

2014 :: archive

The following items link to media coverage of NSIDC in various news outlets, online magazines, editorial pieces, and blogs. The content of these articles and blog posts does not necessarily reflect the views of NSIDC, our collaborators, or our funding agencies.


Ghiacci artici al quinto livello "più basso" dal 1978 (Switzerland), 4 April 2014

Who owns the North Pole? Debate heats up as climate change transforms Arctic, 4 April 2014

A Slushy Vortex (plowable pile early - travel improves this afternoon), 4 April 2014

Arctic sea ice tops out a fifth lowest on record
Discovery News, 3 April 2014

Arctic sea ice cover was fifth-smallest on record this year, 3 April 2014

Arctic's winter ice peaks at fifth-smallest extent on record, 3 April 2014

Arctic sea ice peak falls to fifth lowest level on record, 3 April 2014

Arctic sea ice continues "death spiral", 4 April 2014

Arctic sea ice reaches season's maximum extent, 3 April 2014

Arctic melt season lengthening, NASA says, 3 April 2014

NSIDC reports multiyear Arctic sea ice growth, 3 April 2014

River ice reveals new twist on Arctic melt
Phys.Org, 2 April 2014

Arctic ice hits yearly max, but summer's melt uncertain, 2 April 2014

La temporada de deshielo en el Ártico aumenta cinco días por década, 2 April 2014

Arctic melting is lasting longer and affecting more ice: study, 2 April 2014

Noordpool smelt jaarlijks 15 dagen langer dan 30 jaar geleden (Belgium), 2 April 2014

Aumenta nell'Artico la stagione del disgelo (Italy), 2 April 2014

Arctic sea ice falls to fifth lowest level on record
The Guardian (United Kingdom), 2 April 2014

El deshielo en el Ártico se alarga cinco días cada década (Spain), 2 April 2014

Temporada de deshielo en el Ártico se alarga cinco días cada década (Cuba), 1 April 2014

Forecasts of Arctic's summer ice coverage not yet reliable: study
Nunatsiaq Online (Canada), 1 April 2014

Ghiacci Artici in rapida fusione, uno studio rivela i motivi (Italy), 1 April 2014

Videonoticia: La temporada de deshielo en el Ártico se alarga cinco días cada década, 1 April 2014

Do końca obecnego stulecia Arktyka może pozbyć się pokrywy lodowej (Poland), 1 April 2014

NSIDC, NASA say Arctic melt season lengthening, ocean rapidly warming, 1 April 2014

NASA study finds Arctic melt is now 15 days longer than 30 years ago
Environmental News Network, 1 April 2014

NASA researchers and National Snow and Ice Data Center reports melting season in Arctic lasting longer, 1 April 2014

A Nemzeti Hó és Jég Adatkőzpont aggasztó hírei (Hungary), 1 April 2014

Study says Arctic melt season lengthening, ocean rapidly warming
Phys.Org, 31 March 2014

Sea ice in Arctic melting for longer periods over last four decades, 31 March 2014

NSIDC, NASA say Arctic melt season lengthening, ocean rapidly warming, 31 March 2014

Study: forecasts for summer Arctic sea ice lack reliability
Alaska Public Radio, 31 March 2014
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Es verano ártico cada vez más largo (Mexico), 31 March 2014

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast, study says, 31 March 2014

NSIDC, NASA say Arctic melt season lengthening, ocean rapidly warming, 31 March 2014

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast, 30 March 2014

Food and water wars (United Kingdom), 30 March 2014

Thawing permafrost reveals undiscovered viruses, 30 March 2014

Global warming: top evidence that is is real, 29 March 2014

Norway agency wants to halt oil industry's march north, 28 March 2014

Pack artico: i ghiacci del Polo Nord hanno raggiunto il massimo stagionale (Italy), 28 March 2014

Boulder scientist's study shows holes in Arctic ice melt predictions, 27 March 2014
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Colorado Daily

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast
Phys.Org, 27 March 2014

Numbers unsettling
Leader-Telegram, 27 March 2014

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast, study says, 27 March 2014

Seasonal Arctic summer ice extent still hard to forecast, study says, 27 March 2014

Has the Arctic sea ice extent peaked for the year, 26 March 2014

It's been exactly 29 years since Earth had a colder-than-average month, 19 March 2014

Obama launches climate change database website to help communities cope
Indian Country Today, 19 March 2014

In topsy-turvy 'polar vortex' winter, ice sparse in Arctic, abundant in Great Lakes
Alaska Dispatch, 16 March 2014

Arctic at its warmest for 40,000 years, 10 March 2014

Arctic melt speeding up, 10 March 2014

February Arctic sea ice extent fourth lowest since 1979
Nunatsiaq News Online (Canada), 10 March 2014

New data confirm Arctic sea ice trends: Sea ice being lost at a rate of five days per decade
Science 2.0, 9 March 2014

Coraz więcej dni wolnych od lodu (Poland), 6 March 2014

Arctic sea ice extent decline continued in February, 6 March 2014

Confirman que la temporada de deshielo en el Océano Ártico dura cada vez más, 6 March 2014

Snowed in and iced over: North America and U.S. about as frozen as ever so late in winter
The Washington Post Capital Weather Gang, 5 March 2014

Climate change: Global warming causing Arctic melt season to increase by five days every decade
International Business Times, 5 March 2014

Arctic sea ice is being lost at a rate of five days every ten years, 5 March 2014

Our melting Arctic: Sea ice cover declining at five days per decade, 5 March 2014:
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Naukowcy: morski lód topnieje w zastraszającym tempie (Poland), 5 March 2014

Satellite data confirms growing Arctic melt season, 5 March 2014

Arctic sea ice season shortening by five days per decade, 4 March 2014

Avalanche dangers: How to prevent one, protect yourself from being buried alive, 3 March 2014

Correcting data on climate change
Las Vegas Sun, 2 March 2014

Central Minnesota observers help watch weather changes
St. Cloud Times, 1 March 2014

Már nem a régi a sarkkőri jégtakaró (Hungary), 1 March 2014

So far, this year has been one of extreme heat, cold, and rain across the globe, 1 March 2014

Blame a warm Arctic for this year's miserable winter, 27 February 2014

World begins 2014 with unusual number of extreme weather events
The Guardian (United Kingdom), 25 February 2014
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Polar vortex and a frigid February
CBS Boston, 24 February 2014

Ghiacci marini, Artide ed Antartide: la situazione (Italy), 24 February 2014

Le réchauffement arctique modifierait le climat en Amérique du Nord et en Europe
Libération (Morocco), 24 February 2014

El calentamiento ártico puede modificar el clima de Europa y Norteamérica (Uruguay), 23 February 2014

Ted Cruz joins global warming debate, 23 February 2014

Arktis-Eis noch schneller weg als befürchtet, 22 February 2014

Ártico se oscurece
La Prensa (Nicaragua), 21 February 2014

Why we can blame a warm Arctic for this winter's icy chill
Smithsonian Magazine, 21 February 2014

Tall snowbanks—clear and present danger, 21 February 2014

Bad weather to last longer under climate change: study, 21 February 2014

Pronóstico extendido de clima helado (Puerto Rico), 20 February 2014

Even in perpetual darkness, Arctic sea ice coverage drops to record lows, 20 February 2014
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Videos: The coldest place on Earth and an Antarctic condition 1 storm, 20 February 2014

Biegun północny coraz szybciej się topi (Poland), 20 February 2014

Arctic sea ice sits at record low for mid-February, 19 February 2014

Aquecimento no Ártico pode alterar clima de Europa e América do Norte
Estado de Minas (Brazil), 19 February 2014

Sick of winter? Blame "Santa's revenge"
Hamilton Spectator, 19 February 2014

Calentamiento global prolonga duración de fenómenos meteorológicos (Mexico), 18 February 2014

Canada's Arctic ice caps melting rapidly since 2005, according to documents
The Vancouver Sun (Canada), 18 February 2014
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Calgary Herald (Canada), and

El deshielo del Árctico y los efectos en el clima
El Comercio (Peru), 18 February 2014

Change in jet stream could mean longer, harsher winters
United Press International, 18 February 2014

Melting ice makes the Arctic a much worse heat-magnet than scientists feared, 18 February 2014

Watch sixteen years of Arctic ice melt away in a stunning video, 18 February 2014

La fonte de la banquise affecte le climat (France), 18 February 2014

Arctic is getting darker, absorbing more heat, study finds, 18 February 2014

Scientist suggest direct link between temperature and speed of jet streams (South Africa), 17 February 2014

Warming from Arctic sea ice melting more dramatic than thought, 17 February 2014

El Cambio climático azota el mundo (Spain), 17 February 2014

Jet stream shift 'could prompt harsher winters', 17 February 2014

Al Gore's global-warming rhetoric is put on ice
New York Post, 17 February 2014

Colder U.S. winters due to shifting polar jet stream: study, 17 February 2014

Za současný chaos v počasí ve světě může Santova pomsta (Czech Republic), 17 February 2014

Is the jet stream changing directions? Meandering air flow could lead to longer, harsher winters
Daily Mail Online (United Kingdom), 17 February 2014

Warming Arctic may be causing jet stream to lose its way, 17 February 2014

Syy maailman outoon säähän selviämässä: suihkuvirtaus alkoi mutkitella
Helsingin Sanomat (Finland), 16 February 2014

Brutal winter caused by changing jet stream, scientists say warming Arctic temperatures to blame
International Business Times, 16 February 2014

Prúdenie v atmosfére sa mení, počasie môže byť divoké
Tech.SME.SK (Slovak Republic), 16 February 2014

Hating winter? Blame the weaker jet stream, 16 February 2014

Wavier jet stream may drive weather shift
BBC News (United Kingdom), 15 February 2014

Searchable sea ice atlas holds 160 years of information
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 14 February 2014

Arctic sea ice melt season getting longer, 14 February 2014

New Arctic research project gives "holistic view" of changing environment, 13 February 2014

NASA-USGS Landsat 8 satellite celebrates first year of success, 12 February 2014

Arctic ice and the polar vortex, 11 February 2014

Arctic sea ice extent and volume update, 7 February 2014

NSIDC: Arctic sea ice extent this January well below long-term average
Nunatsiaq News Online (Canada), 6 February 2014

Latest data shows Arctic sea ice volume has increased, 5 February 2014

Google doodle marks coldest day in Canada (Canada), 3 February 2014

Arctic warming caused by heat trapped in the Atmosphere, 3 February 2014

Arctic ice fighting losing battle against global warming, new studies show, 3 February 2014

Want to cut Arctic warming in half? Curb emissions now, study says
Los Angeles Times, 31 January 2014

Mike Alger: Avalanches threaten explorers
Reno Gazette Journal, 31 January 2014

Ice is Nice X
Seattle Post Intelligencer, 31 January 2014

Variações de temperatura no Atlântico Norte influenciam clima na Antártica
El País (Brazil), 29 January 2014
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El País (Spain)

NASA tech to reveal ice melting impact on climate
Oman Daily Observer, 29 January 2014

Expect to hear more about this polar vortex in the future, 29 January 2014

You think it's chilly here: World has new record low for cold temperatures, 27 January 2014

How climate change impacts indigenous communities, 27 January 2014

Warming debate continues—This scientist has no doubt about it: skeptics just wrong, 25 January 2014

Winter weather tip sheet
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 22 January 2014
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Pause due to internal variability and pollution, 21 January 2014

Loss of Arctic ice leads to drought in California
The San Luis Obispo Tribune, 18 January 2014

Chain reaction caused massive Antarctic ice shelf collapse, 15 January 2014
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Mother Nature Network

Il gigantesco ghiacciaio antartico di Pine Island in scioglimento irreversibile (Italy), 14 January 2014

Arctic ice growing slower than average so far this winter
Alaska Dispatch, 14 January 2014

Global warming: the conversation we need to have, 14 January 2014

Pine Island Glacier committed to "irreversible" decline, 13 January 2014

Und glücklich schnarrt der Pinguin
Basler Zeitung (Switzerland), 10 January 2014

Sea ice update, 10 January 2014

Limbaugh: 'Polar vortex' is made up, yet still proof the ice caps aren't melting
Tampa Bay Times Pundit Fact, 10 January 2014

Inilah Enam Lokasi Paling Dingin di Bumi (Indonesia), 8 January 2014

U.S. cold snap fuels climate debate
Nature, 8 January 2014

December sea ice: Antarctic up, Arctic above minimum, 8 January 2014

Where are the coldest places on Earth?
Herald Sun (Australia), 8 January 2014

Five things that are colder than Dayton
Dayton Daily News, 7 January 2014

Freezing cold, go back to the Arctic where you belong!, 7 January 2014

Elsevier and IEDA announce winner of 2013 data rescue competition for Earth Sciences
The Wall Street Journal, 7 January 2014

El lugar más frío del mundo (Honduras), 6 January 2014

So what exactly is a polar vortex?
The Buffalo News, 6 January 2014

Seattle-based ship and crew on rescue mission to Antarctica, 6 January 2014

Is the record cold Arctic outbreak tied to global warming?
The Weather Channel, 6 January 2014

Jim Krumel: a few cold facts for a cold day, 5 January 2014

Five coldest places on planet revealed
International Business Times (United Kingdom), 5 January 2014

Midwest's bitter cold just a walk in the park—in Antarctica, 5 January 2014

Continua il boom dei ghiacci dell'Antartide, navigazione sui mari australi sempre più insidiosa per iceberg e venti "catabatici" violenti, 4 January 2014

The future is more Hercules, less snow, 4 January 2014

Calentamiento globo o nueva glaciación (Nicaragua), 2 January 2014

Five cold, hard facts about the cold
Detroit Free Press, 2 January 2014

An icy blast of skepticism
The Australian, 2 January 2014

U.S. far from lead as nations vie for clout in Arctic
The Weather Channel, 1 January 2014

2014 :: archive