Sea Ice

UN sounds alarm over record Arctic ice melt

The World Meterological Organisation said that during the August to September melting season last year, the Arctic’s sea ice cover was just 3.4 million square km. Photo: AP

The Arctic’s sea ice melted at a record pace last year, the ninth-hottest year on record, compounding concerns about climate change underscored by extreme weather such as Hurricane Sandy, the UN weather agency said on Thursday.

Thursday, 2 May, 2013, 6:08pm

Arctic ice loss highlights climate risk, says UN body

Last year's record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice highlight the risk to the planet from climate change. Photo: AFP

Last year's record shrinkage of Arctic sea ice and a spell of catastrophic droughts, floods and storms highlight the risk to the planet from climate change, the UN Environment Programme (Unep) said in an annual review of the world's environment coinciding with ministerial-level talks in Nairobi.

19 Feb 2013 - 3:43am

China Digest, January 9, 2013

More than 10,000 of the capital's 66,000 taxi drivers refuse to work morning and afternoon rush hours, because profits are severely affected by traffic jams, People's Daily reports, citing its own investigation. 

9 Jan 2013 - 6:10am 1 comment

Arctic Sea ice retreats to record minimum as UN climate talks stall

A UN report says the ice area around the North Pole shrunk to 3.41 million square kilometres in September, 18 per cent less than the previous low in 2007. Photo: EPA

The fast-changing Arctic broke new records for loss of sea ice and spring snow cover this year, as well as the extent of the summertime melt of the Greenland ice sheet, according to US scientists. 

9 Dec 2012 - 4:43am

Sea ice in Arctic Ocean declines to a record low

The sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has melted to its smallest point ever in a milestone that may show that worst-case forecasts on climate change are coming true, US scientists say.

29 Aug 2012 - 3:42am

No proof that wild weather signifies a warming planet. But don't bet against it

It was 42 degrees Celsius in St Louis, Missouri, last weekend, about the same as in Saudi Arabia. Along the US Atlantic coast, it was cooler, but not much: 41degrees in Washington DC, just short of the city's all-time record. And scores have already died from the heat wave.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A sea lane promising all manner of possibilities

Innovation and entrepreneurship have contributed to China's rising prosperity. And it is these attributes that lie behind the voyage of the Hong Kong-flagged carrier, Nordic Barents.

11 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Sailing through ice

Silent Sound sailed through a lot of ice this summer, but not nearly as much as there once was covering the Arctic seas, and not as much as the animals of the Arctic need to survive.

19 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Breaking the ice

Icy nouns

Make sure you don't slip on the ice and fall over as you work through this exercise. Tread carefully.

What is ...

1 black ice?

a. A dangerous, thin layer of ice on a road drivers can't see

b. A frozen dessert made from plum juice

2 dry ice?

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Arctic meltdown has a silver lining for business

Since the dawn of history, the Arctic has been locked up with snow and ice, a dead end of little consequence for East Asia. But the ice is melting, and quickly, focusing minds in the littoral states. It should also be focusing minds in the capitals and boardrooms of East Asia.

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am