The warming Arctic could unleash larger-than-expected quantities of methane, a study asserts.
"Until now, models have predicted something for the future ... but it was something that seemed very distant,” said the lead researcher in a newly published study
There is so little recoverable oil and gas off California, Oregon and Washington that oil companies might not spend money on leases allowing potential exploration, the secretary said.
Over thousands of years, the Arctic has stored up massive amounts of carbon.
The frozen soils hold “twice as much mercury as the rest of all soils, the atmosphere, and ocean combined,” scientists wrote Monday.
Governors of Atlantic and Pacific coast states are still waiting for a meeting like the one in which Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told Florida Gov. Rick Scott his state was exempted from expanded offshore drilling.
“Snowfall before the Industrial Revolution averaged about eight feet of fresh snow a year at this site, and now we get over 18 feet of fresh snow.”
A new government report appears to contradict some Trump administration statements on climate change.
The measure would open the refuge to oil and gas drilling for the first time in a generation.
Scientists find that Greenland's ice is more exposed than previously thought and that flowing water is creating vast new river deltas around the island.