I’m sharing my space this week with climatologist Paul Beckwith because an enormous cyclone blew over the North Pole all this month — an event that has kept scientists around the world up at night.
It’s very rare for there to be such a storm in the summer. In the past a storm like this would arise in winter and blow snow around on top of a thick ice cover. This summer, over thinner ice, the wind creates large waves which, combined with warm temperatures of air and water, are causing havoc with a keystone of the global climate. Continue reading