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The arctic is warming at twice the rate as the rest of the world, which means the sea ice is shrinking at a rapid rate. The arctic has its lowest amount of sea ice since scientists began monitoring it by satellite in the 1970s. It begs the question, can't we just refreeze the ice? The answer might actually be, "yes."

A team of Indonesian designers want to produce iceberg-making submarines. The team, led by architect Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha, plans on creating a submergible vessel, which sounds a little bit like an elaborate ice cube tray. The submarine sinks below the surface of the sea, filling up a cavity with seawater. The salt is removed, and the water is frozen using a "giant freezing machine." The result is 16-foot thick and 82-foot wide hexagonal icebergs, which are then released into the sea. Why the hexagon shape? It allows the icebergs to interlock with each other, forming larger masses of ice. Each iceberg would take a month to create. The idea was recently named runner-up in an international design competition for sustainable ideas.

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It was the kind of video you can't take your eyes off of no matter how horrible the end result appears to be. A group of protestors were peacefully organized outside an ICE detention center in Rhode Island, opposing the federal government's policy toward immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Suddenly, a truck enters into the camera view of a protester and heads directly toward the crowd of 300 young people.

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What Can This Insane 3D Map of Greenland Teach Us About Climate Change?

The Greenland Ice Sheet contains enough water to raise ocean levels by 20 feet, and it’s melting fast.

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As the world looks ahead at a future where climate change may have catastrophic results for our planet and those of us still living on it (who knows, by then maybe we’ll have colonized the moon?) one team of researchers is looking back a few thousand years, and down a few thousand meters, instead. Specifically, they’re looking at—and through—the nearly three million cubic kilometers of frozen water that comprises the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second-largest ice body on the planet.

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In Alaska, As Goes the Ice, So Goes the Food

The Arctic food web is unraveling as the ice melts. An interactive animation shows you what happens when even the smallest species disappears.

The cover article of the current issue of OnEarth is a terrific, if somewhat depressing, must read. (Is there a term yet for must-read long reads?) Bruce Barcott plunges into the frigid, but melting, Arctic Seas, and comes out with a story of how the oh-so-fragile food web of the upper latitudes is starting to come undone.

Perhaps as good as the article itself is the accompanying material online. An interactive, animated graphic invites you to click on various Arctic species to see what would happen if they disappeared. By watching the impacts on other species—even humans—it becomes as clear as an Alaska stream how interconnected the aquatic ecosystem is, and what a severe threat warming is on the entire Arctic way of life. Click here or on the image below to toy around with the web.

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