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Articles by Avery Schuyler Nunn

Avery Schuyler Nunn is a freelance writer and photographer based in Southern California. In 2021, Avery graduated with a Master of Science degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she specialized in investigative science reporting and climate-driven redistribution of marine species. You can find her work in Grist/Fix, Popular Science Magazine, The Inertia, Whalebone Magazine, and more.

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When marine biologist Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen began studying the boreal waters that surround Greenland 40 years ago, an inflatable raft carried him through vast expanses of polar pack ice, with narwhals and walruses frequently passing by. The astounding blue sea ice seemed almost inviolable in its grandeur. 

But with Greenland reaching its highest temperatures in the past 1,000 years, the scene is changing. Arctic sea ice, which is responsible for maintaining cool polar temperatures, is dwindling rapidly. The oldest and thickest of it has declined by 95 percent during three decades of global warming.

“There’s a whole beautiful landscape that used to be there,” said Heide-Jørgensen, a researcher at Greenland Institute of Natural Resources. “Nowadays, we can see that all the ice is gone.”  

So too are a growing number of the creatures that lived among it. Inuit communities are seeing little to no evidence of endemic species like the narwhals and walruses that Heide-Jørgensen grew familiar with. Instead, they are find... Read more

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