My National Geographic News article about the Shiretoko drift-ice in Hokkaido has just gone online. Two photos in the gallery : )
“For decades the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has attracted tourists hoping to step out onto drifting slabs of the world’s southernmost Arctic sea ice. Free-floating pieces of ice that form each winter in the Sea of Okhotsk travel about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) to Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula. The ice, which normally lingers near the coast for up to four months, is key to the region’s rich biodiversity, including many rare seabirds and marine mammals.
In recent years, however, the peninsula has seen noticeably less drift ice, raising fears that global warming is to blame . . .” [Read full article]