Arctic Ice Project

The most studied ice restoration effort in the world. We’re developing a safe, localized technique to enhance the Arctic’s natural ability to reflect solar radiation out of the atmosphere, increase the Earth’s planetary albedo, and slow the rate of global warming.

Arctic Ice Project

The most studied ice restoration effort in the world. 

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We’re in danger of losing our planetary heat shield.

The Arctic is warming at more than twice the global rate, a phenomenon known as Arctic Amplification. Over the past four decades, the Arctic has lost over 95% of its oldest, most reflective ice. Arctic sea ice has been declining 10% per decade, and many experts now agree there is the possibility of ice-free Arctic summers by 2030. Restoring ice in specific strategic areas of the Arctic may represent the largest safe lever humanity has to stabilize the climate and reduce dangerous tipping point risks.

OUR APPROACH

There are three ways to reduce
global temperature rise:

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Our global economies must decarbonize towards a more sustainable future. We need to stop climate pollution now. There is no substitute solution under any scenario. No single technology can “fix” anthropogenic climate change.

Remove Carbon From the Atmosphere

Reducing future emissions must occur, but this alone will no longer suffice. Emissions are cumulative and the carbon pollution in our atmosphere will continue to drive global warming. In parallel with decarbonization of our economies, we need to clean up legacy pollution with carbon dioxide removal (CDR), also known as negative emissions.

Our focus: Enhance Earth’s Natural Heat shields

To reduce peak climate risks we must rescue our planetary heat shield. Restoring Arctic sea ice is critical as it reflects much of the sun’s energy back into space and stabilizes global weather patterns. The disappearance of Arctic ice increases the pace of climate change.

OUR APPROACH

There are three ways to reduce
global temperature rise:

REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Our global economies must decarbonize towards a more sustainable future. We need to stop climate pollution now. There is no substitute solution under any scenario. No single technology can “fix” anthropogenic climate change.

REMOVE CARBON FROM THE ATMOSPHERE

Reducing future emissions must occur, but this alone will no longer suffice. Emissions are cumulative and the carbon pollution in our atmosphere will continue to drive global warming. In parallel with decarbonization of our economies, we need to clean up legacy pollution with carbon dioxide removal (CDR), also known as negative emissions.

Our focus: Enhance Earth’s Natural Heat shields

To reduce peak climate risks we must rescue our planetary heat shield. Restoring Arctic sea ice is critical as it reflects much of the sun’s energy back into space and stabilizes global weather patterns. The disappearance of Arctic ice increases the pace of climate change.

Decarbonization is and must be the core solution to fight climate change.

Technologies like ours serve as a stop-gap, providing up 15 more years for the world’s economies to make the transition to clean energy, limiting climate risks and curbing temperature rise.

A Promising Solution

A promising solution is a novel materials approach that proposes to deploy a thin layer of very small hollow glass microspheres across targeted regions of the Arctic to improve the reflectivity of sea ice, mimicking natural processes to reflect solar energy out of our atmosphere. While we’re in early-stage field research, this technology alone represents an opportunity to reduce peak climate risks by buying up to 15 more years to decarbonize. For the sake of humanity, it’s imperative that we further our understanding of climate interventions such as this type of localized surface albedo modification.

Arctic Ice Project material made of very small hollow glass microspheres.

This technology alone represents an opportunity to buy up to 15 more years to decarbonize.

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