glaciers

‘We Need to Act Now’: Glaciers Melting at Unprecedented Pace, Study Reveals

‘We Need to Act Now’: Glaciers Melting at Unprecedented Pace, Study Reveals

By Brett Wilkins Researchers warned of the need for urgent climate action as a study published Wednesday revealed that the world’s mountain glaciers are melting at an unprecedented pace, with glacial thinning rates outside Antarctica and Greenland doubling this century. For the first time ever, researchers analyzed three-dimensional satellite measurements of the world’s approximately 220,000 […]

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    Why Is Melting Ice a Big Deal?

    Why Is Melting Ice a Big Deal?

    By Stuart Braun The melting of the polar ice caps has often been portrayed as a tsunami-inducing Armageddon in popular culture. In the 2004 disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow, the warming Gulf Stream and North Atlantic currents cause rapid polar melting. The result is a massive wall of ocean water that swamps New York […]

    Climate Crisis Could Rob Liquors of Their Flavor

    Climate Crisis Could Rob Liquors of Their Flavor

    By Stacy Kish Many of the botanicals used in traditional medicines and to flavor spirits, from absinthe to eau de vie, grow in alpine regions near the toes of glacial ice. As the planet warms and glacial ice retreats, this unique environment is changing and altering the diversity of the plant community. An Italian team […]

    New Documentary Explores Climate Change in Greenland

    New Documentary Explores Climate Change in Greenland

    By Bud Ward “Meltdown” – a new documentary featuring renowned art photographer Lynn Davis and climate communications expert Anthony Leiserowitz, made its online debut February 12. Shot on location in Greenland and directed and produced by Academy Award nominees Fred Golding and Mike Tollin, the 67-minute video differs significantly from many other videos on Greenland, […]

    Climate Crisis Likely Behind Deadly Glacier Collapse in India

    Climate Crisis Likely Behind Deadly Glacier Collapse in India

    A piece of Himalayan glacier in the Indian state of Uttarakhand broke off and fell into a river Sunday, triggering an avalanche and floods that have killed at least 20 people so far, while nearly 200 remain missing. The incident comes as Himalayan glaciers are melting twice as fast as they were in 2000 largely […]

    Melting Glacier Study Could Establish Legal Liability for Climate Polluters

    Melting Glacier Study Could Establish Legal Liability for Climate Polluters

    New research shows global warming caused by human activity is to blame for a shrinking Andean glacier that threatens to flood 120,000 people and could be used to establish legal liability for polluters. The study, published in Nature Geoscience on Thursday by scientists at the University of Oxford and the University of Washington, found human […]

    Earth’s Ice Loss Reflects Worst-Case Scenario, New Study Finds

    Earth’s Ice Loss Reflects Worst-Case Scenario, New Study Finds

    Earth’s ice is melting 57 percent faster than in the 1990s and the world has lost more than 28 trillion tons of ice since 1994, research published Monday in The Cryosphere shows. “It was a surprise to see such a large increase in just 30 years,” said Thomas Slater, a study co-author. There have been […]

    Wind-Blown Dust Is Causing Greenland’s Ice to Melt Faster

    Wind-Blown Dust Is Causing Greenland’s Ice to Melt Faster

    As the world’s ice sheets melt at an increasing rate, researchers are looking for explanations beyond just a hotter climate. A recent study found one answer may lie in the dust. Published on Monday in Nature Communications, the study found that phosphorus, a mineral found in dust, is a key nutrient for an extensive glacier […]

    World’s Ice Is Melting 65 Percent Faster Than in 1990s

    World’s Ice Is Melting 65 Percent Faster Than in 1990s

    A first-of-its-kind study has examined the satellite record to see how the climate crisis is impacting all of the planet’s ice. The answer? Quite a lot. The rate of worldwide ice loss has increased by more than 60 percent in the past three decades, a study published in The Cryosphere on Monday found. “The ice […]