glaciers

Microplastics Discovered Near Mount Everest Summit

Microplastics Discovered Near Mount Everest Summit

Apparently, there ain’t no mountain high enough to keep away the twin pressures of plastic pollution and the climate crisis. A series of newly-published studies based on a National Geographic expedition to Mount Everest in 2019 provide a shocking picture of how human activity is impacting the highest point from sea level on Earth. One […]

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    How Underwater Microphones Are Helping Scientists Measure Climate Change

    How Underwater Microphones Are Helping Scientists Measure Climate Change

    By Kristen Pope Melting and crumbling glaciers are largely responsible for rising sea levels, so learning more about how glaciers shrink is vital to those who hope to save coastal cities and preserve wildlife. But it is hard to get good pictures and measurements because glaciers typically are in remote, difficult-to-reach, and even dangerous locations. […]

    Pink Snow in the Italian Alps Means Trouble, Scientists Say

    Pink Snow in the Italian Alps Means Trouble, Scientists Say

    In a troubling sign for the future of the Italian Alps, the snow and ice in a glacier is turning pink due to the growth of snow-melting algae, according to scientists studying the pink ice phenomenon, as CNN reported. The algae will make the snow melt faster. The salmon-hue that has tinged the snow is […]

    Antarctica Experiences First Known Heat Wave

    Antarctica Experiences First Known Heat Wave

    By Richard Connor Scientists have recorded Antarctica’s first documented heat wave, warning that animal and plant life on the isolated continent could be drastically affected by climate change. Australian Antarctic Program researchers recorded the heat wave event at Casey research station in East Antarctica during the 2019-2020 southern hemisphere summer. Findings by the team were […]

    Retreating Antarctic Glacier Could Raise Sea Levels 5 Feet

    Retreating Antarctic Glacier Could Raise Sea Levels 5 Feet

    Antarctica‘s Denman Canyon is the deepest gorge on the Earth’s surface, and, if the ice inside it melted, it could raise sea levels by almost five feet. Now, research published in Geophysical Research Letters Monday looked at how close that might be to happening and found that the glacier had retreated five kilometers (approximately three […]

    Antarctica Breaks 69°F for the First Time on Record

    Antarctica Breaks 69°F for the First Time on Record

    The Antarctic region just recorded a temperature higher than 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time. Brazilian scientists measured a temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (approximately 69.35 degrees Fahrenheit) on Seymour Island Feb. 9, one of the researchers told AFP Thursday. “We’d never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica,” Brazilian scientist […]

    Record Warm Water Measured Beneath Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday’ Glacier

    Record Warm Water Measured Beneath Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday’ Glacier

    Scientists have discovered record warm water beneath Antarctica‘s “doomsday glacier” for the first time, leading to concerns for the glacier whose collapse could contribute nearly a meter (approximately 3 feet) to global sea level rise. The findings are part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration — a UK and U.S.-led research expedition to better understand […]