glaciers

Meet the Adventurers Who Brave Glacial Caves in the Name of Science

Meet the Adventurers Who Brave Glacial Caves in the Name of Science

By Megan Hill Eddy Cartaya and Brent McGregor have unearthed what might as well be another planet. It exists in the backyard of 6 million people, in areas frequented by scores of national park tourists each year. In 2011, the two men founded Glacier Cave Explorers, a Pacific Northwest–based group of scientists and adventurers, all […]

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    Antarctica Lost a London-Sized Area of Underwater Ice in Only 6 Years

    Antarctica Lost a London-Sized Area of Underwater Ice in Only 6 Years

    Antarctica’s ice sheet is retreating due to warm ocean water circulating beneath its floating edge, researchers from the UK Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling at the University of Leeds have found. The study, published in Nature Geoscience, shows that the Southern Ocean melted 1,463 square kilometers of Antarctica’s underwater ice between 2010 and 2016—an […]

    Scientists Under Scrutiny in Newly Revealed Interior Department Emails

    Scientists Under Scrutiny in Newly Revealed Interior Department Emails

    On March 7, POLITICO published an in-depth look at how the climate skepticism of Trump appointees might impact their decision making. That evening, The Washington Post reported on an Interior Department email thread released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that provides a behind-the-scenes look at the administration’s aversion to accurate climate science. In […]

    Liza Ryan’s Altered Images Summon the Terrible Beauty of Antarctica

    Liza Ryan’s Altered Images Summon the Terrible Beauty of Antarctica

    By Patrick Rogers Liza Ryan’s trip to Antarctica for her 50th birthday was the journey of a lifetime, a dream she had been working toward for years. In preparation for the two-week visit in 2016, the Los Angeles–based artist did her homework, reading Peter Matthiessen’s End of the World and a book about British explorer […]

    Next 30 Years to Sway Sea Level Rise for the Next 300 Years, Study Finds

    Next 30 Years to Sway Sea Level Rise for the Next 300 Years, Study Finds

    Each five years of delayed action on climate change now could result in as much an additional eight inches of sea level rise by 2300, stark new research shows. A study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications assumes that the world will keep warming under 2 degrees Celsius, and estimates that every five-year delay […]

    These People Did Extraordinary Things in 2017

    These People Did Extraordinary Things in 2017

    2017 was an exceptional year for ordinary citizens who stepped up to come to their communities’ needs and in the process, sent a clear message that anyone can make a difference. As we turn the calendar to 2018, we look to this list as inspiration for others to act as boldly. 1. The California Heroes […]

    62 Natural Wonders of the World at Risk From Climate Change

    62 Natural Wonders of the World at Risk From Climate Change

    By Joe McCarthy The marshy expanses of the Everglades in Southern Florida contain hundreds of species of animals, including flamingos, alligators and manatees. Clusters of mangroves span its coastline, acting as ecosystem hubs, and if you take a boat through the region, you’ll see countless plants that are native to the area. But the Everglades, […]

    Asia’s Glaciers Could Lose One Third of Their Mass by 2100

    Asia’s Glaciers Could Lose One Third of Their Mass by 2100

    Glaciers in Asia could shrink to one-third of their current size by the end of the century even if warming stays below 1.5 degrees C, according to new research. A study published Wednesday in the journal Nature finds that glaciers in the Tibetan plateau experience higher levels of warming than the global average. The study’s […]