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    ‘Future Belongs to Renewable Energy’: Greenland Ditches All Oil Drilling

    ‘Future Belongs to Renewable Energy’: Greenland Ditches All Oil Drilling

    By Andrea Germanos Greenland announced Thursday a halt on new oil and gas exploration, citing climate and other environmental impacts. “Great news!” responded the Center for International Environmental Law. The government of Greenland, an autonomous Danish dependent territory, framed the move as necessary to transition away from fossil fuels. “The future does not lie in […]

    High Levels of Mercury Found in Greenland’s Glaciers

    High Levels of Mercury Found in Greenland’s Glaciers

    By Isabela Martel When British environmental geochemist Jon Hawkings arrived in Greenland for the first time in 2012, he was impressed. “It’s mind-blowing: You look onto the horizon and it’s just ice and it goes on for 150, 200 kilometers at least.” He went to the Arctic with a group of international scientists. Their goal […]

    ‘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 […]

    New Study Changes Understanding of How Greenland’s Ice Melts

    New Study Changes Understanding of How Greenland’s Ice Melts

    A new study of Greenland‘s glacial rivers has important implications for how scientists might model future ice melt and subsequent sea level rise. Previously, researchers thought they could measure ice melt simply by looking at the amount of meltwater sitting on top of glaciers and in moulins — shafts in the glacier that empty rivers […]

    Ancient Leaves Preserved Under Greenland’s Ice Reveal Climate Secrets

    Ancient Leaves Preserved Under Greenland’s Ice Reveal Climate Secrets

    By Andrew Christ and Paul Bierman In 1963, inside a covert U.S. military base in northern Greenland, a team of scientists began drilling down through the Greenland ice sheet. Piece by piece, they extracted an ice core 4 inches across and nearly a mile long. At the very end, they pulled up something else – […]

    Greenland and Antarctica Already Melting at ‘Worst-Case-Scenario’ Rates

    Greenland and Antarctica Already Melting at ‘Worst-Case-Scenario’ Rates

    Antarctica and Greenland‘s ice sheets are currently melting at a pace consistent with worst-case-scenario predictions for sea level rise, with serious consequences for coastal communities and the reliability of climate models. A paper published in Nature Climate Change Monday compared the latest satellite observations of polar ice melt with the predictions outlined in the Intergovernmental […]