sea level rise

Sea Levels Could Rise at Fastest Rate in Human History

Sea Levels Could Rise at Fastest Rate in Human History

Without the emissions cuts laid out in the Paris agreement, global temperatures could reach 2 C as early as 2040 and cause the fastest acceleration in sea level rise in human history, according to a new study. Sea levels could rise up to a foot in the most vulnerable cities by mid-century, with the rate […]

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    Arctic Melting Defies Scientists

    Arctic Melting Defies Scientists

    By Alex Kirby In an unusually stark warning, a leading international scientific body said the Arctic climate is changing so fast that researchers are struggling to keep up. The changes happening there, it said, are affecting the weather worldwide. As ice melts, the liquid water collects in depressions on the surface and deepens them, forming […]

    Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 7% Faster Than Previously Thought

    Greenland Ice Sheet Melting 7% Faster Than Previously Thought

    By Jeremy Deaton You might know the feeling—after months of encouraging news from your bathroom scale, you discover the device is broken. The outlook on your weight-loss goal is worse than you realized. Scientists just went through something similar, except instead of a scale, it was a system of satellites, and instead of your winter […]

    Delaware-Sized Chunk of Ice Could Dislodge from Antarctic Shelf

    Delaware-Sized Chunk of Ice Could Dislodge from Antarctic Shelf

    An 80-mile long crack in the Larsen C ice shelf threatens to dislodge a chunk of ice measuring about 2,300 square miles, nearly the size of Delaware and twice the size of the massive Larsen B ice shelf collapse in 2002. As the long Southern Hemisphere polar night is ending, satellites have been able to […]

    Alaska Village Votes to Relocate Due to Rising Sea Levels

    Alaska Village Votes to Relocate Due to Rising Sea Levels

    The residents of Shishmaref, Alaska voted to leave their ancestral home and relocate to safer ground as climate change-driven sea level rise threatens to engulf the coastal village. ©Gary Braasch Home to more than 600 Inupiat Inuit residents, the remote island in Alaska is experiencing rapid coastal erosion as sea levels rise and permafrost thaws. […]

    NOAA: ‘Earth’s Fever Rises’ as Climate Records Shattered Worldwide

    NOAA: ‘Earth’s Fever Rises’ as Climate Records Shattered Worldwide

    By Robert McSweeney Last year saw records in the Earth’s climate system continue to tumble, says the latest State of the Climate report from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The 300-page report, released Tuesday and now in its 26th year, is an annual assessment of the world’s climate, scrutinizing the Earth’s land, […]

    Find Out How Much the Earth Has Changed Since You Were Born

    Find Out How Much the Earth Has Changed Since You Were Born

    A unique interactive website gives you a new perspective on your time on Earth. BBC Earth’s “Your life on earth” interactive takes your birthdate, gender and height to give you a personalized look at how the Earth has changed since you were born. Factoids provided include: how many times your heart has beaten; how far […]

    31 Science Groups to Congress: Greenhouse Gases Emitted by Human Activities Is Primary Driver of Climate Change

    31 Science Groups to Congress: Greenhouse Gases Emitted by Human Activities Is Primary Driver of Climate Change

    A group of 31 of the country’s top science organizations sent a letter to Congress this week highlighting the dangers of climate change and urging immediate action. The letter, representing millions of scientists, mentions several impacts of climate change, including extreme weather, sea level rise and wildfires. Photo credit: Shutterstock “The severity of climate change […]