sea level rise

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 […]

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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 […]

    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 – […]

    New Study Confirms Dangerous Sea Level Rise Projections Are Accurate

    New Study Confirms Dangerous Sea Level Rise Projections Are Accurate

    By Jessica Corbett A new study from Australian and Chinese researchers adds weight to scientists’ warnings from recent United Nations reports about how sea levels are expected to rise dangerously in the coming decades because of human activity that’s driving global heating. The research, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, found that sea level […]

    Flooding Problems at Washington, DC, Landmarks Likely to Worsen

    Flooding Problems at Washington, DC, Landmarks Likely to Worsen

    George Washington lived much of his life near the Potomac River – from his birthplace in Colonial Beach, Virginia, to his estate at Mount Vernon. And he chose where along the river’s banks the young nation would build its capital city. But as the climate warms, this historic river poses a flooding risk to nearby […]

    U.S. Nuclear Waste Sites Face Sea-Level Rise Threat

    U.S. Nuclear Waste Sites Face Sea-Level Rise Threat

    Nuclear power is a source of low-carbon electricity, but producing it creates dangerous radioactive waste that needs to be stored safely and permanently. Recent research suggests that as seas rise, some nuclear waste storage facilities are at risk of flooding or storm damage. “We really focused in to say, ‘OK, well, how many plants might […]

    How to Save Saltwater Wetlands From Rising Seas

    How to Save Saltwater Wetlands From Rising Seas

    By Jeff Peterson America’s coastal saltwater wetlands are on a course toward functional extinction in the coming decades. Their demise will come at the hands of steadily accelerating sea-level rise and relentless coastal development. As these wetlands disappear, they will take with them habitat, storm buffering and carbon sequestration benefits of tremendous value. Fortunately, there […]

    This Floating Village in Amsterdam Could Help Tackle City-Density and Sea-Level Challenges

    This Floating Village in Amsterdam Could Help Tackle City-Density and Sea-Level Challenges

    By Victoria Masterson Living on water is a reality for more than 100 people in Amsterdam’s Schoonschip neighborhood. It has 46 sustainable homes across 30 water plots. Population density and climate change is increasing interest in alternative accommodation options, including opening up underground spaces. With cities running out of space and rising sea levels predicted […]

    Crazy Idea? One of World’s Coldest Towns Bids to Host 2032 Summer Olympics

    Crazy Idea? One of World’s Coldest Towns Bids to Host 2032 Summer Olympics

    By Jessica Corbett With temperatures across the globe — and particularly in the Arctic — rising due to lackluster efforts to address the human-caused climate crisis, one of the coldest towns on Earth is throwing its hat in the ring to host the 2032 Summer Olympics. Salla is located in Finland’s Lapland region and touts […]