sea level rise

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 […]

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    Earth’s Ice Loss Reflects Worst-Case Scenario, New Study Finds

    Earth’s Ice Loss Reflects Worst-Case Scenario, New Study Finds

    Earth’s ice is melting 57 percent faster than in the 1990s and the world has lost more than 28 trillion tons of ice since 1994, research published Monday in The Cryosphere shows. “It was a surprise to see such a large increase in just 30 years,” said Thomas Slater, a study co-author. There have been […]

    Wind-Blown Dust Is Causing Greenland’s Ice to Melt Faster

    Wind-Blown Dust Is Causing Greenland’s Ice to Melt Faster

    As the world’s ice sheets melt at an increasing rate, researchers are looking for explanations beyond just a hotter climate. A recent study found one answer may lie in the dust. Published on Monday in Nature Communications, the study found that phosphorus, a mineral found in dust, is a key nutrient for an extensive glacier […]

    World’s Ice Is Melting 65 Percent Faster Than in 1990s

    World’s Ice Is Melting 65 Percent Faster Than in 1990s

    A first-of-its-kind study has examined the satellite record to see how the climate crisis is impacting all of the planet’s ice. The answer? Quite a lot. The rate of worldwide ice loss has increased by more than 60 percent in the past three decades, a study published in The Cryosphere on Monday found. “The ice […]

    Moon Influences Arctic Ocean Methane Releases, Study Finds

    Moon Influences Arctic Ocean Methane Releases, Study Finds

    The moon helps to control the release of methane from the Arctic Ocean. That’s the takeaway from a study published in Nature Communications in October, which found that the tidal rhythms played a role in the intensity and frequency of methane releases from sediments in the Arctic Ocean. Lower tides meant more intense releases, while […]

    Climate Change Threatens to Destroy the Marshall Islands

    Climate Change Threatens to Destroy the Marshall Islands

    By Autumn Bordner and Caroline E. Ferguson Along U.S. coastlines, from California to Florida, residents are getting increasingly accustomed to “king tides.” These extra-high tides cause flooding and wreak havoc on affected communities. As climate change raises sea levels, they are becoming more extreme. King tides are nothing new for the Marshall Islands, a nation […]

    Venice Floods After New Barrier Fails to Activate

    Venice Floods After New Barrier Fails to Activate

    Flood waters swamped Venice’s iconic Saint Mark’s Square on Tuesday, despite the implementation of a barrier system that was supposed to protect the city from the flooding events that are getting more frequent because of the climate crisis. The water level rose to a high of 4.5 feet above sea level in the afternoon, AFP […]

    Coral Reefs Are Still Growing Atolls Despite Sea Level Rise

    Coral Reefs Are Still Growing Atolls Despite Sea Level Rise

    Sea level rise caused by the climate crisis is considered a major threat to low-lying Pacific atolls. Despite this, however, some of these islands are actually growing. Now, a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters Nov. 20 has figured out why. The coral reefs that give these islands their structure are continuing to produce […]