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Despite Summer Snow, Greenland Is Still Melting

Despite Summer Snow, Greenland Is Still Melting

Recent summers on the vast, white expanse of the Greenland Ice Sheet have featured some spectacular ice melt, including an alarming period in 2012 when nearly the whole surface showed signs of melt. But this summer has instead seen several bouts of snow, staving off a big summer melt. So what gives? While it may seem contradictory, those snows are … Read More

How Distant Winds May Be Causing Antarctic Meltdown

How Distant Winds May Be Causing Antarctic Meltdown

Estimates of just how much sea levels will rise and inundate coastal areas vary widely. One of the reasons is that scientists just aren’t sure how quickly the vast ice sheets of Antarctica might melt into the sea because of the myriad triggers causing the ocean warming that is fueling that melt. New research suggests one more unexpected culprit… Read More

Rising Seas Spark Tobacco-Style Lawsuits in California

Rising Seas Spark Tobacco-Style Lawsuits in California

Several flood-prone municipalities in California filed first-of-their-kind lawsuits against fossil fuel companies this week as they attempt to recoup the cost of coping with rising seas. The suits point to indisputable climate science and decades of industry efforts to mar that science. Experts likened the legal complaints to those brought against… Read More

The Larsen C Iceberg Finally Broke Away. Now There’s a Trillion-Ton Iceberg Adrift

The Larsen C Iceberg Finally Broke Away. Now There’s a Trillion-Ton Iceberg Adrift

The inevitable moment of reckoning for the Larsen C ice shelf arrived. The growing rift that carved across one of the Antarctica Peninsula’s largest ice shelves reached its end, sending a 2,240-square mile iceberg spiraling into the sea. Welcome to the world, iceberg A68. The massive slab of ice, equivalent to the size of Delaware and large enough … Read More

Antarctica’s Ice-Free Areas to Increase By 2100

Antarctica’s Ice-Free Areas to Increase By 2100

Climate change will cause ice-free areas on Antarctica to increase by up to a quarter by 2100, threatening the diversity of the unique terrestrial plant and animal life that exists there, according to projections from the first study examining the question in detail. If emissions of greenhouse gasses are not reduced, projected warming and changes … Read More

Global Sea Level Rise Accelerates Since 1990

Global Sea Level Rise Accelerates Since 1990

The rise in global sea levels has accelerated since the 1990s amid rising temperatures, with a thaw of Greenland's ice sheet pouring ever more water into the oceans, scientists said this week. The annual rate of sea level rise increased to 3.3 millimeters (0.13 inch) in 2014 — a rate of 33 centimeters (13 inches) if kept unchanged for a century… Read More

Sunnier Skies Driving Greenland Surface Melt

Sunnier Skies Driving Greenland Surface Melt

In the past two decades, the Greenland Ice Sheet has become the biggest single contributor to rising sea levels, mostly from melt across its vast surface. That surface melt is, in turn, driven mostly by an uptick in clear, sunny summer skies, not just rising air temperatures, a new study finds. What’s causing the decline in cloud cover isn’t yet… Read More

Protecting Ocean Waters Will Aid Climate Adaptation

Protecting Ocean Waters Will Aid Climate Adaptation

Setting aside vast swathes of ocean and protecting them from industrial uses such as overfishing and other development is critically important to helping both the earth and countries adapt to climate change, a global team of marine biologists says. Large marine reserves can also help prevent some of the worst effects of climate change by helping … Read More

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Mississippi and Ohio River Flooding Striking photos from recent flooding of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

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