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Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice

On a clear day, anyone flying over Greenland on the route between North America and Europe can look down and see the bright blue patches of melted water atop the flat, blindingly white expanse of the ice sheet that covers the island, the second largest chunk of ice on Earth. Scientists have long known this meltwater flows in streams along the ice… Read More

Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster Than Thought

Sea Level Rise Accelerating Faster Than Thought

The acceleration of the rate of sea level rise over the last couple decades is even higher than scientists had thought, according to a new study that uses a novel method to estimate global sea level rise. The reason? The rate of rise across the 20th century has actually been overestimated — by as much as 30 percent — meaning there’s been a bigger… Read More

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Climate Change’s Evolving Role in Extreme Weather

Everyone everywhere everyday experiences weather. Most of the time it serves as the backdrop to our daily routines or fodder for idle chitchat. But on rare days, it can change lives. Heat waves and cold snaps, hurricanes and tornadoes, downpours and blizzards — they form the extreme ends of the weather spectrum, affecting our health… Read More

Ocean Warming: Probing a Blue Abyss

Ocean Warming: Probing a Blue Abyss

For every 10 joules of energy that our greenhouse gas pollution traps here on Earth, about 9 of them end up in an ocean. There, the effects of global warming bite into fisheries, ecosystems and ice. But those effects are largely imperceptible to humans — as invisible to a landlubber as a doomed albatross chomping on a baited hook at the end of a lo… Read More

Fate of Earth’s Ice Comes Further Into Focus

Fate of Earth’s Ice Comes Further Into Focus

The frigid, ice-covered expanses that make up Earth’s poles are some of the fastest warming parts of the planet as human activity drives up greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, altering the global climate. What happens to all that ice isn’t just a concern for these remote, frozen wilds: The ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica hold… Read More

Clues in Coral Hint at Looming Temperature Spike

Clues in Coral Hint at Looming Temperature Spike

Chemical clues in skeletons produced by coral growing at Kiribati contain a newly discovered warning. They caution of a global climate system that’s capable of drawing decades’ worth of hoarded heat out of the Pacific Ocean, and belching it back into the atmosphere. A cryptic chemical weather log kept by Tarawa Atoll’s stony coral in the tropical … Read More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

6 Degrees: Drought Relief, Europe Heats Up, CO2 & More

California gets some drought relief, Europe sets records, the Arctic gets warmer and more in the week’s top climate stories. … Read More

Tipping Point Nears for ‘Emerging Flooding Crisis’

Tipping Point Nears for ‘Emerging Flooding Crisis’

Soggy times are coming for cities along both U.S. coasts and they’ll be here much quicker than previously thought. By mid-century, sea level rise is set to make floods a monthly occurrence in more than two dozen cities, and in some of those cities, it could become a daily occurrence by the 2070s. The watery findings come from a new study published… Read More