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Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Could Occur Yearly By 2100

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Could Occur Yearly By 2100

In July 2012, Greenland ice sheet watchers sounded the alarm as 97 percent of the ice sheet surface melted. It was a rare occurrence, one that left researchers puzzling over the exact causes and its likelihood in the future. New research released Monday sheds light on the causes behind the melt and includes projections that show if greenhouse gas e… Read More

Greenland Glaciers More Susceptible to Melt Than Thought

Greenland Glaciers More Susceptible to Melt Than Thought

Greenland’s glaciers are more vulnerable to melting by warm ocean waters than previously thought, a new study of the topography of the bedrock under the ice finds. This clearer picture of the underpinnings of the miles-thick ice sheet, along with other recent studies that suggest parts of Earth’s polar regions are not as stable as once thought… Read More

Ocean Winds Put the Heat on Australia

Ocean Winds Put the Heat on Australia

The answer to one of the enduring puzzles of global warming — the apparently sluggish response of the Antarctic continent to rising greenhouse gas levels — may have been settled by Australian scientists. And, in the course of doing so, they may also have solved another problem: the parching of Australia itself. Nerilie Abram, of the Australian … Read More

Frozen Spring: When Great Lakes’ Ice Doesn’t Melt

Frozen Spring: When Great Lakes’ Ice Doesn’t Melt

This winter was brutal. Polar vortex brutal. My salt-caked boots and dry skin can attest to the frigid temperatures that covered more than 90 percent of the Great Lakes in ice. Much of that ice is still there — though some of it has run aground in an ice tsunami(!). Over the decades, ice coverage on the lakes has been on the decline, but for the… Read More

6 Degrees: Submerged Cities, Melt Ponds, Methane & More

6 Degrees: Submerged Cities, Melt Ponds, Methane & More

See it all here, from photos of cities under future seas to catastrophic warnings of methane impacts.… Read More

Climate Change Poses Growing Threat of Arctic Conflict

Climate Change Poses Growing Threat of Arctic Conflict

Climate change poses a growing security threat and could cause conflict in the Arctic, a group of retired American generals and admirals said on Tuesday. In a new report, the former military officers said the Pentagon had been caught out by the rapid changes under way in the Arctic because of the melting of the sea ice. “Things are accelerating … Read More

What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise?

What Does U.S. Look Like With 10 Feet of Sea Level Rise?

New research indicates that climate change has already triggered an unstoppable decay of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The projected decay will lead to at least 4 feet of accelerating global sea level rise within the next two-plus centuries, and at least 10 feet of rise in the end. What does the U.S. look like with an ocean that is 10 feet higher? … Read More

How Low Will Summer Sea Ice Go? Ponds May Hold Key

How Low Will Summer Sea Ice Go? Ponds May Hold Key

The spring Arctic sea ice melt is well underway, the ice contracting to cover a progressively smaller area until it eventually reaches its annual minimum extent at the end of the summer. Though the melt has so far progressed in fits and starts, the ice has consistently covered a below-average area since reaching its annual maximum in March… Read More