glaciers

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28 11 2020 | 07:57

Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph.

In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew…

28 11 2020 | 07:01

Lorde urges climate action ahead of new book on Antarctica trip.

New Zealand singer says Donald Trump, Great Thunberg and California wildfires spurred her to visit before it turns ‘to slush’ The singer Lorde has written an impassioned entreaty for the world to…

20 11 2020 | 17:07

Greenland’s largest glaciers nearing rates of melt expected in ‘worst-case scenario’.

Greenland’s three biggest glaciers added the equivalent of around 8mm to global sea levels from 1880 to 2012, study says. Greenland’s largest glaciers are currently melting at levels close to what…

17 11 2020 | 16:30

Is the climate crisis pushing the world towards a ‘point of no return’?

A new study claims we may have already reached a hypothetical ‘point of no return’, but other researchers say this is ‘at odds’ with what we know about climate science. Daisy Dunne examines the…

12 11 2020 | 08:47

Climate crisis: Remote glaciers in China melting at ‘shocking’ pace, risking water shortages.

Scientists say largest glacier in world’s ‘third pole’ has retreated by 450 metres, as temperatures rise.

27 10 2020 | 10:24

Feeling the heat over Arctic sea ice.

David Nowell thinks Extinction Rebellion should focus on insulating homes, running public transport cooperatives and campaigning for major economic reforms, while Iain Climie says late Arctic ice…

25 09 2020 | 10:31

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds.

Research says melting will continue even if temperature rises are limited to 2C. Melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will cause sea level rises of about two and a half metres around the world, even…

17 09 2020 | 18:25

Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Is Starting to Crack.

Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier has been called the "Doomsday Glacier." Thwaites and its neighbor, the Pine Island Glacier, are among those in West Antarctica most influenced by the climate crisis.

17 09 2020 | 18:10

Hidden rivers of warm water threaten vast Antarctic glacier.

Sea levels could rise more than two feet if just this one glacier collapses. One of the largest, most unstable glaciers in Antarctica is sliding into the ocean. That's due, in large part, to hidden…

15 09 2020 | 11:11

Huge cavities threaten glacier larger than Great Britain.

Water seeping into fissures in Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, accelerating rise of sea levels. British scientists have mapped cavities half the size of the Grand Canyon that are allowing warm ocean…

15 09 2020 | 10:06

Greenland and Antarctica Already Melting at 'Worst-Case-Scenario' Rates.

Antarctica and Greenland's ice sheets are currently melting at a pace consistent with worst-case-scenario predictions for sea level rise, with serious consequences for coastal communities and the…

15 09 2020 | 09:53

Queen of the Dolomites glacier could vanish within 15 years.

Italian scientists warn Marmolada has shrunk 80% in 70 years due to global heating. The largest and most symbolic glacier in the Dolomites could vanish within 15 years because of global heating,…

07 09 2020 | 10:17

Satellite images show rapid growth of glacial lakes worldwide.

Number of glacial lakes rose by 53% in 1990-2018 to reveal impact of increased meltwater. Glacial lakes have grown rapidly around the world in recent decades, according to satellite images that…

10 08 2020 | 06:48

How Underwater Microphones Are Helping Scientists Measure Climate Change.

Melting and crumbling glaciers are largely responsible for rising sea levels, so learning more about how glaciers shrink is vital to those who hope to save coastal cities and preserve wildlife. But…

06 08 2020 | 07:32

'There’s still a choice': New Zealand's melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change.

New research has found extreme melting of the country’s glaciers in 2018 was at least ten times more likely due to human-caused global heating Twice a year, glaciologist Lauren Vargo and her…

26 06 2020 | 06:57

Italian team covers glacier with giant white sheets to slow melting.

Every summer, the Presena glacier in northern Italy is protected from the sun with huge reflective tarps. A vast tarpaulin unravels, gathering speed as it bounces down the glacier over glinting snow…

25 04 2020 | 13:56

The age of stability is over, and coronavirus is just the beginning.

Humanity has only recently become accustomed to a stable climate.

11 04 2020 | 14:39

Huge East Antarctic Glacier Especially Susceptible to Climate Impacts.

Denman Glacier in East Antarctica retreated 3.4 miles (5.4 kilometers) from 1996 to 2018, according to a new study by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California,…

07 04 2020 | 08:32

Antarctica was warm enough for rainforest near south pole 90m years ago.

Think of Antarctica and it is probably sweeping expanses of ice, and the odd penguin, that come to mind. But at the time of the dinosaurs the continent was covered in swampy rainforest. Now experts…

07 04 2020 | 08:09

Antarctica's Denman Glacier is sinking into the world's deepest canyon.

The glaciers of Antarctica are melting at unprecedented rates, and a giant canyon in the continent's rocky underbelly could make matters much worse.