Increased Carbon Spill From Glaciers Sets New Puzzle

Jan 29th, 2015 | By

Researchers in the US have calculated that, thanks to climate change, melting glaciers will have spilled an extra 15 million tonnes of organic carbon into the seas by 2050. The consequences for the ecosystems that depend on glacial meltwater are uncertain, but this burden of biological soot and sediment has potential implications for the global carbon

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Climate: Melting Glaciers Adding Dissolved Carbon to World’s Oceans

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

As if rising sea levels aren’t enough to worry about, U.S. Geological Survey scientists say melting glaciers may also adding significant amounts of carbon to the oceans, where it’s readily available to microscopic organisms at the base of the food chain. By 2050, that carbon could total as much as 17 million tons, equal to

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New Zealand’s Glaciers Melting Due to Climate Change

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

Climate change has affected New Zealand’s glaciers as tourists can no longer go to the ice on foot because of glacial retreat. Fox Glacier and the Franz Josef Glacier are now only accessible via helicopter. Local tour operator Fox Glacier Guiding has been unable to take tourists hiking since April because the glacial melt had

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Tibet’s Glaciers at Their Warmest

Jan 6th, 2015 | By

(Xinhuanet) — Recent decades have likely been the warmest and wettest on record in the Tibetan Plateau, known as the ‘Third Pole’ for its ice fields. A report on the region’s ecosystem published today shows climate change has been coming fast at the glaciers. The Tibetan Plateau and surrounding mountains represent one of the largest

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China Confirms its Southern Glaciers are Disappearing

Dec 24th, 2014 | By

Glaciers in China that are a critical source of water for drinking and irrigation in India are receding fast, according to a new comprehensive inventory. In the short term, retreating glaciers may release greater meltwater, “but it will be exhausted when glaciers disappear under a continuous warming,” says Liu Shiyin, who led the survey for

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China’s Glaciers Shrink by a Fifth Since the 1950s

Dec 15th, 2014 | By

China’s glaciers have retreated by 18 per cent over the past half century, a comprehensive survey has found, as some experts warn of “chain effects” that could have an impact on water supplies in the country’s western regions. An average of 244 sq km of glacial ice had disappeared every year since the late 1950s,

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Deep Concern Over Invisible Threat to Antarctic Glaciers

Dec 14th, 2014 | By

The Antarctic ice shelf is under threat from a silent, invisible agency – and the rate of melting of glaciers has trebled in the last two decades. The ocean waters of the deep circumpolar current that swirl around the continent have been getting measurably warmer and nearer the ocean surface over the last 40 years,

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Warmer Seas Could Cause Faster Melting of Antarctic ice Leading to Rising Sea Levels

Dec 5th, 2014 | By

Warming water under Antarctica’s ice shelves risks ice melting that could lead to a “worrying” rise in global sea levels, research has shown. Loss of the Antarctic ice shelves, which extend from the southern polar land mass over the underwater continental shelf, are likely to result in the glaciers behind them flowing more rapidly into

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Glacial Retreat at the source of the Ganges

Dec 2nd, 2014 | By

When it came, the collapse of the head of the Gomurkh glacier was sudden, loud and very frightening. I say that it was frightening not because I am a particularly timid soul, but because not two minutes before, I had been standing in the very spot that was now the new location of a mass

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Study of Melting Glaciers Worries Meteorologists

Nov 24th, 2014 | By

Meteorologists worried at the depletion of glaciers in Pakistan studied six glaciers in the Karakorum Range recently, and the results have made them worry even more. “All of them were found melting at a faster rate. The changing climate is taking a heavy toll on our glaciers,” Chief Meteorologist of Pakistan Met Department (PMD) Dr

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The Karakoram Glacier’s Secret to “Eternal Youth”

Nov 23rd, 2014 | By

You might call it the ultimate cold case. In a time when glaciers are quite literally melting before our very eyes, one glacier in the Himalayas has been doing quite the opposite. “It’s been a source of controversy that these glaciers haven’t been changing while other glaciers in the world have,” Sarah Kapnick, a postdoctoral

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Worldwide Retreat of Glaciers Confirmed in Unprecedented Detail

Nov 20th, 2014 | By

The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. A new book from the international GLIMS (Global Land Ice Measurements from Space) initiative, an international collaboration including the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado

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The “Have-a-Mind-of-Their-Own” Glaciers of Asia’s Karakoram

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

Using new remote sensing methods to generate an updated glacier inventory for the Karakoram region of Asia – which is part of the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalaya mountain range located between the borders of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China – Rankl et al. (2014) developed what they describe as “a new comprehensive dataset on the state of

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Glacial Retreat Will Continue but Can be Checked: Scientist

Oct 31st, 2014 | By

The glaciers in the Himalayas will continue to retreat for another 40-50 years and if this phenomenon is not checked, temperature will rise by at least four degrees Celsius by the end of this century. This caution has been issued by Anil Kulkarni, a scientist with the Bangalore-based Indian Institute of Science, at a conference

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Melting Glaciers, Changing Climate

Oct 29th, 2014 | By

At dawn, Mohd Soheb begins an arduous trek to the high camp at Chhota Shigri glacier in the Pir Panjal range in Spiti valley, Himachal Pradesh. From the PWD guesthouse at Chota Dara, he walks down to the Chandra river where he travels across in a small iron crate using an ingenious system of pulleys

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As Glaciers Melt, A Lake in Nepal Fills Up

Oct 24th, 2014 | By

Glaciers on Nepal’s Imja Tse (Island Peak) in the Himalayas have melted at an average rate of almost 10 meters per year over the past several decades, during which time residents of Imja Tse Valley below have literally watched the residual waters create an entirely new lake. The Imja Tsho (Imja Lake) first began collecting

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Himalayan Glaciers In Karakoram Adding Bulk, Not Losing Ice, Says Study

Oct 13th, 2014 | By

Reuters: Once again there is damning news against the Inter­governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this time from a study of glaciers in the Karakoram region of the Himalayas. It finds that the glaciers here are stable and snowfall is actually increasing adding to their bulk. Even earlier, these glaciers have been a source of

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Researchers Travel to Greenland to Study Glacial Shifts

Oct 7th, 2014 | By

Traveling to the icy regions of Greenland, UT researchers, led by Lauren Andrews, a geological sciences graduate student, looked at the country’s glaciers to see how they impact glacial shifts in icy regions of the Atlantic Ocean, including Greenland. Andrews and her team published their findings in an October edition of Nature. Andrews said the

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Why Greenland is Likely to Melt More Quickly

Oct 1st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Climate scientists have thought a little more deeply about the state of the Greenland ice sheet and their conclusions are ominous. They think that the northern hemisphere’s largest assembly of ice and compacted snow is more vulnerable to climate change than anybody had previously thought. Marion Bougamont of the Scott Polar Research

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Ice Melt Dilutes Arctic Sea’s CO2 Clean-up Role

Sep 26th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The Arctic ice cap has just passed its summer minimum – and it’s the sixth lowest measure of sea ice recorded since 1978, according to scientists at the US space agency NASA. For three decades, the shrinking Arctic ice – and the growing area of clear blue water exposed each summer – has

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Himalayan Glaciers Losing Ice by Thinning

Sep 18th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: The response of the Himalayan glaciers to climate change is very puzzling in many ways. Despite being subjected to similar climate changes, some of these glaciers appear to be stagnant as their fronts (or mouths) appear to be stationary. However, appearances can be deceptive and these glaciers are in one stage of development where

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Southern Alps Lose a Third of Their Ice

Sep 14th, 2014 | By

A third of the permanent snow and ice on New Zealand’s Southern Alps has now disappeared, according to research based on aerial surveys by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.The researchers say that that since 1977, the volume of ice on the nation’s Southern Alps has shrunk by more than 18 cubic kilometres

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Satellite Mapping Shows Ice Caps’ Faster Melt Rate

Sep 1st, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: German researchers have established the height of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with greater precision than ever before. And the new maps they have produced show that the ice is melting at an unprecedented rate. The maps, produced with a satellite-mounted instrument, have elevation accuracies to within a few metres. Since Greenland’s

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‘Incredible’ Rate of Polar Ice Loss Alarms Scientists

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
An artist’s impression of CryoSat-2,  the European satellite which has revealed dramatic ice loss.

The Guardian: The planet’s two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth’s ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by

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World’s Largest Ice Sheets Melting At Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula, Vega Island, Waterfalls

The Huffington Post: Greenland and Antarctica are home to the two largest ice sheets in the world, and a new report released Wednesday says that they are contributing to sea level rise twice as much as they were just five years ago. Using the European Space Agency’s CryoSat 2 satellite, the Alfred Wegener Institute from

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Human Factor Speeds up Glacial Melting

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: The impact of human activity is melting the glaciers in the world’s mountain regions, and is doing so at an accelerating rate. Ben Marzeion, a climate scientist at the University of Innsbruck’s Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, Austria, reports with colleagues in the journal Science that they used computer models to simulate changes in the world’s

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New Zealand’s ‘Dramatic’ Ice Loss Could Lead to Severe Decline of Glaciers

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

The Guardian: New Zealand’s vast Southern Alps mountain range has lost a third of its permanent snow and ice over the past four decades, diminishing some of the country’s most spectacular glaciers, new research has found. A study of aerial surveys conducted by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) discovered that the Southern Alps’ ice

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Efforts on to Monitor Himalayan Glaciers

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By

IANS: Efforts are underway for the regular monitoring of the dynamics and climate studies of Himalayan glaciers, minister of state for science and technology Jitendra Singh said on Wednesday. “Efforts are underway for regular monitoring of glacier dynamics, snow and glacier melting, geometrical changes and climate studies of the Himalayan glaciers,” Jitendra Singh said in reply

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Dark Snow: From the Arctic to the Himalayas, the Phenomenon That is Accelerating Glacier Melting

Jul 5th, 2014 | By
Dark snow Greenland

The Guardian: When American geologist Ulyana Horodyskyj set up a mini weather station at 5,800m on Mount Himlung, on the Nepal-Tibet border, she looked east towards Everest and was shocked. The world’s highest glacier, Khumbu, was turning visibly darker as particles of fine dust, blown by fierce winds, settled on the bright, fresh snow. “One-week-old snow

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Icebergs Strip Away Rich Antarctic Habitat

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By

A once-rich habitat in the Antarctic has become an impoverished zone as icebergs, increasingly breaking free from the surrounding sea ice because of global warming, scour the shallow-water rocks and boulders on which a diversity of creatures cling to life. A report in the journal Current Biology says that researchers who carried out a survey dive in

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Drones Zero In On Himalayan Glaciers

Jun 19th, 2014 | By

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are finding a role in the study of glaciers in the rugged and remote Himalayas. Using UAVs to study the Lirung glacier in Nepal’s Langtang region, scientists from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Research, Kathmandu, have shown that glacial melt water

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Underworld Threat to Melting Icecap

Jun 16th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Researchers in the US have identified a new reason for the acceleration in the melting of Greenland’s icecap − the ice underneath, as it melts and then refreezes, appears to speed up glacial flow. The melt-and-freeze-again cycle is not itself new, as a similar process has been diagnosed under the ice cap of Antarctica.

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Hidden Volcanoes Melt Antarctic Glaciers from Below

Jun 10th, 2014 | By

Antarctica is a land of ice. But dive below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and you’ll find fire as well, in the form of subglacial volcanoes. Now, a new study finds that these subglacial volcanoes and other geothermal “hotspots” are contributing to the melting of Thwaites Glacier, a major river of ice that flows into Antarctica’s Pine

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On Shrinking Glaciers

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By

The valley is gifted by nature with large reservoirs of water in the shape of glaciers.  We Humans have not been able to tap our resources to its hilt. Instead due to pollutants in the atmosphere and emission of poisonous gases, harmful seasonal changes have been brought upon us. Rising temperatures resulting in shrinking of

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Glacier Feeding Indus Tributary Melting Fast, JNU Study Says

Jun 1st, 2014 | By

Times News Network:  This could be worrisome for Himalayan glaciers. A team from Jawaharlal Nehru University has found significantly accelerated ice melting on Chhota Shigri glacier in Lahaul and Spiti over the last 10 years. The JNU team, which has been studying the glacier for several years to understand the impact of climate change, has

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Greenland Ice May Melt Even Faster

May 25th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Just days after US researchers identified geophysical reasons why West Antarctica’s glaciers are increasingly vulnerable to global warming, a partner team has pinpointed a related cause for alarm in Greenland. Many of the bedrock crevices and canyons down which the island’s glaciers flow have basements that are below sea level. This means that as warm

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Glaciers In Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Shrinking Due To Global Warming

May 23rd, 2014 | By

Glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, home to several Himalayan rivers including the Brahamaputra, have shrunk 15% due to global warming, Chinese researchers said. Glaciers have shrunk from 53,000 to 45,000 sq km in the past 30 years, the scientists added. The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the highest place in the world’s mid-latitude regions, is more likely to

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China Glaciers Shrink 15% in Warming: Xinhua

May 22nd, 2014 | By

AFP: China’s glaciers have shrunk by thousands of square kilometres over the past 30 years as a result of climate change, state-run media reported on Wednesday. The Qinghai-Tibet plateau in western China has seen its glaciers shrink by 15 per cent, or 8,000 square kilometres (3,089 square miles), the official Xinhua news agency cited the Chinese

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Global Warming Melting Himalayan Glaciers

May 19th, 2014 | By

This is going to be immensely damning report about the impacts of the climate change in this part of the world. Global warming is melting Himalayan glaciers faster than anyone thought. A latest study says that global warming is killing Himalayan glaciers. The report says that in Nepal it has destroyed as much as one

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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Melt Won’t Stop Anytime

May 15th, 2014 | By

Watching the West Antarctic ice sheet disappear won’t be something worth a month-long trip, but perhaps take a couple hundred years. Even watching the annual ice breakup is a few weeks, but the problem on the West Antarctic ice sheet is that it is building up less every year. Climate change, leading to warmer ocean temperatures,

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200000 Glaciers Mapped To Estimate Sea Level Rise

May 7th, 2014 | By

An international team led by glaciologists from the University of Colorado Boulder and Trent University in Ontario, Canada has completed the first mapping of virtually all of the world’s glaciers — including their locations and sizes — allowing for calculations of their volumes and ongoing contributions to global sea rise as the world warms. The

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Climate Change Causing Faster Glacier Melting

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

Ice glaciers in West Antarctica are melting much faster than they were 40 years ago, according to a new study. Researchers have found that the amount of ice draining from the large glaciers increased between the years 1973 and 2010 by as much as 77 per cent, possibly due to the impact of climate change. This

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Climate Change Accelerates Greenland Ice Loss

Mar 21st, 2014 | By

The Greenland ice sheet, and particularly glaciers in the southeast and northwest, has been a significant contributor to global sea-level rise over the past 20 years. However, the northeast ice stream, which drains 16% of the ice sheet, was not thought to contribute. Research now shows that all margins of the Greenland ice sheet are now unstable—and

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Glaciers in Western Canada Still Receding Despite Cold, Snow

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

Despite cold and snowy winters for the past few years, scientists say it hasn’t helped to slow the retreat of the glaciers in Western Canada. Experts from Natural Resources Canada and several universities monitor annual fluctuations of glaciers in the western and northern Cordillera, which includes the iconic icefields in the Rocky Mountains. Shawn Marshall,

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Arctic Melt Speeding Up

Mar 9th, 2014 | By

Climate News Network: Ice in the Arctic continues to retreat. The season without ice is getting longer by an average of five days every 10 years, according to a new study in Geophysical Research Letters.  And in some regions of the Arctic, the autumn freeze is now up to 11 days later every decade. This means that

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Peru’s Quelccaya Ice Cap Is Melting, Thanks To Climate Change

Mar 3rd, 2014 | By

For decades now scientists have observed rapid melting in the Quelccaya Ice Cap in Peru. The glacier ebbs and flows each year, as do all glaciers, but each year it also shrinks a little bit more than the previous year. A 2006 study concluded with the ice cap had lost 20% of its area since 1978 and

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Climate Politics: a Melting Glacier

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

The great floods across parts of southern England may have abated, but questions over their linkage to climate change are among the most powerful residues. For scientists, experts and citizens the evidence may be compelling, but many parliamentarians and some cabinet ministers in the governing Conservative Party remain unyielding members of the climate-change-denial community (see “A

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The Massive, Melting Pine Island Glacier Is Just Getting Started

Feb 23rd, 2014 | By

Scientists have watched with awe the deterioration of the Pine Island Glacier, one of the major outlets of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the fastest moving glacier on the continent. Last summer, the glacier deposited an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan into the Amundsen Sea. According to data gleaned via NASA’s Ice

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Scientists: Antarctic Ice Melt ‘Top Threat’

Feb 21st, 2014 | By

The researchers focused on the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica, which has been thinning at an increasingly rapid pace for about the past 20 years, as the waters beneath get warmer along with the rest of the ocean. Based on new geological surveys and advanced dating techniques on rocks that have been exposed by the retreating ice, the

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Canada’s Arctic ice Caps Melting Rapidly Since 2005, According to Documents

Feb 19th, 2014 | By

Glacier monitoring conducted by the federal government in Canada’s High Arctic shows the shrinking of ice caps that started in the late 1980s “has accelerated rapidly since 2005” and is part of a “strongly negative trend,” according to internal government documents. The federal government data raise a number of questions about climate change in Canada’s

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Melting Antarctic Glacier in State of ‘Irreversible Retreat’ Experts Say

Feb 16th, 2014 | By

A colossal Antarctic glacier has been rapidly receding and now scientists say it has likely reached a point of uncontrollable retreat. Continued melting of the glacier and the surrounding ice sheet could trigger a dangerous rise in Earth’s sea level. Researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Grenoble have built an ice-flow

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This Fastest Moving Glacier On The Planet Is Telling Us A Whole Lot About Climate Change

Feb 4th, 2014 | By

The Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland has been clocked as the fastest in the world. The glacier hit a speed of more than 17 kilometres per year, or over 46 metres per day, the fastest recorded. “We are now seeing summer speeds more than 4 times what they were in the 1990s,” says Ian Joughin, a

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On the Ground: Alaska’s National Parks Lead the Way in Planning for Climate Change

Jan 27th, 2014 | By

Here in Alaska, the National Park Service has taken the first steps to plan for a changing climate where the consequences – like melting glaciers, migrating wildlife and thawing permafrost — are showing up earlier and proving more dramatic than those predicted for lower latitudes. With that in mind, Alaska’s regional park service became the first in the country to

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Meltwater From Tibetan Glaciers Floods Pastures

Jan 17th, 2014 | By

Glaciers are important indicators of climate change. Global warming causes mountain glaciers to melt, which, apart from the shrinking of the Greenlandic and Antarctic ice sheets, is regarded as one of the main causes of the present global sea-level rise. Tibet’s glaciers are also losing mass clearly, as scientists from the universities of Zurich, Tubingen

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Glacier’s ‘Irreversible’ Melt Could Result in 100bn-Tonne Annual Ice Loss

Jan 14th, 2014 | By

Glaciologists have announced that a huge ice stream in western Antarctica, recognised as the largest single contributor of ice to the sea, has begun an accelerated and irreversible melt rate that could see it shedding 100 billion tonnes a year, equating to a global sea level rise of up to 10mm in 20 years. According to

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Giant Antarctic Glacier Beyond Point of No Return

Jan 13th, 2014 | By

AFP: Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest single contributors to world sea-level rise, is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a centimetre to ocean levels in 20 years, say scientists. The glacier “has started a phase of self-sustained retreat and will irreversibly continue its decline,” says Gael Durand, a glaciologist with France’s Grenoble

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Gangotri Glacier is Retreating

Jan 8th, 2014 | By

The Hindu: “The Gangotri glacier is retreating like other glaciers in the Himalayas and its volume and size are shrinking as well,” a report, titled ‘Estimation of retreat rate of Gangotri glacier using rapid static and kinematic GPS survey’, by scientists from the Almora-based G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development has stated. The institute

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El Niño Tied to Melting of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier

Jan 7th, 2014 | By

Pine Island Glacier is one of the biggest routes for ice to flow from Antarctica into the sea. The floating ice shelf at the glacier’s tip has been melting and thinning for the past four decades, causing the glacier to speed up and discharge more ice. Understanding this ice shelf is a key for predicting

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Pine Island Glacier Sensitive to Climatic Variability

Jan 3rd, 2014 | By

A new study published in Science this month suggests the thinning of Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica is much more susceptible to climatic and ocean variability than at first thought. Observations by a team of scientists at British Antarctic Survey, and other institutions, show large fluctuations in the ocean heat in Pine Island Bay. The

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Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Causing Rapid Glacier Loss in Iceland

Dec 26th, 2013 | By

Iceland’s more than 300 glaciers are losing approximately 11 billion tons of ice per year due to climate change. The far-northern country is one of the fastest-warming regions on the planet, warming at a rate of up to four times the average of the entire Northern Hemisphere, according to an article published by The Daily Climate. The

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