The Big Melt

By Derek Evans | Glaciers and ice fields are melting at incredible rates due to climate change. These are stories about the causes, effects and consequences.

Why thawing permafrost matters

In Bethel, Alaska, walls are splitting, houses are collapsing, and the main road looks like a kiddy rollercoaster. In the coastal town of Kongiganak, …

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Future El Niños Could Spell Trouble For Antarctica's Most Vulnerable Ice Sheet

There’s a mad scramble underway in the scientific community to learn everything possible about the imperiled West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIC), whose …

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Alaska is warming so quickly that weather algorithms can't keep up

The Arctic is heating up way faster than the rest of the world.<p>The National Centers for Environmental Information get a lot of, well, environmental information. They gather an immense amount of climate data, and in order to organize it all, they sit down on the 4th of every month to review …

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Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Beaufort Gyre

The Beaufort Gyre, an immense 60-mile-diameter pool of cold freshwater and sea ice, is “stuck” in a clockwise rotation that should have ended years ago. Its eventual reversal could send massive amounts of chilly water straight toward western Europe, plunging it into brutal winters and disrupting …

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In Antarctic dry valleys, early signs of climate change-induced shifts in soil

In a study spanning two decades, a team of researchers led by Colorado State University found declining numbers of soil fauna, nematodes and other …

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Threat of rising sea levels hits home

With its gradually sinking, low-lying lands, and development right up to the water’s edge, Boston has long been considered uncommonly vulnerable to …

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Scientists find surprising evidence of rapid changes in the Arctic

To their surprise, the research team found that radium-228 concentrations in the central Arctic Ocean had increased substantially since measurements …

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Algae living on the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet are making it melt faster, researchers find.

Algae growing on the Greenland Ice Sheet significantly darkens the surface and is a more powerful warming agent than either black carbon or dust, a …

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The Top 7 Climate Findings of 2017

As the potential effects of climate change are seen around the world - from starving polar bears to record-breaking storms - interest in climate …

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Saltier seas warn of floods to come

New Orleans is no stranger to downpours and flooded streets. But this year, residents found themselves even wetter than usual.<p>Brooke Perry’s home is …

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The Flood That Could Change Everything - United States of Climate Change

On the first day the storm will seem just like the others.<p>But once the water starts falling on Southern California this time, it won’t stop. Not for …

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The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe

Arctic air temperatures are increasing at a “phenomenal rate” – double the rate of global temperatures, according to the 2017 edition of the National …

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Algae, thrilled about a warming climate, is making Greenland melt faster

Arctic algae are one life form for whom climate change is great news. They thrive in warmer temperatures, and are flourishing beyond old boundaries as more of the icy far north becomes climatically hospitable.<p>But as algae grows over ice, it reduces how much light the ice can reflect. Like wearing …

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Let it go: The Arctic will never be frozen again

The Arctic has been irrevocably interrupted by climate change<p>Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more.<p>The region is …

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Snowfall Is Getting Weird In Alaska

As a general rule, we tend to associate global warming with less snow and ice. But the impacts of our planet’s carbon-fueled fever aren’t always …

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Arctic under attack: Why the world must 'act now'

There is now runaway climate change in the Arctic.<p>That's the conclusion of Lewis Pugh, cold water swimmer and the United Nations' Patron of the …

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New Research Confirms 'Catastrophic' Climate Threat: Global Sea Levels Could Rise 174 Feet From Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet

By Tim Radford<p>New research has confirmed one of the worst nightmares of climate science: the instability of the East Antarctic ice sheet.<p>This vast …

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Bad News About Antarctica's Most Stable Ice Sheet

The West Antarctic ice sheet’s imperiled glaciers get all the attention, but there’s an even larger pile of frozen water across the continent that …

The Arctic is melting — and it shows no sign of returning to being reliably frozen

• <b>2017 was the second-hottest year on record for the Arctic, according to NOAA's Arctic Report Card.</b>• <b><br>Even though the summer wasn't as hot as 2016's scorcher, the greening and melting processes continued.</b>• <b><br>As the region changes, older multi-year ice that helps it bounce back is disappearing.</b><p>There's a …

Greenland's ice sheet is driving global sea level rise. One section is melting 80% faster.

Scientists found ice melt runoff in a section of Greenland suddenly surged as the climate changed.<p>Average temperatures around the world may be slowly ticking upward, but their effects on the environment can be sharp and quick.<p>Earlier this week, we learned that Arctic sea ice extent is declining at …

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How Greenland would look without its ice sheet

<b>Scientists have produced a stunning visualisation of Greenland – without its ice cover.</b><p>It is made from decades of survey data that show the position and shape of the territory’s bedrock, and the surrounding seafloor.<p>This is critical information needed to understand how the huge island might respond …

Coastal cities are in serious jeopardy, new sea-level rise study shows.

As I wrote in a cover story last month, massive sheets of ice in Antarctica essentially hold humanity hostage, placing hundreds of millions of people …

Arctic Temperatures Are Rising So Fast Computers Don't Believe They're Real

An algorithm concluded a weather station in northern Alaska must have broken because it was reporting such high temperatures.<p>320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, a weather station in America’s northernmost city of Utqiaġvik <b></b>(formerly Barrow), Alaska, has been quietly collecting temperature data …

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We’re witnessing the fastest decline in Arctic sea ice in at least 1,500 years

The sudden, scary ice melt in the Arctic, in one chart.<p>The Arctic Ocean once froze reliably every year. Those days, it seems, are over.<p>On Tuesday, NOAA released its latest annual Arctic Report Card, which analyzes the state of the frozen ocean at the top of our world. Overall, it’s not good.<p>“The …

Global Warming

Recent Arctic warming, ice melt is 'unprecedented' in human history

Each year for the past 12 years, an international team of scientists have issued a "report card" on the Arctic climate system. The report amounts to …

Science at the Border Between Ice and Ocean

Eating breakfast at noon may seem like a cushy way to live, but not when you’re about to start your 12-hour shift operating heavy machinery.<p>On a …

Arctic's Temperature Continues To Run Hot, Latest 'Report Card' Shows

The Arctic is a huge, icy cap on the planet that acts like a global air conditioner. But the air conditioner is breaking down, according to scientists who issued a grim "report card" on the Arctic today.<p>They say the North Pole continues to warm at an alarming pace — twice the rate as the rest of …

Warming, melting Arctic is 'new normal'

An increasingly warm Arctic, where temperatures rise twice as fast as the rest of the planet and ice melts at an alarming pace is the “new normal,” …

Scientists Thought an Alaskan Weather Station Was Broken, but It Was Just Climate Change

That climate change is rapidly warming the Arctic is a given, but apparently the news hasn’t reached our algorithmic overlords.<p>Scientists monitoring …