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Hottest Arctic on record triggers massive ice melt

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:04 AM

The report card this year clearly shows a stronger and more pronounced signal of persistent warming than any previous year in our observational record going back to 1900 NOAA says

This NASA handout file photo taken March 25, 2016 shows a perspective of the northeast coastline of Greenland, one of the world’s two great ice sheets (the other is Antarctica), captured by the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) field campaign team flying NASA’s G-III aircraft at about 40,000 feet on March 26.  Handout / NASA

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Antarctic glacier thinning more rapidly than thought – study

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:21 PM

The Smith Glacier spilling into the Amundsen Sea shed up to 70 meters 230 feet per year between 2002 and 2009 according to a study

ICY WORLD. Part of the eastern flank of Crosson Ice Shelf (center left) and Mount Murphy (foreground) as viewed during a NASA IceBridge flight on October 23, 2012. Thwaites Ice Shelf lies beyond the highly fractured expanse of ice (center). John Sonntag via Nature

May 2016 goes down as Earth's hottest on record – NASA

Jun 15, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The Arctic in particular experienced abnormal heat causing Arctic sea ice and the Greenland ice sheet to start melting unusually early said NASA

An Indian man stands under the cascading water of a fountain in a decorative shallow pool adorning the gardens surrounding the India Gate monument on a hot Indian summer afternoon in New Delhi on May 20, 2016. Roberto Schmidt/AFP

Oceans delay warming of Antarctic waters – study

May 31, 2016 - 7:57 AM

This icy insulation of the snowy continent – covered by a sheath of ice up to 4 kilometers 2 5 miles thick – could last for centuries

Totten Glacier. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Global warming: What if we do nothing?

Dec 01, 2015 - 4:27 PM

If mankind fails to curb global warming we would face fallout ranging from massive refugee crises to scorching heatwaves

CLIMATE ALARM. This file photo taken Feb 14 2013 shows shows smokes rising from stacks of a thermal power station in Sofia, Bulgaria. AFP / Dimitar Dilkoff

Greenland's icy homage to UN climate change conference

Nov 22, 2015 - 10:15 AM

A mass of ice harvested from Greenland is on its way to Paris where it will be installed on the Place de la Republique to mark the UN Climate Change Conference

MELTING ICE. A handout photo provided on July 9, 2013 by the NASA Earth Observatory and taken on June 21, using Landsat 8 data from the US Geological Survey, shows springtime in southwest Greenland. Pools of blue water begin to dot the surface of the ice sheet as the top layer of snow and ice melts. Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon/NASA Earth Observatory/AFP

Sea level rise unavoidable, says NASA

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:06 AM

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than ever and oceans are warming and expanding much more rapidly than they have in years past

ICY HORIZON. A handout image dated April 2, 2012 and made available by NASA November 28, 2012 showing Arctic sea ice as seen from the window of the NASA P-3 airplane. Michael Studinger/Handout/EPA

Extreme diving: Crucial to Arctic research

Aug 16, 2015 - 2:09 PM

To find answers in the Arctic researchers rely heavily on divers who brave the icy waters to gather samples

TEMPERATURE CHECK. Scientific divers work in the icy waters of the Kongsfjorden, near the scientific base of Ny Alesund, on the Spitzberg island of the Norwegian Arctic Svalbard archipelago, on July 22, 2015. Dominique Faget/AFP

Scientists and bears: uneasy Arctic neighbors

Aug 09, 2015 - 12:40 PM

Encounters between humans and polar bears on Norway s stunning Svalbard archipelago are rare but people are always on the lookout

WARNING. A picture taken on July 23, 2015 shows a warning sign reading 'stop, polar bear danger, do not walk beyond this sign without your firearm', at the entrance of the scientific base of Ny Alesund in the Svalbard archipelago. Dominique Faget/AFP

Tracking the retreat of Arctic ice

Aug 02, 2015 - 12:32 PM

Ny Alesund the world s northernmost permanent human settlement offers the perfect vantage point for scientists studying the rate and effects of global warming

MISSING: ICE. A view taken on July 20, 2015 shows the Kongsfjorden fjord near the scientific base of Ny Alesund. Dominique Faget/AFP

Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf – study

May 13, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The loss of the Larsen C ice shelf could occur within a century but an earlier collapse cannot be ruled out with major consequences for global sea levels

A file photo dated February 1997 of an ice crack in the Larsen B ice shelf in the Wedden sea, Antarctica. Morgan/Greenpeace/EPA

Warm ocean melting East Antarctica's largest glacier

Jan 27, 2015 - 8:45 AM

A just returned voyage to the Totten Glacier finds the waters around the glacier are warmer than expected and likely melting the ice from below

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Australia hopeful for new Antarctic sanctuary proposal

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Its latest proposal is for a 1 0 million square kilometer zone over four areas a plan which will be considered at the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources CCAMLR talks

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

Sep 01, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent s icesheet scientists say

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Progress made towards Antarctic sanctuary – NZ

Nov 03, 2013 - 9:43 AM

New Zealand remains optimistic despite the failure of multi national talks to agree the plan

WILDERNESS. This image obtained from NASA on November 14, 2012 shows a view of Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica. AFP / British Antarctic Survey/NASA

Australia, US, France urge Antarctic protected areas

Oct 16, 2013 - 10:36 AM

Russia is seen as key to protecting large swathes of the wilderness area

WILDERNESS. This image obtained from NASA on November 14, 2012 shows a view of Sheldon Glacier with Mount Barre in the background, seen from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island, Antarctica. AFP / British Antarctic Survey/NASA

Arctic ice shrinking in volume, too - ESA

Sep 12, 2013 - 8:52 AM

ESA said that in April this year the Arctic s crust of ice was the thinnest observed in three years by its science satellite CryoSat

FROZEN SEA. A photo made available 28 August 2013 shows a rainbow appearing over the horizon in the Arctic on Aug. 27, 2013. EPA/YNA

Arctic methane breach an 'economic time bomb'

Jul 25, 2013 - 1:15 PM

Massive leakage of methane from thawing shoreline in the Arctic would devastate the world s climate and economy

ICY NORTH. An aerial view of the research ship 'Polarstern' (North Star) sailing on the Artic Ocean at the North Pole, October 6, 2011. Photo by EPA/Stefan Hendriks / Alred Wegener Institute handout

Antarctica is Filipino scientist's laboratory

May 07, 2013 - 3:53 PM

As Filipinos endure the summer heat a Filipino American scientist deals with months of darkness sub zero temperatures and isolation

WORKING IN THE COLD. Blaise Kuo Tiong checks on one of IceCube's equipment buried in the Antarctic ice. Photo courtesy of Blaise Kuo Tiong

A Filipino in Antarctica: Cold continent, hot science

May 05, 2013 - 9:54 PM

Meet Blaise Kuo Tiong a Filipino scientist studying neutrinos at the world s southernmost point

Filipino scientist Blaise Kuo Tiong at the IceCube South Pole Neutrino Observatory. Photo courtesy of Blaise Kuo Tiong