A huge piece of ice broke off the Arctic’s largest shelf, Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden, in northeast Greenland, this year. The broken section, known as the Spalte Glacier, now floats in pieces. The event has been connected to climate change and record temperature rises in the region in the last couple of years. […]
A glacier in the Italian Alps is turning pink as algae eats away at its snow. Algae that changes the colour of snow or ice causes it to melt faster, a process which drives glacier melt across the globe. Glacier-eating algae could be seen more frequently as global temperatures rise. […]
Many famous landmarks and iconic natural wonders have been flooded, scorched, or eroded by extreme weather in the last decade. In the US, the Statue of Liberty and Glacier National Park have both been affected by climate-related disasters. In some cases, the damage is irreversible. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
Glaciers are slow-moving rivers of ice that usually grow in winter and shrink in summer. But with global temperatures rising, many glaciers are losing more ice than they’re gaining, meaning the world’s glaciers are shrinking. Philippus Wester, a chief scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, called it […]
In Iceland, locals and scientists held a funeral and installed a plaque for the former Okjökull glacier. In 2014, Okjökull lost its status as a glacier because of how much it had shrunk due to climate change. Iceland loses almost 25 square miles of glacier each year due to global […]
Two glaciers in Antarctica are melting at unprecedented rates. If they collapse, global sea levels could rise by more than 10 feet (3.3 meters), swamping coastal cities like New York, Shanghai, and Kolkata, India. In a new study, scientists simulated the effect of adding artificial snow to the glaciers to […]
Antarctica’s glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates. This rapid ice loss contributes to rising sea-levels. In a new study, scientists found that the Thwaites Glacier in western Antarctica will likely hit a point of irreversible melting, after which it will lose all of its ice over a period of 150 […]
NASA has found a 1,000-foot-tall cavity that’s two-thirds the size of Manhattan under the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. The cavity is thought to have held 14 billion tons of ice that melted over the last three years. The melting Thwaites Glacier is responsible for 4% of annual global sea-level rise. […]
A team of British scientists has successfully drilled the deepest hole ever in Western Antarctica. The hole is about 2.1 kilometers deep – about four times taller than the Sears Tower. It took an 11-person team from the British Antarctic Survey 63 hours of continuous drilling to reach that depth. […]
Greenland is hiding an explosive secret under its thick ice sheet. In 2015, researchers created a new map of the continent’s bedrock, which is normally obscured by thousands of metres of ice. When an international team of scientists studied that map, they found a 25km wide, bowl-like depression – it […]
If the glaciers holding back ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland were to collapse, the rate of sea-level rise around the globe could skyrocket. That would quickly render coastal cities, where hundreds of millions of people live, uninhabitable. To prevent this, scientists are proposing a new kind of geoengineering plan […]
A Maryland-size iceberg broke off Antarctica in July 2017. More than year later, iceberg A68a had floated a few dozen miles away from its birthplace. But A68a just made a fateful turn and should now wander north, where it will eventually break up and melt. The process may take a […]
Warm waters are pooling underneath Antarctic glaciers in a way that’s causing glaciers to melt more rapidly and preventing the formation of cool water beneath Antarctica, according to a new study. This could slow ocean currents and potentially lead to a rapid sea-level rise event known as a pulse. Such […]
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