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Crises Erupt as Glacial Retreat Threatens Water Resources

Receding glaciers are threatening water supplies across the Andes region from Colombia to Chile, posing threats to lives and livelihoods.A Japan Fund project is helping regional authorities and residents cope with changes and the fundamental challenges.

Greenland and the Great Ice Dilema

The Greenland Ice Sheet is melting fast, which very well may affect the rise of the sea level.

Shifting currents are eating away at the Pine Island Ice Shelf

Shifting Ocean Currents Drive Accelerating Ice Melt of Antarctic Ice Shelf

Shifting ocean currents appear to be accelerating ice melt of the Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf in western Antarctica. According to research published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University have recorded ocean currents driving at and underneath the ice shelf, carving out an expanding cavity from underneath the glacier, creating…

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Will Arctic Summer Ice Disappear By 2015?

The poles are warming at least twice as fast as the rest of the globe, what immediate and long-term actions must we take to mitigate the worst consequences of climate change?

International Scientific Congress on Climate Change: Day One from Copenhagen

In a run-up to the United Nations COP 15 Climate Change Conference this December, the Scientific Congress on Climate Change: Global Risks, Challenges, and Decisions got under way today in Copenhagen. Hosted by the University of Copenhagen, the conference is one of the world’s largest interdisciplinary meetings on climate change, with over 2000 participants from over 80 countries coming together…

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Glacier Melting at Twice the Rate of Previous Decades

The World Glacier Monitoring Service in Zurich Switzerland reported recently that in 2007 glaciers worldwide have thinned by an average of 29 inches (74 centimeters), an indication that glaciers are now melting twice as fast as they were in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The new data continues the global trend in accelerated ice loss over the past few decades”, notes…

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