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A melting glacier portends the future of a climate changed world

Melting Glaciers are Climate Change’s Canary In the Coal Mine

Glacier melt is the canary in the coal mine of climate change. A New Zealand study found that it is “very likely” that climate change caused the melting of 10 glaciers in New Zealand’s South Island. The researchers discovered that glacier loss was at least six times more likely to occur due to climate change since 2011 and 10 times…

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Satellite measurements indicate a rapidly accelerating ice mass loss in the Greenland and Antarctica

Greenland Ice Melt 2014 and Beyond: Follow the Water

Greenland ice melt accelerating – Recent high quality satellite measurements of the ice mass of Greenland and Antarctica taken over the past eleven years indicates rapidly accelerating rates of mass loss in the past decade. Ten years ago Greenland’s contribution to sea level rise was half a millimeter per year. Now, according to Professor Jason Box of the Geological Survey of…

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Using satellite data researchers find effect of melting Arctic sea ice has greater impact on global warming than expected

Melting Arctic Sea Ice Causing More Warming Than Expected

Scientists have long modeled the expected warming due to the decreased albedo effect as melting Arctic sea ice exposes more open ocean. As early as the 1960’s climate researchers have predicted how this phenomenon will amplify global warming. Arctic ice melt, albedo and global warming Albedo is measured as a percentage, in this case the percentage of solar radiation a…

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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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Rapidly changing arctic will contribute to increased sea level rise

Rapid Arctic Climate Change Could Intensify Sea Level Rise, Analysis Warns

Analysis from the Oslo-based Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) shows the pace of climate change in the Arctic is quickening and will significantly contribute to sea level rise by up to five feet by the end of the century. AMAP will release its full report in Nuuk Greenland at next week’s ministerial meeting of the eight-nation Arctic Council. “The…

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Is Pending Italian-Swiss Border Change Due to Alpine Glacial Melt a Global Harbinger?

Alpine glacial melting along the Swiss/Italian border will soon force the two governments to redraw centuries-old border.