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20 05 2021 | 13:35

Antarctica is headed for a climate tipping point by 2060, with catastrophic melting if carbon emissions aren’t cut quickly.

While U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken draws attention to climate change in the Arctic at meetings with other national officials this week in Iceland, an even greater threat looms on the other…

13 05 2021 | 06:33

Study of nearly every glacier on Earth shows ice loss is speeding up.

Earth's glaciers are shrinking, and in the past 20 years, the rate of shrinkage has steadily sped up, according to a new study of nearly every glacier on the planet.

04 05 2021 | 10:48

Rapid retreat of glaciers leading world towards ‘humanitarian crisis’, says top scientist.

Exclusive: Melt of glaciers in the Himalayas and South America could threaten water supply of hundreds of millions of people, says leading glaciologist Prof Jemma Wadham The rapid retreat of …

04 05 2021 | 10:38

Competition heats up in the melting Arctic, and the US isn’t prepared to counter Russia.

For decades, the frozen Arctic was little more than a footnote in global economic competition, but that’s changing as its ice melts with the warming climate.

27 04 2021 | 08:29

Warnings as Alaskan glacier moving 100 times faster than normal.

The glacier’s movement may make traversal to the summit of Denali impossible for climbers this year. An Alaskan glacier has been recorded as moving between 50 and 100 times faster than its previous…

28 11 2020 | 07:57

Two polar bears come sniffing in the Arctic night: Esther Horvath's best photograph.

In the autumn of 2019, I joined an expedition to the Arctic. We set sail from Tromsø, Norway, on 20 September, on the Polarstern icebreaker. There were 100 people on board – 60 scientists and 40 crew…

28 11 2020 | 07:01

Lorde urges climate action ahead of new book on Antarctica trip.

New Zealand singer says Donald Trump, Great Thunberg and California wildfires spurred her to visit before it turns ‘to slush’ The singer Lorde has written an impassioned entreaty for the world to…

20 11 2020 | 17:07

Greenland’s largest glaciers nearing rates of melt expected in ‘worst-case scenario’.

Greenland’s three biggest glaciers added the equivalent of around 8mm to global sea levels from 1880 to 2012, study says. Greenland’s largest glaciers are currently melting at levels close to what…

17 11 2020 | 16:30

Is the climate crisis pushing the world towards a ‘point of no return’?

A new study claims we may have already reached a hypothetical ‘point of no return’, but other researchers say this is ‘at odds’ with what we know about climate science. Daisy Dunne examines the…

12 11 2020 | 08:47

Climate crisis: Remote glaciers in China melting at ‘shocking’ pace, risking water shortages.

Scientists say largest glacier in world’s ‘third pole’ has retreated by 450 metres, as temperatures rise.

27 10 2020 | 10:24

Feeling the heat over Arctic sea ice.

David Nowell thinks Extinction Rebellion should focus on insulating homes, running public transport cooperatives and campaigning for major economic reforms, while Iain Climie says late Arctic ice…

25 09 2020 | 10:31

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea level by 2.5 metres – even if Paris climate goals are met, study finds.

Research says melting will continue even if temperature rises are limited to 2C. Melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will cause sea level rises of about two and a half metres around the world, even…

17 09 2020 | 18:25

Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Is Starting to Crack.

Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier has been called the "Doomsday Glacier." Thwaites and its neighbor, the Pine Island Glacier, are among those in West Antarctica most influenced by the climate crisis.

17 09 2020 | 18:10

Hidden rivers of warm water threaten vast Antarctic glacier.

Sea levels could rise more than two feet if just this one glacier collapses. One of the largest, most unstable glaciers in Antarctica is sliding into the ocean. That's due, in large part, to hidden…

15 09 2020 | 11:11

Huge cavities threaten glacier larger than Great Britain.

Water seeping into fissures in Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, accelerating rise of sea levels. British scientists have mapped cavities half the size of the Grand Canyon that are allowing warm ocean…

15 09 2020 | 10:06

Greenland and Antarctica Already Melting at 'Worst-Case-Scenario' Rates.

Antarctica and Greenland's ice sheets are currently melting at a pace consistent with worst-case-scenario predictions for sea level rise, with serious consequences for coastal communities and the…

15 09 2020 | 09:53

Queen of the Dolomites glacier could vanish within 15 years.

Italian scientists warn Marmolada has shrunk 80% in 70 years due to global heating. The largest and most symbolic glacier in the Dolomites could vanish within 15 years because of global heating,…

07 09 2020 | 10:17

Satellite images show rapid growth of glacial lakes worldwide.

Number of glacial lakes rose by 53% in 1990-2018 to reveal impact of increased meltwater. Glacial lakes have grown rapidly around the world in recent decades, according to satellite images that…

10 08 2020 | 06:48

How Underwater Microphones Are Helping Scientists Measure Climate Change.

Melting and crumbling glaciers are largely responsible for rising sea levels, so learning more about how glaciers shrink is vital to those who hope to save coastal cities and preserve wildlife. But…

06 08 2020 | 07:32

'There’s still a choice': New Zealand's melting glaciers show the human fingerprints of climate change.

New research has found extreme melting of the country’s glaciers in 2018 was at least ten times more likely due to human-caused global heating Twice a year, glaciologist Lauren Vargo and her…