Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Grew At Record Pace In 2016, UN Says

Atmospheric carbon dioxide levels grew at a record pace in 2016, to 403.3 parts per million (ppm), up from 400.0 in 2015, the UN World Meteorological Organization just revealed as part of its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin. The growth rate in atmospheric carbon dioxide in 2016 was thus around 50% faster than the average of

Glaciers Contributing Same As Ice Sheet Melt To Sea Level Rise

Research has found that approximately 99% of our planet’s land-locked ice is held up in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The remainder, however, is out in the open, located primarily in the glaciers dotted throughout the appropriate latitudes across the planet. And according to new research, those glaciers contributed approximately the same amount of

Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets More Stable Than Previously Thought

Scientific understanding is continually shifting as time moves on. For decades now, scientists have assumed that ancient high tide lines referred to higher sea levels. These assumptions have led scientists to believe that if the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets were to completely melt, they would cause such a high sea level again. New research,

Six-Foot Robot Invades Greenland, For Science

There is nothing better in life than a good robot story, and what’s even better is when that robot is named GROVER. GROVER stands for both Greenland Rover and Goddard Remotely Operated Vehicle for Exploration and Research — which must have just really made the NASA scientists day, when they realised — and is set to

Greenland 2012 Record Breaking Ice Melt Driven By Thin Clouds

Low-level clouds usually reflect solar energy back into space, as does the white coverage of snow. The albedo of cloud and snow — it’s ability to reflect sunlight back into space — is vitally important for minimising the level of solar energy wandering around inside our atmosphere, heating up our planet. One of the fears

Researchers Team Up With Greenland Native Seals to Study Rising Seas

  Here’s a scientific dilemma for you to put your mind to for a moment: what do you do when you need specific readings from locations all-but impossible to reach by any traditional human means? Turns out, if you are David Holland, a professor at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, you recruit

Greenland Winds Affect Ocean Circulation in North Atlantic

  A new climate diagnostic tool has revealed gale-force winds whipping around the Greenland coast are driving ocean circulation by affecting ocean waters, deep sea currents and sea ice behaviour. “We now have a more complete understanding of the complexity of the climate system,” says Moore, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Physical

How Warming Temperatures Will Change the Face of Greenland

Understanding the specifics of how global climate change will affect any one specific region is tricky, but two researchers have tackled the issue of what will happen to Greenland over the next century, and the news is not encouraging. “We put Greenland under a microscope to see what accounts for melting and for ice mass

Irreversible Sea Level Rise to Continue for Thousands of Years

It’s too late! We’re all going to die! So says the latest research to be published in the respected journal Environmental Research Letters. OK. I might be jumping to a bit of a dramatic conclusion there. In fact, the study in question has shown that the levels of greenhouse gasses we have already pumped into the

Greenland Melting Record Broken with Four Weeks to Spare

Most years would see us waiting until early September before we received notification of any record of Greenlandic melting being broken or not, but this year we get the news early! Four weeks early, in fact, according to Marco Tedesco, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at The City College of New York, who has

Greenland Ice Sheet more Dynamic than Previously Thought

The Greenland Ice Sheet is of major concern to scientists the world over in a world that is warming rapidly and causing massive ice melt to occur. However, recent research has shown that the Greenland Ice Sheet may in fact be more robust and dynamic than previously thought. The research was conducted by the University of

Huge Greenland Glacier Ice Sheet Breaks Off… Another One

  I’m sure this is not what global warming naysayers want to hear, but an iceberg about twice the size of Manhattan has just broken off of a Greenland glacier, Petermann Glacier. This was actually predicted by scientists last Fall, but as you should well know by now, scientists are just money-hungry, greedy, lying rascals

Oldest Known Impact Crater Discovered in Greenland

  A massive 100 kilometre-wide crater has been discovered in Greenland and redefined the record books by being the remains of an impact that is a full billion years earlier than any other known collision on Earth. It’s a fascinating story and one that will continue to evolve and should help shed light on a

Long Lost Photos Reveal Precious Data About Greenland's Glacier History

  Considering that we didn’t start getting satellites up into the atmosphere until the 1970s, it comes as no surprise that recently discovered photographs from the 1930s depicting Greenland’s glaciers are viewed as a precious scientific resource. Rediscovered in a castle just outside of Copenhagen, Denmark, the photographs below spawn from 1930s aerial surveys of

Methane Seeping Up from New Sources in Alaska

  Researchers from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks have found large measures of geologic methane seeping up the edges of the thawing permafrost and receding glaciers in Alaska and Greenland. The retreat of Arctic permafrost and glaciers often reveal previously frozen organic matter like dead plants or animals, which subsequently decays and releases methane, often

Complete Melt of Greenland Ice Sheet Closer Than First Thought

According to a new study the Greenland ice sheet is possibly more vulnerable to the temperature increase of global warming than previously estimated. According to the study, conducted by scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and published in the journal Nature Climate Change, the temperature

Lessons from the Vikings' Experience with Climate Change

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” said George Santayana, and scientists who have been studying the past environments and archaeological remains of Greenland and Iceland believe the same thing. Scientists including Professor Andrew Dugmore of the University of Edinburgh have studied how well the Norse responded to changes in the

Winter Bicycling in… Greenland!

  Over on the wonderful, leading bicycle site Copenhagenize, Mikael Colville-Andersen shared some pretty superb pictures of and comments on bicycling in Greenland and other northern countries last month. This one above is just so beautiful to me. Here’s more from Copenhagenize: Greenland is an area we haven’t covered much here on Copenhagenize. We’ve noticed that many

Extreme Ice Sheet Melting Does Not Need Extreme Heat

New research has provided evidence to suggest that massive melting of ice sheets like the Greenland ice sheet does not need corresponding record temperature highs, rather, just persistent warm weather over several years. Such results suggest that glaciers and ice sheets could undergo a self-amplifying cycle of melting and warming simply if there is persistently

Weddell Sea Covered in Ice

Scientists working with NASA’s Operation IceBridge airborne research campaign started their third year of survey flights and captured this image of the sea ice covering the Weddell Sea.

Polar Bears Being Poisoned

A new doctoral thesis has shown that industrial chemicals are making their way north to the Arctic from the industrialised world via air and sea currents, where they are then absorbed by the sea’s food chains, of which the polar bear is at the top.

Review of The Times Atlas of the World

When I stand next to The Times Atlas of the World which has recently garnered so much controversy, sitting in its lovely hardcover slipcase to protect the lovely hardcover beauty that is the atlas itself, it comes up to just below my knee. It’s really big. It deserves to be though, because inside is a series of maps, pages of information and a very comprehensive Index of places.

Here’s my review of The Times Atlas of the World.

Cambridge Scientists Raise Concern About New Times Atlas

Only days after the 13th and newest edition of The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World was released to much acclaim and news reporting, scientists from the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge University have raised concerns about the claims made by the atlas that there has been a 15% decrease in the permanent ice cover of Greenland in the past 12 years.

New Times Atlas Turning Greenland Green

Published on the 15th of September the new edition of ‘The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World’ has made thousands of new updates and adjustments, including wiping 15% of Greenland’s ice cover from the map. That’s a size comparative to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Pictures of Greenland Melt Gob-Smack Expert

“Although I knew what to expect in terms of ice loss from satellite imagery, I was still completely unprepared for the gob-smacking scale of the breakup, which rendered me speechless,” said Dr Alun Hubbard upon viewing pictures which illustrate just how quickly the Petermann Glacier in Greenland has retreated in just two years.

Greenland More Stable than Antarctica

“If West Antarctica collapsed, that means it’s more unstable than we expected, which is quite scary,” said a scientist who set out to determine whether Greenland or Antarctica will introduce more melting water to rising sea levels.

Ice Island Reaches Labrador

After 11 months since it calved off the northwestern coast of Greenland, this massive ice island is now wandering around off the coast of Labrador, Canada, caught int he ocean currents.

Extremely Extreme Weather in 2010.. Perhaps Most Extreme on Record

Dr. Jeff Masters, a world-leading meteorologist, just finished a compilation of what he considered 2010’s top 20 extreme weather events. All in all, he considers 2010 to be the most extreme year for weather since records began and, unfortunately, with a good understanding of climate change, he hints at what we could be in for if we don’t turn things around quickly.

Images of Grímsvötn Volcano Eruption

Below, are images from the eruption and of the ash plume that ended up disrupting air travel in Iceland, followed shortly by Greenland, Scotland, Norway, Svalbard and a small part of Denmark, Northern Ireland, northern England and Northern Germany.

Five Thousand Years of Rapid Greenland Climate Changes

Scientists have long known that climate change was happening in West Greenland over the past 5,000 years, but until now they have not been able to quantify the specific conditions of that change. New research has allowed scientists to predict that abrupt temperature changes by as much as 4 or 5 degrees Celsius will have had profound implications for the peoples that occupied western Greenland during that time.

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