Iceberg bigger than New York City broke off Antarctica

A giant iceberg broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Friday, not far from a British scientific outpost. The 490 square miles (1270 square kilometers) chunk of ice is bigger than New York City and broke free in a process called calving, according to a statement from the British Antarctic Survey.

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As deaths surge, scientists study the link between climate change and avalanches

There are clues globally that the avalanche threat is escalating in some regions as the planet warms, triggered by greater temperature swings and more intense rain and snow storms.


The latest consequence of climate change: The Arctic is now open for business year-round

The Arctic is now open for business year-round after a large commercial ship sailed the Northern Sea Route from Jiangsu, China, to a Russian gas plant on the Arctic coast, for the first time ever during the month of February, when winter temperatures normally make the icy waterway impassable.


The imminent calving retreat of Taku Glacier

Long an anomaly among glaciers, advancing while most others shrank, Taku Glacier is starting to succumb to climate change, offering an unprecedented look at the onset of tidewater glacier retreat.
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Arctic warming cascades through ocean and over land, U.S. report says

The Arctic region has had its second-warmest year since 1900, continuing a pattern of extreme heat, ice melt and environmental transformation at the top of the world, scientists report.

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Temperatures in the Arctic are astonishingly warmer than they should be

It's been happening for several years now, especially in the autumn, but it never ceases to unsettle meteorologists like myself: Temperatures in the Arctic are astonishingly warmer than they should be.


Photographing glacier melt over a century and more

Fabiano Ventura is exploring the rooftops of the world to recreate 19th-century photographs of Alpine glaciers. The juxtaposition of then and now makes for a dramatic view of our warming planet.
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Ah crap: The Arctic is releasing a ton of new greenhouse gases

“At this moment, there is unlikely to be any major impact on global warming, but the point is that this process has now been triggered. This East Siberian slope methane hydrate system has been perturbed and the process will be ongoing."

Thawing permafrost puts global climate warming in spotlight

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, and some scientists believe that thawing permafrost - ground frozen since the last Ice Age - is about to release enormous amounts of climate-warming emissions.


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

Melting of the Antarctic ice sheet will cause sea level rises of about two and a half metres around the world, even if the goals of the Paris agreement are met, research has shown.


Whatever happened to ... the melting permafrost?

It's not just warmer temperatures that pose a problem for the permafrost. Scientists are now investigating whether rainfall could be causing serious issues in the Arctic's permafrost – with repercussions for humans.


Queen of the Dolomites glacier could vanish within 15 years

The largest and most symbolic glacier in the Dolomites could vanish within 15 years because of global heating, Italian scientists have warned.


28 trillion ton ice melt spells danger for sea level rise, climate change

A total of 28 trillion tons of ice has disappeared from the Earth's surface since 1994, according to the results of a study that shocked the U.K. researchers who conducted it.


Greenland ice sheet lost a record 1m tonnes of ice per minute in 2019

The Greenland ice sheet lost a record amount of ice in 2019, equivalent to a million tonnes per minute across the year, satellite data shows.

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