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Global warming above 1.5C could trigger ‘multiple’ tipping points

There is a “significant likelihood” that multiple “tipping points” will be crossed if global temperatures exceed 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, new research suggests. Tipping points are thresholds that, if crossed, trigger large-scale and potentially irreversible changes in a particular part of the Earth system. The research, published in Science, reviews hundreds of academic studies to […]

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Fate of ‘sleeping giant’ East Antarctic ice sheet ‘in our hands’ – study

Melting of the world’s biggest ice sheet would cause catastrophic sea level rise, but can be avoided with fast climate action The fate of the world’s biggest ice sheet rests in the hands of humanity, a new analysis has shown. If global heating is limited to 2C, the vast East Antarctic ice sheet should remain

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Swiss mountain pass will lose all glacier ice ‘in a few weeks’ for first time in centuries

Bare rock is emerging between Scex Rouge and Tsanfleuron glaciers as they melt at an accelerated rate The thick layer of ice that has covered a Swiss mountain pass for centuries will have melted away completely within a few weeks, according to a local ski resort. After a dry winter, the summer heatwaves hitting Europe

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Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ shedding ice at fastest rate in 5,000 years

Two Antarctic glaciers are now losing ice at a faster rate than any time over the past 5,500 years, with “potentially disastrous” implications for sea level rise, new research has found. The Thwaites Glacier, known as the “Doomsday glacier”, due to the grave risk its melting poses to the world, is around the size of

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As record-setting heat blasts Pakistan, a glacial lake floods village

Rapid snowmelt caused the lake near Shishpar glacier to flood and wiped out an important bridge Record-high April temperatures over Pakistan melted glaciers faster than normal, triggering a flash flood Saturday in a village in the northern region of the country that wiped out part of a key bridge and damaged homes and buildings. The

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New Report Highlights Risk from Global Warming in the “Third Pole”

The glacier-capped mountains of South Asia, which provide billions of people with drinking water, are warming at an alarming rate, finds a new report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The region, known as the Third Pole for the massive amount of ice it contains, has been warming at almost twice the global mean,

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As the world experiences sea level rise, Iceland’s waters are falling — and flowing to the other side of the planet

Bringing the catch home is becoming an increasingly treacherous task in this Icelandic fishing village. As much of the world worries about sea levels rising and swallowing up land, the community here has the opposite problem — the sea level is falling. Sea lagoons that surrounding the village of Höfn — pronounced hup, as if

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Italy seeks to study, sample Europe’s southernmost glacier

ON THE CALDERONE GLACIER, Italy — Italian scientists are racing against time to study, scan and sample Europe’s southernmost glacier before it melts and disappears as a result of rising global temperatures. Researchers conducted a preliminary radar survey of the Calderone glacier in Italy’s central Apennine Mountains on March 13 and plan to return next

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President Kenyatta takes over as chair of AU Climate Change committee

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has been named the new chairperson for the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSCC). Kenya’s State House made the announcement on Twitter on the last day of the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr Kenyatta takes

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