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A major Greenland glacier is melting away with the tide, which could signal faster sea level rise, study finds

Scientists revealed on Monday that a significant glacier in northwest Greenland is interacting with the ocean tides, leading to hitherto unaccounted-for melting and perhaps accelerated sea level rise. The report was released on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by a group of glaciologists from the University of California, Irvine and …

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Antarctic sea ice hit record lows again. Scientists wonder if it’s ‘the beginning of the end’

Antarctic sea ice has reached record low levels for the second time in two years, with some scientists alarmed that dramatic drops are a signal the climate crisis may now be more clearly influencing this vast, complex and isolated region. The sea ice that fringes Antarctica dropped to just 737,000 square miles (1.91 million square kilometers) on February 13, according to …

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Stronger El Niño events may speed up irreversible melting of Antarctic ice, research finds

New study shows impact of weather phenomenon could have a ‘double whammy’ effect, leading to worsening extreme weather and accelerating sea level rise. Stronger El Niño events due to global heating may accelerate irreversible melting of the Antarctic ice sheet and ice shelves and the rise in sea levels, according to research from Australia’s premier …

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Greenland’s glaciers are melting 100 times faster than estimated

Scientists are getting a better handle on how fast Greenland’s ice is flowing out to sea. Old models that used Antarctica as a baseline were way off the mark. Greenland’s glaciers are melting 100 times faster than previously calculated, according to a new model that takes into account the unique interaction between ice and water …

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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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African leaders blast European no-shows at climate adaptation summit

Presidents of Senegal, DRC and Ghana travelled to Rotterdam to talk about adapting to climate change. Only one European leader was there to meet them African leaders have criticised their European counterparts for missing a summit in Rotterdam on how Africa can adapt to climate change. While three African presidents flew to the Netherlands for …

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Europe was once green and water-rich. Now, it’s more and more like California

MANE, France — Each spring and summer, Frederic Esniol plants millions of seeds for lettuce sold at big grocery chains, making his family farm a jewel of this historically bountiful region of France.But this year, a menacing combination of dry skies and record-setting heat has ruined about half of his water-hungry crop, threatening the 270-acre …

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“Zombie ice” near Greenland is a catastrophe waiting to happen

Who knew the zombie apocalypse would actually be the climate crisis? A new study in the journal Nature Climate Change warns that the undead that we should be worried about are not walking corpses, but actually floating blocks of ice that will inevitably melt. These “dead” sheets of ice, found largely off the coast of …

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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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New Study Offers a Surprising Timeline For Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction

A climate scientist at Tohoku University in Japan has run the numbers and does not think today’s mass extinction event will equal that of the previous five. At least not for many more centuries to come. On more than one occasion over the past 540 million years, Earth has lost most of its species in …

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