Tag Archive for 'ice-thawing'

The Arctic’s Vanishing Sea Ice


In December last year, the BBC reported that scientists have revised their predictions of when the Arctic’s ice would have thawed completely, first to 2030, and now to as close as 2013. Even the thawing over the last few years paints a grim picture:

TreeHugger has a brisk summary of the article.
Presenting the findings of his […]

Carbon prevented Earth from becoming a Big Snowball


Ironically, we owe our existence to the Greenhouse effect. New geological evidence suggests that the Earth was close to plunging into a permanent subfreezing state, leading to the “Snowball Earth hypothesis“. Were it not for Carbon - in part  from volcanic eruptions - our planet’s fate might have been completely different.

The University of Toronto team, […]

China’s Glaciers Shrink by 18%


Reuters reports that preliminary results from the ongoing survey of China’s glaciers indicated that they’ve shrunk by up to 18% due to thawing in the past 5 years.

Says Ding Yongjian of the Chinese Academy of Sciences:
The change of glaciers is in fact a manifestation of the pressure upon China’s environment from global warming.
Global warming […]

Polar Meltdown - Priceless Photo


You might have seen it elsewhere already (I saw it in the paper this morning), but it’s worth repeating. Arne Naevra’s photo titled “Polar Meltdown“, Runner-up for the One Earth Award in Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2007, is priceless.
The photo was taken from a passenger ship in Svalbard.
Nature.com admits that the photo “is […]

10 Suprising Global Warming Facts


Did you know that the higher carbon dioxide levels and warmer temperatures associated with Global Warming are causing more and more people to suffer from seasonal allergies and asthma?
Or that it is causing chipmunks, mice and squirrels to move to higher altitudes?
Or that thawing of the permanent layer of frozen soil below the ground’s surface […]

California-sized Antarctic Melting


This post first appeared some time ago on The Mildly Entertaining Blog.
Earlier this month National Geographic reported that scientists mapping snowfall patterns discovered the biggest Antarctic thaw observed in 30 years. The combined size of the melted regions equal that of California.
The melting occured at higher elevations and deeper inland than expected earlier.


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