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  • Roundup: Antarctica and Greenland in peril, black carbon

    Ninety percent of the western Antarctic Peninsula’s glaciers are retreating From Carbon Brief: “These rivers of ice ooze their way down through the Peninsula’s rocky mountain range and into the ocean, powered by gravity and their own weight. But of the 674 glaciers on the Peninsula’s western side, almost 90% are retreating. This happens when their…

  • Roundup: Gains and Losses in Glacial Economies

    Each week, we highlight three stories from the forefront of glacier news. Why Are People Stealing and Selling Glaciers? From CARE2: A recent report describes a region in Asia in which people travel up to a glacier and remove ice blocks from it. The report states “Along the Chitral River in Pakistan, some locals are stealing and selling the…

  • Photo Friday: Designing an Art Park for a Greenland Fjord

    Talented artists and architects competed for the honor of designing the new Icefjord Centre in Ilulissat, Greenland.   The Danish architectural group Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter  presented an elegantly curving building design which won the competition.  However, another one of the finalists, the entry by Studio Other Spaces, founded by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann, was nothing…

  • Photo Friday: Zackenberg Research Station

    Zackenberg Ecological Research Operation (ZERO), located in northeast Greenland, is a fieldwork station for high Arctic ecosystems. It is operated by the  Department of Bioscience at Aarhus University in Denmark. This week, enjoy photos from the Zackenberg station and witness scenes in the life of field researchers in Greenland. The station is remote and small, accommodating a maximum…

  • Using Seismic Waves to Measure Ice Melt? Sounds Good

    A recent study in the journal Science Advances proposes a novel methodology to track melting ice sheets and the glaciers associated with them: rather than viewing the ice from above with airplanes and satellites, a team from MIT and Princeton is monitoring it from below. The new technique makes it possible to gather information about…

  • Satellites Detect Both Steady and Accelerated Ice Loss

    A new study published in Geophysical Research Letters reports the findings of a pair of satellites that measure gravity to get a clearer picture of the continued ice mass loss in Greenland, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The study found accelerated ice loss in the Arctic, and steady loss in Alaska,…

  • Ivory Gulls Made an Iceberg Their Home

    Researchers recently reported that a threatened species of Arctic seagull had made a colony in an unusual place— on an offshore iceberg. This is the first report of these gulls breeding on an iceberg. They reported in a short note published in the journal Polar Biology that ivory gulls, Pagophila eburnea, had formed a breeding…

  • Zaria Forman’s Quest to Capture Ice as Art Before It’s Gone

    Zaria Forman is taking pastel drawings to a whole new level by creating photo-realist drawings of areas susceptible to climate change. She believes that artists have a special responsibility to showcase the effects of our changing climate, and has dedicated her work to doing just that. Her paintings capture lighting and depth so convincingly that a…

  • Photo Friday: Project Pressure’s Greenland Journey

    Project Pressure is a glacier photography project that has been documenting glaciers and partnering with photographers since 2008. Last year, photographers Mariele Neudecker and Klaus Thymann journeyed to southwest Greenland for the project. The team traveled by boat from the settlement of Narsarsuaq around a peninsula to  Quoroc Bay. The purpose was to record the place where the glaciers…

  • If You Can’t Handle the Heat – Retreat

    Zachariæ Isstrøm, a large glacier in the northeast coast of Greenland, is in a state of accelerated retreat after it detached from an important sill. This shift has caused great instability for the glacier, according to a new study from Science Magazine. Recognizing 0.5 meters of possible sea level rise held within Zachariæ, and its acceleration expected to…