Photo Friday: Norwegian Glacial Ice Preserves Ancient Viking Artifacts

6 March 2020, by

Climate change is rapidly thawing the world’s ice reserves. As glaciers recede, preserved artifacts are exposed, creating opportunity for archaeologists to delve into the secrets of past civilizations.

Photo of Thwaites glacier.

Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is Now Causing Earthquakes

5 March 2020, by

Thwaites Glacier is one of Antarctica’s largest contributors to sea level rise. Its rate of loss has doubled in the past thirty years. Now glaciologists have discovered that it’s also creating earthquakes as it breaks up.

A Catastrophic Glacier Collapse and Mudflow in Salkantay, Peru

3 March 2020, by

At least 13 people are dead in the mountains outside Cusco in a devastating glacier collapse and debris flow in a populated valley on a route well-known among trekkers to Machu Picchu.

Roundup: A New Glacier Surge Study, Three Decades of Caucasus Glacier-Debris Change, and Mining Expansion in Greenland

2 March 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, read about a new study advancing understanding of glacier surges, research spanning nearly 30 years of debris cover change on Caucasus region glaciers, and how mining is poised to take advantage of glacier retreat in Greenland.

Photo Friday: Engabreen Glacier and Subglacial Laboratory

28 February 2020, by

Norway-based glaciologist and IPCC author Miriam Jackson takes us to her office, 200 meters below the ice of Engabreen Glacier, where scientists have been observing the Norway’s fastest retreating glacier since 1992.

Video of the Week: A Daring Swim Across a Glacial Lake to Protest Climate Change

26 February 2020, by

Last month, fifty-year old Lewis Pugh swam one kilometer across a supraglacial lake atop Langhovde Glacier in East Antarctica. He wore nothing but a Speedo, a swim cap and goggles.

New Laser Technology Reveals Climate Change will Induce a Future of Stronger Saharan Dust Storms

25 February 2020, by

Researchers at the Climate Change Institute used a new high-resolution laser technology to analyze ice from the Colle Gnifetti Glacier in the Alps. This technology allowed the team to trace the history of Saharan dust events as well as the atmospheric conditions that promote them. They predict that climate change will intensify Saharan dust storms, worsening regional air quality and speeding glacial melt.

Roundup: Bernie Wins First Glacier State Caucus, A Cryosphere Congressional Hearing, and Using Drones to Monitor Ice Flow

24 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, the first glacier state to caucus in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary votes for Bernie Sanders, a congressional hearing focuses on the cryosphere, and unmanned aerial vehicles prove effective at ice flow monitoring.

Photo Friday: French President Emmanuel Macron Dons Ski Suit and Visits Mont Blanc and Mer de Glace

21 February 2020, by

Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron took the tram from the Alpine village of Chamonix up to Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, to pay homage to the legendary massif and reflect on the toll climate change is exacting on its great glacier, the Mer de Glace.

Long-term Cryosphere Monitoring Program in Pakistan Seeks to Understand and Protect Glaciers

20 February 2020, by

With 7,253 glaciers, Pakistan has more area under ice cover than any other country in the Hindu Kush Himalaya. With a new long term monitoring program, the nation will start observing them.

Video of the Week: Bore Hole Ice Drop!

19 February 2020, by

When the science is done there is the joy of a naturally produced sci-fi sound by dropping unused ice cores into a 450-foot bore hole. Researchers in Antarctica are once again letting us in on the fun.

Roundup: CLIMATE CONFESSION, Turkey Avalanches, and Announcing The Earthshot Prize

17 February 2020, by

In this week’s Roundup, don’t miss the Climate Confession by planetary scientist Jeff Kargel, a tragic avalanche on a glaciated mountain in Turkey, and Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s prestigious new environment award; The Earthshot Prize.