French Resort in the Pyrenees Sparks Debate on the Transportation of Snow to Ski Slopes by Helicopter

10 March 2020, by

Last month Luchon-Superbagnères, a resort in the French Pyrenees, used a helicopter to transport approximately fifty tons of snow to its bare, snowless slopes so that it could remain open during the height of tourist season. The blowback has triggered debate over best practices for ski resorts in the region.

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.

Video of the Week: Animation Shows Frequency of Antarctic Calving Events

4 March 2020, by

A new animation produced by a satellite imaging glaciologist shows three Antarctic calving events. The events, which occurred between 2017 and 2020, are indicative of the rapid retreat the Pine Island Glacier has experienced in recent years.

Black History Month: Honoring an Arctic Explorer

27 February 2020, by

In April 1909, two men arrived at the North Pole for the first time—but for most of history only one of them was properly recognized for it. Who was the other explorer? A black man named Matthew Henson.

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.

Congressional Hearing Focuses on Earth’s Changing Cryosphere

18 February 2020, by

Heidi Steltzer and Pamela McElwee recently testified in front of Congress to discuss the findings of the two recently published IPCC reports, in which glaciers and the Earth’s changing cryosphere figure prominently.

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.

Photo Friday: Humble Energy Ad Boasts About Melting Glaciers in ’62

14 February 2020, by

On February 2, 1962, Humble Oil & Refining Company published an advertisement in LIFE magazine that read: EACH DAY HUMBLE SUPPLIES ENOUGH ENERGY TO MELT 7 MILLION TONS OF GLACIER!

Video of the Week: Time-Lapse Video Shows Fluid Nature of the Cryosphere

12 February 2020, by

“I like to see the fluid nature of the ice.” Glaciologist Mark Fahnestock narrates a time-lapse video by NASA, which captured decades of ice movement on Earth’s glaciers.

CLIMATE CONFESSION: I WAS WRONG

11 February 2020, by

Planetary scientist and glaciologist Jeff Kargel was thinking about climate change on Earth in too gradualistic of terms––he wants you to know what he now understands.

Ancient Viruses Awaken as the Tibetan Plateau Melts

6 February 2020, by

Last month a team of researchers discovered new viruses within ice cores extracted from the Guliya ice cap in the northwestern part of the Tibetan Plateau. As the warming climate causes glaciers to melt, the re-emergence of ancient bacteria and viruses threaten present day species lacking immunity to these pathogens.