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May 31, 2016

Global Warming: Spring Snow a No-Go?

May 26, 2016 — Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new ... read more

Ice-Mass Loss of Antarctica Visualized

May 9, 2016 — The Antarctic ice sheet, with a thickness of up to 4800 meter, has lost mass in the recent years. This was confirmed by a variety of scientific studies. Scientists now visualize the ice-mass loss: ... read more

Apr. 19, 2016 — A warming climate resulting in reduced snow cover at normal elevations could seriously impact Vermont's $600 million snowmobiling industry, according to a comprehensive survey snowmobilers in ... read more

Apr. 13, 2016 — A sticky spot the size of a small island once slowed down a large ice stream. It was comprised of gas hydrates, according to a new ... read more

Apr. 5, 2016 — Erosion by melt-driven streams during summers on Greenland's ice sheet during shapes landscapes similarly to, but much faster than, rivers do on land, says a geologist. The methods used to study ... read more

Apr. 4, 2016 — The North Atlantic Ocean is an area of active plate tectonics. Between 80 and 35 million years ago tectonic processes moved Greenland over an area of abnormally hot mantle material that still today ... read more

Apr. 1, 2016 — The energy associated with air temperature and moisture content, rather than radiant energy from the sun, was responsible for more melt during the 2012 exceptional melt episodes on the Greenland Ice ... read more

Mar. 31, 2016 — Global warming means much warmer winters in the Arctic, with more rain and icing. Researchers are working to understand what that will do to plants that have evolved to overwinter under a thick ... read more

No Snow, No Hares: Climate Change Pushes Emblematic Species North

Mar. 30, 2016 — A forest dweller, the snowshoe hare is named for its big feet, which allow it to skitter over deep snow to escape lynx, coyotes and other predators. It changes color with the seasons, assuming a ... read more

Mar. 30, 2016 — A new study from climate scientists suggests that the most recent estimates by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for future sea-level rise over the next 100 years could be too low by ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Drumlins and megaridges are all part of a single family of landforms formed by erosion, new research concludes. Shaped like an upturned boat, drumlin hills are found clustered together in their ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Arctic sea ice appears to have reached a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second year in a row, according to ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Vanishing Arctic sea ice. Dogged weather systems over Greenland. Far-flung surface ice melting on the massive island. These dramatic trends and global sea-level rise are linked, according to a new ... read more

Unaccounted for Arctic Microbes Appear to Be Speeding Up Glacier Melting

Mar. 23, 2016 — Scientists have discovered that Arctic microbes are increasing the rate at which glaciers melt, in a process not accounted for in current climate change models. Working on an icecap in Svalbard, in ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — As the Earth emerged from its last ice age several thousand years ago, atmospheric carbon dioxide increased and further warmed the planet. Scientists have long speculated that the primary source of ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — Rising temperatures worldwide are changing not only weather systems, but -- just as importantly -- the distribution of water around the globe, according to a ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — 'Upside-down rivers' of warm ocean water threaten the stability of floating ice shelves in Antarctica, according to a new study. The study highlights how parts of Antarctica's ice ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — Rapid melting of ice and Arctic permafrost is altering tundra regions in Alaska, Canada and Russia, according to a new study. Ice-wedge degradation has been observed before in individual locations, ... read more

Mar. 8, 2016 — As winter backcountry activities increase in popularity, avalanches are a very real risk for adventurers who choose to travel off the beaten path. A new study explored the risk of avalanche accidents ... read more

Mar. 3, 2016 — Greenland's snowy surface has been getting darker over the past two decades, absorbing more heat from the sun and increasing snow melt, a new study of satellite data shows. That trend is likely ... read more

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