melting glaciers

the antarctic’s thwaites glacier

‘Extraordinary thinning’ of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica

The warming of the Southern Ocean is resulting in glaciers sliding into the sea increasingly rapidly, with ice now being lost five times faster than in the 1990s. The West Antarctic ice sheet was stable in 1992 but up to a quarter of its expanse is now thinning. More than 100 metres of ice thickness has been lost in the worst-hit places.

the rhône glacier was the largest in the european alps during the most recent ice age

Two-thirds of glacier ice in the Alps ‘will melt by 2100’

Half of the ice in the mountain chain’s 4,000 glaciers will be gone by 2050 due to global warming already baked in by past emissions, the research shows. After that, even if carbon emissions have plummeted to zero, two-thirds of the ice will still have melted by 2100.

leaves of the extinct southern beech found at oliver bluffs

Last time CO2 levels were this high, there were trees at the South Pole

Trees growing near the South Pole, sea levels 20 metres higher than now, and global temperatures 3°C-4°C warmer. That is the world scientists are uncovering as they look back in time to when the planet last had as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as it does today.

lake palcacocha glistens below the glaciers of the palcaraju and pucaranra peaks that feed the lake and also threaten it with flood-inducing avalanches

The Dangers of Glacial Lake Floods: Pioneering and Capitulation

During the past 70 years, Peruvian engineers virtually eliminated the risks posed by glacial lake floods. But climate change and a political blind eye are increasing the dangers once again

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