Arctic and Antarctic sea ice at lowest since satellites began to measure 1979

Sea Ice Extent Sinks to Record Lows at Both Poles Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent, according to scientists at NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado. And on the opposite side of the planet, on March 3…

How Scientists Study Antarctic Ice Melt

NASA Launches Eighth Year of Antarctic Ice Change Airborne Survey (Oct. 17, 2016) http://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/nasa-launches-eighth-year-of-antarctic-ice-change-airborne-survey Getz Ice Shelf: Iceberg B-34 Makes Its Debut off Antarctica http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=85727 NASA is tracking a gargantuan iceberg, escaped from Antarctica (2014) http://earthsky.org/earth/nasa-is-tracking-a-gargantuan-iceberg-escaped-from-antarctica Iceberg B31 Heads West (2014) http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=84795 Mapping Polar Ice (2013) https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/11194 Operation IceBridge 2012 Antarctic https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/11135 Getz Ice Shelf…

Potential abrupt cataclysmic change and the Atlantic

A slowdown or even collapse of the Gulf Stream System as a result of global warming has long been a concern of climate scientists and has fuelled the imagination of Hollywood. Recent studies provide evidence for a AMOC slowdown. Release via Earth101 (Follow and subscribe to their channel too) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmiVhT5cHpw Related German article http://scilogs.spektrum.de/klimalounge/qa-zum-golfstromsystem-und-dem-cold-blob-im-atlantik/ Related…

Study: Contribution of Antarctica to past and future sea-level rise (2016)

A study published in March 2016, suggests that large parts of East Antarctica’s ice sheet can collapse, can do so under Pliocene conditions. A key question has long been whether ice sheet contribution could accelerate substantially, by an order of magnitude, either in this century or subsequently. Until recently ice sheet models had problems to…

Jim Hansen: Hell Will Break Loose – Ice Melt, Sea Level Rise and Superstorms

The main point that I want to make concerns the threat of irreparable harm, which I feel we have not communicated well enough to people who most need to know, the public and policymakers. I’m not sure how we can do that better, but I comment on it at the end of this transcript. In…

NASA: 2016 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Ties Second Lowest on Record

Arctic sea ice appeared to have reached its annual lowest extent on Sept. 10, NASA and the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder reported today. An analysis of satellite data showed that at 1.60 million square miles (4.14 million square kilometers), the 2016 Arctic sea ice…

Watch Bubbling Alaska Lakes Catch on Fire #Methane

Seeping methane is driving a global warming feedback loop. Some Arctic lakes are starting to look like witches’ cauldrons. The above video shows an increasingly common site in northern latitudes. As global warming heats these areas up, the frozen ground is melting. And when permafrost turns from solid ground to looser mud, it releases gases…

NASA/NSIDC: 2016 Arctic sea ice wintertime extent hits another record low

  2016 Arctic sea ice wintertime extent hits another record low By Maria-Jose Viñas, NASA’s Earth Science News Team Excerpt Arctic sea ice appears to have reached a record low wintertime maximum extent for the second year in a row, according to scientists at the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and NASA.…

Sea level rise estimates doubled

Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney from The Washington post, recently reported on updated sea level rise projections. Sea levels could rise nearly twice as much as previously predicted by the end of this century if carbon dioxide emissions continue unabated, an outcome that could devastate coastal communities around the globe, according to new research published Wednesday. The main reason? Antarctica. Scientists…

Ice sheets may be hiding vast reservoirs of methane

The study indicates that under the frigid weight of Barents Sea Ice sheet, which covered northern Eurasia some 22 000 years ago, significant amounts of methane may have been stored as hydrates in the ground. As the ice sheet retreated, the methane rich hydrates melted, releasing the climate gas into the ocean and atmosphere for…

A potential future world scenario, driven by rapid regional changes

As someone who follows the climate topic for several years, I’ve to conclude that we are still far away from taking climate change seriously. Around 10 years ago there were rather minor groups of concerned scientists and bloggers, while the media was giving “a balanced view” to the so called deniersphere. This went on for…