German climate talks: ‘Waiting not an option’ Merkel

DW: At Germany’s annual Petersberg climate talks, German Chancellor Merkel has called for a binding pact by 2015 to reduce carbon emissions. She said inactivity only increased the cost of combating climate change later on. At Monday’s Petersberg Climate Dialogue, as the meeting is officially called, Chancellor Angela Merkel called for an internationally binding climate…

Getting rich off global warming

“Local officials and enviros are making plans for a post-global warming America. And so are profit-seeking companies.” BY ALEXANDER ZAITCHIK / via Salon.com On the opening morning of the inaugural National Adaptation Forum, I was eating breakfast at a stand-up table in the exhibition hall when a mustachioed man of middle age plopped his cherry Danish next…

World’s Changing Glaciers “Chasing Ice” (2012)

Follow National Geographic photographer James Balog across the Arctic as he deploys time-lapse cameras designed for one purpose: to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers. Visit IMDB for more film details. Donate to the project chasingice.com   Update The old movie version is no longer available, updated the video URL to a…

Glacier and Ice-Sheet Dynamics in a Warming World

November 06, 2008: SFU Canada Research Chairs Seminar Series “Glacier and ice-sheet dynamics in a warming world” Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Canada Research Chair in Glaciology / Department of Earth Sciences Teaser image credit: Ted Scambos & Rob Bauer, NSIDC  / A researcher works with an ice core drill during the 2003 Antarctic Megadunes expedition.

Jennifer Francis: Wacky Weather and disappearing Arctic Sea Ice are they connected?

Dr. Jennifer Francis – Rutgers University “Extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and intensity all around the northern hemisphere.” Concurrently, Arctic sea ice is in an accelerating decline, the entire surface of Greenland melted for the first time in at least 150 years, glaciers are disappearing around the world, and snow cover on Arctic…

White House warned on Arctic ice loss

By Dr Nafeez Ahmed / via Guardian. National security officials worried by rapid loss of Arctic summer sea ice overlook threat of permanent global food shortages. Senior US government officials are to be briefed at the White House this week on the danger of an ice-free Arctic in the summer within two years. The meeting is bringing together Nasa’s acting chief scientist, Gale…

NASA: Arctic Ocean Currents Changed

The transpolar drift (purple arrows) is a dominant circulation feature in the Arctic Ocean that carries freshwater runoff (red arrows) from rivers in Russia across the North Pole and south towards Greenland. Under changing atmospheric conditions, emergent circulation patterns (blue arrows) drive freshwater runoff east towards Canada, resulting in freshening of Arctic water in the…