Difficulties and Rewards of Science

Difficulties and Rewards of Science In our modern society, scientific research and other processes are chiefly important to many aspects of our lives. Advances in medicine, food and nutrition, and many other areas depend on the research of scientists, doctors, and other trained individuals who study our lives at the most elementary levels. Nothing may be…

Eric Rignot: Observations suggest that ice sheets and glaciers can change faster, sooner and in a stronger way than anticipated

Eric Rignot Professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory was interviewed on sea level rise and projections. Ice sheets and glaciers can change faster, sooner and in a stronger way than anticipated Machens: As an ice sheet expert, how do you see the sea-level projections…

Epic flooding in Texas, during El Nino year and locked Jet Stream configuration

Tornadoes, flooding, and stormy weather currently affects large parts of central Texas. There is also live coverage, for example IBT, The WeatherChannel, or AccuWeather. The situation is still developing, because of possible dam breaches, downed power lines and trees, and black outs. Further precipitation is likely at the end of the week. Governor Greg Abbott called the deadly flooding…

Over 500 dead across India as heat wave sets in, Telangana’s Khammam sizzles at 48 degrees

Hindustan Times: Humans “boil in their own skin” at 48 degrees Celsius, the maximum temperature recorded at Khammam in Telangana which has become the focal point of a blistering heat wave sweeping through swathes of India on Sunday, killing nearly 500 people. Allahabad was the second hottest at 47.7°C, six degrees above normal; Nandigama in…

ScienceCasts: No Turning Back – West Antarctic Glaciers in Irreversible Decline

A 2014 study study led by NASA researchers shows that half-a-dozen key glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are in irreversible decline. The melting of these sprawling icy giants will affect global sea levels in the centuries ahead. Read more http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/12may_noturningback/

NASA Antarctic Ice News about Glacier Retreat

Watch a 20 minute excerpt http://climatestate.com/2015/05/23/nasa-experts-explain-ice-melt-in-antarctica/ In 2014, NASA hosted a media teleconference to discuss new research results on the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its potential contribution to future sea level rise. The briefing participants are: — Eric Rignot, professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and glaciologist…

Sudden ice loss acceleration at the Southern Antarctic Peninsula detected

ESA posted an update on Antarctic ice loss on 22 May 2015. Above animation shows how warm ocean water penetrates the glacier grounding line through basalt melt, threatening speed up of glaciers, discharged into the ocean. A recent acceleration in ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica has been detected by ESA’s ice mission. The…

This image explains what is wrong with climate change coverage in the USA

Yesterday Obama delivered a historic speech about national security and climate change, at a US coast guard academy. Additionally the White House released a report, which summed up the conclusions from security experts on climate change. Today, if you go to Google News and type in “climate change”, you get something like below picture, 593 media articles on…

Sea level rise – fact & fiction: John Englander at TEDxBocaRaton

2014, TED Talk: Sea level is rising for the first time in thousands of years. Oceanographer John Englander, author of “High Tide On Main Street” explains why it is unstoppable, regardless of efforts to be ‘green’ and sustainable. Using powerful images, he encourages us to embrace the new reality that the shoreline is moving, that…

Observing Antarctic Glaciers – Eric Rignot

Eric Rignot from UC Irvine discusses Observing Antarctic Glaciers. This talk was part of The Sleeping Giant: Measuring Ocean Ice Interactions in Antarctica short course at the Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech on September 9, 2013. Related Widespread, rapid grounding line retreat of Pine Island, Thwaites, Smith, and Kohler glaciers, West Antarctica, from…