On Friday, scientists at institutions in Australia and the United States had published a set of unprecedented ocean observations about the largest glacier in the one of the largest ice sheet in the world, the Totten glacier in East Antarctica. Their findings reveal one of the world’s greatest fears -- Totten is melting from below.
Just after the news that the year 2016 is the hottest year on record, there is now news that the global sea ice is at its record low for both the Arctic and Antarctica combined. According to scientists, the measured amount of sea ice is lower than any November records from previous years. However, experts have indicated that this should not YET be a cause for alarm.
A new study revealed that ocean warming, not high air temperature, is the main reason behind the glacier retreat.
Recent results of an exploration led by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) shows what appears to be evidence that 6 to 10 million years ago, the Arctic Ocean is iceless during the summer season.
Marine animals are altering their diets and natural habitat range as a result of climate change. For instance, melting sea ice is opening new waters to humpback and fin whales, which could lead to increased food competition among the areas' native species.
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers recently developed a computer program that estimates the impact climate change could have on the Antarctic ice sheet.
The Southern Ocean off Antarctica is one of the most remote and difficult-to-access portions of the world, making tracking the extent and causes of the White Continent's melt difficult to both understand and measure. Now researchers have used a team of submersible robots to physically follow how warm water is making its way to the Antarctic ice sheets, causing them to melt.
The global sea level is rising, and waters around Antarctica are rising even faster. That is, according to a recent study that has found that Antarctic ice melt is causing coastal waters of the White Continent to rise at an unprecedented rate.
As if there isn't enough evidence already, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) dropped its two cents in today, releasing data from 2013 that shows that global temperatures are continuing to rise while extreme weather patterns worsen. Do they claim "doomsday?" Not at all, but they do suggest that this data can help support calls for some necessary changes.
NASA will be taking a deep look at ice-melt near the polar Arctic in future summers, measuring thinning ice and snow-melt with pulses of green laser light.
NASA is on a mission to find out what lies beneath the two-mile thick ice sheets in Greenland by sending in a remote-controlled, solar-powered robot called Grover.
Scientists have been struggling to explain why warming has led to sea ice shrinking in the arctic, while it has actually spread in the Antarctic, and is now thought to be caused by relatively cold plumes of fresh water derived from melting beneath the Antarctic ice shelves, , according to a scientific study in the journal Nature Geoscience.
In July this year, a huge chunk of iceberg that was twice the size of Manhattan had parted from Greenland's Petermann glacier. This event had signified a dramatic episode in the environment due to global warming or climate change and rise in ocean temperatures.