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New IPCC Report Offers New Data, Stern Warnings, Hope

The report shows that every degree of warming matters for livelihoods in most communities.

by |October 11, 2018

The Melting of the Greenland Ice, Seen Up Very Close

A small team of scientists ventures out onto the Greenland ice sheet to study the forces large and small that are accelerating the melting of the world’s second-largest ice mass.

by |October 1, 2018

Photo Essay: Melting Greenland, Up Close

As climate warms, the Greenland ice sheet is melting, helping to fuel global sea-level rise. Follow a small team of scientists as they hike onto the sheet to investigate the forces large and small that are demolishing the ice.

by |October 1, 2018
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Thoughts From the Grinnell Glacier Trail in Glacier National Park

A lot is different from my first visit to the park back in 2016 versus now.

by |August 29, 2018
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War Against Natural Disasters: A Fight the Indian Military Can’t Win

Ladakh’s glaciers are retreating, causing floods and threatening livelihoods. But a recent study reveals that disaster risk reduction is often slow or absent due to its status as a conflict and military-tense zone.

Glacier experts gather at an IPCC meeting in China

Glacier Researchers Gather at IPCC Meeting in China

Ever wonder how thousands of scientists come together to author the world’s most authoritative report on climate change? A lead author brings us inside one working group.

by |August 2, 2018

Vanishing Glaciers: The Future of Water in Peru’s High Andes

In the high Andes of Peru, glacial retreat poses a complex set of challenges related to water supply.

by |June 12, 2018
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Will Climate Change Cause More Glacial Lake Outburst Floods?

When glacial lakes burst, the sudden and intense flooding can be catastrophic for nearby communities. A new study looks at what role climate change plays in these events.

by |May 21, 2018
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The Culture and History of Glaciers in the Alps

Why did Europe’s “cursed” glaciers begin retreating in the 1850’s even though the climate record suggests they should have advanced for another 50 years?

by |April 2, 2018

The Columbia Glacier: Climate Change and Glacial Dynamics

One of the most rapidly changing glaciers in the world shows us that once climate change triggers retreat, glacial mechanics can make melting a whole lot worse.

by |February 23, 2018