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Increasing ocean temperature threatens Greenland’s ice sheet

Scientists have for the first time quantified how warming coastal waters are impacting individual glaciers in Greenland’s fjords. Their work can help climate scientists better predict global sea level rise from the increased melting.

Global ice loss increases at record rate

(University of Leeds) The rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet is speeding up, according to new research. And the findings also reveal that the Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017 – equivalent to a sheet of ice 100 metres thick covering the whole of the UK.

Climate change puts hundreds of coastal airports at risk of flooding

(Newcastle University) Newcastle University scientists have found that 269 airports are at risk of coastal flooding now. A temperature rise of 2C – consistent with the Paris Agreement – would lead to 100 airports being below mean sea level and 364 airports at risk of flooding. If global mean temperature rise exceeds this then as many as 572 airports will be at risk by 2100, leading to major disruptions without appropriate adaptation.

2020: Hottest Year On Record

NASA data show that 2020 was the hottest year on record. The image below shows that high temperature in 2020 hit Siberia and the Arctic Ocean. In above images, the temperature anomaly is compared to 1951-1980, NASA’s default baseline. When…

Scientists offer road map to improve environmental observations in the Indian Ocean

(University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science) A group of more than 60 scientists have provided recommendations to improve the Indian Ocean Observing System (IndOOS), a basin-wide monitoring system to better understand the impacts of human.

Greenland melting likely increased by bacteria in sediment

Bacteria are likely triggering greater melting on the Greenland ice sheet, possibly increasing the island’s contribution to sea-level rise, according to scientists. That’s because the microbes cause sunlight-absorbing sediment to clump together and accumulate in the meltwater streams, according to new study. The findings can be incorporated in climate models, leading to more accurate predictions of melting, scientists say.

Scientists discover new ‘spectacular’ bat from West Africa

Scientists have discovered a new species of a striking orange and black bat in a mountain range in West Africa. The species, which the researchers expect is likely critically endangered, underscores the importance of sub-Saharan ‘sky islands’ to bat diversity.