Government lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a Virginia utility's effort to recoup costs from the 2014 polar vortex.
Scientists have traced strange landforms on Pluto back to their ancient glacial origins.
A letter by SETI Institute scientist Oliver White and colleagues shows how ridged landforms on Pluto provide evidence for glaciers on the dwarf planet some 4 billion years ago. Their research targeted the landscape that borders the ice-covered impact basin Sputnik Planitia - the western portion of Pluto's "heart." It has noticeable ridges that can’t be explained by any simple terrestrial or planetary
Archaeologists have uncovered cave drawings in eastern France that are more than 12,000 years old, but were hidden for hundreds of years under graffiti from the 16th to 19th centuries.
A massive iron meteorite smashed into Greenland as recently as 12,000 years ago, leaving a crater bigger than Paris that was recently discovered beneath the ice with sophisticated radar, researchers said.
The crater is the first of its kind ever found on Greenland – or under any of the Earth’s ice sheets – and is among the 25 largest known on Earth, said the report in the journal Science Advances.
The impact of the 31km-wide crater under the Hiawatha Glacier would have had...
BUSINESSES will soon be able to price and trade carbon without the help of governments by using blockchain technology, says a social enterprise about to launch a new carbon platform.
Hilcorp’s plan to extract 70,000 barrels a day follows Trump’s reversal of an Obama-era ban on fossil fuel activity in the region Plans to establish the first oil drilling operation in US Arctic waters have hit an ironic snag – a lack of sea ice caused by rapid warming in the region. Last month, the Trump administration approved the go-ahead of the Liberty project to extract oil from beneath the Beaufort Sea, off Alaska’s north coast. The drilling would be the first of its kind in federal waters in the Arctic and follows Trump’s reversal of an Obama-era ban on fossil fuel activity in the polar region. Continue reading...
Newfound cave paintings from the ice age were obscured for centuries by graffiti.
NASA has announced the discovery of a massive meteorite impact crater hidden deep beneath the Greenland ice. The crater measures over 19 miles wide and 1,000ft deep, making it one of the top 25 largest impact craters on the planet. The discovery was made by a team of researchers led by the University of Copenhagen’s Centre for GeoGenetics at the … Continue reading
Scientists have found one of the largest impact craters on Earth under Greenland's Hiawatha Glacier. It was caused by a 3,300ft-wide asteroid that smashed into our planet during the last Ice Age.
Most of Earth’s surface has been plotted, mapped and measured. And along the way, scientists have turned up a plethora of craters big and small. But there was always one major crater missing.
12,800 years ago, during the Pleistocene, Earth was warming up from its last Ice Age. Temperatures slowly rose while glaciers retreated, that is, until something major happened that triggered a cold snap big enough to leave its mark on the geologic record. Over the course of just decades – the blink
Yupik the polar bear has died after spending more than 25 years in a barren enclosure at a warm Mexican zoo
A large area of warm rock is melting the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet at the South Pole.
Changing sea ice patterns are affecting fall temperatures in the far northern Alaska city of Utqiagvik, scientists say.
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CLIMATE MINISTER James Shaw is heading to Antarctica as scientists warn we already might have triggered tipping points leading to irreversible melting of the polar ice sheets.
Nikita Martyanov, 28, from Russia, journeyed to the remote town of Ilulissat on the west coast of Greenland to tackle the region's largest glacier on a wakeboard.
Analysis from astronomers at the SETI Institute in California found the 'washboard' and 'fluted' terrain were caused by crustal debris being deposited when the glaciers disappeared.
Two men from unique backgrounds are forging ahead, in a battle against each other and nature, to be the first to journey across Antarctica unsupported. American adventure-athlete Colin O’Brady, 33 and British Army Captain Louis Rudd, 49, embarked on the perilous, 921-mile trek on Oct. 31 — both carrying sleeping bags, freeze-dried food, cross-country skis,...
Climate change is shrinking Arctic sea ice and opening the region to ship traffic. Whales, seals and other marine mammals could be at risk unless nations adopt rules to protect them.
In late October, a giant chunk of ice broke free from the Pine Island Glacier and formed an iceberg that has been named B-46 by the US National Ice Center. Earlier this week, NASA’s Operation IceBridge took a flight over the iceberg, giving humans their first look at the floating ice. NASA’s IceBridge team has spent years tracking Earth’s ice, … Continue reading
A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck in the Arctic Ocean today, northwest of a largely uninhabited and remote Norwegian island, officials said. No injuries or damage were reported.
New satellite images from the European Space Agency reveal a timeline of the ancient landmasses buried a mile (1.6 km) beneath Antarctica.
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Just 20 countries are home to 94 per cent of the world's remaining wilderness, excluding the high seas and Antarctica, according to our global wilderness map, published in Nature .
A century ago, wilderness ...
Norwegian officials say a powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has occurred in the Arctic Ocean, northwest of a largely uninhabited Norwegian island
Netflix announced on Thursday a commitment to developing content from Asia, including two new anime series based on "Altered Carbon" and "Pacific Rim."
Climate hawks began to shift their focus yesterday from a defeated carbon fee referendum in Washington state to boosting renewables in states where Democrats wrested control of legislatures and governors' mansions from Republicans.
Officials say a carbon monoxide leak at a Nashville, Tennessee hotel sickened 14 people on Wednesday. The Nashville Fire Department tweeted that six of the people were brought to a hospital. (Nov. 8)
A team of international scientists at the world’s highest atmospheric observatory collect data on pollution that has contributed to the rapid disappearance of Andean glaciers
An ESA satellite's data shows Antarctica was once linked to India and Australia before supercontinent Gondwana separated 200 million years ago.
On Saturday, 10 November 2018, the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport of Bremerhaven, bound for Cape Town, South Africa. This will mark the beginning of her Antarctic season, in which oceanographic fieldwork in the Weddell Sea, a resupply mission to the Neumayer Station III, and explorations of the Larsen C ice shelf region and the South Shetland Islands are on the agenda. The ship is expected to return to Bremerhaven in June 2019.
Fresh water freezing onto the bottom of the Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets leads to the formation of spectacular plume-shaped features, according to new research published today (7th November) in …
The East Antarctic Ice Sheet has far fewer lakes beneath it than scientists once assumed.
A proposed carbon fee in Washington state appeared headed for resounding defeat yesterday, capping off a disappointing night at the ballot box for climate hawks.
The hypnotic simulation made using the Piz Daint supercomputer condenses tens of thousands of years to just two minutes, revealing there may have been more movement than previously thought.
Over the Pacific side of the Arctic, a pattern of unusual warmth noted in last month’s post continued. While sea ice extent in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas remains below average, extent remains especially low on the Atlantic side of … Continue reading →
‘End of the Megafauna’ ponders the mystery of what killed off so many of Earth’s big animals over the last 50,000 years.
The stunning true story of how a British expedition to the Antarctic helped defeat the Nazis has been revealed for the first time in a new book.
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A proposed fee of $15 per ton of carbon emissions in Washington state has several exemptions for large emitters, and has rural voters afraid they'll end up paying.
Britain is urging the European Union to support a global carbon market for emissions from airlines, a move that would probably supersede the bloc's own trading program.
Environmentalists have hit out at a 25-nation union for failing to create in Antarctica what would have been the largest marine protected area on Earth.
Proposals to establish the three Antarctic ocean ...
Fasullo, J.; Tilmes, S.; Richter, J.; Kravitz, B.; MacMartin, D.; Mills, M.; Simpson, I. (2018): Persistent polar ocean warming in a strategically geoengineered climate. In: Nature Geosci. DOI: 10.1038/s41561-018-0249-7. "Enhancement of the Earth’s albedo through the injection of sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere has been proposed as an approach to offset some of the adverse effects of climate change. Here we analyse an ensemble of simulations of the twenty-first century climate designed to explore a strategic geoengineering approach. Specifically, stratospheric sulfur injections are imposed at 15° and 30° in both hemispheres with the aim to minimize the changes in surface temperature, both in the global mean and in its gradients between hemispheres and from equator to pole." LINK
Medical research in Antarctica
Those closely following the progress of Volvo's electric vehicle spinoff Polestar may know it as the first time the Swedish automaker has explored carbon fiber construction. And part of that exploration is smashing cars to bits in crash tests, which the company says has vindicated the design of its debut luxury hybrid...
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It is essential that China be a good citizen of Antarctica, and honor the legal and diplomatic conventions that govern behavior there.
That sound you hear isn’t the splashing of another iceberg falling into the sea – it’s the proverbial death march. Nearly 20 years ago, the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in Antarctica at several hundred meters thick, saw a huge chunk break off, float out to sea and break up again into several large...
Melting Arctic sea ice may be about to open up the Northwest Passage to cargo shipping.
Climate experts are concerned we may soon start to see more extreme weather events in the Northern Hemisphere. The culprit? A warmer Arctic, which could potentially disrupt the polar jet stream.
Ford announced not long ago that it was extending Ford GT production to 1,350 units and opening the order banks for the last time on November 8. At SEMA 2018 Ford has unveiled the new Ford GT Carbon Series and the automaker notes that it will be able to build one of special rides per week. The big feature of … Continue reading
SpeedKore Performance Group Charger Evolution has been revealed as a completely carbon-bodied car with Dodge Demon V8 power. Is this the ultimate muscle car?
While the internet was obsessing over that rectangular iceberg, some more disconcerting icy behavior went down on the other side of the Antarctic. Read more...
Science and support teams from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are gearing up for the start of the Antarctic summer field season. A major focus for the season is the West …
An enormous iceberg about five times the size of Manhattan broke off Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier yesterday (Oct. 29), a mere month after a crack first appeared, satellite imagery shows.
Brent oil prices fell on Tuesday, weighed down by ongoing weakness in global stock markets and by signs of rising global supply despite looming sanctions on Iran's crude exports.
China will soon begin building its first permanent airfield in Antarctica, according to state media, as Beijing tries to expand its influence in the polar region.
The 1,500-metre airstrip will be located on an ice cap in the continent’s east, 28km from the country’s Zhongshan Station in the Larsemann Hills by Prydz Bay, the official Science and Technology Daily reported on Sunday.
“It will provide a foundation for operating large aircraft, creating multiplane services, and...
"It’s increasingly clear that we can’t maintain a stable climate without pulling carbon out of the air. But the technologies for doing so are are completely unproven at the scale needed. Which is why Y Combinator, a startup accelerator that’s invested in Airbnb, Stripe, Dropbox and other wildly successful companies, is now looking to fund carbon capture companies working on some pretty outlandish ideas." LINK
"If we don’t suck carbon now, life will suck later. That’s the underlying theme of a report out Wednesday from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. The 350-page paper looks at the prospects for carbon sucking — known to the fancy-talk types as 'negative emissions technologies.'" LINK
"Open lecture of Research Professor John C. Moore from the Arctic Centre on how we could slow sea-level rise by stabilizing the ice sheets. The lecture took place on United Nations Day on 24th October 2018 in Rovaniemi, Finland." LINK
University of Sydney experts compared the diversity of gut microbes carrying antibiotic resistant genes in penguins living around two Antarctic bases, one busy and one more remote (stock).
Switzerland's Aletsch glacier is western Europe's largest expanse of ice, but Swiss scientists say it's receding at an unprecedented pace, losing up to 12 meters (13 yards) of ice a year.
Scientists at the University of Washington just found a thriving population of Polar bears between Alaska and Russia. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.
Yupik the polar bear died after spending more than 25 years in a barren enclosure at a warm Mexican zoo, and activists said yesterday the zoo had resisted efforts to transfer her to a more suitable climate.
ICE agents have faced complaints for their aggressive efforts to deport undocumented immigrants.
Antibiotic resistance has spread around the world - so much so that even penguins living near Antarctic research bases have resistant bacteria in their gut
November 15, 2018 5:00 AM Ever wondered how your e-mails may contribute to your personal carbon footprint?
( Norwegian University of Science and Technology ) Our carbon emissions are much higher than are needed for us to have happy, healthy lives. But cutting these emissions requires us to think differently about how we measure growth and progress.
It is the first impact crater discovered under one of Earth’s ice sheets, according to the scientists who found it.
Scientists find evidence that an iron asteroid slammed into the Earth deep inside the Arctic Circle.
Crater appears to be result of mile-wide iron meteorite just 12,000 years ago A huge impact crater has been discovered under a half-mile-thick Greenland ice sheet. The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago. Continue reading...
The controversial report, which was drafted by the Nunavut government in northern Canada, estimated that polar bear populations are much higher than scientists have previously estimated.
Scientists have discovered an area near the South Pole where the base of the Antarctic Ice Sheet is melting unexpectedly quickly. Using radar to look through three km of ice, …
Report bitterly contested by scientists who say threat comes from climate change, which has pushed bears closer to humans – not because the population is growing Too many polar bears are roaming the Canadian Arctic, and the growing population is posing an increasing threat to Inuit communities, according to a controversial new government report which has been bitterly contested by environmental scientists. The draft report was prepared by the Nunavut government, and consists of submissions from Inuit community groups across Canada’s northernmost territory. Public consultations are set to start on Tuesday before the government unveils the final report later in the year. Continue reading...
A new map reveals the ancient precursors to Antarctica.
Iceberg mania briefly overtook the internet last month when NASA captured a rectangular freakberg. But icebergs are with us all the time, and there’s a new animation to help you celebrate them in all shapes and sizes.Read more...
Two men from unique backgrounds are forging ahead, in a battle against each other and nature, to be the first to journey across Antarctica unsupported.
Next to Pluto’s heart-shaped plains are strange rolling hills unlike anything we’ve seen on Earth, and they may be left over from receding ancient glaciers
Manitoba Hydro is offering rebates to encourage residents to buy carbon monoxide alarms. The odourless, colourless, and tasteless gas can collect in homes or garages and can be fatal.
Publication date: 1 January 2019Source: Quaternary Science Reviews, Volume 203Author(s): Camille Li, Andreas BornAbstractThe Dansgaard-Oeschger events of the last ice age are among the best studied abrupt climate changes, yet a comprehensive explanation is still lacking. They are most pronounced in the North Atlantic, where they manifest as large temperature swings, on timescales of decades or shorter, between persistent cold (stadial) and warm (interstadial) conditions. This review examines evidence that Dansgaard-Oeschger events are an unforced or “spontaneous” oscillation of the coupled atmosphere-ice-ocean system comprising the North Atlantic, Nordic Seas and Arctic, collectively termed the Northern Seas. Insights from reanalysis data, climate model simulations, and idealized box model...
Named B-46, it is believed to measure 87 square miles, according to estimates from the U.S. National Ice Center. The giant berg is believed to have broken off from Pine Island Glacier in October.
Scientists get a decent look at the large new iceberg that's broken away from Pine Island Glacier.
A controversial technology for removing carbon from the air could be crucial to beating global warming.
Here's a look at the southernmost continent, a place of extremes.
Researchers thought there were large lakes under East Antarctica's Recovery Glacier. Now they can't find them.
Defenders of Wildlife sued the Interior Department today for failing to release records the group requested over potential oil and gas exploration and drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Total SA are the only companies among the 10 biggest oil and gas producers in the world that disclose how their carbon emissions will decline over time, according to the first analysis of its kind by managers overseeing more than $9 trillion of funds.
Several election results still pending, Obamacare sign-ups starting with new Trump rules, a polar vortex coming soon and other things to brief on before starting your Thursday.
Officials say a carbon monoxide leak at a Nashville, Tennessee hotel sickened nine people on Wednesday. The Nashville Fire Department tweeted that five of the people were brought to a hospital. (Nov. 8)
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Friends and loved ones bid adieu to members of the latest research team to begin the long trek to Antarctica this weekend.
The goal of this latest expedition, which is scheduled to return mid-February, is to see whether concentrations of an atmospheric molecule called hydroxyl, or OH, has changed over time since the industrial revolution. The answer will greatly affect climate models: OH is responsible for degrading molecules like methane, one of our most poten
Eerie satellite images over the years have captured a look at what appears to be a massive white coffin floating through the pitch-black waters off the coast of Antarctica. NASA now says it will soon melt.
A chunk of the polar vortex is forecast to slide over the central and eastern U.S. over the next few days, marking its first unwelcome visit of the season.
It was five years ago this month that ESA’s GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure – giving a new view of the remnants of lost continents hidden deep under the ice sheet of Antarctica.
Today’s launch of the newest EUMETSAT weather satellite continues the development of a programme which gives the UK’s Met Office access to world-leading weather data from polar orbit.
The Metop-C satellite was launched from the European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana. It completes a network of three platforms flying in a polar orbit at an altitude of 817km, which enables global observations of weather and atmospheric composition, and monitoring of ocean and land surfaces.
Pedestrians and workers in Auckland's Queen St are being exposed to high levels of "black carbon", or ultra-fine carbon particles associated with a number of health problems.
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Scientists are monitoring CO 2 released by the Icelandic volcano, which may help predict an eruption more accurately No, Katla is not about to blow her top, and no, this Icelandic volcano is not about to shut down European airspace; although you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise if you had seen the hyperventilating headlines in the British press last month. The real story is far more intriguing. Evgenia Ilyinskaya, a volcanologist at the University of Leeds, and her colleagues have discovered that Katla is pumping out vast quantities of carbon dioxide. Gas measurements taken above the ice-capped volcano (using aircraft), combined with modelling, reveal that Katla is one of the biggest volcanic sources of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ), releasing about 20,000 tonnes every day – approximately...
According to new analysis, natural climate variability has accelerated Arctic sea ice loss over the last several decades.
The unusual event is caused by 'glacial flour', a fine-grained silt formed by glaciers grinding and pulverizing rock.
Researchers from the University of Victoria produced computer simulations in which ships passed through the western Canadian Arctic via the Northwest Passage (stock image).
Colin O'Brady, 33 is setting off from Ross Ice Shelf and aims to complete the gruelling 1,000-mile (1,600km) journey in just 70 days.
A 15-year-old girl jumped into action and helped save 11 people, after a carbon monoxide poisoning scare was sparked when a charcoal barbecue grill was brought into a home.
The EIANZ 2018 Annual Conference is carbon neutral certified
Residents are angry after council workers "destroyed" scientific evidence on a local beach.
A plan to turn a huge tract of pristine Antarctic Ocean into the world’s biggest sanctuary has been rejected, throwing the future of one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems into doubt.
Environmental groups said Russia, China and Norway had played a part in blocking the proposal, with the other 22 members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the organisation set up to protect Antarctic waters, backing the proposal.
The 1.8 million sq km...
Environmental groups say Russia, China and Norway played part in blocking plan A plan to turn a huge tract of pristine Antarctic ocean into the world’s biggest sanctuary has been rejected, throwing the future of one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems into doubt. Environmental groups said Russia, China and Norway had played a part in blocking the proposal, with the other 22 of the 25 members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, the organisation set up to protect Antarctic waters, backing the proposal. Continue reading...
If you're in Greenland and a strange cloud darkens the sky, that cloud might be made up of something scientists call "glacier flour."
Nearly 20 years ago, the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in Antarctica at several hundred meters thick, saw a huge chunk break off, float out to sea and break up again into several large pieces. Now, one of these pieces has started to float out to warmer waters where it is expected to die, NASA says.
Watch this stark but beautiful film set on an ice sheet.
Seriously, this gargantuan coffin-like object really was photographed by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station on September 23, 2018.
If you guessed that it is an iceberg, you are right.
Known rather unimaginatively as B-15T, the spooky, Brobdingnagian berg is seen here adrift in the South Atlantic Ocean between South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. NASA's Earth Observatory published the photograph today as its image of the day.
And the day is, of course, H
An iceberg five times the size of Manhattan broke off Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier this week, while scientists reported glaciers in Canada's Yukon territory are retreating at an alarming pace.
Prof Alan Robock is a distinguished professor of climate science in the Department of Environmental...
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Voters could pass the country’s first fee on carbon next week in Washington state.
The permanent airbase will be located on an ice sheet 28 kilometres (17 miles) from Chinese research station Zhongshan and will have a 4,921-foot-long, 262-foot-wide runway.
Glaciers in the Yukon territory are retreating even faster than expected in a warming climate, scientists warn Scientists in Canada have warned that massive glaciers in the Yukon territory are shrinking even faster than would be expected from a warming climate – and bringing dramatic changes to the region. After a string of recent reports chronicling the demise of the ice fields, researchers hope that greater awareness will help the public better understand the rapid pace of climate change. Continue reading...
Ndevr Environmental has achieved carbon neutral certification for its consultancy service.
Fox News As immigration opponents continue to froth over the caravan making its way from Central America toward the United States, some are floating the idea that asylum-seekers will bring disease with them—including a disease that was wiped out nearly 40 years ago. The right-wing magazine The New American ran a story over the weekend headlined: “Will Migrant Caravan Kill Your Child—With Disease?” And David Ward, described as a former ICE agent, appeared on Fox News on Monday and said the caravan is a public health threat. Read more at The Daily Beast. Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here
If bitcoin use continues to grow, it could alone produce enough carbon emissions to raise global temperatures by almost 4 degrees F as soon as 2033.
"On paper, carbon capture is a simple proposition: Take carbon that we’ve pulled out of the Earth in the form of coal and oil and put into the atmosphere, and pull it out of the atmosphere and put it back in the Earth. It’s like hitting undo on the Industrial Revolution. And scientists can indeed yank CO2 out of thin air, except that the process is expensive, not very efficient, and morally complicated." LINK
Huge farms of computers used to mine Bitcoin produce the same amount of carbon dioxide as every car in the UK combined, warn scientists at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Fridahl, M. (Ed.) (2018): Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. From global potentials to domestic realities. Brussels: The European Liberal Forum. Online verfügbar unter http://fores.se/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/BECCS_Fridahl_editor.pdf, 29.10.2018. "This book explores the role of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) in climate governance. It starts by discussing BECCS’ global mitigation potential, as depicted in the idealized world of climate scenarios. Chapter 2 shows that almost all climate scenarios compatible with the high likelihood of limiting global warming to 2°C deploy BECCS. While excluding BECCS from these models’ technology portfolios does not necessarily make 2°C compatible scenarios impossible, it does mean that the projected cost of meeting that goal increases."...