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Greenland's rapid ice melt rate continues — even in winter

A new report by the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) found that the second-largest ice sheet in the world is currently melting even in the middle of winter.

Architect addressing rising sea levels through urban design

Rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and biodiversity loss are now a reality for many cities across the U.S. and any more urbanization will result in more wetlands, trees and flora and fauna losses. One New York architect is doing something about this.

Seacoast roads under new threat as sea levels continue to rise

Durham - A new study by the University of New Hampshire has found that coastal roads, some as far as two miles inland are at facing a new hazard that currently can't be seen by drivers - rising levels of groundwater caused by rising sea levels

Rising sea levels? U.S. builds radar site on island anyway

The Marshall Islands became the "poster child" for climate change in 2013 when drought in the northern atolls, along with rising sea levels forced the island nation to declare a state of emergency.

Global Warming and rising seas — Alaska village votes to relocate

Shishmaref - The coastal village of Shishmaref, Alaska voted to relocate away from their ancestral home on Wednesday, although they won't be going anyplace anytime soon. Rising sea levels due to climate change have left the village at risk for flooding.

Anthropogenic global warming causes first mammal extinction

Human-caused global warming appears to have caused the only mammal species endemic to the Great Barrier Reef to become extinct. We can say goodbye to the Bramble Cay melomys.

Five islands in Solomons submerged due to sea-level rise

Aerial and Satellite images show rising sea levels have caused five islands in the Solomons in the South Pacific to completely disappear, the first scientific evidence that confirms the dramatic impact of climate change on low-lying islands.

History underwater — The threat of rising sea levels

Newport - The growing threats from climate change are becoming more visible to us as we weather stronger storms and droughts. But rising sea levels are also starting to threaten our coastlines, and we can already see the damage that will come.

Changing ocean conditions pose threat to coral reefs

The threat to the world's coral reefs from ocean acidification has been well documented. Less understood is the sensitivity of coral to bioerosion. A study was undertaken to better understand erosion's impact on coral reefs with rising sea levels.

Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

Cambridge - A collaborative effort involving scientific teams from the UK, U.S. and Australia has produced the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice with the help of an underwater robot.

U.S. military declares war on climate change

Speaking at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel outlined the challenges that climate change presents to the military and national security.

Report warns how climate change threatens U.S. economy

Washington - The U.S. economy could face major, systemic disruption due to climate change unless legislators and businesses alike take urgent action to reduce climate risk, says a new report released this week.

Norfolk Virginia: The poster child for climate change

Norfolk - When the cyclic movements of the ocean's waters bring especially high tides to Virginia's coastline, residents living in an inlet close by Norfolk's renowned Chrysler Museum of Art know what's coming. The 100 year old sea wall barely holds the ocean back.

‘Unstoppable' loss of Antarctic glaciers prompts sealevel warning

Irvine - The rapidly melting West Antarctic Ice Sheet is in an irreversible state of decline according to the latest NASA study. As a result, the "ice-dam" preventing glaciers in the area melting into the sea will ultimately disappear.

Decades of rising seas predicted as huge Antarctic glacier melts

Cambridge - Pine Island Glacier, part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the biggest single contributor to rises in global sea levels, continues to melt at record rates. The melt could continue for decades, according to new research.

South Florida counties working to find solution to rising seas

Florida is one of the most populous of our southern states and also the most vulnerable. With most of its 1,197 miles of coastline only a few feet above the rising seas, there is the very real danger of South Florida being lost in less than 100 years.

Huge population drift augurs as climate change alters ecosystems

Potsdam - Climate change is likely to transform landscapes worldwide, affecting most of Earth’s forests and agriculture — and it isn’t a far future scenario, says a new report. Profound changes in the world’s ecosystems could happen less than 90 years hence

Mega-canyon bigger than Grand Canyon found below Greenland's ice

Scientists have mapped a previously unknown canyon entombed below two kilometers of ice in Greenland. The discovery was made by a group of scientists from Bristol University’s School of Geographical Sciences in the UK.

New records for Arctic ice melt and CO2 emissions during 2012

Boulder - This week, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) published its climatic report card for 2012, “State of the Climate in 2012.” The report makes gloomy reading, highlighting record Arctic ice melt and unprecedented CO2 emissions from fossil fuels.

Greenland Ice Sheet melt 'unprecedented' in 2012

After 2012's unprecedented melting of Greenland's Ice Sheet, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) last week launched a new website dedicated to providing up to date satellite data and scientific analysis of what is happening in Greenland.

Rising global sea levels – upward trend resumes, reports NASA

In a study issued today, NASA has reported that global sea levels have resumed their long term upward trend after a blip in 2010/11. The study was based on multi-sourced data from NASA and European Topex/Poseidon, Jason-1 and Jason-2 satellites.

Gambia's historic slave fort is being lost to the rising tide Special

James Island’s grisly connections with the slave trade draw thousands of tourists to this shrinking patch of Gambia each year. But this heritage is now threatened by the rising tide.

Melting of West Antarctic Ice Sheet may affect Earth's rotation

A study in the journal Science has found that the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would change the focus of the planet's gravitational field and sea levels would rise disproportionately around North America and the Indian Ocean.

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A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine...
A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica from the last time it underwent rapid retreat and thinning 8000 years ago
Florian Wobbe, British Antarctic Survey
The Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 mission that will track sea level rise  one of the clearest signs of global ...
The Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 mission that will track sea level rise, one of the clearest signs of global warming, for the next 10 years. Sentinel-6A, the first of the mission's two satellites, is shown in its clean room in Germany and is scheduled to launch in November 2020.
Fort Lauderdale  Florida  is at risk from rising sea levels.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is at risk from rising sea levels.
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Coastal flooding is often the greatest threat to life and property during storms.
Coastal flooding is often the greatest threat to life and property during storms.

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