Latest Last glacial period Stories

2009-05-01 06:25:00

According to a paper in this week's issue of the journal Science, the vast majority of the world's glaciers are retreating as the planet gets warmer.  For the last 7,000 years, New Zealand's largest glaciers have moved out of step with glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere, showing strong regional variations in climate, the paper reported. "This research should provide much more accurate reconstructions of glacial advances worldwide, allowing us in turn to make climate models more...

2007-03-24 13:41:12

Greenland is cold and hot. It's a deep freezer storing 10 percent of Earth's ice and a subject of fevered debate. If something should melt all that ice, global sea level could rise as much as 7 meters (23 feet). Greenland and Antarctica - Earth's two biggest icehouses - are important indicators of climate change and a high priority for research, as highlighted by the newly inaugurated International Polar Year. Just a few years ago, the world's climate scientists predicted that Greenland...

2007-01-22 09:20:00

VIENNA, Austria -- Glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, scientists warned Monday, basing their bleak outlook on mounting evidence of slow but steady melting of the continental ice sheets. In western Austria's Alpine province of Tyrol, glaciers have been shrinking by about 3 percent a year, meaning their mass decreases annually by roughly 3 feet, said Roland Psenner, of the University of Innsbruck's Institute for Ecology. And 2050 is a conservative estimate, he said: If...

2005-09-14 06:25:00

ESA -- Until now satellites have not been able to monitor melting of ice at the very point where it is most significant: at the ice edge. CryoSat's ability to do just that thrills scientists working in the field. "CryoSat will pave the way for a better understanding of what happens to the ice at the exact point where things are the most interesting: at the ice edge where the majority of the melting takes place," says Danish glaciologist Carl Egede Bøggild. Part of the Geological...

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