West Antarctica’s bedrock is rising, providing some protection to melting ice

June 22, 2018 by  
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It seems that most news concerning Antarctica’s ice sheets is bad news, with two of the world’s fastest melting glaciers shrinking away in the continent’s western region. Fortunately, this same region is also home to an unusual geological feature that may provide some relief to the effects of climate change. In a new study published in the journal Science , researchers examined how the Earth’s surface seems to expand when heavy objects, such as glaciers , are no longer present and pushing down on the ground. According to data gathered from GPS sensors, the land beneath the Amundsen Sea Embayment in western Antarctica is rising at a rate of about two inches per year, one of the fastest rising rates ever recorded. As is often the case, the discovery of western Antarctica’s rising bedrock was made somewhat by chance. “[Study co-author] Terry Wilson and colleagues were extremely wise and lucky,” study co-author Valentina Barletta told Earther . “They had the really, really good idea [to place those sensors] with very few indication[s] that there might have been something special.” The researchers concluded that the land beneath the Amundsen Sea Embayment springs back because of a relatively fluid mantle beneath the surface, which is more capable of responding to changes above. Related: Scientists uncover giant canyons under the ice in Antarctica “This study shows this region of Antarctica has a very short memory,” Antarctica researcher Matt King told Earther, likening the local geological phenomenon to memory foam. Understanding the impact that rebounding land can have enables researchers to more accurately assess ice loss, the measurement of which has been incomplete due to a lack of knowledge about rising rock. The study also provides some hope to those who live in coastal areas, which may benefit from the potential slowing of melting ice by its rising higher than the warmer water . Via Earther Image via Depositphotos

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Environmentalists want to sculpt an Arctic ice ‘Trumpmore’ to show climate change is real

May 2, 2018 by  
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Would the face of a certain climate change -denying president carved on an Arctic iceberg last for one thousand years — or melt? That’s the question an environmental group is asking. They aim to sculpt Donald Trump’s face in ice “to end the debate on climate change.” Environmental association Melting Ice aims to “build the biggest ice monument ever to test if climate change is real” with what they’re calling Project Trumpmore . Inspired partly by Trump’s alleged dream of having his face carved onto Mount Rushmore, Project Trumpmore aims to make his dream come true…but perhaps not in the way he’d like. They want to sculpt the president’s face on an iceberg with the anticipation the artwork would melt away. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = ‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v3.0’; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, ‘script’, ‘facebook-jssdk’)); The plan is to build Trumpmore to match the size of the presidents on Mount Rushmore. Read more: http://projecttrumpmore.com/#s5 Posted by Project Trumpmore on  Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Related: ‘Trump Forest’ plants trees to offset the president’s climate ignorance Nicolas Prieto, Melting Ice chairman, said in a statement, “ Global warming is one of the most important issues and topics of today. There are still people who ponder whether it’s a real issue. We want to build the monument for all of us, so we can see how long the sculpture lasts before melting. Often people only believe something when they see it with their own eyes.” According to the statement, three young men “working in the creative field” are behind the project, hoping to create a concrete symbol with what they call their scientific art project. On their website, they said if they do reach the construction phase, they’d broadcast the process, estimated to take around four weeks, on a live feed. They said “a world-leading team of Finnish and Mongolian ice sculptors” would do the carving. There’s still a ways to go — the team estimates Project Trumpmore might cost 400,000 Euros, or over $478,000 if crafted responsibly. They said on their website they’ll work to minimize the carbon dioxide emissions generated from traveling and other work on Project Trumpmore, and are aiming to launch a crowdfunding campaign. They have yet to find a location for the giant face and ask if anyone knows of one to get in touch with them. You can find out more on the Project Trumpmore website . + Project Trumpmore Image via Project Trumpmore

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Melting arctic ice allows luxury cruise ship to travel Northwest Passage for the first time

September 26, 2016 by  
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For generations, the Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Canadian Arctic was considered impossible to travel. Thick ice prevented ships from taking advantage of the potential sea route until Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen successfully navigated it in 1906 after a three-year struggle. In the years since, some commercial ships have passed through, but only in the summer when the ice was thin enough for their icebreakers to smash a path. Now, thanks to climate change, a cruise ship has made the journey for the first time . The Crystal Serenity , a luxury cruise ship with rooms running from $20,000 to $120,000 apiece, set sail on August 16, 2016 from Seward, Alaska. With more than 1,600 guests and crew on board, the ship became the largest vessel ever to traverse the treacherous Northwest Passage. To the credit of Crystal Cruises, the ship was equipped with a few special additions for the journey: systems to detect ice, two Canadian ice pilots to assist the captain, a small icebreaker, and an escort ship to evacuate passengers in case anything should go wrong. Related: Arctic sea ice levels hit a new winter low – again Still, there were many who voiced their concerns about the safety of the journey. Because tourism in the region is completely unknown and the communities along the passage’s route are incredibly small, there would be no room for accidents. In an interview with NPR , one WWF representative said, “There’s absolutely no capacity to respond to accidents.” Search and rescue infrastructure simply hasn’t been needed in the region in the past. Related: UN Warns of Harmful Resource Rush as Arctic Ice Melts at Record Rate While thankfully the cruise arrived in New York without incident a month after setting off, critics still warn that future cruises are incredibly risky. Some have even called it “ the most dangerous cruise on Earth. ” Critics have also pointed to the effect the ship could have on native wildlife – the sound of the ship could be damaging to marine life like narwhals and beluga whales, and it goes without saying that an oil spill would be a disaster. Some are also concerned the indigenous Canadian communities dotting the route are being exploited by the wealthy passengers in what’s been dubbed “ apocalypse tourism .” Unfortunately, melting arctic ice is now our planet’s new reality, and we will need to adapt going forward. The ability to more easily travel the Northwest Passage could be a boon to underdeveloped and impoverished communities in Canada’s far north and could open up new trade possibilities. However, luxury vacations for the mega-rich are just adding insult to injury for concerned conservationists and environmental activists. Via Care2 Images via  Crystal Cruises

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Tiny timber meditation pavilion in Italy reconnects people to nature

September 26, 2016 by  
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Inspired by East and West spiritual philosophies, the five-meter-tall Riondolo was built by hand using local techniques and labor. The building features crisscrossing timber slats that taper upwards from its seven-square-meter base into a small square skylight. Only a few people are able to use the pavilion at the same time and are invited to rest on the small wooden benches inside. Gaps between the timber slats frame views over the lake and the surrounding vistas. Related: Beautiful cedar-covered pavilion is a poetic rest stop in the English countryside Wegher wrote: “Riondolo explores the sensory perception of nature and communicates with the symbolic and minimal language of the elements, like a filter which frames light and reality, which gives form and space in the search for balance between full and void spaces, vibrant harmonious compositions, telltale signs of imperceptible streams between lightness and gravity, all this conveyed by wood, the natural and lively matter ready to receive a slow and incontrovertible biological erosion.” + Giovanni Wegher Via Dezeen Images via Giovanni Wegher

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The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030

November 27, 2014 by  
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Glacier National Park , which was dedicated in 1910 , occupies a dramatically beautiful span of the Rocky Mountains at the Montana-Canadian border, which has been covered in ice since time immemorial. 150 thick glaciers were recorded when the park was dedicated, but scientists are warning that they’re all likely to disappear by 2030. Right now there are only 26 ice sheets left, so the park as already lost 124 glaciers, and they’re disappearing quickly. Read the rest of The Glaciers of Glacier National Park May All Disappear by 2030 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , Clmate change , galcer national park , glacial retreat , glacier , glacier national park , glaciers , glaciers melting , global warming , ice field , ice fields , melting glaciers , melting ice , NOROCK , retreating glaciers , Rocky Mountains , usgs

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Nele Avecedo’s Melting Ice Figures Pay Tribute to Civilians Killed in WWI

August 15, 2014 by  
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Water Rush: Businesses Scramble to Make a Buck from Melting Icebergs

January 13, 2014 by  
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  Photo © Shutterstock As climate change causes the polar ice caps to melt, a few entrepreneurs are trying to sell off the ocean’s icebergs as drinking water. Instead of allowing valuable freshwater from melting icebergs to simply disappear into the ocean, these companies are attempting to harvest the water — which often sells at a premium due to its unique origins and supposedly exceptional purity. One Dutch businessman, Guus Backelandt, sells his iceberg water for up to $21 a bottle. He even sells the water to a Canadian company that uses it to distill vodka . Read the rest of Water Rush: Businesses Scramble to Make a Buck from Melting Icebergs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: business scams , freshwater , freshwater harvesting , ice caps , iceberg harvesting , iceberg harvesting scams , iceberg vodka , iceberg water , icebergs , melting ice , Polar Ice , towing icebergs        

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New Study Shows Sea Levels will Rise Two Feet in Next 70 Years

December 16, 2013 by  
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A new study in the journal Scientific Reports estimates that melting ice will cause sea levels to rise 2 feet within the next 70 years , and a whopping 8 feet by the year 2200. Scientists believe that sea levels will most likely continue to rise until the sea is 25 to 30 feet higher than it is today, wiping many coastal cities and island nations completely off the map. Read the rest of New Study Shows Sea Levels will Rise Two Feet in Next 70 Years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: atmospheric CO2 , Climate Change , CO2 emissions , coastal cities , global warming , island nations , melting glaciers , melting ice caps , oceans , rising temperatures , sea level rise        

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North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050

March 5, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the University of California have announced that by 2050, ships will be able to travel across the north pole in summer months. This would slash costs of transporting goods between Europe and China, Laurence C. Smith and Scott R. Stephenson wrote in the journal PNAS, but opening the northern sea route will pose a host of new economic, environmental and political challenges. Read the rest of North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Arctic , cargo shipping , Climate Change , environmental destruction , global warming , melting ice , north pole , northern sea route , trans arctic passage , university of california , Wildlife

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