Greenland is melting four times faster than it was 15 years ago

January 24, 2019 by  
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A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that Greenland is melting four times faster than it has in the past 15 years. Using data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), which were two satellites launched by Germany and NASA back in 2002, researchers discovered that between 2002 and 2016, Greenland lost 280 gigatons of ice every year, and that resulted in the addition of .03 inches of water annually to the world’s oceans. “We’re going to see faster and faster sea level rise for the foreseeable future,” study lead author and Ohio State University geodynamics professor Michael Bevis said in a press release . “Once you hit that tipping point, the only question is: How severe does it get?” Bevis explained that they knew there was a significant problem with the increasing rates of ice discharge from the large outlet glaciers. But what they didn’t expect was ice melt from Greenland’s southwest region. That area does not normally have breaking glaciers like the southeast and northwest, yet the southwest is where the most consistent ice loss happened between 2003 and 2012. Now, according to EcoWatch , researchers are recognizing that large amounts of ice mass are going to become a major contributor to the rise of sea levels over the next couple of decades. There was also a noticeable pause in melting back in 2013, at the same time that warm air was brought to Greenland by a reversal in North Atlantic Oscillation. Bevis said that is concerning, because in the past, the cycle of warm and cool temperatures didn’t have such a dramatic impact on the region. If the base-level temperature is so warm that the natural temperature cycles are accelerating the ice melting, then this could be a “tipping point.” However, the authors of another study from December 2018 cautioned using such language. They found that Greenland was melting at the fastest rate in more than three centuries, but that doesn’t mean we have passed “the point of no return,” according to the study authors. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientist Sarah B. Das said that there are still meaningful actions humans can take. If we limit greenhouse gas emissions, we can limit global warming . This will make a big difference in how quickly the ice melting in Greenland will affect the rise of sea levels. Via EcoWatch and OSU Image via Christine Zenino

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This tiny home eschews minimalist design for vibrant colors and bold patterns

January 24, 2019 by  
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Most tiny homes tend to go for the standard “less is more” strategy when it comes to interior design. But one Texas designer, Galeana Younger from the Galeana Group , is breaking that mold with her stunning “maximalist” tiny home. Forgoing the typical neutral color palette, Younger decked out the 190-square-foot tiny home with a host of vibrant colors, funky patterns and plenty of personal touches that give the home a jubilant character. Recently, the designer told Lonny that she wanted the tiny home design to be full of fun. “I wanted to create an environment that would allow/encourage people to feel comfortable and happy but still slightly elevated and outside of themselves,” Younger said. “Like they were in a hip, urban locale that made them feel a little more chispa than usual.” Related: The off-grid Eucalyptus tiny home radiates cool, Californian vibes Accordingly, the bold interior design found throughout the home has quite a bit of “spark” from the moment you enter. The living space features a small wicker sofa covered with various pillows in an array of colors and textures. To the right, the bedroom is wallpapered in a lively black and white cactus print. Contrasting the busy pattern on the walls is the ceiling, which is painted a light ethereal blue. A triangle-patterned rug is on the floor, nicely connecting the black door and trim, which is found throughout the interior. Moving into the kitchen , the blast of fun, vibrant colors cannot be missed. The geometric backsplash is comprised of multiple hues and shades that add a sense of whimsy to the cooking area. Open shelving stores the home’s dishware along with decorative bottles in different shapes and colors. Further into the back of the space is the bathroom. Surprisingly spacious for a tiny home, this black and white motif still manages to be filled with personality. The shower stall was hand laid with the words, “Howdy, ya’ll.” Above the bathroom, a ladder leads to a compact sleeping loft . + The Galeana Group Via Curbed Photography by Mark Menjivar via The Galeana Group

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This UK supercomputer can predict winter weather a year ahead of time

October 25, 2016 by  
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It’s incredibly difficult for scientists to accurately predict North American and European winters . The weather in these regions is driven by a phenomenon known as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), and it’s often hard to pin down in advance. But thanks to a new supercomputer , researchers at the UK’s Met Office are now able to predict winter weather a full year ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_G7NFMDsVY According to the Met Office, changes in air pressure in the North Atlantic Ocean are the primary driver of winter climate variability for Europe . The NAO can affect other areas of the world too; the Met Office is currently researching links between the NAO and China’s winter weather. The phenomenon influences temperatures and precipitation. Met Office researchers published a paper on their predictions this month in the journal Nature Geoscience . Not only would it be convenient to know what winter weather we’ll face, according to lead author Nick Dunstone, predicting the NAO could offer economic benefits. For example, the energy and transportation industries could operate more efficiently with a better picture of what the weather would be like in the coming winter. Related: 7 winter home improvement tips to save you money and energy in the cold season The researchers are able to better predict the winter NAO because of a shiny new supercomputer. The first phase of the supercomputer started operations over a year ago in August 2015. The UK government invested £97 million in the Met Office’s ” new high performance computing facility .” Back then the Met Office said the supercomputer would help them forecast the weather in greater detail, and it appears they’re delivering on that promise. So what will the weather be like this winter? According to paper co-author Adam Scaife, “Current signals suggest that the start to winter is likely to be cooler and drier than in 2015.” + Nature Geoscience + Met Office Images via Met Office Facebook

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Modern alpine home is built on the ruins of an old rustic structure

October 25, 2016 by  
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The S.V. house retains a traditional gabled form, but the interior and the front facade are decidedly modern in design. A reinforced concrete slab connects the stone walls on the first floor, while the use of brushed larch wood for the second floor, roof, and part of the facade soften the look of the natural stone and reinforce the building’s connection to nature. Large windows overlook views of the countryside and mountains while allowing natural light to flood the interior. Related: Tiny alpine hut is a cozy refuge in the harsh yet spectacular Slovenian Alps The interior design makes efficient use of the building’s 22-square-meter footprint. “Overall space is limited but this condition and the choice of materials, helped to create that feeling of ‘hearth’ with evocative power and was one of the cardinal principles of many rural architecture as well as much of the academic architecture,” writes the architect. + Rocco Borromini Via Gessato Images via Rocco Borromini, by Marcello Mariana

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Support Studio Swine’s Voyage to the North Atlantic Gyre and Help Them Turn Ocean Plastic into Bespoke Furniture

September 22, 2014 by  
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While most have heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , few know about the smaller, but equally problematic North Atlantic Gyre. To help raise awareness about the issue and remove plastic from our shores and oceans, Studio Swine has launched a Kickstarter to raise funds for a voyage to the North Atlantic. The London-based design studio made waves previously with their ingenious Sea Chair made from plastic ocean waste, and they plan to make more Sea Chairs on their North Atlantic journey by feeding collected plastic waste into a solar-powered 3D printer. Support their journey by donating to their Kickstarter ! + Sea Chair: INTO THE GYRE Kickstarter + Studio Swine The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D printing , kickstarter , north atlantic gyre , plastic ocean waste , plastic waste , reader submitted content , Sea Chair , solar powered 3d printer , Studio Swine

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Could Moving Endangered Trees Out of Their Natural Habitat Save Them from Climate Change?

September 22, 2014 by  
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Climate change has conservationists considering drastic steps they would never before consider – like planting forests of endangered trees in locations where they can thrive. Assisted migration is a controversial new concept that proposes replanting endangered tree seeds in regions that they don’t normally grow, but which will become ideal environments as the world keeps warming. This radical idea, which is still hypothetical, comes in response to the possibility that climate change will happen so fast that trees won’t be able to adapt on their own. Read the rest of Could Moving Endangered Trees Out of Their Natural Habitat Save Them from Climate Change? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: assisted migrations of trees , Climate Change , conservation biologists , conservationists , controlled fires , diane f. tomback , endangered trees , forest service , healthy forests , moving trees , moving trees out of natural habitat , planting seedlings , robert r. keane , rocky mountain research station , sally n. aitken , saving the whitebark pine tree , trees surviving climate change , University of British Columbia , whitebark pine ecosystem foundation , whitebark pine tree

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Gorgeous Fogo Island Eco-Hotel Rises on Stilts in Canada

October 29, 2013 by  
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Obama Administration Wants Arctic Seals on Endangered Species List

December 13, 2010 by  
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The Obama administration has proposed adding six different subspecies of Arctic seals to the endangered species list because of the threat they’re facing from shrinking sea ice.  NOAA made the proposal for those seals to be listed as threatened on Friday, and if approved, the seals would be the second animals after polar bears listed for reasons purely caused by climate change. The listings include four subspecies of ringed seals found in the Arctic Basin and the North Atlantic and two subspecies of bearded seals found in the North Pacific (including Russia and Alaska).  Vanishing sea ice was the primary  given for all the seals. NOAA said that the changes to the seals’ habitats was a clear indication that climate change was occurring and that the listing will improve the odds for those animals.  The listing is open for public comment and has a year to be finalized

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Starbucks Saves Millions on Energy Bills with LED Lighting

December 10, 2010 by  
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On a light-by-light basis, changing from incandescent to LED only makes a tiny difference in energy consumption and cost, but when you’re talking about retrofitting a large building like the Empire State Building or replacing bulbs in thousands of Starbucks stores, the energy savings can be huge. That’s just what Starbucks has found now that the replacing of incandescent and halogen lights in 7,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada has been completed.  The company’s Director of Environmental Impact said that the program is on target to cut lighting energy consumption by 80 percent.

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Rhode Island Wind Farm Plans Double in Size

December 10, 2010 by  
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A large Rhode Island wind farm project called the Deepwater Wind Energy Center has just gotten bigger.  Deepwater Wind has announced that the project size has now more than doubled from a 100-turbine, 350-MW project, to a 200-turbine, 1,000-MW project!  That makes it one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world. Deepwater Wind says that the new scope of the project will increase the cost of building it to $6 billion, but that the cost of the electricity will go down.  The previous plan had utility National Grid paying 24.4. cents per kWh, but the new plan will lower the price to the mid-teens per kWh, more in line with the Cape Wind agreement that will cost them 18.7 cents per kWh.

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