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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8 tiny homes built tough for off-grid living

June 22, 2018 by  
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Many people mistake tiny homes for delicate structures that provide a minimal amount of space for simple living. But these modern tiny homes are proving that they can be just as resilient as any traditional home twice their size. Check out eight tiny homes that are built to withstand brutal climates and rugged landscapes while still offering residents the sustainable option of  off-grid living . NestHouse offers charm and energy efficiency Designed by Jonathan Avery of Tiny House Scotland , the beautiful NestHouse is a sustainable and energy-efficient tiny home. Hidden behind its endearing Scandinavian aesthetics, the home boasts impressive off-grid options like passive ventilation and solar. Related: This mini caravan with a telescopic roof is the stuff of off-grid dreams Payette Urban tiny home runs on solar power TruForm Tiny has made a name for itself by crafting made-to-order tiny homes, and the Payette Urban is one of our favorite models. The tiny home is as big on design and comfort as it is on energy efficiency. The house can utilize solar or wind power, offering residents more flexibility for their energy source. Father and son build tiny off-grid cabin in Wisconsin When Bill Yudchitz  and his son, Daniel, decided to bond over a tiny home project, they did not realize that the result would be so spectacular. The duo created a contemporary 325-square-foot home designed with minimal impact on the landscape. Installed with various sustainable technologies such as solar lanterns and a rainwater harvesting system, the light-filled home is a great example of tiny house design done right. $33K hOMe offers off-grid luxury on wheels It’s not often that a tiny home is considered luxurious, but this house is the exception. Built by Andrew and Gabriella Morrison , hOMe is a 221-square foot tiny house built to go off the grid with solar connections and a composting toilet . The structure can be mounted on a flat-deck trailer, allowing homeowners to tow and set up their homes virtually anywhere. Tiny flat-packed homes provide affordable housing Architect Alex Symes developed this flat-pack off-grid home as a solution to expensive city housing. Built with low environmental impact materials, Big World Homes are powered by solar energy and include rainwater harvesting systems. The homes can also increase in size with additional modules. World’s most active volcano harbors tiny off-grid home Located at the base of Mauna Loa volcano next to Kilauea, the tiny 450-square-foot Phoenix House — designed by ArtisTree — is a very cool Airbnb rental with some incredible eco-friendly features, such as solar power and a rainwater harvesting system. Built with recycled materials, the home is part of a local regenerative, off-grid community compound. Zero-energy retreat has a near-invisible footprint COULSON architects’ Disappear Retreat stands out for its ability to disappear from sight… and the grid. Built to Passive House Standards, the 83-square-foot mirrored home boasts a near-invisible footprint. According to the architects, the prefabricated retreat was strategically designed for “triple-zero living”: zero energy, zero waste and zero water. Old-fashioned caravan home is 100% self sustaining This hand-built caravan tiny home proves that sometimes state-of-the-art technology isn’t needed to get completely off the grid. Built by the father and son team known as The Unknown Craftsmen , the Old Time Caravan is crafted from reclaimed wood and relies on natural light to illuminate the interior. Images via © Jonathan Avery of  Tiny House Scotland ; TruForm Tiny ;  Revelations Architects/Builders ;  Tiny House Build ;  Big World Homes and Barton Taylor Photography; ArtisTree ;  COULSON architects and  The Unknown Craftsmen

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Scientists dash to explore Antarctic ecosystem hidden by ice for 120,000 years

February 13, 2018 by  
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Scientists are seeking to explore an underwater area previously covered by an Antarctic ice shelf for 120,000 years. Climate change is affecting every corner of the globe and while its challenges are well known, the dramatic changes also open up new opportunities for exploration. The recent breaking away of a trillion-ton iceberg the size of Delaware from Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf offers scientists a chance to gain a greater understanding of the polar aquatic ecosystem that dwells beneath the ice. Researchers are now in a race against time to study the 2,246 square-mile area before it begins to change. “The calving of [iceberg] A-68 [from the Larsen C Ice Shelf] provides us with a unique opportunity to study marine life as it responds to a dramatic environmental change,” said Kkatrin Linse of the British Antarctica Survey (BAS) in a statement. “It’s important we get there quickly before the undersea environment changes as sunlight enters the water and new species begin to colonize.” Two previous efforts to explore newly exposed Antarctic ecosystems in 1995 and 2002 yielded little in terms of studied life. However, both efforts took five to 12 years after an iceberg’s break before studying the area up close. By then, organisms had begun to occupy space in the newly open habitat. Related: Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth Scientists are set to depart from the Falkland Islands on February 21, then spend three weeks aboard the BAS research vessel RRS James Clark Ross on which the team will gather and study biological samples from organisms, sediments, and water . During their study, the team may encounter such wild Antarctic creatures as the icefish, which creates natural antifreeze within its body to survive in frigid waters, or the bristled marine worm, described by Live Science as “ a Christmas ornament from hell. “ Via Live Science Images via NASA   (1)

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Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet beneath Antarctic ice sheet

January 20, 2015 by  
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A research team on the coast of West Antarctica has uncovered evidence that could indicate the effects of climate change deep beneath one of most isolated parts of the ocean. Earlier this month, a team of 40 scientists, ice drillers, and technicians celebrated the accomplishment of breaking through a 2,400 foot-thick ice sheet with a video probe that revealed pebbles on the sea floor, which normally wouldn’t be found at that depth. Read the rest of Scientists unearth potential evidence of climate change 2,400 feet beneath Antarctic ice sheet Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antarctica , Climate Change , drilling , glaciers , global warming , ice , ocean , ocean floor , pebbles , polar , prove , research , scientists

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VIDEO: Do Polar Bears Eat Fast Food Too?

September 25, 2014 by  
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A polar bear caught chomping on a goose egg. No fries with that, though. We humans have been seeing a trend towards slow food, but it looks like polar bears may be headed in the opposite direction. Joshua Davis, Michael Kirby Smith and James Gorman recently made a fascinating video for the New York Times about how scientists in the Western Hudson Bay have observed polar bears gorging themselves on easy-to-grab goose eggs (with some bears eating 200-300 nests of eggs in a 96 hour period) instead of partaking in their traditional meal of seals. But what does this dining drift mean in terms of climate change? Read on for the full video. Read the rest of VIDEO: Do Polar Bears Eat Fast Food Too? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , climate scientists , global warming , global warming polar bears , james gorman , Joshua Davis , Michael Kirby Smith , polar bear food , polar bears , polar bears eating geese , polar bears eggs , seals , Western Hudson Bay

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Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s

September 25, 2014 by  
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Yael Maguire , the engineering director at Facebook ‘s Connectivity Lab, has revealed further details about the social media giant’s plans to expand internet access to communities worldwide. In order to achieve global connectivity, the company has been discussing using drones, or planes as they prefer to call them, that will constantly circle in the skies . In conversation with Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore, Maguire stated the planes would be “roughly the size of a commercial aircraft, like a 747.” As astounding as that revelation is on its own, it also raises regulatory questions. Not only are there unresolved issues around launching and airspace controls, but with an anticipated need for thousands of planes, the company says it is impractical for one person to control only one plane at a time as current legislation requires. Read the rest of Facebook Unveils Plans for Solar-Powered Internet Drones as Big as 747s Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: drones , Facebook , Facebook Connectivity Lab , Facebook plans to use drones as big as 747s , internet , internet connection , Internet org , social media , solar-powered drones , unmanned planes , Yael Maguire

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A Junior Polar Vortex is Returning to the Eastern US

July 14, 2014 by  
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Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, the dreaded polar vortex is about to rear its ugly head once again. This week, a pocket of cool air is making its way from the Gulf of Alaska, across the Great Lakes and along the East Coast in a chilling (get it?) replay of January’s bone-deep freeze. The normally-sweltering July heat will be pummeled down by cold Alaskan air and rainstorms that might have some people reliving the January vortex all over again. Read the rest of A Junior Polar Vortex is Returning to the Eastern US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: El Niño , July extreme weather , July weather , Mini Polar Vortex , polar vortex , Summer 2014 weather , summer cold , Summer Cold Snap , Summer El Nino , summer extreme weather , summer heat , Summer Polar Vortex , summer weather , typhoon Neoguri , weather patterns

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Polar Umbrella: Self-Sustaining Metropolis Rebuilds Ice Sheets as It Navigates Polar Waters

March 13, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Polar Umbrella: Self-Sustaining Metropolis Rebuilds Ice Sheets as It Navigates Polar Waters Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: evolo 2013 skyscraper competition , evolo skyscraper competition , global warming , ice caps melting , ice sheets , osmotic technology , polar floating canopy , Polar Umbrella eVolo Competition , Polar Umbrella Skyscraper , renewable energy sources , sea level rise , Solar Power , umbrella-shaped canopy

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IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record

March 13, 2013 by  
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The supercomputers of the future will be capable of amazing feats such as modeling global climate scenarios , running molecular-level simulations of cells, and designing nanostructures. In order to for these “exascale computers” to operate, they will need to be able to run an enormous amount of data quickly while keeping power consumption under control. Scientists at IBM in conjunction with DARPA have created an ultra-high-speed prototype optical link that sets a new energy efficiency record. The researchers are set to describe their invention at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) being held in Anaheim, CA from March 17-21. Read the rest of IBM and DARPA’s Ultra-High-Speed Digital Data Link Sets Energy Efficiency Record Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: anaheim , California , darpa , energy efficient , exascale computer , ibm , jonathan e proesel , optic link , Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference , record breaking , soi cmos , sumimoto electric device innovations usa , supercomputer , vcsel

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Global Warming Ice Cubes Feature Melting Penguins and Polar Bears

February 24, 2012 by  
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Japanese designer Atsuhiro Hayashi has created a poignant way to keep your favorite beverages chilled: ice cubes shaped like polar bears and penguins on ice floes.  These beautiful frosty figurines will help you keep your lemonade cool as summer’s heat sets in while serving as a reminder of the reality of climate change. Read the rest of Global Warming Ice Cubes Feature Melting Penguins and Polar Bears Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design for Awareness , eco inspiration , global warming awareness , Global Warming Ice Cubes , green design , Penguin Ice Cubes , Penguins and Polar Bears , Polar Bear Ice Cubes

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