World’s Northernmost Island Uncovered by Shifting Arctic Sea Ice

World’s Northernmost Island Uncovered by Shifting Arctic Sea Ice

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Scientists have discovered the world’s northernmost island in the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland. The island, just 30 meters across, was revealed by shifting sea ice and is comprised of seabed mud and sediment left behind by moving glaciers. Although the scientists say that climate change may not have played a direct […]

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Greenland’s Big Melt Down

Greenland’s Big Melt Down

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Greenland, whose ice sheet is melting rapidly, saw temperatures rise over 70 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday, melting enough ice to cover the state of Florida in two inches of water. International climate experts are now calling Greenland’s ice sheets a “ground zero” for “cascading climate impacts across the planet.” Additionally, melting Arctic ice is also […]

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Greenland Bans All Future Oil Exploration, Says It’s Serious About Climate Action

Greenland Bans All Future Oil Exploration, Says It’s Serious About Climate Action

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Greenland recently announced that it will suspend all oil exploration in a move that it hopes will show the global community it’s taking climate change seriously. The government called the decision “a natural step.” No oil has been discovered around Greenland, but for years the potential for an economy […]

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Cold War Lessons From Greenland’s Ice

Cold War Lessons From Greenland’s Ice

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer During the Cold War, the U.S. had grand plans to hide nuclear missiles beneath Greenland’s ice. While that project didn’t pan out, as part of the work, researchers extracted a massive mile-long ice core and 12 feet of frozen soil. That soil was analyzed decades later, and the leaves, […]

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Greenland Ice Melt Is A Huge Story

Greenland Ice Melt Is A Huge Story

In early August, Greenland lost between12 and 24 billion tons of ice each day, which, The Washington Post reported was about 6 to 18 billion tons greater than the typical rates seen during the same dates during the time period from 1981-2010.  According to The Post, the melt season overall — which has about 35 to 40 days to go — is poised to set a new and more significant record, the 2012 record ice loss, which reached 300 billion tons of surface ice mass loss from Greenland.

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Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

A team of scientists studying Greenland’s ice mass reviewed data going back as far as 1972 for the first time, which allowed them to look at longer trends, and learned that even though there might be more snow in some years, the glaciers (large ice masses on the land) are still being negatively impacted by warming, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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