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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Rising Sea Level Threatens Very Existence of Island Nations

Rising Sea Level Threatens Very Existence of Island Nations

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer After Monday’s IPCC report cautioned that the world has nearly run out of time to stave off the worst effects of climate change, island nations are emphasizing their unique vulnerability. The Alliance of Small Island States —an alliance of 39 coastal and low-lying nations including Singapore, Seychelles, Fiji, Papua […]

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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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Miami Condo Collapse Raises Concerns of Flooding, Sea-Level Rise

Miami Condo Collapse Raises Concerns of Flooding, Sea-Level Rise

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A condo collapse in Miami is prompting new conversations about the threats rising sea levels and flooding present to the nation’s infrastructure. Experts say that it’s too early to determine whether or not climate change contributed to the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers. But they also warn that as sea levels rise […]

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Study Finds Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

Study Finds Glaciers Are Melting Faster Than Ever

The world’s glaciers are melting faster than ever before, and it’s having significant consequences on the oceans, wildlife, and our coastlines. A study published Wednesday found that nearly all the world’s glaciers are melting, and some are withering at rates 31 percent higher than 15 years ago. 

Why This Matters: As glaciers melt, habitats for critical species disappear, water sources deplete, coastlines recede, and dangerous glacial bursts threaten communities.

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The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

The Supermoon Is More Than Pretty, It’s Powerful

Don’t underestimate the power of the moon. Super full moons like the one last night happen when the moon is closest to Earth, and they bring higher tides. For coastal cities like Miami or Boston or Norfolk, high tides also mean an increased risk of flooding.

Why This Matters: “In short, the moon has very strong control over how we experience sea level. It doesn’t affect sea-level rise, but it can hide or exaggerate it,” writes Brian McNoldy, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

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