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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn yesterday at 03:00. 13 comments

Satellite Images Show Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire

Satellite Images Show Vast Swaths of the Arctic On Fire

Vast stretches of Earth’s northern latitudes are on fire right now. Hot weather has engulfed a huge portion of the Arctic, from Alaska to Greenland to Siberia. That’s helped create conditions ripe for wildfires, including some truly massive ones burning in remote parts of the region that are being seen by satellites.

Pierre Markuse, a satellite imagery processing guru, has documented some of...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:15.

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

For decades, scientists working in Antarctica have been documenting subglacial lakes, bodies of water buried miles beneath the ice. They’ve spotted more than 400 of them, and even drilled into a few and found evidence for both living and long-dead lifeforms . But despite their ubiquity at the bottom of the world, no one had really looked to see if subglacial lakes were widespread beneath the...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 14, 2019 at 10:33.

East Greenland's Inuit Hunters Are Teaching Scientists About Polar Bears

East Greenland's Inuit Hunters Are Teaching Scientists About Polar Bears

It’s a time-honored tradition going back centuries: When sunlight returns to the Arctic each spring, the men of East Greenland hitch up their dog sleds and head out onto the frozen ocean to hunt polar bears.

But over the past few decades everything’s changed. The weather in East Greenland is warmer and less predictable, the sea ice more treacherous. The bears seem to be changing their...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 14, 2019 at 02:37.

Greenland's Most Imperiled Glacier Has Stopped Retreating—for Now

Greenland's Most Imperiled Glacier Has Stopped Retreating—for Now

When scientists talk about Greenland losing ice, they are talking, in no small part, about Jakobshavn glacier. A frozen river that drains roughly 7 percent of the Greenland Ice Sheet along the west coast, Jakobshavn has been thinning and retreating in a dramatic fashion for about 20 years, and is the single largest contribution to the ice sheet’s climate change-driven slim down. But in 2016,...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 13, 2019 at 17:43.

There May Be Troves of Liquid Water Hiding in Greenland’s Ice

There May Be Troves of Liquid Water Hiding in Greenland’s Ice

Greenland may look like a big solid hunk of ice. But hidden beneath that shiny surface, the truth is a bit more complicated.

A first-of-its-kind analysis has revealed a surprising amount of liquid water encased in solid ice inside West Greenland’s Store Glacier. Alex Kendrick, a geophysics Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, discovered the hidden aquifer while analyzing radar data...

Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jul 12, 2019 at 22:30. 4 comments

Greenland Was on Fire This Week Amid 'Unprecedented' Arctic Burn

Greenland Was on Fire This Week Amid 'Unprecedented' Arctic Burn

Two years ago, Greenland lit ablaze . It was weird, and a harbinger of things to come on our changing planet. It just didn’t seem like they would come again so soon.

Satellites spotted another wildfire in western Greenland this week. The blaze first showed up on Wednesday. Though already out and not on the scale of 2017's inferno, this year’s wildfire highlights the increasing risks of fires...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Jul 08, 2019.

How Deep Are Greenland’s Glacial Lakes?

How Deep Are Greenland’s Glacial Lakes?

By analyzing satellite photos, geologists are able to measure the depth of the lakes that form on glaciers during the summer months. Fascinatingly, the process that produces these lakes is also responsible for their remarkable depth.

Satellite images of Greenland’s Jakobshavn Glacier reveal a network of lakes strewn across the top of its surface. These seasonal lakes expand in size because...

Robin George Andrews Robin George Andrews Jul 05, 2019.

Melting Chunks of Greenland Are Bringing Londoners Face-to-Face With Climate Change

Melting Chunks of Greenland Are Bringing Londoners Face-to-Face With Climate Change

LONDON, ENGLAND—Any Londoners walking past their city’s famous Tate Modern art gallery this month found it difficult not to stop and stare at a new addition to its courtyard: huge chunks of ice, harvested from the shores of Greenland, had conspicuously materialized. Appearing on December 11, these 24 icebergs, gleaming with characteristic white-blue brilliance, have been thawing ever since,...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jun 21, 2019. 17 comments

Study Warns We Could Melt the Entire Greenland Ice Sheet if We Don't Change Course

Study Warns We Could Melt the Entire Greenland Ice Sheet if We Don't Change Course

If you thought the heat wave-induced melting of half of Greenland’s surface last week was alarming, wait until you hear the long-term projections for its ice sheet.

Research published Wednesday in Science Advances finds that if emissions continue to climb at their current rate, all of Greenland’s ice could melt by the year 3000, causing sea levels to rise 23 feet and redrawing coastlines...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Jun 14, 2019. 9 comments

Half of Greenland's Surface Started Melting This Week, Which Is Not Normal

Half of Greenland's Surface Started Melting This Week, Which Is Not Normal

A major warm spell has caused nearly half the surface of the Greenland ice sheet to start melting, something that’s highly unusual for this time of year. And while this spike may pass, the gears could already be in motion for record-setting melt on the ice sheet’s western flank.

Greenland has been scorching (by Greenland standards) for the past few days, with temperatures rising 10-20 degrees...

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Brian Kahn Brian Kahn Apr 23, 2019. 3 comments

Greenland Is Now Losing Ice Six Times Faster Than It Was in 1980

Greenland Is Now Losing Ice Six Times Faster Than It Was in 1980

We live in an era of accelerating climate change, and the Greenland ice sheet is Exhibit A. A rapid meltdown is occurring due to rising temperatures, and the rate of loss is quickening.

A new paper published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows after decades of near equilibrium, Greenland began losing ice in the 1980s and it’s accelerated sixfold since then....

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Feb 12, 2019. 4 comments

Greenland's Melt Will Drive Up Sea Levels…But Also Give Us Sand

Greenland's Melt Will Drive Up Sea Levels…But Also Give Us Sand

Greenland is rapidly melting . Blame it on climate change. This is no good news, but a new paper points out an unexpected benefit as a result of all this lost ice: sand.

The world is in need of sand —in part, to prepare for rising sea levels and strengthen coasts—and Greenland could play a major role in supplying it. This paper, which isn’t a study but rather a perspective in the journal...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jan 23, 2019. 9 comments

Greenland's Ice Can No Longer Handle Hot Summers

Greenland's Ice Can No Longer Handle Hot Summers

A team of scientists is warning that the double whammy of a naturally recurring weather pattern and rising temperatures is triggering dramatic melting on the Greenland ice sheet—a problem the researchers liken to recent global coral bleaching events, which have been fueled by the one-two punch of El Niño and climate change.

The research, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Dec 24, 2018.

Alexa Snooping, Robot Takeovers, and FBI Surveillance: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Alexa Snooping, Robot Takeovers, and FBI Surveillance: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The holidays are nigh, and this year’s naughty list is long indeed—and from revelations of reckless privacy violations over at Facebook headquarters and continued labor abuses at Amazon to the generally terrible way humanity has treated our homeworld , your erstwhile chroniclers at Gizmodo have been adding names to it until the very last minute.

This week, our friends at the North Pole might...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Dec 06, 2018. 9 comments

New Study Shows Just How Frighteningly Fast Greenland Is Melting

New Study Shows Just How Frighteningly Fast Greenland Is Melting

In July 2012, a spate of warm weather caused nearly the entire surface of the Greenland ice sheet to begin melting, an event with no precedent in the satellite record. A new study shows this massive melt-out wasn’t just an anomaly compared with the last 40 years, but the last 350. Unfortunately, the study also suggests 2012 could be a harbinger of our new normal.

Published today in Nature, the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 15, 2018. 20 comments

A Massive Impact Crater Has Been Detected Beneath Greenland’s Ice Sheet

A Massive Impact Crater Has Been Detected Beneath Greenland’s Ice Sheet

An unusually large asteroid crater measuring 19 miles wide has been discovered under a continental ice sheet in Greenland. Roughly the size of Paris, it’s now among the 25 biggest asteroid craters on Earth.

An iron-rich asteroid measuring nearly a kilometer wide (0.6 miles) struck Greenland’s ice-covered surface at some point between 3 million and 12,000 years ago, according to a new study...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 27, 2018. 10 comments

Giant Iceberg Looming Over Greenland Village Is the Perfect Metaphor for 2018

Giant Iceberg Looming Over Greenland Village Is the Perfect Metaphor for 2018

If you needed a visual representation of our global environmental crisis in 2018, it doesn’t get much better (well, worse) than the gigantic iceberg looming over the village of Innaarsuit in Greenland, now seen from the vantage of space.

Last week, news outlets began reporting that an alarmingly large iceberg had drifted close to Innaarsuit, a village of about 170 people on Greenland’s west...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky May 21, 2018. 5 comments

Scientists Match Pollution in Greenland’s Ice Sheet to Events from Ancient Greece and Rome

Scientists Match Pollution in Greenland’s Ice Sheet to Events from Ancient Greece and Rome

We tend to associate industrial pollution with the modern era, but human civilizations have been contaminating the planet for thousands of years. By drilling deep into Greenland’s ice sheet, an interdisciplinary team of researchers has chronicled the industrial waste produced by the ancient Greeks and Romans over a 1,900-year period, linking pollution to economic booms, wars, and even...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy May 16, 2018. 20 comments

Chris Evans Is Starring in Neill Blomkamp's Next Film, the Disaster Movie Greenland

Chris Evans Is Starring in Neill Blomkamp's Next Film, the Disaster Movie <i>Greenland</i>

Chris Evans, the actor known for turning Captain America into a wholesome, beautiful movie boy, is joining Neill Blomkamp to lead his next project, it was revealed today at the Cannes Film Market.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Evans has signed on to star in the film, titled Greenland, which is supposedly about “one family’s fight for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy May 14, 2018. 3 comments

An Iceberg Rises Above The Frozen Water Of Greenland's North Star Bay

An Iceberg Rises Above The Frozen Water Of Greenland's North Star Bay

As a support scientist for NASA’s Operation IceBridge mission, Jeremy Harbeck spends most of his time processing data at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. But it was on a recent visit to Greenland that he snapped this striking composite image of an iceberg frozen into North Star Bay.

According to NASA:

He had just arrived at Greenland’s Thule Air Base on March 20 when a mechanical...

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