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Bright blue ice sits in a pool of water backed by a dramatic sky.

Quantifying the Ecosystem Services of Glaciers Highlights Their Importance to Humankind

Scientists at the University of Iceland seek to measure the ecological and societal benefits of glacial ecosystems.

by |September 17, 2021
grinnell glacier

New United Nations Report on Climate Change Documents the Grave Condition of the World’s Glaciers

Almost all of the world’s glaciers are in retreat.

by |August 30, 2021
Misty blue mountains stand in the background of a bright silver river cutting through dark rocks.

As the Greenland Ice Sheet Retreats, Mercury is Being Released From the Bedrock Below

Scientists have found that Greenland’s bedrock is rich with mercury in some areas — and as the ice sheet rapidly melts, that mercury is being released into local waters.

by |July 15, 2021
Giant blue/white glacier ice juts out of a cool blue lake. A blue raft with several people onboard is dwarfed in the ice's presence.

Glacier Melt to Redirect Alaska’s Alsek River, Endangering World-Famous Rafting Route

As a glacier in southern Alaska melts, a major river is likely to shift course within the next decade, putting the future of local fisheries and a popular rafting path at risk.

by |April 15, 2021
A person in a red coat stands in front of ice two times his height. The ice is covered with a white blanket.

Geotextiles Could Slow Glacial Melt, but at What Cost?

Swiss ski resorts are using geotextiles to prevent accelerated glacial melting, but researchers have found this strategy too expensive for use in global-scale glacier protection.

by |April 14, 2021
Collection of microplastics

Microplastics Are Affecting Melt Rates Of Snow And Ice

Current measurements and instruments do not take into account the effect that microplastics have on snow and ice, potentially overestimating the role of black carbon.

by |April 1, 2021
Sea squirts on ocean floor

How Climate Change Is Affecting Sea Squirts In Antarctica

As melting glaciers alter ecosystems in and around Antarctica, scientists study how sea squirts react.

by |March 18, 2021
Drang Drung Glacier in India

Studies Reveal Global Ice Melt Estimates Have Been Conservative

Ice is melting more rapidly than previously thought, according to two new studies, which examine some of the specific causes.

by |February 17, 2021
melting mountaintop glaciers draining into a stream

The Ice Is Disappearing at Record Speed

We’ve lost 28 trillion tons of ice globally in 24 years, from 1994 to 2017, and the implications for sea level rise could be significant.

by Marco Tedesco |February 1, 2021

Dust May Beat Black Carbon at Speeding Up Snowmelt in the Himalayas

Tiny dust particles at high altitudes are having a greater effect on snow-darkening than previously thought, accelerating the loss of glaciers.

by |December 3, 2020