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Huge Antarctic ice block poised to snap off

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LARSEN C. This file photo released by the NASA on December 1, 2016 shows what scientists on NASA’s IceBridge mission photographed in a view of a massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf on November 10, 2016. File photo by Maria-Jose Vinas/NASA/AFP

When it finally calves from the Larsen C ice shelf, one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history will be set adrift – some 6,600 square kilometers (2,550 square miles) in total, according to the European Space Agency (ESA)

PARIS, France (Jul. 5, 2017) —  A chunk of ice bigger than the US state of Delaware is hanging by a thread from the West Antarctic ice shelf, satellite images revealed on Wednesday, July 5. Continue reading Huge Antarctic ice block poised to snap off

The Larsen C ice shelf collapse hammers home the reality of climate change

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NASA handout photo dated 10/11/16 showing a rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica, as scientists have said that an iceberg a quarter the size of Wales is poised to break off from it. Photograph: NASA/John Sonntag/PA

Collapsing ice shelves will further accelerate global sea level rise

June 12, 2017 — Very soon, a large portion of an ice shelf in Antarctica will break off and collapse into the ocean. The name of the ice shelf is Larsen C; it is a major extension from of the West Continue reading The Larsen C ice shelf collapse hammers home the reality of climate change

Sea level rise is accelerating, how much it costs is up to us

Important new research shows that sea levels are rising at unprecedented rates, and will have tremendous costs if we don’t slow them

March 14, 2016 — As humans emit heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere, it’s causing the Earth to warm. It’s also causing the ocean waters to rise. In fact, water rise is one of the clearest signatures of a warming world. The questions we want to answer are, how much will sea levels rise, and how fast?

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Earth is warming 50x faster than when it comes out of an ice age

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A parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of Superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, NJ. So far we’re already committed to about 1.7 meters (5.5 feet) of eventual sea level rise. Photograph: Charles Sykes/AP
A major new study includes some scary implications about how rapidly humans are changing the Earth’s climate

March 11, 2016 — Recently, The Guardian reported on a significant new study published in Nature Climate Change, finding that even if we meet our carbon reduction targets and stay below the 2°C global Continue reading Earth is warming 50x faster than when it comes out of an ice age

Climate scientists step up search for ‘holy grail’ of million-year-old ice

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Scientists are meeting in Hobart to work out a plan to find million-year-old ice in Antarctica. Photograph: Sam Crimmin
Ice core records going back 800,000 years reveal a lot about carbon dioxide and temperature, but climate researchers want to go back further

March 9, 2016 — Somewhere deep below the ice in Antarctica lies a time capsule. It’s the holy grail of climate science and promises to reveal the past and future of Earth’s atmosphere. And right now, scientists are meeting in Hobart to work out a plan to dig it up.

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The climate papers most featured in the media in 2015

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How much coal oil and gas do we have to leave in the ground? Preview of graphic by Rosamund Pearce/Carbon Brief

January 18, 2016 — Last summer, Carbon Brief delved into the canon of published climate papers to discover which were the most influential, most cited and most covered by the media.

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