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Climate change will melt Everest’s glaciers, study finds

Sherpas-works-on-Khumbu-Glacier-Everest-Expedition

A new study shows once again that no place on Earth is safe from the effects of climate change. Even in the heights of the Himalaya Mountains, glaciers aren’t safe; there’s a good chance that 99% of the glaciers around the Everest area will melt by 2100.

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Even more glaciers in Antarctica set to melt in the near future

Image via Slashgear.

Just a few days ago were telling you about a huge, 10,000 year old ice shelf that is set to collapse in less than 10 years and now… the same thing is happening again, a bit more to the south.

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Ocean microorganisms can ‘seed’ clouds, research finds

Waves splashing spread out organic components which can encourage cloud formation. Image via Wikipedia.

Researchers have known for quite a while that microorganisms in the ocean can significantly affect the weather and climate, but now, a new connection has been found between phytoplankton and cloud formation.

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Huge Ice Shelf in Antarctica Set to Collapse

Larsen B is about as big as Rhode Island. Image via Wikipedia.

A NASA study has found that a huge ice shelf is set to collapse in a few years. The ice shelf, which has existed for over 12,000 years, is estimated to be over 200 meters thick.

Climate, Green Living, Renewable Energy

World’s first solar road works better than expected

solaroad

Only six months ago, a 230-foot strip of road was covered in solar panels in the Netherlands. Since then, some 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy were produced or enough to power one Dutch home for a whole year. These news came as a surprise even to the developers of SolaRoad, as the project has been dubbed.

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Scientists measure internal waves under the ocean from ‘cradle to grave'; largest tops 500 meters

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MIT researchers deployed intricate contraptions, including cables that run to the sea floor and an autonomous submarine, to measure internal weaves around the South China Sea. The researchers followed and measured these waves from their origin, until they dissipated, and in doing so have recorded the “largest waves documented in the global oceans.”

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Fjords are good at fighting global warming, study finds

Fjords are effective at storing carbon, helping regulate global climate. Image via Wiki Commons.

While fjords are admired worldwide for their unique beauty, a new study has found that these natural ecosystems also act as carbon sinks, playing an important role in regulating our planet’s climate.

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Dutch citizens sue the government over human rights for lack of action against climate change

Image: Hague Court, Netherlands

Some 900 Dutch citizens have banded together and filled a lawsuit against the Dutch government over human rights, citing the latter’s lack of decisive action against climate change. This is the first such case in Europe where a group of citizens holds its government responsible for ineffective climate policy, and also the first to be based on human rights law.

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A ‘warm blob’ in the Pacific is linked to California’s drought and East Coast snow storms

East coast snow

Strange weather in the East Coast and California’s worst drought in history have been linked to a peculiar warm mass of water out in the Pacific Ocean. A new study published in the Geophysical Research Letters explain its origins and how its warm waters also warmed surface temperatures out in the coast, and displaced marine life, a major concern at the moment. Worth noting that research thus far suggests that ‘warm blob’, as it’s been dubbed, has been primarily attributed to natural variability, and not global warming.

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Massive Methane Hotspot Over the US Might Signal Bigger Problems to Come

The Four Corners area (red) is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Michigan

A “massive methane hotspot” sounds pretty bad… and bad it is – much worse than previously thought. In 2014, NASA reported that the methane hotspot is responsible for producing the largest concentration of the greenhouse gas methane seen over the United States – more than triple the standard ground-based estimate. But the methane, a potent greenhouse gas, might have even more drastic consequences on the climate of our planet.