Amplified Acceleration of Ice Loss from Antarctica to the Sea

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PRESS RELEASE, UT Austin Institute for Geophysics (UTIG). A study examining nearly 40 years of satellite imagery has revealed that the floating ice shelves of a critical portion of West Antarctica are steadily losing their grip on adjacent bay walls, potentially amplifying an already accelerating loss of ice to the sea.

Toads Predict Earthquakes, Might Detect Ionosphere Changes

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By Lester Haines, The Register | Matt Walker, BBC Earth News. Five days before an earthquake the number of male common toads in a breeding colony fell by 96%, and two days later the number of breeding pairs suddenly dropped to zero. Scientists believe that the toads were responding to massive releases of positively-charged particles into the atmosphere by rocks under extreme tectonic stress.

The Real Global Warming Signal

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By Tamino, Open Mind. With the bulk of the fluctuations due to natural factors removed, the continued course of global warming since 1979 is undeniable. Five different measures of the eath surface and lower-atmosphere temperatures agree on this, and the last two years (2009 and 2010) were the two hottest.

Climate Change Melting Polar Regions Faster Than Ever Before

By Steve Connor, The Independent. From the Arctic sea to the Antarctican ice shelves, the frozen “cryosphere” is showing the unequivocal signs of climate change.By Steve Connor, The Independent. From the Arctic sea to the Antarctican ice shelves, the frozen “cryosphere” is showing the unequivocal signs of climate change.By Steve Connor, The Independent. From the Arctic sea to the Antarctican ice shelves, the frozen “cryosphere” is showing the unequivocal signs of climate change.

340 Square Mile Iceberg Breaking Away From Antarctica

By Jonathan Amos, BBC | Patrick Lynch, NASA. The calving of a huge iceberg at Pine Island Glacier is being closely watched by scientists, who consider it to be the largest source of uncertainty in global sea-level rise projections. UPDATED Feb 2, 2012 with a newly released image.By Jonathan Amos, BBC | Patrick Lynch, NASA. The calving of a huge iceberg at Pine Island Glacier is being closely watched by scientists, who consider it to be the largest source of uncertainty in global sea-level rise projections.By Jonathan Amos, BBC | Patrick Lynch, NASA. The calving of a huge iceberg at Pine Island Glacier is being closely watched by scientists, who consider it to be the largest source of uncertainty in global sea-level rise projections.

What’s to Blame for Wild Weather? ‘La Nada’

By Dauna Coulter, NASA Science News. The weather in the USA has been positively wild. But why? Some recent news reports have attributed the phenomenon to an extreme “La Niña,” a band of cold water stretching across the Pacific Ocean. But NASA climatologist Bill Patzert names a different suspect: “La Nada.”By Dauna Coulter, NASA Science News. The weather in the USA has been positively wild. But why? Some recent news reports have attributed the phenomenon to an extreme “La Niña,” a band of cold water stretching across the Pacific Ocean. But NASA climatologist Bill Patzert names a different suspect: “La Nada.”By Dauna Coulter, NASA Science News. The weather in the USA has been positively wild. But why? Some recent news reports have attributed the phenomenon to an extreme “La Niña,” a band of cold water stretching across the Pacific Ocean. But NASA climatologist Bill Patzert names a different suspect: “La Nada.”By Dauna Coulter, NASA Science News. The weather in the USA has been positively wild. But why? Some recent news reports have attributed the phenomenon to an extreme “La Niña,” a band of cold water stretching across the Pacific Ocean. But NASA climatologist Bill Patzert names a different suspect: “La Nada.”