Greenland losing ice faster than before

May 11, 2012 | 12:30 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

A recent story on NPR claimed to have “reassuring” news about melting ice in Greenland. Right after it was published, climate deniers jumped on the story. According to them, we don’t have to worry about Greenland’s melting glaciers anymore. I’d love for this to be true — but it isn’t. In fact, Greenland is losing ice faster than it used to 10 years ago. And that’s bad news for all of us.

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Early spring not so sweet for sugar maples

April 12, 2012 | 11:40 am | , Science and Solutions Director

Will warm springs and late frosts mean the end of sugar maples? No. But the scientists also found that yellow birch and American beech trees – which are slower to leaf out than sugar maples, even when temperatures are high – aren’t as sensitive to frost. Meaning that as spring comes earlier in the year because of climate change, birch and beech may replace sugar maples in some locations.


Melting glaciers: What you need to know

February 15, 2012 | 4:13 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

As Jonathan Bamber, head of the Bristol Glaciology Centre in the UK points out, the new study “doesn’t change our view of the risks and threats from climate change.” As the Earth continues to warm, even the formidable glaciers of the Himalayas can’t hang on forever.


Putting Antarctica on the map

January 30, 2012 | 2:31 pm | , Science and Solutions Director

The next time you look at a world map, let your imagination fill in some of the features of the world’s coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Although it’s thousands of miles away, what happens there will impact literally billions of people around the globe.