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.
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.
As the world warms because of carbon pollution, spring may become less and less familiar. Or, as Yogi Berra is famously credited with saying, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” How are springs – or your spring plans – changing in your neighborhood? Tell us your story below
My spring soundtrack is early, but in other parts of the country it has been just plain weird. The Great Backyard Bird Count reports that 2012 was “the most unusual winter for birds in the count’s 15-year history.”
What would you have said to Congress if you were one of the witnesses at yesterday’s hearing? Leave us a comment and let us know.
Lake effect snow is the product of cold air sweeping over warm lake water … unless there’s ice on top, that is.
For low-lying Bangladesh, sea level rise isn’t an abstract worry: it’s a problem the nation is dealing with now. We sent a film crew to Bangladesh to document the risks posed by ice melting in Antarctica and around the world.
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.
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.
Winter conditions fluctuate from year to year, of course. Who in the Mid-Atlantic can forget Snowmaggedon 2010? But this year’s mild winter across much of the country is consistent with a long-term warming trend driven by carbon pollution.