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The loss of our glaciers over the 21st century: a future we can control

Glaciers around the globe share with us a story of rapid change. Many are shrinking at a pace that is unprecedented since observations began, providing powerful indicators of global warming. The observed glacier changes reveal the impact that our greenhouse gas emissions have on even... click to read more

  • David Rounce | Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Regine Hock | Professor at University of Oslo; University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Fabien Maussion | Associate Professor at University of Innsbruck
Views 1000
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 29, 2023
Poverty and unpreparedness make monsters out of ordinary hazards

 Historical and contemporary data show that ordinary hazards turn into disasters in poor and less prepared nations. It is true of earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions etc. Examples include the more than 80,000 deaths resulting from the magnitude 7.6 earthquake in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan in 2005, and... click to read more

Views 976
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 17, 2023
Can coral reef islands survive sea level rise?

Sea-level rise will expose coastal communities around the world to increasingly destructive coastal erosion and flooding. This is especially true for coral reef islands, which are low elevation accumulations of loose sand and gravel that have become populated throughout the tropics. For atoll nations like... click to read more

  • Eddie Beetham | Coastal scientist at Tonkin and Taylor International Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand
  • Gerd Masselink | Professor of Coastal Geomorphology at School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
  • Paul Kench | Professor of Earth Science at Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada
Views 4813
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 21, 2020
A prehistoric seawall to combat Mediterranean Sea-level rise

In November 2019, world media reported floods in Venice with the highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years (peaking at 1.87m above mean sea level). The mayor of Venice tweeted "These are the effects of climate change... the costs will be... click to read more

  • Ehud Galili | Lecturer and researcher at The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
  • Jonathan Benjamin | Associate Professor at College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
  • Liora Kolska Horwitz | Researcher at The National Natural History Collections, Faculty of Life Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
Views 5231
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 6, 2020
The secrets hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet

The Antarctic ice sheet has been losing ice at an increasing rate. It remains unclear whether this mass loss will further accelerate over the coming decades. The continent of Antarctica is vast, bigger than the US and Mexico combined, and because it is so cold... click to read more

  • Mathieu Morlighem | Associate Professor at Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, USA
Views 5319
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 17, 2020