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Fossils highlight Canada-Russia connection 53 million years ago

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 08:54
A new 53 million-year-old insect fossil called a scorpionfly discovered at B.C.'s McAbee fossil bed site bears a striking resemblance to fossils of the same age from Pacific-coastal Russia, giving further evidence of an ancient Canada-Russia connection.

13,000-year old human footprints found off Canada's Pacific coast

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:33
Human footprints found off Canada's Pacific coast may be 13,000 years old, according to a new study.

West Greenland Ice Sheet melting at the fastest rate in centuries

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:33
New study from the West Greenland Ice Sheet shows that weather patterns and summer warming combine to drive ice loss that is at the highest levels in at least 450 years.

Northerners have always been hardy!

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:17
Pioneering early people who lived at the end of the last ice age actually carried on with life as usual despite plummeting temperatures, a study at a world-famous archaeological site in North Yorkshire suggests.

Alberta's boreal forest could be dramatically altered by 2100 due to climate change

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:01
Half of Alberta's upland boreal forest is likely to disappear over the next century due to climate change, a new study shows. The upland forest will be replaced after wildfire by open woodland or grassland, according to research from biologists.

Arctic wintertime sea ice extent is among lowest on record

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:13
Sea ice in the Arctic grew to its annual maximum extent last week, and joined 2015, 2016 and 2017 as the four lowest maximum extents on record, according to scientists.

Germany was covered by glaciers 450,000 years ago

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 09:48
Researchers have obtained new chronological data for the timing of the Elsterian and Saalian glacial cycles in central Germany. They found that the first Quaternary glaciation, which covered huge parts of Europe in ice, occurred as early as 450,000 years ago and not - as previously thought - around 350,000 years ago. The researcher further showed that once these glaciers had retreated, the first people appeared in central Germany around 400,000 years ago.

When the Mediteranean Sea flooded human settlements

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:27
Around 7,600 years ago, the emergence of agricultural settlements in Southeastern Europe and subsequent progress of civilization suddenly came to a standstill. This was most likely caused by an abrupt sea level rise in the northern Aegean Sea. Researchers have now detected evidence of this in the fossils of tiny calcifying marine algae preserved in seafloor sediments.

Landscape ridges may hold clues about ice age and climate change

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 09:32
Researchers say the landscape may also hold answers to how glaciers helped form the current terrain and provide insight into the progression of climate change.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions would help spare cities worldwide from rising seas

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:16
Coastal cities worldwide would face a reduced threat from sea level rise if society reduced greenhouse gas emissions, with especially significant benefits for New York and other US East Coast cities, new research indicates.

Pacific influences European weather

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 08:10
Sea surface temperature in the distant tropical Pacific can influence November weather in Europe.

The Arctic sea-ice loss and winter temperatures in Eurasia

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 08:04
A long debate of the role of the sea ice and the winter temperatures in Eurasia has got a new contribution. Probably no connection, a new study says.

Wind, sea ice patterns point to climate change in western Arctic

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:34
A major shift in western Arctic wind patterns occurred throughout the winter of 2017 and the resulting changes in sea ice movement are possible indicators of a changing climate, says a researcher.

Geoengineering polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 13:45
Targeted geoengineering to preserve continental ice sheets deserves serious research and investment, argues an international team of researchers. Without intervention, by 2100 most large coastal cities will face sea levels that are more than three feet higher than they are currently.

Glacier mass loss: Past the point of no return

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:42
Researchers show in a recent study that the further melting of glaciers cannot be prevented in the current century -- even if all emissions were stopped now. However, due to the slow reaction of glaciers to climate change, our behavior has a massive impact beyond the 21st century: In the long run, five hundred meters by car with a mid-range vehicle will cost one kilogram of glacier ice.

Arctic sea ice becoming a spring hazard for North Atlantic ships

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:57
More Arctic sea ice is entering the North Atlantic Ocean than before, making it increasingly dangerous for ships to navigate those waters in late spring, according to new research.

Preventing hurricanes using air bubbles

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:10
Many people have tried to find ways of preventing hurricanes before they make landfall, resulting in the loss of human lives. Researchers believe that the answer lies in cold bubbles.

Volcanic eruption influenced Iceland's conversion to Christianity

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 08:07
Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in an apocalyptic medieval poem, were used to drive the island's conversion to Christianity, new research suggests.

Soot transported from elsewhere in world contributes little to melting of some Antarctic glaciers

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 18:25
Airborne soot produced by wildfires and fossil-fuel combustion and transported to the remote McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica contains levels of black carbon too low to contribute significantly to the melting of local glaciers, according to a new study.

Wandering greenhouse gas

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:11
On the seafloor of the shallow coastal regions north of Siberia, microorganisms produce methane when they break down plant remains. If this greenhouse gas finds its way into the water, it can also become trapped in the sea ice that forms in these coastal waters.