Polar Region

A worst-case scenario

Warmer air, less-frigid water, and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica’s western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more… New physics-based computer simulations forecast dramatic increases… That could raise sea levels in 2100 by 18 to 34 inches more than an international panel of climate scientists […]

Polar Region

Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets

The research involved dozens of scientists and 10 satellite missions and presents a disturbing picture of the impact of recent warming at the poles… More than 4 trillon tonnes of ice from Greenland and Antarctica has melted in the past 20 years and flowed into the oceans, pushing up sea levels, according to a study […]

Climate Change

Antarctica People

Even if the countries of the world control heat-trapping gases at the moderate levels they pledged in Paris last year, it would still mean seas 3 to 12 inches… In terms of absolute land loss, China would be at risk of losing more than 3 million hectares. Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar …

Climate Change

Hunting and Fishing

Hunting for whales and seals drew people to the Antarctic in the early years of the 19th century and within only a few decades. The Antarctic fur seal was at the verge of extinction at many locations by 1830. Burning all the world’s coal, oil and gas would melt the entire Antarctic ice-sheet…