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      How do you stop a glacier from melting? Simple – put up an underwater curtain

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 4 February - 08:00

    A 100km-long curtain moored to the Amundsen Sea bed in Antarctica could prevent catastrophic flooding elsewhere, say scientists

    Scientists are working on an unusual plan to prevent Antarctic glaciers from melting. They want to build a set of giant underwater curtains in front of ice sheets to protect them from being eroded by warm sea water.

    Ice in polar regions is now disappearing at record rates as global warming intensifies, and urgent action is needed to slow down this loss, the international group of ­scientists has warned.

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      Pilotless drones being tested in Antarctica for use in scientific research

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 3 February - 17:26


    If tests are successful, Windracers Ultra UAV will be used for research such as surveying marine ecosystems and studying glaciers

    Pilotless drones are being tested in Antarctica with the aim of using them to carry out scientific research.

    A test crew has arrived at the largest British science facility on the continent, the Rothera Research Station.

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      Bhutan Mountain Man: video diaries from a lone glaciologist

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 10 January - 13:27

    Phuntsho Tshering is Bhutan’s glacier specialist and the only person authorised to climb the Himalayan country’s sacred mountains. He spends months away from home measuring the rapidly melting glaciers, while faithfully recording videos on his phone for his daughter, Yangchen.

    Yangchen in turn has an inner dilemma. She prays that her father won’t disturb the Snow Lion, the mythical embodiment of the glacier which the Bhutanese believe could provoke a natural disaster. Meanwhile at school she is taught that the biggest threat to survival of the Snow Lion is not her father, but climate change

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      Greenland startup begins shipping glacier ice to cocktail bars in the UAE

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 9 January - 05:00

    Arctic Ice argues its rare, pure product can be part of Greenland’s green transition and greater independence

    Frozen daiquiri anyone? Drinking a cocktail on top of a Dubai skyscraper may seem decadent enough, but a Greenland entrepreneur wants to add ancient glacier ice scooped from the fjords to the glass, for the ultimate international thrill.

    Arctic Ice harvests ice from the fjords of Greenland, and then ships them to the United Arab Emirates to sell to exclusive bars. Using glacial ice in drinks is a common practice in Greenland, and, over the years, several entrepreneurs have unsuccessfully attempted to export it. Its co-founder Malik V Rasmussen said the ice, which has been compressed over millennia, is completely without bubbles and melts more slowly than regular ice. It is also purer than the frozen mineral water usually used in Dubai’s ice cubes.

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      Les crèmes solaires contaminent les neiges de l’Arctique

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Tuesday, 2 January - 15:09

    Plusieurs ingrédients issus des lotions corporelles, en particulier les filtres UV des crèmes solaires, ont été retrouvés dans les neiges du Svalbard, dans l'Arctique. Cela pourrait être particulièrement problématique à chaque fonte de ces neiges.

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      The Scientists Watching Their Life’s Work Disappear

      news.movim.eu / TheNewYorkTimes · Thursday, 26 October - 09:01


    Some are stubborn optimists. Others struggle with despair. Their faces show the weight they carry as they witness the impact of climate change.
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      ‘We’ve lost control’: what happens when the west Antarctic ice sheet melts? – podcast

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 24 October - 04:00


    Madeleine Finlay hears from environment editor Damian Carrington about why Antarctic ice may be melting even faster than we thought. He also reflects on the life and career of former environment editor John Vidal, whose death was announced last week

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      Indonesia’s tropical Eternity Glaciers could vanish within years, experts say

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 25 August, 2023 - 10:17


    El Niño weather pattern could accelerate melting, leading to sea level rise

    Two of the world’s few tropical glaciers, in Indonesia, are melting and their ice may vanish by 2026 or sooner as an El Niño weather pattern threatens to accelerate their demise, the country’s geophysics agency has said.

    The agency, known as BMKG, has said the El Niño phenomenon could lead to the most severe dry season in Indonesia since 2019, increasing the risk of forest fires and threatening supplies of clean water.

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      As glaciers retreat, new streams for salmon

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Saturday, 1 April, 2023 - 11:07 · 1 minute

    Wolf Point Creek is likely the most-well-studied glacier-fed stream in the world.

    Enlarge / Wolf Point Creek is likely the most-well-studied glacier-fed stream in the world. (credit: Elizabeth via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0) )

    Pushing off from the dock on a boat called the Capelin , Sandy Milner’s small team of scientists heads north, navigating through patchy fog past a behemoth cruise ship. As the Capelin slows to motor through humpback whale feeding grounds, distant plumes of their exhalations rise from the surface on this calm July morning. Dozens of sea otters dot the water. Lolling on backs, some with babes in arms, they turn their heads curiously as the boat speeds by. Seabirds and seals speckle floating icebergs in this calm stretch of Alaska’s Glacier Bay.

    Some two hours later, the craft reaches a rocky beach where Wolf Point Creek meets the sea. The creek is a relatively new feature on the landscape: Land at its mouth first became ice-free in the 1940s due to the melting and retreat of a glacier. It took shape through the 1970s, fed by a mountain lake that slowly formed as an isolated chunk of glacier ice slowly melted. Wolf Point Creek is special because almost its entire life span — from the first, sparse trickles melting out under the ice edge to a mature stream ecosystem teeming with aquatic life, from tiny midge larvae to small fish, and with willows and alder weaving along its edges — is known in intimate detail, its history painstakingly documented.

    Milner, a stream ecologist at the University of Birmingham in the UK, has returned almost annually to this spot since the 1970s to catalog how life — particularly aquatic invertebrates — has arrived, thrived and changed over time. He was here to observe meager midges in 1977 and to spot a hundred prospecting pink salmon in 1989. A decade later, his team cataloged 10,000 of the fish spawning in Wolf Point Creek.

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