Monday, 31 August 2015

Climate change shrinking US mountain glaciers

Even in one of the snowiest places in the continental United States, glaciers are disappearing. 
Scientists are studying glaciers in Washington state’s Mount Baker are preparing for a future without them.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

NASA: Sea level rise accelerating

NASA has released new images showing global sea level rise. The agency's scientists say sea levels have risen four inches in the last two decades.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Records sizzle in global warming

Earth just keeps getting hotter. July was the planet's warmest month on record, smashing old marks, United States weather officials said.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hawaii coral reefs in danger of dying

Researchers are taking high-definition 360-degree panoramic images of coral reefs off the coast of Hawaii to monitor and study the health of corals over time. Scientists are concerned about how much coral already is beginning to bleach.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Greenland’s undercut glaciers melting faster than thought

Greenland's glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured, allowing intruding ocean water to badly undercut the glacier faces. That process will raise sea levels around the world much faster than currently estimated, according to a team of researchers led by Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. 

The researchers battled rough waters and an onslaught of icebergs for three summers to map the remote channels below Greenland's marine-terminating glaciers for the first time. Their results have been accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters and are now available online. 

"Measurements are challenging to obtain beneath hundreds of meters of seawater in poorly charted, ice-infested fjords," Rignot wrote. He and co-authors Ian Fenty of JPL, Cilan Cai and Yun Xu of UCI, and Chris Kemp of Terrasond Ltd., Seattle, obtained and analyzed around-the-clock measurements of the depth, salinity and temperature of channel waters and their intersection with the coastal edge of Greenland's ice sheet. 

The team found some glaciers perched on giant earthen sills, protecting them from the punishing salt waters for now, while others were being severely eroded out of sight beneath the surface, meaning they could collapse and melt much sooner. "Numerical ice sheet models do not take into account these interactions and as a result underestimate how fast the glaciers will respond to climate warming," said Rignot. 

See video, photos and a narrative of the August 2014 expedition." 

Friday, 21 August 2015

German car-share boom gives BMW, Daimler dibs on young drivers

Kudos to the Germans.  Not only better for the enviroment  but cheaper for people too.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Pod of orcas surprise kayaker

What a magical  encounter!

Monday, 17 August 2015

Seal soaks up sun in Auckland

Another visitor enjoys Auckland's winter.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Whale approaches fishermen for help getting plastic bag out of mouth

A whale aked two Aussie fishermen for help after becoming entangled with plastic bags - some of the waste humans toss carelessly in the ocean.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Whale spotted off Auckland's waterfront

A Southern Right whale is currently enjoying the beautiful sunny day here in Auckland!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

As Awareness Spreads, SeaWorld’s Attendance Continues to Plummet

At last evidence of the public backlash is hurting Sea World. Keep it up!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Stop Lion Trophy Hunting

After over 1 million signed a petition seeking justice for Cecil, Zimbabwe has announced an end to the hunting of lions, elephants and leopards outside Hwange National Park! 

But American trophy hunters can still get permits to hunt lions in different parks in Zimbabwe, or even in Hwange if they get approval. Will you sign this urgent petition to end trophy hunting for good?

Monday, 3 August 2015

Heatwave: Iran buckles as temps soar to 70C

The realities of global warming.