Science & Health
A warm microclimate in a 20-kilometre zone in East Antarctica has led to the formation of extensive lakes of meltwater sandwiched between two layers of ice. The ice sheet is showing behaviour that was thought only to occur in glaciers in places such as Greenland, which are not nearly as cold as East Antarctica.
Dec 12, 2016
Hot spots have been found in the East Antarctic ice sheet where holes – or moulins – are appearing in the ice sheet, allowing water to flow out into the sea. The ice sheet was not thought to be vulnerable to melting as it is one of the coldest places on Earth, but strong winds are removing snow and exposing ice below to melting.
Dec 12, 2016
Former US Vice-president Al Gore, a prominent climate activist, met with President-elect Donald Trump on 5 December.Trump has called man-made climate change a hoax while Gore is one of the best known crusaders in the fight against it. During the 2016 US presidential election Gore said Trump’s polices would ‘take us toward a climate catastrophe’. After the meeting, Gore called it ‘extremely interesting’. After the election on 22 November, Trump said that he had an ‘open mind’ on the Paris Agreement on climate change - in stark contrast to what he said on his election campaign.
Dec 6, 2016