New emotification of global warming: selling the sizzle of melting glaciers

From the American Institute of Physics, some research they lament doesn’t carry “the same emotional wallop as images” related to “climate trends”. Oh, darn. Maybe they need to link up with artist Paul Kos whose performance art is seen at right. His emotive imagery and recordings of ice melting dates all the way back to…

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Unprecedented Glacial Chutzpah – just in time for IPCC AR5

From the European Geosciences Union  comes some unprecedented chutzpah with this statement from one of the authors at the end of the press release: “This study has been conducted with scientific motivations, but if the insight it provides can motivate political decisions to mitigate anthropogenic impact on climate and glacier retreat, it will be an…

Glaciergate post script – they’ll shrink anyway

From Brigham Young University and the “IPCC, take your 2035 and shove it” department comes this study: Himalayan glaciers will shrink even if temperatures hold steady Come rain or shine, or even snow, some glaciers of the Himalayas will continue shrinking for many years to come. The forecast by Brigham Young University geology professor Summer…

Historical Imagery of Greenland Glaciers Lessens Sea Level Rise Alarm

By Pat Michaels via World Climate Report A new study using historical images of glaciers in southeast Greenland to investigate glacier response to climate changes suggests that the recently observed acceleration of ice loss from Greenland may not be a long-term phenomenon. Instead, as marine terminating glaciers reach their grounding line and as the termini…

Glaciers can speed up, but can’t put out

From the National Science Foundation: Press Release 12-088 Analysis of Speed of Greenland Glaciers Gives New Insight for Rising Sea Level Researchers determine that although glaciers continue to increase in velocity, the rate at which they can dump ice into the ocean is limited Jakobshavn Isfjord (ice fjord)–the largest outlet glacier on Greenland’s West Coast.…

Ice capades – Some Himalayan Glaciers Growing, study suggests a negative sea level rise adjustment

I wonder if Rajenda Pachauri will call this “voodoo science“? A previous study by the UC Santa Barbara found that the Karakoram glaciers are mostly stagnating, possibly due to debris, the author said then that: “There is no ‘stereotypical’ Himalayan glacier,” said Bookhagen. “This is in clear contrast to the IPCC reports that lumps all Himalayan…

Greenland’s pronounced glacier retreat not irreversible

Via the AGU weekly highlights: In recent decades, the combined forces of climate warming and short-term variability have forced the massive glaciers that blanket Greenland into retreat, with some scientists worrying that deglaciation could become irreversible. The short history of detailed glacier observations, however, makes pinning the ice loss to either short-term dynamics or long-term…