Tagged: glacier

The dangerous sea - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Mar 18, 2010

This column was published in the Waikato Times on March 16. The media has paid disproportionate attention to an error in the monumental 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  In a chapter surveying the possible future impacts of climate change on the Asian region the report included a prediction that the Himalayan glaciers [...] … Read More

Tipping and other points - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Feb 15, 2010

During the Copenhagen kerfuffle a lot of interesting stuff hit the web: here’s something that deserves a bit more air – a Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) special issue on tipping elements in the earth system, edited by John Schellnhuber, the director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany. [...] … Read More

Oops, he did it again - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 08, 2010

It pays to beware of leaving hostages to fortune: saying or doing something that might cause you some embarrassment in the future. There’s a very fine example in this recent blog post by Ian Wishart, titled “Top 10 global warming myths exposed“. It takes the form of a piece Wishart has submitted to the Coromandel [...] … Read More

Ain’t no mountain high enough - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 23, 2009

New Zealand’s glaciers are continuing to lose mass according to this year’s aerial survey of the Southern Alps by NIWA scientists. The figures released today show that over 2008-9 the glaciers lost much more mass through melt and calving than they gained from snowfall. From the press release: NIWA Snow and Ice Scientist Dr Jordy Hendrikx [...] … Read More

Titanic days - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Sep 11, 2009

Awesome (defined as extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear) time-lapse pictures of the calving face of the great glacier at Ilulisat, Greenland pouring ice into the ocean — the single biggest ice discharge of any northern hemisphere glacier. Greenlanders reckon this is where the iceberg that sank the Titanic originated. The [...] … Read More

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