Tagged: Sea level

Antarctic glacier’s unstable past reveals danger of future melting - Guest Work

Guest Author May 19, 2016

By Alan Aitken, University of Western Australia New mapping of one of the most remote areas in Antarctica has revealed regions deep within Earth’s largest ice sheet that are particularly prone to rapid melting. Our study, published today in Nature, is focused on East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier, the outlet for the world’s largest ice catchment. The results … Read More

Sea level rise is real: why we need to retreat from unrealistic advice - Unsorted

Guest Author Dec 04, 2015

Mark Gibbs, Queensland University of Technology Coastal communities around the world are being increasingly exposed to the hazards of rising sea levels, with global sea levels found to be rising faster over the past two decades than for the bulk of the 20th century. But managing the impacts of rising seas for some communities is being … Read More

Postcards from La La Land: the Cnut conundrum - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 12, 2015

New Zealand’s merry little band of climate deniers are turning out to be a right bunch of Cnuts. Sea level rise and its implications for Christchurch and the wider world have been making news in recent weeks — as have new projections of rapid sea level rise over the remainder of this century. So what […] … Read More

Totten hots up, ice shelves melting: it’s grim down south - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 30, 2015

Much news in recent weeks from Antarctica, and none of it good. An Argentinian base on the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula recently reported a new high temperature record for the continent — 17.5ºC. A team of scientists has discovered that East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier — which drains a catchment that contains enough ice to […] … Read More

Antarctic ice going fast: Larsen C ice shelf primed for giant calving event - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Mar 02, 2015

The Larsen C ice shelf on the east coast of the Antarctic peninsula is primed for a giant iceberg calving event, and could be heading for total collapse — similar to the fate of the Larsen B ice shelf in 2002, according to scientists monitoring the ice. A huge crack (above: hover over the picture […] … Read More

Getting it Wright on sea level rise - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Nov 27, 2014

Sea level rise of up to 40cm around New Zealand by the middle of this century is already locked in and will cause significant problems for coastal communities and infrastructure, according to a new report just released by Dr Jan Wright, the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. The report — Changing Climate and Rising Seas: […] … Read More

NZ hikes terrorism threat to “low”, ignores Pentagon warning of “immediate” threat from climate change - Hot Topic

Cindy Baxter Oct 20, 2014

So, the threat of a terrorist attack on New Zealand is upon us has risen from “very low” to “low” — second to lowest in a ranking that has six levels. Cabinet is now urgently reviewing our security laws to make sure we’re equipped to deal with this horrific new threat. The media has dedicated […] … Read More

Oxfam: saving the tava’e (and the world) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 29, 2014

This guest post is by Oxfam NZ‘s (relatively) new director, Rachael Le Mesurier. She’s off to the UN conference on Small Island Developing States in Apia next week, and here provides an interesting overview of the climate, sea level and other issues that are going to be on the agenda. The national leaders of some […] … Read More

Friday melts, weird weather and whales (it’s been a long time…) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Aug 22, 2014

It’s been a long time since my last post: apologies for that. You may blame a bad cold, an urgent need for root canal work, the peak of the truffle season (and truffle tours for culinary heroes1 ), the start of pruning and political distractions for the drop off in activity here. Normal service should […] … Read More