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Southern Patagonia Ice Field split in two

The Southern Patagonia Ice Field which covers an area of 12 thousand square kilometres in Chile and Argentina, has split in two and is expected to fragment further as a result of climate change, Chilean researchers have warned.

According to Gino Casassa, head of the Snow and Glacier Division of Chile’s DGA water authority, rising temperatures in the parts of the Andes in southern Chile and Argentina have resulted in less snow and ice to replenish the region’s glaciers.

It was found that the fracture was caused by the ice retreating. The piece that has broken off the main glacier
is only 208 square kilometres, but the specialist said this could be only
the beginning.

Gino Casassa emphasised that although the ice field has only split in two, it is likely that further fractures will be discovered to the south.

The fracturing of the Perito Moreno Glacier in 2004 Photo: Wikimedia Commons

This year, two massive icebergs have already broken off the Grey Glacier in the Torres del Paine National Park, and researchers suggest that the phenomenon could become regular in the region.
The first block separated on 20 February, the second on 7 March. Previous to those, the last iceberg
the glacier had birthed was an almost 350 m long and 380 m wide blue-white iceberg in November 2017.

Further information: Reuters

Corals back from the dead discovered in the Mediterranean Sea

For the first time ever, living polyps were discovered in Mediterranean coral colonies that were previously thought to be completely dead by researchers who published their finding in the periodical Science Advances.

Oceans absorb massive quantities of carbon dioxide

The oceans play a very important role in controlling Earth’s climate. New research has shown that the planet’s five oceans absorb much more carbon dioxide, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect, than previously thought.

Temperatures in Israel increase by 0.25 degrees Celsius per decade

According to a study published in the International Journal of Climatology, Israel’s average temperature has been rising continuously since the proclamation of the Middle Eastern state in 1948, but over the last thirty years the rate of warming has also increased.

Temperatures increase much faster than global average in the Mediterranean region

Temperatures are rising much faster than the global average in the region of the Mediterranean Sea, and this represents a threat to the food and water resources of the region, researchers have warned in a new study.

Fates, faces, contrasts

The news about climate refugees are alternating sequences of frightening numbers and apocalyptic landscapes that obscure the real face of the problem: the disfigured human fates.

Climate change causing great damage to UK wildlife

More than a quarter of all mammals are threatened with extinction.

Several hundred temperature records broken in 2019

Between 1 May and 30 August, higher than ever temperatures have been measured in 29 countries, on almost 400 occasions in the Northern Hemisphere.

The perishing glaciers of the Alps – shown from a special perspective

The French falconer Jacques-Olivier Travers has surveyed the glaciers of the Alps using a camera attached to a white-tailed eagle.

The Polarstern sets off on a unique expedition frozen to an ice floe

The ice floe that the German research boat will be attached to as it drifts around the Arctic for almost a year on the most important Arctic expedition ever has been selected.

September 2019 the warmest so far

Data from European climate researchers indicates that this year’s was the warmest September since the Copernicus Climate Change Service began keeping regular records of meteorological data in 1981.

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