While the ice cap over the North Pole has been shrinking as a result of climate change for quite some time, observations from Antarctica indicated slow growth of the ice cap – until 2014.
In recent years, however, along with the Arctic ice cap, sea ice in the Antarctic has also begun to shrink at an extremely fast rate: according to a newly published study, it has lost as much ice since 2014 as the Arctic has lost in 34 years.
Researchers are unable to determine the cause of the melting of southern sea ice more precisely until further measurements are available, but the result has confirmed the old conjecture that as a result of climate change, the southern hemisphere would eventually catch up with the processes underway in the north.
Over the last 15 years, Indonesia has lost 29,261 hectares of its land surface area due to soil erosion and growing sea levels.
On 8 July, a torrential rain hit the region of the capital of the United States, even flooding a press room in the basement of the White House near the West Wing.
The Greenland Ice Sheet is about seven times the size of Great Britain and it is three kilometres thick in some places. The ice sheet and the waters beneath it play an important role in sea level rise, which is causing increasingly severe problems.
Floods hit the Irkutsk region of Russia at the end of June. Five people lost their lives in the natural disaster. According to a summary from the Russian Emergencies Ministry, 351 people, including 33 children have suffered injuries.
Scientists at Columbia University have used Cold War spy satellites to determine the changes that the glaciers of the Himalayas have undergone over the last forty years or so. The result is disheartening: the melting of the glaciers has accelerated drastically in recent years.
A photo taken on the 13th of June in Greenland has shocked the whole world: Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher with the Danish Meteorological Service had set off with his sled dog team to collect a few meteorological instruments, but instead of ice, he found water.
13 June 2019 was marked by a rather alarming phenomenon: an almost unbelievable quantity of ice melted in Greenland. In the course of a single day, 2 billion tonnes of ice turned into water.
Record rains have savaged southern China, the heavy downpour has killed several people. Hundreds of thousands had to be evacuated and many roads and bridges were badly damaged.
The rising water level of oceans, soil erosion and the increased number of earthquakes have jeopardised a number of major cities. According to experts, Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is worst hit: a third of the metropolis with ten million inhabitants could be submerged by 2050.
How could we stop or at least reduce climate change? In the documentary Before the Flood, Leonardo DiCaprio interviewed personages such as Barack Obama, Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis, as well as committed activists working to save Earth at the local and the global level.