Ice

Ancient ice to reveal climate conditions of the distant past

Peter Hannam Researchers hope the discovery of ancient Antarctic ice will give them access to crucial information about carbon dioxide levels during a period when ice ages were much more frequent.

What Earth would look like if the ice caps melted

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National Geographic have produced an extraordinary series of images showing what the continents would look like if the ice caps were to disappear.

What the world would look like if all the ice melts

Australia if the ice caps were to melt

Peter Hannam It seems Charles Sturt, Thomas Mitchell and other early European explorers tramping the scorching deserts of Australia in search of an inland sea were a few thousand years too early.

US draws up first Arctic strategy as thawing ice spurs power play

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US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the Pentagon's first Arctic strategy to guide changes in military planning as rapidly thawing ice reshapes global commerce and energy exploration, possibly...

Australian Antarctic crash victims rescued from remote ice shelf

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Andrew Darby Three Australian Antarctic expeditioners injured in a helicopter crash have been evacuated from a remote ice shelf in a successful rescue mission.

The ice gas cometh

Katia Moskvitch The global energy markets, ever susceptible to influences, are balanced on a knife edge.

Giant gorge discovered under Greenland's ice

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A vast and previously unmapped gorge 800 metres deep has been found under ice in Greenland, comparable in size to parts of the Grand Canyon in the United States, scientists said.

Antarctic, Greenland ice melt accelerating: IPCC leak

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Ice in Antarctica and Greenland is disappearing faster and may drive sea levels higher than predicted this century, according to leaked United Nations documents.

Arctic ice rebound not seen bucking long-term melting trend

Arctic sea ice rebounded in 2013 from last year’s record melting season, though scientists warned that the long-term trend is for the ocean to become increasingly ice-free in the summer.

Drivers warned as chill brings deadly black ice to roads

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Stephen Cauchi It has been a cold winter’s morning in Melbourne, and a positively chilly one in Ballarat.

97% of Greenland ice sheet melting

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Ben Cubby The Greenland ice sheet is melting at an "unprecedented" rate, according to NASA satellite data that shows 97 per cent of the vast mass is undergoing some form of melting.

Swiss bishop calls on power of prayer to bring back ice

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Laura Spinney YOU'VE got to hand it to the Catholic Church - sometimes its methods work. In 1678, the inhabitants of Fiesch, in the Swiss canton of Valais, exasperated with the glaciers that loomed ever larger...

Freezing morning in NSW as ice closes roads

Parts of New South Wales endured the coldest August morning in 12 years as fog and frost descended on the state.

Satellites show meltdown of Arctic ice cap underway

Ben Cubby Arctic ice has shrunk to the lowest level ever recorded, according to satellite data from the past week that shows a massive melt is still underway.

Arctic ice cap takes a heating, satellites show

Arctic ice has reached its lowest level, according to new data.

Ben Cubby Ice cap shrinks to lowest level ever recorded, according to data showing massive, ongoing melt.

'Staggering' Arctic ice loss smashes melt records

John Vidal The vast polar ice cap, which regulates the Earth’s temperature, has this year retreated further and faster than anyone expected.

Arctic summer ice to disappear within four years, expert says

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One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years.

Arctic ice cover shrinks to half the 1979-2000 average

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Arctic sea ice, a key indicator of climate change, melted to its lowest level on record this year before beginning its autumnal freeze, researchers at the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre said on...

Tipping into new climate territory as scientists put fears on ice

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Ben Cubby Earth may be approaching its points of no return.

Sea ice reduction at tipping point

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Ben Cubby AS ARCTIC sea ice hits a record low, scientific focus is turning to climate ''tipping points'' - a threshold that, once crossed, cannot be reversed and will create fundamental changes to other areas.