Half of the ice stored in the Alps will be gone by 2050. Here's a look at what's vanishing.
Global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth’s climate. There is great debate among many people, and sometimes in the news, on whether global warming is real (some call it a hoax). But climate scientists looking at the data and facts agree the planet is warming.While many view the effects of global warming to be more substantial and more rapidly occurring than others do, the scientific consensus on climatic changes related to global warming is that the average temperature of the Earth has risen between 0.4 and 0.8 °C over the past 100 years. The increased volumes of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases released by the burning of fossil fuels, land clearing, agriculture, and other human activities, are believed to be the primary sources of the global warming that has occurred over the past 50 years.Scientists from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate carrying out global warming research have recently predicted that average global temperatures could increase between 1.4 and 5.8 °C by the year 2100. Changes resulting from global warming may include rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps, as well as an increase in occurrence and severity of storms and other severe weather events.
Even if humans manage to prevent further global warming, the glaciers will still lose half their volume by 2050.
We're witnessing a catastrophic shift in our planet's sea ice. Here's what the latest chapter means for you.
The Quaternary period has seen a lot of temperature changes, but none as quick as man-made climate change.
New research finds that new Arctic sea ice now usually melts near the coast instead of traveling through the open Arctic Ocean.
Carbon dioxide emissions could wipe out one of Earth's most common types of clouds. That's bad news.
And the past five years are, collectively, have been the warmest years in the modern record, hands down.
There's a giant void hiding under the Antarctic ice, and it's growing larger and more menacing by the day, a new study using satellite data finds.