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Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Massive wildfire blazing in Greenland

Scientists have spotted a massive wildfire raging across western Greenland, a region better known for thick ice and snow, NASA’s Earth Observatory confirmed.

Using satellite images, scientists spotted a “sizable fire” raging nearly 90 miles or 150 km northeast of the town of Sisimiut. It was first spotted on 31st of July.

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

Massive Iceberg breaks loose in Antarctic region

After several months of widening of the rift, one of the largest ever recorded icebergs has finally broken away from Antarctica, scientists announced on Wednesday.

Scientists who have been monitoring the widening rift in the West Antarctic ice shelf for the last many years said that the calving of the 5,800 sq. km. iceberg has left the Larsen C Ice Shelf with 12 percent decline in area.

The iceberg in question is one of the largest recorded and its progress in the near future remains difficult to predict.

Norway to boost fortification of Global Seed Vault

Norway to boost fortification of Global Seed Vault

Norway is preparing to boost the flood defense of its Global Seed Vault, the seed bank designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants in the case of a global disaster, after water seeped into the storage facility last year.

The Global Seed Vault is situated deep inside a mountain on the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

Last year, high temperatures caused the permafrost to melt, which sent water into the facility’s access tunnel.

Eastern U.S. trees moving to North, West regions due to Climate Change

Eastern U.S. trees moving to North, West regions due to Climate Change

Tree populations in the eastern parts of the United States are shifting north and even west due to man-made climate change, according to a new study.

Man-made climate change has been resulting in warmer temperatures and drastic deviations in patterns of rainfall, which is making eastern U.S. tree populations to shift north and west.

Antarctica turning green owing to global warming

Antarctica turning green owing to global warming

The frozen continent of Antarctic is increasingly turning green as soaring temperatures are having a “dramatic effect” on the growth of moss, according to a new study.

Since 1950s, the average temperature in the Antarctic Peninsula has been jumping by around half a degree Celsius each decade, significantly faster than the global average.

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

Scientists spot new crack in Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

After recently spotting a new crack in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists have warned that it is only a matter of time before an enormous chunk containing up to two thousand square miles of ice breaks away.

Scientists involved in the Project Midas, an Antarctic research project based at Swansea University and Aberystwyth University, spotted the new crack in satellite images on 1st of May.
The new spotted crack is the second branch in the already large rift, which is advancing in the direction of the ice front.

California coast sea level could rise 10 feet by 2100

California sea levels could rise 10 feet by 2100

Climate change could cause sea water levels off the coast of California to increase far higher than formerly anticipated, a state government council has warned.

Issuing the warning, the California Ocean Protection Council’s advisory team has predicted that sea-levels would likely increase by as much as ten feet by the end of this century.

Antarctica has extensive network of lakes and rivers: Research

Antarctica has extensive network of lakes and rivers: researchers say

The revelation of an extensive network of lakes and rivers transporting liquid meltwater across Antarctica’s ice shelves has suggested that the frozen continent is a far more dynamic place than scientists previously thought.

A fresh analysis of decades of satellite imagery and aerial images has just revealed the existence of as many as 700 systems of connected pools and streams in the region.

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Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions: MIT

Water Harvesting from Air Could Help Deal with Water Crisis in Some Regions

Water Harvesting from air sounds like a difficult idea to implement but a research team from MIT and UC Berkeley has successfully developed a prototype water harvester which can collect water from air with as low at 20-30 percent humidity. The technique can help in dealing with water crisis in many regions across the world and research team added that water harvested with this technique is pure and drinkable. The research team has presented a device based on porous metal-organic framework-801 [Zr6O4(OH)4(fumarate)6] which is powered by natural sunlight.

Climate change can lead to higher flight turbulence in future: Research

Climate change to create future flight turbulence: researchers warn

Climate change is posing a variety of unexpected consequences, and one of them is turbulence in future flights, according to a new study.

The movement of so-called jet streams in Earth’s atmosphere is being affected by warming air in addition to higher concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2). As our planet’s climate keeps on getting warmer and warmer, scientists expect instances of turbulence to drastically increase in the future.

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