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Venezuela Just Said Goodbye to Its Last Glacier

Humboldt Peak, which melted more quickly than anticipated, has been reclassified as an ice field

(Newser) - At one point, Venezuela claimed six glaciers, all located in the Sierra Nevada de Merida mountain range. By 2011, five of those glaciers had vanished, leaving just the Humboldt glacier, aka La Corona. Now, Venezuela has exactly zero glaciers, after Humboldt was reclassified as an ice field due to a...

Greenland Is Getting Taller
Greenland Is Getting Taller

Greenland Is Getting Taller

Melting ice is a big factor, study says

(Newser) - As the world's ice sheets melt, Greenland is getting taller in a process known as glacial isostatic rebound. Live Science describes this gradual rise of the country's landmass as something like a "decompressing mattress." While the weight of the ice sheet lessens over time (much like...

Peru Says More Than Half Its Glacier Surface Is Gone

In one mountain range, 99% of glacial surface has disappeared since 1962

(Newser) - Peru has lost more than half of its glacier surface in the last six decades, and 175 glaciers became extinct due to climate change between 2016 and 2020, Peruvian scientists from the state agency that studies glaciers said Wednesday, per the AP . "In 58 years, 56.22% of the...

As Glacier Ice Melted, Another Grisly Find

Cops say body found near Matterhorn is German mountaineer who went missing 37 years ago

(Newser) - DNA tests have confirmed that the body recently found on a glacier southeast of the famed Matterhorn peak is that of a German mountaineer who disappeared 37 years ago, police in southwestern Switzerland said Thursday. Increasing glacier melt, which many scientists blame on global warming, has spurred a recent increase...

Most of World's Glaciers Might Not Make It Much Longer

Scientists say if current climate-change trends hold, two-thirds of them could melt by end of century

(Newser) - The world's glaciers are shrinking and disappearing faster than scientists thought, with two-thirds of them projected to melt out of existence by the end of the century if current climate change trends hold, according to a new study. But if the world can limit future warming to just a...

Glacier Gives Up Explorers' Cameras Abandoned in 1937

Bradford Washburn and Robert Bates' gear moved more than 12 miles over 85 years

(Newser) - Conservators hope to get an inside look at a 1937 mountaineering expedition in the Yukon thanks to the discovery of the explorers' cameras—with surviving film inside. The trip by Bradford Washburn and Robert Bates didn't go according to plan. Bad weather turned their starting point, the Walsh Glacier,...

Arctic Could Become 'Fertile Ground' for New Pandemics
Melting Glaciers
Raise Risk of
'Viral Spillover'

Melting Glaciers Raise Risk of 'Viral Spillover'

Warming could make the Arctic 'fertile ground for emerging pandemics'

(Newser) - The melting of Arctic glaciers could be terrible news for humanity in more ways than one, researchers say. Beyond rising sea levels, the melting raises the risk that long-frozen viruses could cause a new pandemic, researchers say in a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B ...

He Died in 1984 Avalanche. His Body Was Just Found

Body of Indian soldier Chandrashekhar Harbola found in ruined shelter on Siachen Glacier

(Newser) - An Indian soldier who disappeared in an avalanche in the Himalayas almost 40 yers ago will finally be laid to rest. The body of Chandrashekhar Harbola was discovered Saturday on the Siachen Glacier along the India-Pakistan border, a disputed area the two countries have been fighting to control since 1984....

Melting Swiss Glaciers Reveal Bodies, Crashed Plane

Hikers may have found body of missing billionaire

(Newser) - Switzerland's melting glaciers have been giving up grim secrets amid Europe's heat wave. Two bodies have been found in recent weeks, along with the remains of a plane that crashed in 1968, the Guardian reports. A police spokesman said Monday that climbers scaling the Chessjen glacier found the...

No One Knows for Sure What Country This Is
No One Knows for Sure
What Country This Is
in case you missed it

No One Knows for Sure What Country This Is

Melting glacier leaves Alps lodge at center of border dispute between Italy and Switzerland

(Newser) - In 1984, a lodge was built high up in the Pennine Alps in what was then Italy. Now most of it is technically part of Switzerland, though its manager—at the center of an international border dispute—will refute that. The alpine border between the two countries has been traditionally...

Deadly Glacier Chunk Was Size of Apartment Building

And it was reportedly moving at 200mph

(Newser) - Thunderstorms on Monday hampered the search for more than a dozen hikers who remained unaccounted for a day after a huge chunk of an Alpine glacier in Italy's Dolomite mountains broke off , sending an avalanche of ice, snow, and rocks down the slope. Officials put the known death toll...

Melting Glacier Splits, Killing Hikers in Alps

At least 6 people died in the avalanche, and more are injured or missing

(Newser) - A large chunk of an Alpine glacier broke loose Sunday afternoon and roared down a mountainside in Italy, sending ice, snow, and rock slamming into hikers on a popular trail on the peak and killing at least six people and injuring eight, authorities said. There could be about 10 people...

Everest Ice: 2K Years to Form, 25 to Melt
Everest Ice: 2K Years
to Form, 25 to Melt


Everest Ice: 2K Years to Form, 25 to Melt

Study documents rapid retreat of glacier

(Newser) - The ice atop Mount Everest took roughly 2,000 years to form and about 25 years to melt, according to a new study, which suggests that even one of the highest glaciers on the planet is retreating as a result of climate change. Researchers traveled to the highest glacier on...

Himalayan Glaciers Melting at an 'Exceptional' Rate
Himalayas Melting Has
Massively Accelerated

Himalayas Melting Has Massively Accelerated

Glaciers are declining at an 'exceptional' rate, researchers say

(Newser) - Glaciers are shrinking in many parts of the world but in the Himalayas, where the ice loss will affect hundreds of millions, they're melting at an "exceptional" rate, researchers say. University of Leeds glaciologist Jonathan Carrivick says a study that involved analyzing satellite photos of more than 15,...

Prognosis Is Poor for Africa's Last Mountain Glaciers
Prognosis Is Poor for
Africa's Rare Glaciers
new report

Prognosis Is Poor for Africa's Rare Glaciers

The 3 are expected to be gone by the 2040s

(Newser) - Africa’s last three mountain glaciers will disappear in the next two decades because of climate change, a new report warned Tuesday amid sweeping forecasts of pain for the continent that contributes least to global warming but will suffer from it most. The report from the World Meteorological Organization and...

Mountain Glaciers Are Melting at an Alarming Rate

They're losing 328B tons of ice and snow a year

(Newser) - Glaciers are melting faster, losing 31% more snow and ice per year than they did 15 years earlier, according to three-dimensional satellite measurements of all the world’s mountain glaciers. Scientists blame human-caused climate change. Using 20 years of recently declassified satellite data, scientists calculated that the world’s 220,...

China's 'Glacier Bro' Is Likely Dead
'Glacier Bro'
Is Likely Dead

China's 'Glacier Bro' Is Likely Dead

Wang Xiangjun, 30, went missing while visiting a glacial waterfall

(Newser) - A Chinese social media influencer is believed to be dead after vanishing on Dec. 20. Wang Xiangjun, known as "Glacier Bro" due to his penchant for exploring glaciers while talking about climate change, was at a glacial waterfall in Tibet when footage shows him apparently lose his balance near...

With Glacier Collapse Looming, an 'Urgent' Evacuation

Residents, tourists in Italian resort town are sent elsewhere due to risk of falling Mont Blanc ice

(Newser) - As scientists nervously keep tabs on a giant section of ice in danger of falling off a Mont Blanc glacier, homes have been evacuated in the resort town of Courmayeur in Italy's Aosta Valley, while visitors have been told to go elsewhere. "We will find [alternative] solutions for...

Glacier Yields Newspapers From 1966 Plane Crash

They're still in 'very good condition'

(Newser) - January 1966 was an eventful month in Indian history: Indira Gandhi became the country's first female prime minister, and Air India Flight 101 crashed into Mont Blanc in France, killing all 117 passengers and crew. Melting ice on the mountain has now yielded remarkably well-preserved newspapers from the flight,...

Hiker Found on Glacier Leaves Behind Pregnant Wife

Alan Stringer was reported missing Monday; his body was found Thursday

(Newser) - A missing California hiker has been found dead atop a glacier. CNN reports Alan Stringer, 40, of Huntington Beach, didn't return home on Monday from a hike. A three-day search followed, and his body was ultimately located at the top of the Darwin Glacier in Kings Canyon National Park....

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