The crew of scientists prepare to put the drill stem into the Greenland ice sheet to probe water flows about a half of a mile below.
A glaciologist develops a lightweight method for probing the depths of Greenland's ice sheet to answer a crucial question: How fast is it melting?
If life survived on Earth 3.7 billion years ago, why not elsewhere in the solar system?
Scientists say they've found fossils showing life existed on Earth 3.7 billion years ago. How good is the evidence? And what does it mean for the search for life elsewhere in our solar system?
Glaciers have been a major contributor to sea-level rise.
Could sea levels really rise by several metres this century. Probably not, although this century's greenhouse emissions could potentially set the stage for large rises in centuries to come.
We still don’t know enough about questions such as where the tipping points are for Arctic ice melt.
Christine Zenino/Wikimedia Commons
The Paris agreement has given us some solid targets to aim for in terms of limiting global warming. But that in turn begs a whole range of new scientific questions.
Inuits are less likely to develop cardiovascular disease and diabetes, despite their large fat intake.
A genetic study of Inuits in Greenland has shed light on how this population has adapted to eating a high-fat diet.
Gathering data at the calving front of the Ilulissat Glacier, Greenland.
To create accurate models that predict how ice sheets and oceans will react to changing climate, modelers need precise current data. One researcher heads to the ends of the earth to collect just that.
Satellite image showing clouds over the Greenland Sea downstream of the ice edge during conditions where there was a large transfer of heat and moisture from the ocean to the atmosphere.
Loss of sea ice near Greenland and Iceland portend a colder future for Europe.
Rising sea levels are one of the clearest and most widespread manifestations of climate change.
Since 1993, satellites have been used as well as tidal gauges to monitor sea level. A new calibration of this satellite record now shows that the rise in sea level is gathering pace.
Any talk of a Scottish federation should be put on ice.
First the No victory in the Scottish referendum, now the debate about how much extra power should be extended north of the border. While the commission tasked with coming up with proposals prepares to…
It may already be too late to stop Antarctic ice sliding into the ocean.
Ice sheets respond slowly to changes in climate, because they are so massive that they themselves dominate the climate conditions over and around them. But once they start flowing faster towards the shore…
There is an enormous mass of ice beneath the Greenland ice sheet, which has melted and refrozen making the sheet ragged and…
The Greenland icecap will contribute more to rising seas than previously understood, thanks to exposure to warm waters. Using…
The receding edge of the Greenland ice sheet.
Warming in the Arctic has now reached the northernmost sections of the Greenland ice sheet. After a long period of stability (more than 25 years), we have found in a new study of the region that the northeast…
Greenland’s largest glacier is melting at the fastest speed ever recorded. Researchers found that the Jakobshavn Glacier…
3D visualisation of the mega-canyon.
Jonathan Bamber, University of Bristol
A previously unknown canyon has been discovered in Greenland, hidden beneath the ice. It is at least 750 kilometres long…
Findings from a large-scale ice drilling study on the Greenland ice sheet may revise the models used to predict how ice sheets…
Chasing Ice is trying to get us out of the climate change hole we’ve dug for ourselves.
Science seems to be failing to change the minds of those who are sceptical about the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Chasing Ice - a film by Jeff Orlowski, playing in Australia currently - tries…
The Greenland ice sheet continues to shrink around the edges but grew in the middle, the study found.
Global warming has caused nearly 200 billion tons of Greenland’s mass to disappear annually in the last decade but its icy…
By studying ice cores, researchers can measure the methane emissions from thousands of years earlier.
The past is the key to the future. When snow falls on polar ice sheets, in Greenland and Antarctica for example, air is trapped between the snowflakes. Year after year, the snow compacts under its own…