Studies worry: Is Greenland on thin ice?

Greenland thin on ice worries scientists

Two studies in Nature open deep history of Greenland ice sheet — and raise new questions about its stability The ice sheet covering Greenland is four times bigger than California — and holds enough water to raise global sea-level more than twenty feet if most of it were to melt. Today, sea levels are rising and the melting of Greenland is a major contributor. Understanding how fast this melting might proceed is a pressing question for policymakers and coastal communities. To make predictions about the future of the ice sheet,…

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Oops! Hopes for climate linkage to mosquito population increase dashed by new study

Hopes for climate linkage to mosquito population

Mosquito population has increased as much as ten-fold over the past five decades in New York, New Jersey, and California, according to long-term datasets from mosquito monitoring programs. The number of mosquito species in these areas increased two- to four-fold in the same period. A new study finds the main drivers of these changes were the gradual waning of DDT concentrations in the environment and increased urbanization. The findings were published December 6 in Nature Communications. The potential effects of climate change on the spread of insect-borne diseases is a major…

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