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‘Chasing Ice’: Powerful film captures gorgeous, undeniably vanishing glaciers

October 18th, 2013

It was with some trepidation that I settled in to watch Chasing Ice, a movie about the rapidly vanishing glaciers that contain the majority of earth’s freshwater. But it didn’t leave me or my fellow viewers feeling helpless, and it didn’t harangue us with a fire hose of facts. Rather it did what great movies are supposed to do, and what the film’s protagonist has been working for years to do: It showed us that the earth’s warming temperatures and seas are melting arctic ice at a scary pace.

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Greenland’s ice sheets show dramatic melting in July

July 25th, 2012

Signs of global warming have hit Greenland hard this year, with 97 percent of the ice sheet surface experiencing thawing by July 12, according to NASA.

Satellites revealed extensive, sudden surface melting in Greenland in mid-July 2012 (Image: NASA)

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Greenland glacier’s new ice island adds to global warming debate

August 13th, 2010

The Petermann Glacier in northwest Greenland shed its largest chunk of ice in nearly half a century last week when a break-up sent a 100 squrae-mile chunk of ice drifting into the North Strait. Scientists say Greenland is losing ice mass at an increasing rate as the debate over what it means for global warming heats up:

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Whaling commission votes to keep ban on hunting, despite violations

June 25th, 2010

Whale conservation groups were steeling themselves for the worst, but they were in for a surprise.

A 24-year ban on commercial whaling that was in danger of being lifted will remain in place. The International Whaling Commission, which was created by the United Nations in the 1980s to regulate whale hunting worldwide, decided Wednesday that there was too much opposition and too many unanswered questions to allow some countries to hunt whales with fewer restrictions. The decision came at the end of the commission’s three-day meeting this year in Morocco.

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