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The vast ice sheet of Greenland, which holds enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.2 metres, underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.
The vast ice sheet of Greenland underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.
Scientists say there has been a freak event in Greenland this month: Nearly every part of the massive ice sheet that blankets the island suddenly started melting.
The total volume of water that has melted from all of the world's polar ice sheets, ice caps and mountain glaciers over the past decade would repeatedly fill Britain's largest lake, Windemere, more than 13,000 times, according to one of the most comprehensive studies of the Earth's frozen "cryosphere".
Enter pursued by a (polar) bear. There's a wonderful moment in Greenland where this white ursine creature lopes in, to the consternation not just of the geographers on the Arctic island where, because of global warming, the Inuits are having to invent a noun for "robin", but of the policy wonks with their laptops who are preparing for a global summit on this issue. The piece goes in for that kind of conceptual compositeness. The creature noses around and then exits pursued by no one.
This week sees the start of 'Human Planet', a new BBC series focusing on our place in the natural world. As these extracts from the book by Dale Templar and Brian Leith that accompanies the programmes reveal, it's a dramatic – and colourful – story
She may have been one of the many thousands of people who failed to get to work yesterday because of the snow, but Professor Julia Slingo, the Met Office's chief scientist, is adamant that the current cold weather is merely a natural fluctuation – and does not mean that global warming is all a myth.
Play based on lone scientist's 40-year study of Alaskan guillemots
For her third album, K T Tunstall has tried to combine her folksy, singer-songwriter stylings with dance-conscious beats and electronic textures.
His personal problems behind him, the DJ is staging an ambitious return to radio
Broadcaster Andy Kershaw is to return to BBC Radio 3 after three years off-air as a result of personal problems, it was announced today.
Scientists are baffled by the mutilated carcasses of dozens of seals washing up on the British coast this summer, each bearing near-identical and as yet unexplained "corkscrew" lacerations.
Anna Greenland, 28, is passion about ‘growing her own’ and has won a place on a top horticultural course in America
Ever since he first saw a photograph of the Arctic as a young boy, Charles Emmerson has been fascinated by the idea of a magical, white wasteland. He explains his life-long obsession with the region
He had brown eyes, non-white skin, "shovel-shaped" front teeth and was at high risk of going bald and suffering ear infections. Oh, and he lived 4,000 years ago and nothing remains except a clump of his thick, dark hair.
Peter Jensen's autumn/winter designs are inspired by the national dress of Greenland – and have sparked a diplomatic incident, he tells Carola Long