National Snow and Ice Data Center

  • Rio de Janeiro Dec 1, 2019

    Warming Toll: 1 Degree Hotter, Trillions of Tons of Ice Gone

    Since leaders first started talking about tackling the problem of climate change, the world has spewed more heat-trapping gases, gotten hotter and suffered hundreds of extreme weather disasters. Fires have burned, ice has melted and seas have grown. The first United Nations diplomatic conference to tackle climate change was in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Here’s what’s happened to Earth...

  • Mexico Jul 1, 2019

    Floating Antarctic Ice Goes From Record High to Record Lows

    The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern continent steadily increased from 1979 and hit a record high in 2014. But three years later, the annual average extent of Antarctic sea ice hit its lowest mark, wiping out three-and-a-half decades of gains — and then...

  • NBC NEWS Feb 5, 2019

    New Research Finds Void Growing Under Glacier in Antarctica

    An enormous void six miles long and 1,000 feet deep has been discovered under an Antarctic glacier, raising the prospect that the ice sheet is melting faster than scientists realized, NBC News reported. The cavity under the Thwaites Glacier was discovered through analysis of data gathered by satellites and aircraft equipped with ice-penetrating radar. It was described in a Jan....

  • DONALD TRUMP Jan 28, 2018

    Fact Check: Trump’s Half-Baked Claims on Climate, Economy

    President Donald Trump’s description of the climate on planet Earth doesn’t quite match what data show and scientists say. In an interview with Piers Morgan airing Sunday on Britain’s ITV News, the president said the world was cooling and warming at the same time and that claims of melting ice caps haven’t come true.

  • Apr 7, 2017

    NASA Expedition Flies Planes Over Arctic to Assess Ice Levels

    NASA has been examining how polar ice has changed over the last decade or so. Scientists with Operation IceBridge have flown a set of eight-hour research flights over ice sheets and the Arctic Ocean to monitor Arctic ice loss. They found on March 7 that sea ice in the Arctic has reached its lowest maximum wintertime levels ever recorded. Take…

  • Apr 7, 2017

    NASA Expedition Flies Planes Over Arctic to Assess Ice Levels

    NASA has been examining how polar ice has changed over the last decade or so. Scientists with Operation IceBridge have flown a set of eight-hour research flights over ice sheets and the Arctic Ocean to monitor Arctic ice loss. They found on March 7 that sea ice in the Arctic has reached its lowest maximum wintertime levels ever recorded. Take…

  • Apr 7, 2017

    NASA Expedition Flies Planes Over Arctic to Assess Ice Levels

    NASA has been examining how polar ice has changed over the last decade or so. Scientists with Operation IceBridge have flown a set of eight-hour research flights over ice sheets and the Arctic Ocean to monitor Arctic ice loss. They found on March 7 that sea ice in the Arctic has reached its lowest maximum wintertime levels ever recorded. Take…

  • director Dec 14, 2016

    Record Highs, Sea Ice Lows: Arctic Has Year of Crazy Extremes as Warming Hits Overdrive

    Warming at the top of the world has gone into overdrive, happening twice as fast as the rest of the globe, and extending unnatural heating into fall and winter, according to a new federal report. In its annual Arctic Report Card, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Tuesday tallied record after record of high temperatures, low sea ice, shrinking...

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