The speed and scale of Arctic melting is shocking even hardened researchers – the need to act now has never been clearer, says our chief reporter Adam Vaughan
1 May 2019
IT’S not exactly a natural icebreaker, but Earth scientists are talking a lot about ice right now. I met quite a few of them at the European Geosciences Union general assembly in Vienna, Austria. One particularly eye-opening moment came when Harry Zekollari from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands showed me how his computer models indicate that half of Alpine glaciers are doomed by mid-century, whatever action we now take to curb carbon emissions.
If anything, the models seem a conservative representation of facts on the ground. A few days later, NASA was highlighting …