Saturday, November 28, 2009

Greenland ice loss led to one-sixth of sea level rise: Study

From: Express India

Posted: Nov 26, 2009 at 1339 hrs IST


London Greenland has lost about 1,500 cubic kilometres of ice between 2000 and 2008, which is responsible for one-sixth of global sea-level rise, scientists have claimed.

Researchers from Broeke of Utrecht University in the Netherlands came to the conclusion after studying the difference in annual snowfall and snowmelt in Greenland between 2003 and 2008.

The team led by Michiel van den, who estimated the net ice loss per annum, compared each year's loss with that calculated from readings by the GRACE satellite, which "weighs" the ice sheet by measuring its gravity.

They found that results from the two methods roughly matched and showed that Greenland is losing enough ice to contribute on average 0.46 millimetres per year to global sea-level rise, journal New Scientist reported.

The loss may be accelerating: since 2006, warm summers have caused levels to rise by 0.75 millimetres per year, says van den Broeke. However, he said: "we can't be sure whether this trend will continue. Sea levels are rising globally by 3 millimetres on average."

Half the ice was lost through melting and half through glaciers sliding faster into the oceans, the team added.

"The study gives us a really good handle on how to approximate how much ice Greenland is going to lose in the coming century," says Ted Scambos of the US National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Friday, November 27, 2009

COP15 Climate Conference: Denmark skips gifts and educates youth instead

The Danish Government has decided to establish a ‘COP15 Climate
Scholarship’ for money saved pursuant to its policy of not giving
gifts to participants at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen later
this year.

At similar international conferences, participants usually receive
gifts and so-called conference-kits with various items from the host
country. At the COP15 in Copenhagen the number of participants is
expected to reach 15.000. As part of its efforts to reduce the
environmental and climate impact of the conference, the government has
decided to discontinue the practice of giving gifts. The DKK 4 million
(app. USD 700.000) hereby saved will instead be spent on climate
scholarships allowing 10-12 candidates from all over the world to
carry out 2-year climate related master’s programs at Danish

“Our 0-gift policy and the COP15 Climate Scholarship are good signals
to send at a conference which requires innovation in terms of the way
we use our resources. Although there is no doubt as to the good
intentions behind giving gifts, we have often experienced how
conference kits end up in garbage bins at conference venues and
hotels. We want break that habit in Copenhagen and spend the money in
a constructive way”, says Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla

“The COP15 Climate Scholarship puts a spotlight on Denmark’s strong
position in climate related research and the good possibilities for
qualifying yourself at Danish universities. Besides, the scholarship
is in line with the Government’s goal to increase the exchange of
students across borders. With this scholarship, we hope to welcome a
group of clever young people from all over the world who will become
highly motivated to make a difference, and furthermore will get an
exhaustive knowledge about Danish technology and research”, says
Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Helge Sander.

For more information on the COP15 Climate Scholarship:
Blogger note: Deadline for submission of applications has surpasssed and successful candidates originate from countries all around the globe such as China, India, Ghana and so on. Scholarships fields ranged from Environmental and Resource Management, Biosystems Engineering, to Wind Energy amongst others.