This website is no longer actively maintained
Some material and features may be unavailable

The new ice island

On August 5, one of the largest glaciers off the coast of Greenland lost about a quarter of its 43-mile long ice shelf. It just separated and started to flow away. Why did this happen and what could be the consequences?

Need to Know’s Alison Stewart spoke with Professor Andreas Muenchow of the University of Delaware’s College of the Earth, Ocean, and Environment. He has been researching the area since 2003.

Subscribe to this podcast on iTunes.

SUGGESTED STORIES
  • Differing views on fracking's impact
    Studies conducted on the counties above the Marcellus and Barnett Shale for example — where extensive drilling has already taken place — present mixed economic results.
  • thumb
    Too much solar energy?
    The proliferation of privately owned solar has large power companies in Germany worried.
  • thumb
    Nominee has industry ties
    Energy secretary nominee had deep connections to industry, including as a paid adviser to BP until 2011.