December 28, 2015 |
UUMMANNAQ, Greenland - "When I was a young man," a fisherman named Ole Qvist tells me, "I was a champion dogsled racer. But now," he sighs, "it takes seven dogs to pull me. " I'm unfamiliar with dogs as a measure of weight, but I gather from the way he palms his belly, mounded like his native Greenland's polar ice cap, that seven dogs indicates a serious body-mass index. Uummannaq, where Qvist has lived his whole life, is a settlement 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland.
March 28, 2005 |
Climate historians call 1816 the "year without a summer. " Loyal readers might well be wondering if this is going to be a year without a spring. "Even the meteorologists all have this sallow look," said Wayne Higgins, principal scientist at the Climate Prediction Center, outside Washington. "They're asking, 'When is spring going to arrive?' " In Philadelphia, this almost certainly will be the coolest March in more than 20 years. Through Wednesday, below-normal temperatures were posted on every day but one, March 7, when the thermometer soared to 69. Nature celebrated by snowing on us the very next day. Incredibly, the first 16 days of March were 7.2 degrees colder than the first 16 days of January and 4.5 lower than the comparable February period.
November 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Fueled by global warming, polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting three times faster than they did in the 1990s, a study says. So far, that's added about half an inch to rising sea levels, not as bad as some earlier worst-case scenarios. But the melting's quicker pace, especially in Greenland, has ice scientists worried. One of the biggest wild cards in climate change has been figuring out how much the melting of the massive sheets of ice at the two poles would add to the seas.
May 4, 1990 |
Bill Bozzone has filled all sorts of comedic writing assignments, including the script for the 1988 feature film, "Full Moon in Blue Water," starring Gene Hackman and Teri Garr. But his true metier is the one-act play, of which several have been produced by New York's Ensemble Studio Theatre and Manhattan Punch Line and the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays. "The Inuit," which opened last night at the Harold Prince Theatre of the Annenberg Center, is Bozzone's first full-length play written expressly for the Festival Theatre; yet, despite its respectable 100-minute length, it has the feel of a one-act comedy trying desperately to find an escape hatch.
July 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Nearly all of Greenland's massive ice sheet suddenly started melting a bit this month, a freak event that surprised scientists. Even Greenland's coldest and highest place, Summit station, showed melting. Ice-core records show that last happened in 1889 and occurs about once every 150 years. Three satellites show what NASA calls unprecedented melting of the ice sheet that blankets the island, starting July 8 and lasting four days. Most of the thick ice remains. While some ice usually melts during the summer, what was unusual was that the melting happened in a flash and across a widespread area.
March 10, 1997 |
He was a Pew Fellowship finalist, and his work has been praised by writers from the Village Voice and Keyboard magazine. But John Greenland describes his best-known work as: "You know, the heroine walking down the street, being pursued by the monster. " The short piece, "Rites," has been used as background music on dozens of television shows. Greenland can't recall exactly which - he doesn't watch much TV. "That's where the monster appears," he says, narrating a playback of the piece with an amused expression.
August 2, 1992 |
Like the dragon ships of Eric the Red and Leif Ericson a millennium ago, the icebergs sailed the still and shimmering fiord, the jagged, frozen peaks not merely white and glittering, but blue - lapis lazuli, cerulean, royal, aquamarine. Periodically, there was a loud boom, startling when first heard, as one of the ridges on a melting berg noisily collapsed. Watching from a meadow ablaze with clumps of blue harebells and pink and purple dwarf fireweed, it was easy to imagine the legendary Norse explorers surveying the same scene.
April 22, 2013 |
There's gold in them thar hills! And rubies, sapphires, platinum, and silver. Who could resist that siren call? Not Philly guy Americo DiSantis. "It was a chance to change my family's life," says the 31-year-old father of two, who works for AmeriDrill in Levittown. "How could you not do that?" Actually, a few reasons spring to mind. First of all, them thar weren't hills. They were rugged, forbidding mountains. In Greenland. With one of the most inhospitable and treacherous climates on the planet.
August 21, 2011 |
DISKO ISLAND, Greenland - The old hunter was troubled by the foreigners encroaching on his Inuit people's frozen lands. "The Inuit say that they are going to heat the siku [the sea ice] to make it melt. There will be almost no more winter," the elder said of the southerners in Jean Malaurie's The Last Kings of Thule, the French explorer's classic account of a year in the Arctic. That was 1951. Years later, another Inuit hunter looked out at Disko Bay from this island's rocky fringe and remembered driving his dogsled team over the solid glitter of the siku all the way to Ilulissat, a town 55 miles across the water.
August 21, 2000 |
The seafaring people known as Vikings left a great legacy of adventure: pillaging and looting their way through Europe, beating Columbus to North America, and settling the wilderness islands of Iceland and Greenland 1,000 years ago. They also left the historical record with a long-standing mystery: How - and why - did they suddenly vanish from Greenland after seeming to thrive there for more than three centuries? The Vikings were originally from Norway, and traces of their lineage can be found throughout Europe as well as Iceland.