Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, according to a new study by scientists at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder.
There could be some complex animals living in Lake Vostok, which lies close to 4km below Antarctica's ice sheet.
Antarctic researchers are hoping that proposals to create two huge protected areas off the frozen continent’s coast will be successful at the second time of asking next week.
June 11, 2013 — Flying low and slow above the wild, pristine terrain of Alaska's North Slope in a specially instrumented NASA plane, research scientist Charles Miller of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., surveys the endless whiteness of tundra and frozen permafrost below.
The modern ecosystem of icy Antarctica is some 33.6 million years old, new research finds, with a system dating back to the formation of the polar ice caps.
The Arctic Biodiversity Assessment (ABA) released at the Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on Wednesday said the Arctic biodiversity has degraded.
Last Thursday, the eight-country Arctic Council was reminded of the issues they face by an event faraway in Hawaii. For the first time in probably three million years, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged above 400 parts per million for an entire day.
An isolated population of Arctic foxes that dines only on marine animals seems to be slowly succumbing to mercury poisoning.
UK scientists have developed an air-dropped projectile to put instruments in some of the most inaccessible places in Antarctica.
GLASGOW, Scotland, March 7 (UPI) -- Emperor penguins allow their outer feathers to actually become colder than the surrounding air in order to minimize heat loss, European researchers say.
Russian scientists have claimed the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from a buried Antarctic lake.
An attempt to ban the international trade in polar bear parts has provoked a heated battle at the Cites conservation meeting in Bangkok.
Feb. 19, 2013 — A new peer-reviewed data paper offers a comprehensive, open-access collection of georeferenced biological information about the Antarctic macrobenthic communities.
UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As melting arctic sea ice brings an international rush to claim the region's resources, measures are needed to avoid damage in the region, a U.N. report says.
Several top polar bear scientists are considering what might once have seemed unthinkable: Please feed the bears.
Feb. 7, 2013 — On their mission to the moon in 1969 the Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin created arguably the most famous footprints ever.
Drastic measures are required to save the beleaguered animal from extinction, say scientists
Feb. 4, 2013 — A University of Alberta polar bear researcher and 11 international co-authors are urging governments to start planning for rapid Arctic ecosystem change to deal with a climate change catastrophe for the animals.
Experts from Belgian research station in Antarctica are first to visit and photograph 9,000-strong emperor penguin colony
New pictures from Antarctica capture the moment that a search for life under the ice-sheet finally got under way.
For a millennium, the majestic, lily-white polar bear has lorded over the frozen wastes of the Arctic. But if two Russian experts are to be believed, the enigmatic "monarch of the ice" could be extinct in 25 years due to global warming and human incursions into their traditional habitat.
Conditions in the Arctic, where several environmental records were broken this year, are slipping rapidly from bad to worse as the pace of climate change accelerates in that region
A massive team of scientists have used multiple methods to provide the best assessment yet of ice loss at the world's poles, including Greenland and a number of Antarctic ice sheets.
Melting of polar ice sheets has added 11mm to global sea levels over the past two decades, according to the most definitive assessment so far.
Environmentalists criticize failure to protect area from overfishing, climate change, pollution
Plans to merge the British Antarctic Survey and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) have been ruled out, the science minister has announced.
Plans for huge marine reserves founder at international meeting.
IQALUIT, Nunavut, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- A previously unsuspected sanctuary for polar bears in the arctic has been discovered, the makers of a British television documentary say.
UXBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 20 2012 (IPS) - The melt of Arctic sea ice has reached its lowest point this year, shrinking 18 percent from last year’s near-record low.
IN 2007 climate scientists were shocked when the regular summer retreat of the Arctic’s sea ice went far farther than they had ever seen before. In the spring of that year ice covered just under 15m km2 (5.8m square miles) of ocean—an area 90% as big as Russia.
SEATTLE, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- An arctic seal species is threatened as two thirds of sea ice with enough snow cover for them to reproduce is at risk of disappearing, U.S. researchers say.
One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years.
ScienceDaily (Sep. 13, 2012) — With sea ice in the Arctic melting to record lows in summer months, marine animals living there face dramatic changes to their environment.
The Arctic has lost more sea ice this year than at any time since satellite records began in 1979, Nasa says.
The recent Antarctic Peninsula temperature rise and associated ice loss is unusual but not unprecedented, according to research
Arctic sea ice looks set to hit a record low by the end of the month, according to satellite data.
Going, going… Next month could see Arctic sea ice shrink to its smallest extent yet, beating the previous record, set in 2007. Any such record will be driven by unusual weather, but is also a result of underlying warming.
ScienceDaily (July 30, 2012) — Large numbers of humpback whales are remaining in bays along the Western Antarctic Peninsula to feast on krill late into the austral autumn, long after their annual migrations to distant breeding grounds were believed to begin, according to a new Duke University study.
The majority of glaciers on the Tibetan plateau and in the surrounding region are retreating rapidly, according to a study based on 30 years of satellite and field measurements.
Greenpeace is launching a campaign to have the Arctic region declared a sanctuary by the United Nations.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 12 (UPI) -- New Zealand scientists say they want to try to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a rapidly declining penguin species every winter.
(CNN) -- Scientists in the Arctic have discovered the largest ever under-ice bloom of phytoplankton, likening the discovery to "finding the Amazon rainforest in the middle of the Mojave Desert."
WASHINGTON, June 7 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've found ocean waters in the arctic richer in microscopic marine plants essential to all sea life than any other ocean region on Earth.
The Antarctic Ocean Alliance is urging the UK government to protect one of the last true frontier areas before it is damaged irreparably by human interference
Europe's Cryosat mission is now watching the ebb and flow of Arctic sea ice with high precision.
A group of more than 2,000 scientists from 67 countries has called for a moratorium on commercial fishing in the Arctic until more research can be completed on waters that were once covered by ice year-round.
(Reuters) - Counting emperor penguins in their icy Antarctic habitat was not easy until researchers used new technology to map the birds from space, and they received a pleasant penguin surprise for their efforts.
SEATTLE, April 4 (UPI) -- The amount of coldest deep ocean water in the Southern Ocean, called Antarctic Bottom Water, has been decreasing for decades, researchers say.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska polar bears are losing their fur and U.S. Geological Survey scientists don't know why.
ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2012) — The U.S. National Research Council has just released a synthesis of reports from thousands of scientists in 60 countries who took part in the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-08, the first in over 50 years to offer a benchmark for environmental conditions and new ...