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#101124
2014-09-29

New study claims ice sheets may be melting for centuries

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A team of researchers recently studied 120 ice sheets collapses and other factors to put together the history of sea level rise for the past 500,000 years.

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#100987
2014-09-17

Antarctic sea ice set for record high as Arctic heads for sixth lowest extent

Antarctica poised for record high as figures show Arctic sea ice was millions of square kilometres below long-term average

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#100934
2014-09-15

Glaciers in northern Antarctic Peninsula melting faster than ever despite increased snowfall

Increased snowfall will not prevent the continued melting of glaciers in the northern Antarctic Peninsula, according to new research.

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#100720
2014-09-02

New Economic Council speeds Arctic commerce

The founding meeting of the Arctic Economic Council is taking place in Canada (Sept. 2-3). Critics fear the new business body will speed up the exploitation of a fragile environment struggling with climate change.

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#100669
2014-08-27

Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths

Climate and ocean changes blamed for huge losses of puffins, kittiwakes, and terns

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#100574
2014-08-22

Greenland ice melting at record speed

Satellite data shows ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are declining at record speed. The annual loss of ice has doubled in the case of Greenland and tripled in the West Antarctic compared to figures from 2009.

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#100560
2014-08-21

Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden

A cold breeze blew off the Antarctic plain, numbing the noses and ears of scientists standing around a dark hole in the ice. Flecks of ice crackled off a winch as it reeled the last few metres of cable out of the hole. Two workers in sterile suits leaned over to grab the payload — a cylinder the ...

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#100432
2014-08-12

Quito summit is our chance to protect the polar bear by all means

This iconic species should be listed under the Convention on Migratory Species and specific protection measures agreed

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#100412
2014-08-11

2010 Chilean earthquake causes icequakes in Antarctica

Seismic events aren't rare occurrences on Antarctica, where sections of the frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-earthquakes an hour due to ice deformation. Some scientists call them icequakes. But in March of 2010, the ice sheets in Antarctica vibrated a bit more than usual because of ...

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#100417
2014-08-11

Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science

Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Steven L. Chown and colleagues outline the most pressing questions in southern polar research, and call for greater collaboration and environmental protection in the region.

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#100328
2014-08-01

Error identified in satellite record may have overestimated Antarctic sea ice

John Abraham: A jump is discovered in estimated Antarctic sea ice extent due to a satellite algorithm

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#100127
2014-07-22

Is Antarctic sea ice cover really setting record highs? Processing errors may be confusing the matter

Antarctic sea ice may not be expanding as fast as previously thought, new research suggests. A team of scientists say much of the increase measured for Southern Hemisphere sea ice could be due to a processing error in the satellite data

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#100114
2014-07-21

New hope for Antarctic Ocean?

A new report calls for protection measures in the Antarctic Weddell Sea, one of the world’s last, intact ecosystems. Cooperation between Germany and Russia could help achieve a better situation.

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#100083
2014-07-17

Scientists can now accurately count polar bears...from space

Polar bears are big animals. As the world's largest land predators, a single male can weigh over a staggering 700 kilograms (about 1,500 pounds). But as impressive as they are, it's difficult to imagine counting polar bears from space. Still, this is exactly what scientists have done according t ...

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#99875
2014-06-26

Finding elusive emperor penguins: Both surveyors and satellites needed to study remote penguin populations

Field surveys and satellites complement each other when studying remote penguin populations.

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#99703
2014-06-17

Ponds 'predict Arctic sea-ice melt'

A UK team believes it can now make skilful predictions of how much sea ice will melt during Arctic summers.

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#99561
2014-06-09

Underground volcanoes accelerate glacier melting in antarctic

AUSTIN, Texas, June 9 (UPI) --The list of things that don't contribute to glacier melting keeps getting shorter. Now, the list-keeper can cross off "underground volcanoes."

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#99363
2014-05-29

Ocean waves influence polar ice extent

Large ocean waves can travel through sea ice for hundreds of km before their oscillations are finally dampened, scientists have shown.

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#99050
2014-05-13

West Antarctic ice sheet collapse unstoppable

Two new studies show the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting faster than anticipated. Experts say IPCC global sea level forecasts will have to be recalculated with levels far higher than initially predicted.

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#98966
2014-05-07

New bird flu strain circulating among Antarctica penguins

The genetic analysis revealed that this specific bird flu strain is most closely related to H3N8, a strain from the 1960s.

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#98977
2014-05-07

Climate change risk to icy East Antarctica

Is Antarctica really safe from climate change? A new study suggests even the icy east of the frozen continent could be at risk, with consequences for global sea levels. Scientists say the changes could be irreversible.

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#97931
2014-03-11

New light shed on changing Greenland ice

Research using NASA data is giving new insight into one of the processes causing Greenland's ice sheet to lose mass.

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#97830
2014-02-28

As Antarctica opens up, will privateer explorers be frozen out?

Antarctica is the Earth’s last pristine, untouched and most epic wilderness.

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#97719
2014-02-21

History of Antarctic glacier melt suggests more to come

CAMBRIDGE, England, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A glacier on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, already the largest single source of global sea level rise, may keep thinning for decades, scientists say.

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#97608
2014-02-14

Arctic marine mammals are ecosystem sentinels

As the Arctic continues to see dramatic declines in seasonal sea ice, warming temperatures and increased storminess, the responses of marine mammals can provide clues to how the ecosystem is responding to these physical drivers.

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#97512
2014-02-10

Developing nations seek a share of Antarctica’s spoils

[SANTIAGO] With climate change causing Arctic sea ice to shrink to its smallest extent on record in 2012, opening up new sea routes and access to mineral deposits — including about 30 per cent of the world’s ­un­exploited gas and 13 per cent of its oil according to some estimates — the Arctic re ...

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#97517
2014-02-10

Are we prepared for a catastrophe in the Arctic?

As climate change warms the Arctic, oil rigs are opening, ships are making use of new shipping routes and tourists are flocking to see the icebergs.

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#97400
2014-02-04

Greenland's fastest glacier found to be accelerating

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Greenland's fastest-moving glacier is accelerating, moving ice from the Greenland ice sheet into the ocean at the fastest speed ever recorded, scientists say.

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#97379
2014-02-03

Alaska's Arctic icy lakes lose thickness

The ubiquitous shallow icy lakes that dominate Alaska's Arctic coastal plain have undergone a significant change in recent decades

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#97164
2014-01-23

International action can save the Polar Bear

The largest terrestrial predator on Earth is losing the ground under its feet.

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#97000
2014-01-14

Pine Island Glacier's retreat 'irreversible'

Antarctica's mighty Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is now very probably in a headlong, self-sustaining retreat.

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#96984
2014-01-13

Giant Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return

Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest single contributors to world sea-level rise, is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a centimetre to ocean levels in 20 years, say scientists.

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#96761
2013-12-16

Esa's Cryosat sees Arctic sea-ice volume bounce back

The bounce back in the extent of sea ice in the Arctic this summer was reflected also in the volume of ice.

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#96749
2013-12-13

Arctic gets a break in 2013, but warming still ongoing

Although the Arctic caught a break this year with a chilly summer, the region "continues to show evidence of a shift to new warmer, greener state" because of climate change, according to the annual Arctic Report Card issued Thursday by federal scientists.

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#96720
2013-12-12

Rapid melting of Arctic eases, but long-term problems persist, U.S. says

The rapid melting in the Arctic eased up this year. But the government says global warming is still dramatically altering the top of the world, reducing the number of reindeer and shrinking snow and ice, while increasing certain fish and extending the growing season.

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#96601
2013-12-05

Antarctic Fjords Are Climate-Sensitive Hotspots of Diversity in a Rapidly Warming Region

Dec. 3, 2013 — Deep inside the dramatic subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa have discovered an unexpected abundance and diversity at the seafloor.

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#96583
2013-12-04

Rainfall to Blame for Decline in Arctic Peregrines

Dec. 3, 2013 — Rain, crucial to sustaining life on Earth, is proving deadly for young peregrine falcons in Canada's Arctic.

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#96289
2013-11-08

New research shows Arctic whale habitat losing ground to industrial development

As shipping and oil and gas development ramp up across the Arctic, so too have the impacts of those activities on Arctic whales and the Inuit who hunt them.

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#96075
2013-10-25

Study: Arctic temperatures warmest in more than 44,000 years

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 24 (UPI) -- Geologists say a study of temperatures in the Canadian arctic shows the last 100 years were warmer than any other century in at least the past 44,000 years.

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#95624
2013-09-23

Arctic alpine plants may survive in 'micro refuges' as temperatures rise

Small hideouts could stop plants being swamped by vigorous species moving north as climate warms, scientists say

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#95566
2013-09-18

Stronger Winds May Explain Puzzling Growth of Sea Ice in Antarctica, Model Shows

Sep. 18, 2013 — Much attention is paid to melting sea ice in the Arctic. But less clear is the situation on the other side of the planet. Despite warmer air and oceans, there's more sea ice in Antarctica now than in the 1970s -- a fact often pounced on by global warming skeptics.

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#95488
2013-09-11

Esa's Cryosat mission observes continuing Arctic winter ice decline

The volume of sea ice in the Arctic hit a new low this past winter, according to observations from the European Space Agency's (Esa) Cryosat mission.

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#95450
2013-09-09

UK scientists to probe Pine Island Glacier

UK scientists are about to set out for Antarctica to investigate the mighty Pine Island Glacier.

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#95022
2013-08-07

Noaa report says Arctic sea ice is disappearing at unprecedented pace

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate study puts 2012 among the 10 warmest years on record

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#94858
2013-07-29

UK's coalition government failing to protect Arctic from drilling: MPs

The coalition government has failed to protect the Arctic from oil and gas drilling, by letting new projects come up with scant scrutiny of their potential risks, the UK's parliamentary green watchdog Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) has warned. The MPs have called for a moratorium on Arctic ...

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#94710
2013-07-23

Tragedy on the Antarctic High Seas

Last week history was almost made. Delegates from two-dozen nations gathered to discuss the fate of the Southern Ocean. Several countries were proposing what would have become the world’s largest marine reserves to protect biodiversity at the bottom of the world.

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#94622
2013-07-17

New study explains surprising acceleration of Greenland's inland ice

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.

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#94513
2013-07-08

Antarctic Lake Vostok 'might have fish'

There could be some complex animals living in Lake Vostok, which lies close to 4km below Antarctica's ice sheet.

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#94515
2013-07-08

Bid to protect Antarctic waters gets second chance

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.

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#94214
2013-06-12

Is a Sleeping Climate Giant Stirring in the Arctic?

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.

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