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#110664
2016-10-31

Arctic Agriculture: farming opportunities on the horizon

REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Tomatoes in Alaska. Leeks in Greenland. Fields of barley creeping northward in Norway.

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#110612
2016-10-27

Nations push to protect Antarctica's 'last ocean'

Campaigners believe a proposal to establish a vast marine reserve in the seas around Antarctica will finally be accepted this week.

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#110575
2016-10-25

Why Global Warming Hits the Arctic Harder Than Anywhere Else

Explorer and marine biologist Enric Sala talks about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood.

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#110577
2016-10-25

Scientists measure record glacial melting in West Antarctica

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Glaciers in West Antarctica are shrinking and retreating at record rates, threatening to further accelerate sea level rise.

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#110352
2016-10-07

The World’s Last Great Wilderness

For many of us Antarctic is out of sight and out of mind. We know even less about the waters surrounding it, the wild Southern Ocean.

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#110131
2016-09-23

Bird flu poses threat to penguins - scientists

Scientists are warning of new threats to penguins on Antarctica from diseases spread by migratory birds.

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#110116
2016-09-22

Greenland ice is melting seven percent faster than previously thought

The same hotspot in Earth's mantle that feeds Iceland's active volcanoes has been affecting scientists' calculations of ice loss in the Greenland ice sheet, causing them to underestimate the melting by about 20 gigatons (20 billion metric tons) per year.

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#110088
2016-09-20

Working together to save the Arctic: 20 years of Arctic Council

Julia Gourley, America’s senior Arctic official, tells DW how the far North is changing in light of melting sea ice and newly discovered resources. The Arctic still remains a peaceful place, she says. For now...

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#110012
2016-09-15

Second lowest minimum for Arctic ice

Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007.

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#109973
2016-09-14

Arctic sea ice cover set to be second lowest ever recorded, data suggests

Arctic sea ice cover could be confirmed within days as the second lowest ever recorded, the latest data suggests.

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#109967
2016-09-13

Land-based food not nutritionally sufficient for wild polar bears, according to new study

On average, a polar bear loses up to 30 percent of its total body mass while fasting during the open-water season.

News Headlines
#109838
2016-09-07

Arctic Ocean shipping routes 'to open for months'

Shipping routes across the Arctic are going to open up significantly this century even with a best-case reduction in CO2 emissions, a new study suggests.

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#109792
2016-09-02

Arctic sea ice will miss record low despite major melt, experts say

As the sun begins its seasonal descent in the Arctic sky and temperatures drop, the summer melt of sea ice is slowing down. In the next few weeks, the span of the Arctic Ocean covered by ice will reach its annual low.

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#109682
2016-08-23

Blue lakes are appearing in Antarctica – and that’s a bad thing

In a new study, scientists who study the largest ice mass on Earth – East Antarctica – have found that it is showing a surprising feature reminiscent of the fastest melting one: Greenland.

News Headlines
#109627
2016-08-18

Opinion: Time to listen to the ice scientists about the Arctic death spiral

Ice scientists are mostly cheerful and pragmatic. Like many other researchers coolly observing the rapid warming of the world, they share a gallows humour and are cautious about entering the political fray.

News Headlines
#109294
2016-07-26

FAA to Arctic pilots: Do not disturb the walruses

It doesn't take much to scare a walrus. The scent of a polar bear, the footsteps of a hunter or the drone of a bush plane are more than enough to send the blubbery pinnipeds into panic mode.

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#109218
2016-07-20

Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go

Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published today in Global Change Biology.

News Headlines
#109172
2016-07-15

Melting sea ice brings danger and opportunity to Canada's Arctic

As sea ice continues to melt at an alarming rate, indigenous peoples in Canada's Arctic are struggling to come to terms with how the environmental shift could affect their traditional way of life.

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#109145
2016-07-13

Ice algae: The engine of life in the central Arctic Ocean

Algae that live in and under the sea ice also serve as a nutritional basis for animals living at great depths

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#109129
2016-07-11

Binding agreement on high seas fishing in Arctic Ocean needed, says conservation group

‘A treaty needs to be broad enough and strong enough that it can stand up internationally,’ Oceans North

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#109131
2016-07-11

Can we halt Arctic melt? Hard question for UN advisor

I had a very interesting high-profile visitor here at Deutsche Welle this week. Bonn, John Le Carré’s “Small Town in Germany” is this country’s UN city nowadays, home to organizations like the climate secretariat UNFCCC and the Convention on Migratory Species, CMS.

News Headlines
#109112
2016-07-08

Arctic sea ice crashes to record low for June

From mid-June onwards, ice cover disappeared at an average rate of 29,000 miles a day, about 70% faster than the typical rate of ice loss, experts say

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#108862
2016-06-09

Greenland's 2015 melt records consistent with 'Arctic amplification'

Following record-high temperatures and melting records that affected northwest Greenland in summer 2015, a new study provides the first evidence linking melting in Greenland to the anticipated effects of a phenomenon known as Artic amplification.

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#108807
2016-06-03

Shifting bird distribution indicates a changing Arctic

Shifts in the distribution of Spectacled Eiders, a predatory bird at the top of the Bering Sea's benthic food web, indicate possible changes in the Arctic's marine ecosystem, according to new research.

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#108579
2016-05-12

Cryosat spacecraft's ice vision is boosted

European scientists have found a way to super-charge their study of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.

News Headlines
#108412
2016-04-28

European Union proposes 39-point policy plan for the Arctic

The EU's executive has developed the bloc's first integrated policy for the Arctic, focusing on 39 actions. The proposals center on the environment, sustainable development and international cooperation.

News Headlines
#108421
2016-04-28

Nations negotiate fishing in Arctic high seas

Last week, delegates from six Arctic nations and other countries with major fishing fleets met in Washington, D.C., to discuss plans to prohibit commercial fishing in the central Arctic Ocean until scientists can find out more about the fish stocks and how they are changing.

News Headlines
#108302
2016-04-22

Sentinels in constant watch on mighty polar glaciers

The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six mighty polar glaciers in near real-time.

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#108165
2016-04-15

Antartica’s Penguins Need Your Help, Become a Citizen Scientist Today

In case anyone needed a reason to spend hours on end looking at pictures of adorable penguins, we now have a valid excuse: scientists need us to.

News Headlines
#108109
2016-04-14

Heat wave triggers Greenland's ice melting season two months early

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, April 13 (UPI) -- As much as 12 percent of Greenland is melting, according to measurements taken on Monday by scientists with the Danish Meteorological Institute.

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#108119
2016-04-14

Uncharted Arctic waters: A new opportunity for exploitation, or conservation?

When thick sheets of sea ice began melting in the Arctic waters around Svalbard, Norway, a few years ago, a new expanse of sparkling blue sea opened up.

News Headlines
#108029
2016-04-11

Let’s not turn the Arctic into an adventure playground

Every year at about this time, a Russian cargo plane deposits many tonnes of equipment on an ice floe one degree off the north pole.

News Headlines
#108018
2016-04-08

Hungry penguins chase Antarctic's shifting krill

Waddling over the rocks, legions of penguins hurl themselves into the icy waters of Antarctica, foraging to feed their young.

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#107983
2016-04-07

Penguin Watch: Public asked to aid Antarctic research

British scientists who have set up a network of penguin-monitoring cameras in Antarctica are asking the public to help them carry out their research.

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#107813
2016-03-29

Arctic winter sees sluggish sea-ice growth

Although the extent of winter Arctic sea-ice has been the smallest on record this year, it is unclear yet whether its volume will also mark a new low.

News Headlines
#107687
2016-03-17

Food Insecurity: Arctic Heat s Threatening Indigenous Life

Subsistence hunters in the Arctic have long taken to the sea ice to hunt seals, whales, and polar bears.

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#107666
2016-03-16

Record-breaking temperatures 'have robbed the Arctic of its winter'

Fort Yukon has recorded Alaska’s coldest ever temperatures but this winter temperatures have been much warmer than usual, leading to dangerously thin ice

News Headlines
#107344
2016-02-24

Antarctica could be headed for major meltdown

In the early Miocene Epoch, temperatures were 10 degrees warmer and ocean levels were 50 feet higher -- well above the ground level of modern-day New York, Tokyo and Berlin.

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#107223
2016-02-15

Study: 'Major decline' in Antarctic penguin population

About 150,000 penguins have perished in Antarctica after a huge iceberg cut off their access to the sea, forcing them to trek dozens of kilometers to find food. Scientists warn the birds could be gone within 20 years.

News Headlines
#106866
2016-01-15

Soil frost affects greenhouse gas emissions in the Arctic

Soil frost is a nearly universal process in the Arctic. In a recent dissertation by doctoral student Marina Becher at Umeå University, it is shown that the frequency and extent of soil frost is important for the release of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from arctic soil.

News Headlines
#106867
2016-01-15

Exploring Antarctica

It’s vast, frozen and 4000km away at the very bottom of the world. But what’s happening there could affect us all.

News Headlines
#106831
2016-01-13

Antarctic sea ice took a new course in 2015: Braun

Although the Arctic ice sheet gets all the media attention, noteworthy activity has been brewing in the Antarctic.

News Headlines
#106651
2015-12-17

How Arctic Fish Might Benefit From Shrinking Ice

With sunlight now permeating previously darkened waters, predatory fish that hunt by sight are set to invade in increasing numbers, scientists predict in a new study.

News Headlines
#106095
2015-11-13

Diminished biodiversity found near melting coastal glaciers

BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- In recent years, the western Antarctic Peninsula has warmed at five times the rate of global averages. The rising temperatures there have precipitated dramatic glacial melting.

News Headlines
#106064
2015-11-11

Study: Tundra fires to blame for thawing permafrost

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks say tundra fires are to blame for widespread permafrost thawing across the arctic.

News Headlines
#106026
2015-11-06

The Arctic Paradox Poses Questions about Sustainable Development

Call it a contradiction of glacial proportions—an Arctic paradox.

News Headlines
#105637
2015-10-13

Scientists catch billions of juvenile fish under arctic sea ice

BREMERHAVEN, Germany, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- Polar cod are a vital food source for whales, narwhals, ringed seals and arctic seabirds, but researchers have had a hard time studying these fish and estimating their numbers.

News Headlines
#105488
2015-09-30

King crabs threaten Antarctic ecosystem due to warming ocean

King crabs may soon become high-level predators in Antarctic marine ecosystems where they haven't played a role in tens of millions of years, according to a new study.

News Headlines
#105410
2015-09-25

Arctic ocean's wakeful winter revealed

Far from falling into quiet, darkened slumber, the waters of the Arctic are bustling with activity during the long polar night - from brightly glowing krill to seabirds on the hunt.

News Headlines
#105320
2015-09-18

Study: Methane emissions rise as arctic sea ice melts

LUND, Sweden, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Researchers in Sweden say climate change in the arctic is caught in a vicious circle -- a feedback loop of warming and melting, melting and warming.

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