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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Arctic Paradox Poses Questions about Sustainable Development

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Arctic sea ice summertime minimum is fourth lowest on record

According to a NASA analysis of satellite data, the 2015 Arctic sea ice minimum extent is the fourth lowest on record since observations from space began.

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Arctic mosquitoes will increase with climate change, says study

Increase of more than 50% in flies’ survival rate will cause problems for caribou and indigenous people who live off them, researchers warn

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Polar bears may survive ice melt, with or without seals

New calculations indicate that land-based food sources like caribou, snow geese, and eggs might provide enough calories for bears to avoid starvation

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Strong Words, But Little Action at Arctic Summit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Sep 1 2015 (IPS) - After a one-day summit in the U.S. Arctic’s biggest city, leaders from the world’s northern countries acknowledged that climate change is seriously disrupting the Arctic ecosystem, yet left without committing themselves to serious action to fight the negativ ...

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Artic animals that can’t cope with climate change face death

NY-ALESUND, NORWAY – When it comes to coping with climate change in the Arctic region, which is warming at three times the global average, some animals are more equal than others.

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The Big Melt: Why 2015 could be another low-ice year in the Arctic

Based on observations from satellites, 2015 is on track to be another low year for ice cover in Arctic summer seas, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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Greenland's Jakobshavn Glacier spawns big berg

Scientists are studying a big mass of ice that has broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland.

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Greenland ice sheet's winds driving tundra soil erosion, study finds

Strong winds blowing off the Greenland Ice Sheet are eroding soil and vegetation in the surrounding tundra, making it less productive for caribou and other grazing animals, carbon storage and nutrient cycling, a Dartmouth College study finds.

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Antarctic Yeti crabs cling to hot jets and farm bacteria

Hot vents in Antarctica's Southern Ocean are crowded with cold, hairy crabs. Blind and surrounded by freezing water, they must huddle close to the vent chimneys that power their ecosystem.

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Antarctic life: Highly diverse, unusually structured

In a comprehensive assessment of Antarctic biodiversity scientists have revealed the region is more diverse and biologically interesting than previously thought.

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U.S. researchers uncover secret of Greenland's vanishing lakes

Scientists were baffled last year after meltwater lakes atop Greenland's ice sheet suddenly drained out at rates rivaling Niagara Falls.

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Antarctic Portal links scientists and decision-makers

A major new initiative to bridge the gap between scientists and decision makers has been launched during the annual Antarctic Treaty Consultative meeting, ATCM XXXVIII - CEP XVIII, in Bulgaria.

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Antarctic Peninsula in 'dramatic' ice loss

Satellites have seen a sudden dramatic change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a Bristol University-led study.

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Arctic pollution rules 'not enough'

The Polar Code, passed at a meeting in London of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ban ships from releasing oil, sewage, chemicals and waste into the sea.

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Vast Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration, says Nasa

The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a Nasa study released on Thursday.

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Salty groundwater found under dry Antarctic valleys

Future research into the underground lakes could reveal secrets as to the ways microorganisms survive deep beneath the surface.

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Life below Antarctic ice survives on ancient forests

White on top, but what lies beneath? Antarctica's blanket of snow and ice sits atop a vast and rich landscape of volcanoes, rivers and lakes

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Study: Polar bears unlikely to adapt to land-based foods

RESTON, Va., April 1 (UPI) -- A number of studies have suggested polar bears are exasperated by the scarcity of sea ice -- their hunting and breeding patterns disrupted.

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Antarctica just had its warmest day on record

ESPERANZA BASE, Argentina, March 30 (UPI) -- Global warming continues to have its most pronounced effects on Earth's polar regions. Last week in Antarctica, those effects set a new record.

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Arctic sea ice extent hits record low for winter

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has fallen to the lowest recorded level for the winter season, according to US scientists.

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Eastern, High Arctic regain sea ice during cold winter

The good news is tempered by the fact that satellite data show ice levels in the rest of the Arctic -- and overall -- are at their lowest levels this winter.

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Study of ancient emperor penguin populations creates concern for future of species

The first study of ancient populations of the world's largest penguin, the emperor penguin, has raised serious concerns about the future prospects of the species.

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Scientists find translucent fish living under Antarctic ice shelf

DEKALB, Ill., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- It shouldn't be all that surprising at this point -- living organisms defying the odds, that is.

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Unlocking secrets of the polar night

Winter is the dark season and colder than cold in the Arctic north. But climate warming is giving scientists the chance to find out what goes on in the Arctic ocean during the Polar night.

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Polar bear populations are slowly shifting northward

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- As habitats to the east and south of the Arctic region become more unstable -- and as suitable habitat continues to erode -- polar bears are relocating to far-northern Canada, where sea ice is plentiful and reliable.

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Robots reveal thicker Antarctic sea ice

Sea ice in the Antarctic is much thicker than previously thought, according to new data obtained by robotic submarines.

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Arctic warming: Scientists identify new driver

A mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic region and melting sea ice has been identified by scientists.

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Antarctic conference to vote on huge marine parks amid strained relations

Meeting of 25 nations, including Russia and Ukraine, in Hobart will consider proposals on the future of Antarctic research and marine protection

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Antarctic sea ice shows record growth, climate change likely cause

The growth of sea ice is not evidence against the effects of climate change, but rather the consequence of it.

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Climate change threatens Arctic food security and culture

It’s increasingly difficult to find food using traditional hunting methods in the Arctic, and at the same time, provisions sold at stores are “unaffordable” for many, jeopardizing food security and cultural life in the region, Arctic experts and residents said, responding to a United Nations rep ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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