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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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

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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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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.

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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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