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#116048
2018-02-20

Scientists race to explore Antarctic marine life revealed by giant iceberg

A team of international scientists is due to set off for the world’s biggest iceberg on Wednesday, fighting huge waves and the encroaching Antarctic winter, in a mission aiming to answer fundamental questions about the impact of climate change in the polar regions.

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#115811
2018-01-25

China committed to protecting Arctic biodiversity

China is committed to properly protecting Arctic biodiversity and advocates transparent and reasonable exploration and utilization of Arctic genetic resources, and fair and equitable sharing and use of the benefits generated by the exploitation of such resources, said a white paper issued on Friday.

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#115520
2017-12-08

Why Antarctica Is So Important in a Warming World

Ever since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical lan ...

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#114279
2017-08-31

Diving head first into a sea of Arctic knowledge

Ever wondered what an Arctic char does all day, hanging out beneath the waves? A British Columbia-based ocean education group made it possible to see what goes on in the Arctic’s underwater world Aug. 27 when it sent a diver and a video camera into chilly 6 C waters near the north dock area in C ...

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#114157
2017-08-22

Discover the Richness of Microorganisms Found in the Polar Regions

Polar regions are the most isolated place on Earth, uninhabited due to their harsh climate conditions. The study of this regions’ unknown bioaerosols biodiversity can bring a lot of answers to better measure the impact of our urban civilization to these desert areas.

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#113829
2017-07-19

Solve Antarctica’s sea-ice puzzle

Different stories are unfolding at the two poles of our planet. In the Arctic, more than half of the summer sea ice has disappeared since the late 1970s1. The steady decline is what global climate models predict for a warming world2. Meanwhile, in Antarctic waters, sea-ice cover has been stable, ...

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#113736
2017-07-12

'Seemingly unbelievable' temperatures becoming more common in Arctic winters

Extreme warming events are blowing into the Arctic more frequently during the winter, and lasting longer, according to a new study from the American Geophysical Union. The storms have an effect on sea ice formation, and could even be linked to extreme weather in the south.

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#113737
2017-07-12

A trillion-tonne iceberg four times the size of London has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf.

After months of anticipation, an enormous iceberg four times the size of London has finally broken off the Larsen C ice sheet in the West Antarctic. The iceberg weighs a staggering trillion tonnes and has an area of 2,239 sq miles (5,800 sq km).

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#113674
2017-07-06

Krill hotspot fuels incredible biodiversity in Antarctic region

There are so many Antarctic krill in the Southern Ocean that the combined mass of these tiny aquatic organisms is more than that of the world's 7.5 billion human inhabitants.

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#113604
2017-07-05

Giant iceberg in the making

All eyes are on Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf as a deep crack continues to cut across the ice, leaving a huge chunk clinging on. When it eventually gives way, one of the largest icebergs on record will be set adrift. Even before the inevitable happens, ESA's CryoSat mission can reveal some of ...

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#113393
2017-06-20

The Antarctic, One Last Chance To "Do Right" By Mother Nature

The Antarctic, one of the last, unspoiled parts of the natural world, will, like the Amazon, face man's destructive onslaught unless states take action quickly.

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#112677
2017-04-28

Can Arctic ecosystems survive without river icings?

Winter ice deposits that form on top of Arctic rivers and provide crucial water for ecosystems in the summer are melting far earlier with each successive year.

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#112651
2017-04-26

The Arctic Is a Profoundly Different Place Now

The changes in the region are so significant they will have implications across the globe

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#112637
2017-04-25

The Antarctic too is under stress and threat

We are hearing more and more about stress, and threats to the Arctic, but not so much about Antarctica.

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#112481
2017-04-07

Arctic Ocean becoming more like the Atlantic, scientists say

"Rapid changes in the eastern Arctic Ocean, which allow more heat from the ocean interior to reach the bottom of sea ice, are making it more sensitive to climate changes," said researcher Igor Polyakov.

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#112372
2017-03-29

Poor outlook for Antarctic biodiversity

An international study involving scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has debunked the popular view that Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are in a much better environmental shape than the rest of the world.

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#112314
2017-03-23

Sea ice extent for both poles shrinks to record low

March 22 (UPI) -- Earth's combined polar sea ice extent -- the total sea ice coverage on both the planet's poles -- hit a record low in March.

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#112323
2017-03-23

Researchers ponder conundrum of disappearing Arctic caribou

March 23 (UPI) -- Vast herds of caribou roaming the barren tundra are among the most iconic images of Arctic wildlife. But today, most of the world's barren-ground caribou and reindeer herds are on the decline.

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#112259
2017-03-17

Sea Ice Retreat Could Lead to Rapid Overfishing in the Arctic

A consortium of countries are meeting in Iceland, where they hope to strike a deal that protects the newly accessible ecosystem.

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#112244
2017-03-16

Scientists miscalculate penguin population

Good news for Adélie penguins - the species of Happy Feet fame - as scientists revise their numbers upwards by millions.

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#112216
2017-03-14

Rapid decline of Arctic sea ice a combination of climate change and natural variability

The dramatic decline of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is caused by a mixture of global warming and a natural, decades-long atmospheric hot spot over Greenland and the Canadian Arctic.

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#112093
2017-02-27

Are We the Last Generation to See Polar Bears in the Wild?

Is the extraordinary polar bear going the same way as the dodo? A large flightless bird, the dodo was last seen in the 1600s, when it was most likely clubbed on its island home by protein-starved sailors looking for some meat for their cooking pot.

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#112077
2017-02-24

There's a giant crack in an Antarctic ice shelf. Should we be worried?

An accelerating crack in the ice shelf known as Larsen C, the fourth largest ice shelf in Antarctica, has grown by 17 miles since the beginning of December, according to multiple news reports, including a recent article in the New York Times.

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#112005
2017-02-20

Giant crack in Antarctic ice shelf spotlights advances in glaciology

Rift through Larsen C ice shelf has grown to 175 kilometres, and collapse of nearby ice shelves could offer a glimpse of its future.

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#111927
2017-02-15

Antarctic sea ice shrinks to smallest ever extent

Data contradicts climate change sceptics, who have pointed to earlier increases in areas of sea ice to support their views

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#111858
2017-02-08

Arctic 2.0: What happens after all the ice goes?

Researchers look into the future of the far North for clues to save species and maybe even bring back sea ice.

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#111685
2017-01-20

Larsen ice crack continues to open up

The crack that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg in the Antarctic has continued to spread.

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#111692
2017-01-20

Argentine scientists in Antarctica tally toll of climate change

CARLINI BASE, Antarctica (Reuters) - On King George Island in Antarctica, the thunderous sound of ice sliding off the Fourcade Glacier and crashing into the icy water bordering Argentina's Carlini research base serves as a daily reminder of a warming climate.

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#111531
2017-01-09

Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.

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#111434
2016-12-14

Hidden lakes in glaciers point to further Antarctic melting

Researchers suggest that the unusual phenomenon could compromise the structural integrity of glaciers in the region.

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#111380
2016-12-12

Ice loss spreads up Antarctic glaciers

The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record.

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#111300
2016-12-07

Sea ice extent tumbles around both poles in November

Water and air temperatures and shifts in wind patterns conspired to hold down sea ice extent, setting record lows for the month of November in both the Arctic and the Antarctic.

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#106026
2015-11-06

The Arctic Paradox Poses Questions about Sustainable Development

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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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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#105284
2015-09-16

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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#105295
2015-09-16

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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#105164
2015-09-08

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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#105098
2015-09-03

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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#105081
2015-09-02

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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#104981
2015-08-25

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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#104961
2015-08-21

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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#104867
2015-08-13

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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#104386
2015-06-25

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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#104390
2015-06-25

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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#104169
2015-06-04

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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#104157
2015-06-03

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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#103939
2015-05-22

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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#103877
2015-05-18

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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#103842
2015-05-15

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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#103654
2015-04-28

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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#103398
2015-04-09

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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#103341
2015-04-01

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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