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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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, ...
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.
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).
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
The changes in the region are so significant they will have implications across the globe
We are hearing more and more about stress, and threats to the Arctic, but not so much about Antarctica.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
A consortium of countries are meeting in Iceland, where they hope to strike a deal that protects the newly accessible ecosystem.
Good news for Adélie penguins - the species of Happy Feet fame - as scientists revise their numbers upwards by millions.
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.
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.
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.
Rift through Larsen C ice shelf has grown to 175 kilometres, and collapse of nearby ice shelves could offer a glimpse of its future.
Data contradicts climate change sceptics, who have pointed to earlier increases in areas of sea ice to support their views
Researchers look into the future of the far North for clues to save species and maybe even bring back sea ice.
The crack that looks set to spawn a giant iceberg in the Antarctic has continued to spread.
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.
An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.
Researchers suggest that the unusual phenomenon could compromise the structural integrity of glaciers in the region.
The scale and pace of change now taking place in West Antarctica is captured in a new, long-term satellite record.
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.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Tomatoes in Alaska. Leeks in Greenland. Fields of barley creeping northward in Norway.
Campaigners believe a proposal to establish a vast marine reserve in the seas around Antarctica will finally be accepted this week.
Explorer and marine biologist Enric Sala talks about Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary, Before the Flood.
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Glaciers in West Antarctica are shrinking and retreating at record rates, threatening to further accelerate sea level rise.
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.
Scientists are warning of new threats to penguins on Antarctica from diseases spread by migratory birds.
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.
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...
Arctic ice cover in 2016 reached the second lowest minimum on record, tied with 2007.
Arctic sea ice cover could be confirmed within days as the second lowest ever recorded, the latest data suggests.
On average, a polar bear loses up to 30 percent of its total body mass while fasting during the open-water season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Algae that live in and under the sea ice also serve as a nutritional basis for animals living at great depths
‘A treaty needs to be broad enough and strong enough that it can stand up internationally,’ Oceans North
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.
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
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.
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.
European scientists have found a way to super-charge their study of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland.
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.
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.
The EU's Sentinel satellite system has begun monitoring six mighty polar glaciers in near real-time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Waddling over the rocks, legions of penguins hurl themselves into the icy waters of Antarctica, foraging to feed their young.
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.
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.
Subsistence hunters in the Arctic have long taken to the sea ice to hunt seals, whales, and polar bears.
Fort Yukon has recorded Alaska’s coldest ever temperatures but this winter temperatures have been much warmer than usual, leading to dangerously thin ice
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.
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.
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.
It’s vast, frozen and 4000km away at the very bottom of the world. But what’s happening there could affect us all.
Although the Arctic ice sheet gets all the media attention, noteworthy activity has been brewing in the Antarctic.
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.
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.
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.
Call it a contradiction of glacial proportions—an Arctic paradox.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Increase of more than 50% in flies’ survival rate will cause problems for caribou and indigenous people who live off them, researchers warn
New calculations indicate that land-based food sources like caribou, snow geese, and eggs might provide enough calories for bears to avoid starvation
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 ...
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.
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).
Scientists are studying a big mass of ice that has broken off the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland.
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.
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.
In a comprehensive assessment of Antarctic biodiversity scientists have revealed the region is more diverse and biologically interesting than previously thought.
Scientists were baffled last year after meltwater lakes atop Greenland's ice sheet suddenly drained out at rates rivaling Niagara Falls.
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.
Satellites have seen a sudden dramatic change in the behaviour of glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula, according to a Bristol University-led study.
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.
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.
Future research into the underground lakes could reveal secrets as to the ways microorganisms survive deep beneath the surface.
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
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.