Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science
Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Steven L. Chown and colleagues outline the most pressing questions in southern polar research, and call for greater collaboration and environmental protection in the region. Read more.
Enhanced international cooperation needed in Antarctica, scientists say
Countries need to work together to ensure Antarctic research continues and key questions on the region are answered, researchers say. Read more.
South America's Growing Interest in Antarctica Drives Polar Ship Buys
Colombia is set to join its South American neighbors in their plans to upgrade Antarctic assets and establishments, which are opening bases and buying polar ships. Read more.
Ancient Species Of Penguin Would Have Been Taller Than Humans
Imagine a human-sized penguin. That might not be far-fetched: A recent fossil find in Antarctica sheds light on an ancient species of penguin that measured at least 6 feet tall and weighed around 250 pounds. Read more.
Antarctic Ice Sheet First Grew with Decreasing CO2 in the Ancient Past
Scientists have managed to overturn a 40-year-old theory about the Antarctic glaciation that occurred 34 million years ago. It turns out that this increase in ice was caused by decreased carbon dioxide levels, which could shed a bit more light on current climate shifts. Read more.
Smelting, mining ‘caused pollution in Antarctica’
The first lead pollution in Antarctica occurred as a result of industrial emissions more than 20 years before explorers reached the South Pole, scientists have discovered.Read more.
Antarctic fur seals severely affected by climate change
Research carried out by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey and Bielefeld University in Germany shows that the fur seal population is in decline. They analysed data gathered from as far back as 1981 in order to assess the changes in generations of female fur seals on South Georgia in the South Atlantic Ocean. VoR’s Tim Ecott spoke to Dr Joe Hoffman, one of the authors of the paper. Read more.
Antarctica’s point of no return
Recent satellite observations have confirmed the accuracy of two independent computer simulations that show that the West Antarctic ice sheet has now entered a state of unstoppable collapse. The planet has entered a new era of irreversible consequences from climate change. The only question now is whether we will do enough to prevent similar developments elsewhere. Read more.
My 3 letters from the Penguin Post Office
Did you see the BBC2 Natural World documentary ‘Penguin Post Office’? It was a penguin extravaganza set at one of the UK’s most remote outposts. Read more.
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Researchers Question Expansion of Antarctica’s Fringe of Sea Ice
A new study of methods used to track Antarctic sea ice trends has raised important questions about whether recent increases in ice there are, to a significant extent, an illusion created by flawed analysis of data collected by a series of satellites. Read more.
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