Arctic & Antarctica
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Science

Arctic kelp forests: Expanding thanks to climate change

Underwater Arctic forests are expanding thanks to global warming. Karen Filbee-Dexter explores how these important ecosystems are changing with the climate

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Science

Drilling the seabed below Earth's most powerful ocean current

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the planet's most powerful and arguably most important. It is the only one to flow clear around the globe without getting diverted by any landmass, sending up to 150 times the flow of all the world's rivers clockwise around the frozen continent.

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Energy

Opinion: Canada must push for ban on Arctic shipping heavy fuel oil

As sea ice continues to melt, northern shipping is forecast to increase. A spill is a tragedy that can, and must, be averted.

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Science

Declining ice in Arctic threatens polar food web

The impact of climate change on the algae that live in Arctic sea ice is likely to be large and complex, according to models co-developed by the University of Cape Town (UCT).

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Advocacy

'No negotiations:' Inuit group wants Arctic areas saved from development

A Canadian military Griffon helicopter flies along the shoreline of Baffin Island on Tuesday August 26, 2014. An Inuit land claim group is asking the federal government to permanently rope off large sections of the eastern Arctic to any future industrial development.

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Federal

VT Halter Marine Details $745 M Coast Guard Icebreaker Bid

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Coast Guard’s next icebreaker is based on a German research vessel, features a unique Finnish propulsion design and is driven by American diesels, shipbuilder VT Halter Marine told USNI News on Tuesday.

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Science

Sea-ice algal phenology in a warmer Arctic

The Arctic sea-ice decline is among the most emblematic manifestations of climate change and is occurring before we understand its ecological consequences. We investigated future changes in algal productivity combining a biogeochemical model for sympagic algae with sea-ice drivers from an ensemble of 18 CMIP5 climate models.

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Federal

U.S. Pressure Blocks Declaration on Climate Change at Arctic Talks

ROVANIEMI, Finland — Under pressure from the United States, the Arctic Council issued a short joint statement on Tuesday that excluded any mention of climate change.

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Federal

Pompeo says shrinking Arctic sea ice presents 'new opportunities for trade'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the Arctic, a region that has been significantly impacted by climate change, presents "opportunity and abundance" when it comes to economic opportunity.

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Federal

US climate scepticism irks Arctic foreign ministers

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is to meet Russia's minister of foreign affairs Sergey Lavrov on Monday (6 May) in Rovaniemi, the main city in Finland's Arctic region, amidst tensions over both climate change and Chinese ambitions in the polar region.

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Federal

A Warmer Arctic Presents Challenges and Opportunities

As Arctic ice melts, we can physically see glaciers retreating. But what we can’t yet see is the exact effect climate change will have on the environment, humans, economies, and national security. Less ice for longer periods each year will likely bring opportunities and related challenges as Arctic and non-Arctic states jockey for position.

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Advocacy

Congress Seizes New Opportunity to Restore Arctic Refuge Protections

Washington, D.C. May 1, 2019 — In response to today’s U.S. House Natural Resources Committee vote passing the bipartisan Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act out of committee (the bill passed 22-14), Alaska Wilderness League, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society, Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, Defenders of Wildlife, Environment America, Trustees for Alaska, Earthjustice, National Audubon Society, Center for Biological Diversity and Northern Alaska Environmental Center issue the following joint statement:

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Science

Scientific Teams Set Out to Track Unprecedented Changes in the Eastern Bering Sea

Beginning in April and continuing through September, NOAA scientists will conduct vessel surveys in the Bering Sea. Four of these are annual surveys that have been conducted for several decades, providing a good basis of data so scientists can detect trends and changes in the ecosystem.

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Science

Antarctica: The final frontier for marine biological invasions?

A new study looking at the implications of increased shipping activity and the impact on Antarctic marine biodiversity. The research is an important step in the quest to understand whether invasive species, introduced by shipping, will find the Antarctic marine environment more hospitable as Antarctica's climate changes.

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Science

'Catastrophic' breeding failure at one of world's largest emperor penguin colonies

Researchers studying hi-res satellite imagery have discovered that emperor penguins at the Halley Bay colony in the Weddell Sea have failed to raise chicks for the last three years.

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Science

Public talks kick off study of ice loss, warming and coastal changes in northern Alaska

The northernmost town in the country had its warmest March on record. Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, is among the coastal communities that are feeling the effects of a warming Arctic firsthand.

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Science

A warming Arctic could cost the world trillions of dollars

New science warns that melting ice and permafrost could set off feedback loops that make climate change worse

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Federal

Coast Guard plans to add resources in Arctic to counter Russia, China

April 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Coast Guard wants to add resources to the Arctic because "dramatic changes in the physical environment" of the region have allowed China and Russia to become more competitive there.

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Property

In Arctic military drills, troops fight Russians, cold

RESOLUTE BAY, Canada -- After finishing a training drill on surviving the bitter cold, the soldiers gathered around Ranger Debbie Iqaluk to hear about an inescapable fact of life in the high Arctic: The ice is melting despite the low temperatures. And that means the Russians are coming.

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Science

One of Alaska’s warmest springs on record is causing a dangerous thaw

UTQIAGVIK, Alaska — Bryan Thomas doesn’t want any more “wishy-washy conversations about climate change.”

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Science

Arctic: Warming permafrost releasing large amounts of potent greenhouse gas

A recent study shows that nitrous oxide emissions from thawing Alaskan permafrost are about twelve times higher than previously assumed. About one fourth of the Northern Hemisphere is covered in permafrost, which is thawing at an increasing rate.

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Energy

As Russia Touts Expanded Arctic Sea Routes, US Observers See Veiled Threat

WASHINGTON - At this year's International Arctic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russian leaders made the most peaceable statements to date about Moscow's long-term plans for the a rapidly melting Arctic.

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Waterways

Admiralteiskie Verfi lays down North Pole ice-resistant self-propelled platform

Saint-Petersburg based Admiralteiskie Verfi shipyard (a company of United Shipbuilding Corporation) says it has laid down the North Pole ice-resistant self-propelled platform of Project 00903 today, 10 April 2019, in the framework the ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ 5th International Arctic Forum.

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Energy

Misleading the public: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge debate flared up again

After the timeframe for submitting comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has closed, the organization Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) claims that essential information was withheld from the public. Several sources also argue that the potential revenue from drilling is greatly overstated.

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Science

This giant chunk of ice could break off Antarctica any day

Two cracks on the Brunt Ice Shelf are creeping closer to each other. When they intersect, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan will slide into the ocean.

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Science

China, Russia to research life, resources in deep sea

Scientists from Russia and China will cooperate in the exploration of marine life and mineral resources in the deep sea, particularly in the Arctic region, Andrei Adrianov, vice-president of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

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Science

NASA: Historic low sea ice in the Bering Sea

In its annual rhythm of growth and melt, sea ice across the Arctic Ocean generally retreats throughout springtime. But not every region melts equally. By the end of April 2018, ice cover in the Bering Sea was far below average for the time of year.

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Science

Arctic ice is melting too quickly and disrupting the Transpolar Drift

Only 20 per cent of ice formed in the Russian shelf reaches the Central Arctic, compared to around 50 per cent 20 years ago, according to a new paper published on 2 April in Scientific Reports, an open access journal (1). The rest of the ice now melts before it can leave the “nursery.”

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Science

A slippery slope: How climate change is reshaping the Arctic landscape

Increasing ground temperatures in the Arctic are indicators of global climate change, but until recently, areas of cold permafrost were thought to be relatively immune to severe impacts.

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Waterways

Not All Is Quiet On the Arctic Front

Four key opportunities could spark instability in the Arctic in 2019.

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Waterways

Frozen Frontier: Climate Change Attracting Global Economy To Arctic

In a couple weeks as we hang up our winter jackets to welcome the warmth of spring, ice that has formed over the Arctic Ocean and Hudson’s Bay will be covering the largest area that it will reach in 2019. This is known as the annual maximum sea ice extent, which occurs at the very end of our winter.

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Waterways

Nuclear-powered container carrier Sevmorput on her first voyage under Arctic LNG 2 project

Russia - The Sevmorput, a nuclear-powered LASH carrier / container carrier, has left the Port of Arkhangelsk* for the Gydan peninsula today, 21 March 2019. According to Atomflot, the ship is loaded with general cargo of different types for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

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Science

What’s Missing from Antarctic Ice Sheet Loss Predictions?

Accurately modeling melt rates in specific ice shelf locations is critical for forecasting how Antarctica’s ice sheet will respond to climate change.

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Engineering

Antarctic wharf deconstruction complete as modernisation project rolls on

Plummeting to the bottom of an icy sea bed, divers have completed the final part of a wharf deconstruction on the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) at Rothera Research Station. Two months of deconstructing the old wharf came to an end over the weekend with the first frame of a new 74-metre long wharf being lowered into place.

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Science

New tech showcases rarely seen underwater Antarctic world

A piece of Aotearoa technology is being used to support Antarctic scientists to capture fascinating footage of life beneath the ice in McMurdo Sound in the Ross Sea. The stunning footage is just a snippet of what was recorded during 21 hours underwater this season.

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Science

What happens when the Bering Sea’s ice disappears?

Record low sea ice in 2018 sent ripples through the entire Arctic ecosystem

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Waterways

Polar Star icebreaker’s crew returns to Seattle with tales of curious penguin, rugged seas, fire aboard ship

The ship was on a mission to resupply Antarctica’s McMurdo Station. The 150 crew members were reunited with family and loved ones Monday morning.

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Science

POLAR ICE TOO THICK: CLIMATE EXPEDITION CEASED

The German climate expedition to the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has ceased. The reason is that the ice floes are momentarily too thick: up to ten metres at some places. This is too dense for the expedition ship Polar Stern to continue their mission.

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Science

New Satellite Keeps Close Watch On Antarctic Ice Loss

A recently-launched satellite mission has captured precision data on the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet proving a valuable addition to monitoring efforts in the region, according to work published this week in The Cryosphere.

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