Arctic & Antarctica
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Science

ANT - How Stable Is the Antarctic Ice Sheet?

Scientists investigate which factors determine the stability of ice masses in East Antarctica

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Science

ARC - Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Using tricked-out drones, scientists are watching vegetation boom in the far north. Their findings could have big implications for the whole planet.

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Science

ARC - Witnessing Ice Habitat Collapse in the Arctic

Over a 2-day period at the end of July 2020, the Milne Ice Shelf underwent fracturing and collapse, losing 43% of its vast expanse as ice islands calved into the Arctic Ocean.

Arctic & Antarctica
Energy

ARC - Banks, Insurers Face Pressure to Stay Away From Arctic Drilling Projects

(Bloomberg) --The Trump administration is racing against legal deadlines and a merciless regulatory calendar in its last-ditch effort to sell drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in at noon on Jan. 20.

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Science

ANT - Shift in Atmospheric Rivers Could Affect Antarctic Sea Ice, Glaciers

Weather systems responsible for transporting moisture from the tropics to temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole for the past 40 years, a trend which could lead to increased rates of ice melt in Antarctica, according to new research.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

ARC - New Rules for Arctic Shipping 'a Missed Opportunity'

The International Maritime Organization has passed a series of restrictions on ships which use and transport heavy grade oils.

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Science

ARC - Greenhouse Gas Methane Comes Out of Hiding From Under the Arctic Ice

As a greenhouse gas, it is about 80 times more powerful than carbon-dioxide over a 20 year time horizon.

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Energy

ARC - Trump Seeks to Accelerate Auctions for Arctic Refuge Drilling

(Bloomberg) -- The Trump administration is advancing plans to auction drilling rights in the U.S. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who has vowed to block oil exploration in the rugged Alaska wilderness.

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Science

ARC - Marlink Provides Critical Connectivity for Arctic Climate Science Project

Marlink, the industry’s leading provider of smart managed network solutions, is supporting ‘Hearts In The Ice’, a project which will gather scientific data on the remote Svalbard archipelago inside the Arctic Circle.

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Science

ARC - Late-Season Arctic Research Cruise Reveals Warm Ocean Temperatures, Active Ecosystem

Arctic researchers Jacqueline Grebmeier and Lee Cooper have been visiting the Bering and Chukchi seas off Alaska for nearly 30 years, collecting information about the biological diversity of the watery world under the sea ice to understand how marine ecosystems are responding to environmental changes.

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Science

ANT - Atmospheric Rivers Help Create Massive Holes in Antarctic Sea Ice

Warm, moist rivers of air may have continent-wide effects and influence climate change

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Waterways

ARC - The Race to Study Arctic Waters

In the far north, researchers are scrambling to record baseline environmental data as communities brace for future shipping disasters

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Science

ANT - 9.6 MILLION SQUARE MILES: Sizing up the Antarctic Ozone Hole Set to Persist Into November...

Persistent cold temperatures and strong circumpolar winds supported the formation of a large and deep Antarctic ozone hole that will persist into November, NOAA and NASA scientists reported today.

Arctic & Antarctica
Energy

ARC - The Public Gets Just Two Weeks to Weigh in on Seismic Testing in the Arctic Refuge

The proposed survey—preparation for oil drilling—would damage permafrost, threaten species, and leave lasting tracks in the tundra.

Arctic & Antarctica
Waterways

ARC - Vanderbilt: Shipping Possibilities in the Arctic Ocean

Vanderbilt University is sending three academics on a mission to establish whether the Arctic ocean has viable shipping routes, now that it’s melting.

Arctic & Antarctica
Advocacy

ANT - Scientific Coalition Calls for Marine Protected Area for Antarctic Peninsula

More than 280 women in STEMM who have participated in the Homeward Bound initiative are co-signatories on a piece that outlines the threats to the Antarctic Peninsula and provides methods to counter them.

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Science

ARC - German Research Vessel to Return From 'Dying Arctic' (With ASPN Podcast)

The German Alfred Wegener Institute's Polarstern ship is set to return to the port on Monday, bringing home devastating proof of a "dying Arctic Ocean" and warnings of ice-free summers in just decades.

Arctic & Antarctica
Advocacy

ARC - Lawsuit Filed to Protect America's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge From Oil and Gas Drilling

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced recently that he is leading a coalition of 15 states filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration to protect America’s pristine and undeveloped Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development.

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Science

ANT - How Ice Shelf Loss Will Change the Antarctic Ecosystem

Marine ecologist Jeroen Ingels discusses what is known about ice shelf loss at the southern pole and how those changes are affecting local ecosystems.

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Science

ANT - Half of Antarctic Ice Shelves Could Collapse in a Flash, Thanks to Warming

Antarctic ice shelves can disappear astonishingly fast — sometimes in minutes or hours — as meltwater surges through cracks in their surface.

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Science

Arctic - Growing underwater heat blob speeds demise of Arctic sea ice

In March, soon after arriving aboard the Polarstern, a German icebreaker frozen into Arctic sea ice, Jennifer Hutchings watched as ice broke up around the ship, weeks earlier than expected. Even as scientists on the research cruise scrambled to keep field instruments from plunging into the ocean, Hutchings, who studies ice deformation at Oregon State University, Corvallis, couldn’t suppress a thrill at seeing the crack up, as if she had spotted a rare bird. “I got to observe firsthand what I studied,” she says.

Arctic & Antarctica
Fisheries

AK - Historic Bristol Bay, Alaska salmon fishery dealing with latest challenge: COVID-19

Northwest summers mean salmon on the grill. While Alaskans fill freezers with their own catch – our freezers are filled with enough salmon to last until next summer – those grilling elsewhere must buy either farm-raised salmon or wild sockeye salmon caught in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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Science

World - Sea Level Rise From Ice Sheets Track Worst-Case Climate Change Scenario

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica whose melting rates are rapidly increasing have raised the global sea level by 1.8cm since the 1990s, and are matching the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's worst-case climate warming scenarios.

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Waterways

ARC - Loopholes in Arctic Heavy Fuel Oil Ban Defer Action to the End of the Decade

In concessions to Russia, the International Maritime Organisation has watered down draft rules to protect the Arctic from oil spills and black carbon pollution

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Energy

ARC - Advance of Russian Oil Could Mean Death to Life in Great Arctic Bay

The unprecedented development of petroleum resources in and around the shallow waters of the Ob Bay threatens a unique ecosystem.

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Science

ANT - Scientists Find New Glacial Melting Spot in East Antarctica

SYOWA STATION, Antarctica--Researchers say an underwater hot spot, where warm seawater runs under one of the fastest moving glaciers in Antarctica, is causing the ice to melt faster.

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Waterways

ARC - In Just 20 Years, Ships Could Cross an Open Arctic Ocean

Sailing via the North Pole was impossible until the 1950s. Now, it is all but inevitable.

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Science

ANT - Antarctica: Bizarre Creatures ‘Unlike Anything Seen Before’ Hiding 5,000m Below Ice

ANTARCTICA scientists were stunned when they uncovered a number of bizarre creatures in one of the deepest parts of the Southern Ocean, leading one to exclaim "we've never seen anything like this before".

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Science

ARC - Scientists Map Freshwater Transport in the Arctic Ocean

The Ob, Yenisei, and Lena rivers flow into the Kara and Laptev seas and account for about half of the total freshwater runoff to the Arctic Ocean.

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Science

ANARC - Greenland and Antarctica Are Losing Ice Six Times Faster than Expected, Matching Climate Change Worst-Case Scenario

Ice sheets' mass-loss rates in Greenland and Antarctica now match the Climate Change's worst-case sea-level rise scenarios. Time to get serious about it?

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Waterways

ARC - Experts Warn of Potentially 'Deadly' Great Power Games in the Arctic

The joint U.S., U.K., Norwegian and Danish exercise off Russia’s coast in the Barents Sea is the latest example of rapidly growing military tensions in the Arctic, experts say, warning of potential dangers of great power rivalry in the region.

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Energy

ARC - Amid Growing Concern Over Arctic Petroleum, Big European Lenders Have Confidence in Russia's New Grand LNG Project

Green energy transition and industrial pressure on local Arctic environments notwithstanding, major financial institutions from Europe and Asia are ready to grant $9.5 billion to the Arctic LNG 2 project, Reuters reports.

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Science

ARC - Arctic Sea Ice Falls to Second Lowest Level on Record

A 'crazy' year of heat waves and forest fires has led to Arctic sea ice melting to the second lowest level on record, according to a new study.

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Science

ANT - Global Warming May Lead to Practically Irreversible Antarctic Melting

A study outlines a series of temperature-related tipping points for the continent’s ice sheets

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Science

ANT - Ancient Adélie Penguin Colony Revealed by Snowmelt at Cape Irizar, Ross Sea, Antarctica

Researcher Steven Emslie encountered a puzzle at Cape Irizar, a rocky cape located just south of the Drygalski Ice Tongue on the Scott Coast, Ross Sea.

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Science

ARC - The Arctic Hasn't Been This Warm for 3 Million Years — and That Foreshadows Big Changes for the Rest of the Planet

Extreme shrinkage of summer sea ice is just the latest evidence of rapid Arctic warming — and what happens in the Arctic doesn't stay there.

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Science

ARC - A Subsistence Staple, Bowhead Whales Now Face Predation From Killer Whales as Arctic Sea Ice Shrinks

For subsistence hunters in the northern parts of Alaska, the bowhead whale has been a part of their diet for generations. However, scientists have found that as sea ice has dwindled in Arctic waters, a new predator has moved in to feed on the marine mammals: killer whales.

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