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Japan considering new base on Antarctica to research climate change

Japan is looking at building a new base on Antarctica so scientists can study air trapped in ice a million years ago, in a bid to better understand climate change, an official said Monday. Tokyo already has four stations on the frozen continent, two of which are currently in use…

Mineral site that holds clues to Antarctica’s history gets protected status

Antarctica pact partners have set up a new protected geological site on the frozen continent in a bid to preserve rare minerals that could shed light on the region’s history and evolution over millions of years. At a meeting in Brazil last month, the signatories to the Antarctic Treaty designated…

Future ice melt patterns in Antarctica

One of the main impacts of climate change is sea level rise, brought about through melting of the world’s ice sheets and glaciers, as well as through thermal expansion of the oceans. The vast majority of world’s fresh water is locked up in the massive……

Southern Ocean winds strongest in 1,000 years due to atmospheric carbon dioxide levels: study

Winds in the wild Southern Ocean are blowing at their strongest in a millennia as climate change shifts weather patterns, leaving Antarctica colder and Australia facing more droughts, a study showed Monday. Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were strengthening the winds, already dubbed the “Roaring Forties” for their…

What’s going on with global warming and Antarctica’s growing sea ice?

How melting ice sheets and increased winds could be behind Antarctica’s apparent paradox of growing sea ice in a warming world As every good climate science denialist knows, the fact that there’s a bit more sea ice in Antarctica is proof enough that global warming is probably a load of…

Singapore-sized chunk of ice breaks away from Antarctica and is now adrift

A chunk of ice the size of the island nation of Singapore broke off of the continent of Antarctica late last month and is currently adrift at sea. NASA satellite images taken on Oct. 28 and Nov. 13 show the before and after images of the break. A crack was…

Active Antarctic volcanoes may be ‘lubricating’ ice sheets into ocean

Accelerating ice loss from the Antarctic icesheet could be due in part to active volcanoes under the frozen continent’s eastern part, a study said on Sunday. From 2002 to 2011, the average annual rate of Antarctic icesheet loss increased from about 30 billion tonnes to about 147 billion tonnes, the…

‘Tragic’: Government shutdown kills Antarctic research

The government shutdown in Washington has forced US bases half a world away in Antarctica to suspend research as they go into “caretaker” mode, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said Wednesday. In an unprecedented development that scientists described as “tragic”, the US-based foundation said logistical support funding for the US…

Powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Antarctica

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Antarctica on Monday, generating large waves but causing no injuries, seismic experts at Argentina’s Orcadas base in Antarctica said. “At 1103 local time (1403 GMT) on Monday, the seismological station … registered an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale in…

John Kerry lends support to closed-door negotiations over protecting waters around Antarctica

The guardians of Antarctica’s marine wealth gather in Germany on Sunday for a fresh round of talks on creating the world’s largest ocean sanctuary. Two plans of unprecedented scope are on the table, aimed at protecting vast, pristine waters and 16,000 species from human predation. But whether one scheme, both…

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