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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…

U.S. joins Australia and New Zealand in backing Antarctic marine sanctuary amid calls for fishing ban

Hailing the waters of Antarctica as a living laboratory, the United States has joined Australia and New Zealand in appealing for the creation of marine sanctuaries in the most remote and pristine part of the world. The United States and New Zealand have drawn up a proposal for a marine…

Two bodies found after blast at Brazil’s Antarctic base

Two bodies believed to be those of navy personnel reported missing Saturday after an explosion at a Brazilian base in Antarctica have been found, the defense ministry said. A ministry statement said Defense Minister Celso Amorim was told the bodies found at the Antarctic base appeared to be those of…

Scientists cautious over Russia’s Antarctic lake drilling

PARIS — Experts on Monday raised questions over the scientific benefit and environmental impact of Russia’s feat in drilling into a virgin lake under Antarctica’s icesheet. Kerosene, which the Russians used as antifreeze to prevent the borehole from closing up in the extremely cold depths of the icesheet, was a…

U.S., Russia to conduct joint Antarctica inspection

The United States and Russia will jointly inspect foreign facilities in Antarctica to make sure environmental and other responsibilities under the 1959 Antarctica Treaty are being met, the State Department said Saturday. A US-Russian team will travel to Antarctica January 23-28 to check foreign stations, installations and equipment, it said.…

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