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What future for Antarctica? ISPI asks challenging questions

Earlier this month, the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) published a thought-provoking dossier online, with the title 'The Global Race for Antarctica: China vs. the Rest of the World'. It looks at questions such…
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Polar Medal winner, Catrin Thomas, spends 17 summers in Antarctica

Few people have as many Antarctic stories as British mountaineer, Catrin Thomas. She has worked as a field guide for the British Antarctic Survey for 17 seasons. And now, she has been awarded the UK's Polar Medal. The medal was originally given…
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Penguin poop - biodiversity friend or foe?

Penguin poop makes a good home for other living organisms, says new research in the Antarctic. Millions of invertebrates have been found thriving on piles of penguin droppings. But will this rich source of nutrients allow invasive species to…
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Emperor penguin colony collapses

Emperor penguins are iconic birds of Antarctica. Yet, a major colony at Halley Bay has failed to breed for the last three years, possibly due to a decline in the sea ice in the Weddell Sea. https://www.bas.ac.uk/media-post/catastrophic-breeding-failure-at-one-of-worlds-largest-emperor-penguin-colonies/ Photo:…

Journée mondiale du manchot 25 avril

  https://www.goodplanet.info/actufondation/2019/04/24/cest-la-journee-mondiale-du-manchot/
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Life at one of the world's remotest places

We've recently come across this video from 2018, which gives a fascinating glimpse into the lives of scientists at the Franco-Italian Concordia station situated on the Antarctic Plateau. Concordia is the one of the most isolated places on Earth.…
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Belgica 121: On its way home

Belgica 121, the low impact scientific mission to Antarctica that we've been reporting on, is heading back to South Africa. The team has been collecting samples of water and ocean life and diving in icy waters to advance understanding of biodiversity…
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Huge lakes under glacier challenge ideas on sea level rise

Australian scientists have discovered huge lakes under the Totten glacier in East Antarctica. This new revelation is causing a rethink in how ice melt from Antarctica will raise sea levels. More research is needed to get a clear picture of how…

Iceberg size of New York City may soon calve

On February 24th, NASA tweeted that the giant cracks in the Brunt Ice Shelf could be about to release an iceberg twice the size of New York City. The crack was stable for 35 years but has been opening at an ever faster rate since 2012. The…
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Belgica 121 is on its way, sailing to Antarctica

"Marking the 121st anniversary since the first Antarctic expedition in human history, an international team of nine scientists embark on a journey to the frozen continent. Their choice of transport: a small sail boat." This is the synopsis…