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Antarctica warming faster than the rest of the world

The interior of the Antarctic may be warming much faster than the rest of the world. So says new research, which looked at natural climate variability and human-made climate change. It's another warning that we can't wait to act on climate…

Ice shelves may disappear very rapidly

New research that examined the ridges on the sea bed in Antarctica suggests that floating ice shelves could melt back by 6 miles (about 10km) per year. Although some scientists dispute the findings of the study, if correct it could have major…

Parts of 'White Continent' turn green

As parts of Antarctica experience warmer weather, the snow is turning green. The colour is caused by blooms of algae which grow on the slushy snow, nourished by the nutrients in penguin droppings. Scientists discovered the blooms on satellite…
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/04/29/science.aaz5845

Images show Antarctic ice loss in exceptional detail

Data from space is allowing scientists to understand ice loss in Antarctica as never before. The high resolution images are both beautiful and concerning, illustrating in great detail where ice is thinning. See more here: https://www.nyt…
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The sounds of sorrow and the sights of hope

In a remarkable article, UK Guardian journalist, Jonathan Watts, tells the story of his visit to Antarctica sponsored by Greenpeace. You can listen to his audio recording of icebergs melting. But also read about a wonderful encounter with a…
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/808187601/-antarctica-melts-nasa-says-showing-effects-of-record-heat?t=1582463400638
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NASA images reveal impact of Antarctic heatwave

The recent record temperatures (up to 18.3 degrees C) on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula have cause rapid ice melt - and NASA's satellite images show the devastating effect. Up to an inch of snowpack melted in just one day. Although…
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Record high temperatures in Antarctic

Summer temperatures in Antarctica have been hitting record highs. Earlier this month, the temperature rose above 20 degrees C for the first time, provoking further concerns about ice melt and rising sea levels. Already, scientists are seeing…
Image: © Rob Robbins/USAP Diver

Robot discovers surprisingly warm water under Thwaites Glacier

Scientists have sent an underwater robot called Icefin to explore under the Thwaites Glacier and they have made a worrying discovery. The water temperatures are unusually warm. "Warm waters in this part of the world, as remote as they may…
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Researching the 'doomsday' glacier

In a new report, the BBC explains why the melting of the Thwaites glacier could bring catastrophe, not just to Antarctica, but also to maritime cities around the world. With a mix of diagrams, photos and text, the report tells the story of…

Antarctica under threat from invasive species

Over millennia, Antarctica's geographic isolation has created a unique biological environment. However, this is increasingly under threat from climate change and human visitors. People bring species that could never reach the continent on their…