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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…

Antarctic sea ice in dramatic decline since 2014

When it comes to sea ice, the focus is often on the decline in the Arctic. But a new scientific report shows that the Antarctic sea ice has shrunk massively since 2014. In fact, the "average annual extent means Antarctica lost as much sea…
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The Last Great Exploration Campaign on Earth

In this post, we're inviting you to discover a research initiative that isn't directly about Antarctica. It's the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA). Launched in 2013, AORA is a cooperative effort between the European Union, Canada and…
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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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EU-Polar net defines topics for EU polar research

If you've ever wondered why Europe is involved in polar research, the links below will give you some answers. Last year, 50 experts from 16 countries got together at a workshop in Spain to discuss which topics in polar research are relevant…

Meteorite hunting in Antarctica

Besides giving us important insights into the history and climate of planet Earth, Antarctica is a great place to look for meteorites which tell us about more about our solar system. A recent BBC story explains more, with some brilliant photos…

Diving with icebergs - Belgica 121 gets to work

The Belgica 121 research expedition is now at work exploring the life and geology of the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. We're proud to be following this remarkable project which is showing how research can be carried out with minimum disturbance…
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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…

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