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Unique environments buried so deep below the surface of the Antarctic Ice Sheet that sunlight cannot penetrate to them, giving the the potential to be home to new species previously unknown to science, the hundreds of subglacial lakes that have been discovered are ripe with new opportunities for scientific discovery…
An increasing demand for luxury polar bear products is posing a significant risk to polar bear populations in the Arctic already under stress from diminishing sea ice, according to Dr. Stanislav E. Belikov from the All-Russian Research Institute for Nature Protection. Reducing the demand for these products is key for…
The polar bear is arguably the most iconic animal associated with the Arctic. Its natural habitat, the sea ice, has seen its summer minimum extent decrease at an alarming rate over the past decade, and this has many in the international community concerned, not to mention those who live in…
With summer sea ice extent decreasing in recent years in the Arctic, the polar bear, whose natural habitat is the sea ice, has been receiving increasing attention in other parts of the world due to concerns over its ability to adapt and survive under the changing conditions.
Trends in recent years indicate that declining sea ice cover in the Arctic is having an influence on severe weather patterns in the Northern Hemisphere, according to scientists such as Dr. Jennifer Francis from Rutgers University's Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
China recognizes it needs to make solid investments in its polar research infrastructure in order to continue to expand its ambitious polar research capabilities. Increasingly active in polar research, especially since the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-08, China has made investing in its polar research capabilities a top priority.
China has been very proactive in increasing its polar research capacity in recent years. Already active in Antarctic research for three decades, China seized the opportunity of International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-08 to set out on an ambitious new multiyear programme of infrastructure building and scientific research in the Polar…
Are warmer ocean currents melting ice shelves from underneath in East Antarctica? Dr. Katherine Leonard - a researcher at the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF) in Davos, Switzerland who also holds an appointment at the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)…
Each time a new ice core is studied, the more we learn about the Earth’s climate history and how the planet’s climate system works. A team of researchers from the UK, Australia and France were recently able to extract and study an ice core taken from the ice cap covering…
In an age where we think we’ve discovered pretty much everything there is to discover on Earth, it’s particularly exciting when scientists discover a new geographical feature on the planet. What’s even more exciting is that this new feature is hidden beneath more than a kilometre of ice, and its…