A new collection of artifacts have been pulled from the wreckage of the HMS Erebus, an English ship that became trapped by sea ice in the Canadian Arctic in 1846, leaving its 128-person crew to die.
A stunning image showing a group of seals swimming in sync beneath an Antarctic iceberg has captured a major photography award.
ICE agents are drawing criticism for detaining parents, although officials say they are primarily targeting undocumented adults with criminal records.
Bank of England governor warns City about need for businesses to fully disclose climate impact Businesses must improve how they disclose their impact on the environment or risk failing to meet climate targets, the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, warned the City on Thursday. Without disclosure rules that allow investors to compare how businesses are meeting the climate challenge , the world risks missing targets to be carbon neutral by 2050, Carney said. Continue reading...
The European Union will propose carbon border measures as soon as possible to protect its industries from competitors in countries with less stringent climate policies, the bloc's industry chief said on Thursday.
Using data collected by an array of instruments deployed along the coast of West Antarctica, scientists were able to gain new insights into the influence of warm ocean currents on the continent's ice shelves.
Speakers at MIT climate symposium outline the steps needed to achieve global carbon neutrality by midcentury.
For the second time, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras largest events will be 100% carbon-offset in 2020 thanks to their partnership with Australia’s greenest energy retailer, Powershop.
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February 27, 2020 12:55 AM MOSCOW (AFP) - Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, a Russian scientist said on Wednesday (Feb 26).
Growing human activity and development in the region has shrunk the animals' hunting grounds.
A “doomsday vault” nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles’ cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world’s agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.Mounting concern over climate change and species loss is driving groups worldwide to add their seeds to the collection inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300km (about 800 miles) from the North Pole…
BP will leave the main U.S. refining lobby and two other trade groups as new CEO Bernard Looney spurs some of the oil sector's most ambitious targets for curbing carbon emissions.
Rapidly warming Alaska is already a poster child for climate change, from its vanishing sea ice to its thawing permafrost. But over the last three years, the state's northwestern coast has experienced a series of unusual climate-related changes — remarkable even for the long-altered Pacific Arctic.
A new study reveals the Pacific edge of the Arctic Ocean underwent a 'sudden and dramatic shift' from 2017 to 2019' that experts fear is irreversible and may be 'a sign of what is to come.'
Snow that looks like it was mixed with food coloring is not what you'd expect to see in Antarctica -- or anywhere else, for that matter.
A heat wave earlier this month in Antarctica melted about 20% of an island's snow in only nine days.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is located on within a mountainside on Spitsbergen, an island in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard in the Arctic Sea.
A vault in the Arctic built to preserve seeds for rice, wheat and other food staples will contain one million varieties with the addition on Tuesday of specimens grown by Cherokee Indians and the estate of Britain's Prince Charles.
Would farmers profit from a price on carbon? Sonny Perdue thinks so.
Participants in the nation's largest electricity market will meet today to continue weighing the merits of adjusting rules to account for some member states moving to reduce carbon emissions.
A heatwave hitting Antarctica has just caused them to lose 20% of their ice, which is an alarming amount of loss considered the heatwave only lasted for nine days.
Europe's top companies need to more than double their current level of spending on low-carbon projects to meet the European Commission's flagship goal of 'climate neutrality' by 2050, according to a report released on Tuesday.
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Where there was a white ice cap, there are now brown blotches of land; melted snow and ice have created ponds of water. Those are the effects of the recent record high temperatures in Antarctica, according to NASA, which on Friday released stunning before-and-after satellite images of the northern Antarctic Peninsula. The photos center on Eagle Island, part of the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula that stretches toward South America. Satellites took the images just nine days apart, on Feb. 4 and Feb. 13. But dramatic changes took place in that time span. Two days after the first photo was taken, the area hit 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit) — matching that day's temperature in Los Angeles, NASA notes. "The warm spell caused widespread melting on nearby glaciers," the space...
This is the first bird carcass procured from Ice Age permafrost deposits, researchers note. It's an ancestor of two different lark subspecies.
The shots of the ice cap on Antarctica's Eagle Island - captured by the 'Operational Land Imager' on the Landsat 8 satellite on February 4 and 13, 2020 - show melt ponds appearing.
Taken just nine days apart, two images illustrate the impact a recent warm period had on the Antarctic Peninsula. NASA says such warmth "has become more common in recent years."
Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota, aka 'Zafado,' and Jesus Ivan Quezada Pina, aka 'Loco,' were convicted three years ago in the February 2011 murder of ICE agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico.
The calendar for British carbon permit auctions in 2020 under the EU's Emissions Trading System was released on Friday evening, exchange ICE's website shows.
A team of scientists from Oregon State University made the most of ice free waters in West Antarctica to look under the glacier - which is about the size of Great Britain.
A team led by British Antarctic Survey has found that large numbers of whales appear to be returning to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia after nearly being driven to extinction.
Two Germans were killed on Thursday when an avalanche hit a glacier in the western part of the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, Norwegian news agency NTB said.
THE ENTIRE formula used to calculate how free many free carbon credits heavy emitters receive might be overhauled before the end of the year.
Researchers attached cameras to the backs of 30 Antarctic Minke whales. The footage shows scientists how these mysterious creatures feed and respond to different amounts of sea ice.
Boydell Glacier terminates at the island adjacent to Point A. The accumulation zone between Point A, B and C is on January 12, 2020 has limited gray area indicating bare firn. By Feb. 13 there is considerable cobalt blue snow/firn areas saturated with melt water. The yellow dots mark the margin of the ice sheet and pink dots the margin of the ablation zone on Feb. 13, 2020. The Boydell …
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Researchers studying snowpack on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean
CLIMATE research is the poor relation of the academic world. Since 1990 it has won less than five per cent of the research funds available.
Global warming was leading to an "irreversible" mass melting of the Antarctic ice and purging carbon from the atmosphere was the only solution to slow the process, an Australian climate scientist told Reuters on Wednesday.
The federal government says it will support an international ban on environmentally damaging heavy fuel oils in Arctic shipping. A Nunavut government spokeswoman says the territory will push for measures to help offset the cost to residents and industry.
Watch this polar bear cub get ready to make its first public appearance at Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. The cub is currently around 26 pounds.
Antarctica just experienced its single hottest day ever recorded, hitting a high of 69.35 degrees Fahrenheit (20.75 degrees Celsius) on Feb. 9, a team of Argentine researchers reported.
Eagle Island Ice Cap, Antarctica in Landsat images from Feb. 4, 2020 and Feb. 13, 2020. Point E indicates an are area of snow/firn that is saturated with meltwater. Point A and B indicate locations where the amount of bare rock/ground and hence albedo have changed dramatically. The impact of period of record warm weather over the Antarctic Peninsula has been the rapid development of melt features on some of …
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BERLIN — Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency said Sunday. A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organization said the measurements made by researchers from Argentina and Brazil earlier this month have to undergo a formal process to ensure that they meet international standards. “A formal...
Patricia MacCormack, of Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, believes giving birth is 'the worst thing you can do' to the carbon footprint due to global overpopulation.
A Sportsman's Bowl Road resident worries an above-average Okanagan snowpack and unfinished repairs from previous flooding are a 'disaster' waiting to happen.
Photographer Frank Hurley captured the reality of everyday life after Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance became stuck in ice during a 1914-17 expedition to Antarctica.
Delta Air Lines, the United States' second-largest carrier, announced plans Friday to mount an ambitious 10-year strategy during which it will spend $1 billion and become the world's first carbon-neutral airline.
Cold arctic air has ushered in snow squalls off of Lake Huron prompting a snow squall warning for the region. London also remains under a cold weather alert as brisk wind chills continue for Friday.
Top European Union official Charles Michel proposed on Friday filling the Brexit gap in the EU's next long-term budget with revenue from a new tax on plastics and funds from trading carbon emissions.
Between its east and west ice sheets and its peninsula, Antarctica holds enough ice to...
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BP PLC is expanding its team working on carbon capture and storage projects as part of its ambition to zero out net greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050.
The climate crisis is showing its effects in Antarctica.
Ancient Antarctic ice melt caused sea levels to rise by almost 10 feet approximately 129,000 years ago, according to scientists, who warn that it could happen again.
Pine Island is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica, NASA says. The break-off is "both terrifying and beautiful," one scientist said.
Experts found that rising sea temperatures caused mass-scale melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which unlike its eastern counterpart rests on the the sea bed.
The ice cores were drilled in Antarctica to enable researchers to study ancient air trapped in 8,0000year-old ice. When the experiments were finished, the researchers did their own investigation.
As global carbon emissions continue to rise despite warnings from the scientific community, there's been increased interest in a controversial method to potentially mitigate the rise in Earth's temperature.
Chris Fogwill, Professor of Glaciology and Palaeoclimatology, Keele University; Chris Turney, Professor of Earth Science and Climate Change, ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, UNSW, and Zoë Thomas, ARC DECRA Fellow, UNSW
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Dams between Scotland, Norway, France and England ‘a possible solution’ to problem A Dutch government scientist has proposed building two mammoth dams to completely enclose the North Sea and protect an estimated 25 million Europeans from the consequences of rising sea levels as a result of global heating. Sjoerd Groeskamp, an oceanographer at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research , said a 475km dam between north Scotland and west Norway and another 160km one between west France and south-west England was “a possible solution”. Continue reading...
The snowpack, which provides about a third of the annual freshwater supply for the state, measured 47% of average, down significantly from last month.
"With no polar ice, there will not be polar bears," said Brandon Laforest, a senior specialist of Arctic species at WWF Canada.
A new study says polar bears could be killed when drilling comes to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge because officials are not certain where pregnant mothers dig their dens. Surveys used to discover the dens are unreliable because the radar they employ does not function well under harsh Arctic conditions. The surveys are wrong more than half of the time, according to the study.
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A group of polar researchers from the Thwaites Offshore Research (THOR) project spotted the island as their ship passed through Pine Island Bay in Antarctica.
It failed in 2010. Supporters abandoned it in 2016. And now it's being passed over for shiny newcomers endorsed by celebrity lawmakers. That's the state of carbon pricing.
A new study says the animals could be killed when drilling comes to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska because officials are not certain where pregnant mothers dig their dens.
Russian scientists record more cases of bear-on-bear attacks amid food scarcity and sea ice melt Cases of polar bears killing and eating each other are on the rise in the Arctic as melting ice and human activity erode their habitat, according to a Russian expert. “Cases of cannibalism among polar bears are a long-established fact, but we’re worried that such cases used to be found rarely while now they are recorded quite often,” said Ilya Mordvintsev, a polar bear expert, quoted by Interfax news agency. Continue reading...
CARBON PRICES of $50 a tonne - the figure the Government is putting forward as the new price cap - could put the price of diesel up 13c a litre and petrol up 7c a litre.
A raft of gentoo penguins fail to 'stick the landing' as they hurtle out of icy waters onto a tiny piece of Antarctic ice before sliding and bouncing off again.
Filed under: News, Discovery - Health, Science & TechThe coronavirus has now infected every continent except Antarctica after Brazil confirmed a case on Tuesday.A 61-year-old man who had just returned from a 12-day trip to Lombardy, Italy, tested positive in São Pãulo.Italy is the worst-hit nation in Europe, where more than 300 people have been infected.Australia and Oceania, North America, and Africa had already confirmed small numbers of cases, though no deaths.Asia is by far the worst affected. China alone has 78,064 cases and 2,715 confirmed deaths.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The coronavirus has now reached every continent on earth except for Antarctica after Brazil confirmed its first case.Read more:San Francisco's mayor has declared a state of emergency as the coronavirus...
A recent study of 45 years of observational data about polar bears shows the animals hoard the bodies of kills, burying them in the snow or dirt so they can return to them at a later date.
The NASA Earth Observatory said the photos show the heatwave melted 20 per cent of the Antarctic island's ice caps in a matter of nine days.
CNN's Tom Sater speaks to scientists about an unprecedented heat wave that has resulted in rapidly melting ice caps in Antarctica. Experts warn this may lead to irreversible damage.
A vault in the Arctic built to preserve seeds for rice, wheat and other food staples contains one million varieties with the addition on Tuesday of specimens grown by Cherokee Indians and the estate of Britain's Prince Charles.
An Arctic “doomsday vault” is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe. The seeds are to be deposited in the vault inside a mountain near Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) … Continued
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A nine-day heat wave scorched Antarctica's northern tip earlier this month. New NASA images reveal that nearly a quarter of an Antarctic island's snow cover melted in that time -- an increasingly common symptom of the climate crisis.
Rapid climate change forced urgent upgrade of ‘failsafe’ doomsday storage facility The Arctic global seed vault has reached the milestone of having 1m varieties stored in its deep freeze. The new deposits are being made after unexpected flooding of its entrance tunnel in 2017 prompted an upgrade. Seeds from 60,000 crop varieties from across the world are being placed in the vault to back up those held in other seed banks. Continue reading...
New snapshots capture the 20% loss of snow on Eagle Island after Antarctica hit a record-breaking 64.9 degrees Fahrenheit earlier this month.
When Leonka Kaluha jumps into the frigidly cold waters of Calgary's Arbour Lake this weekend at the city's annual Polar Plunge, it will mark her eighth time participating.
News that the biggest mammal is returning in numbers to Antarctica signals a conservation triumph “Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.” Captain Ahab’s splenetic, dying declaration of defiance , as Moby Dick destroys his whaling ship and sends it below the waves of the Pacific Ocean, is among the most famous passages in Herman Melville’s extraordinary novel. In reality, such triumphs of the hunted over the hunter were a fantasy in the brutal world of industrial whaling. The biggest cetacean of them all, the blue whale, had all but disappeared from the Southern Ocean by the time a ban on hunting it was introduced in 1967 . Continue reading...
Police in Michigan said they responded to a report of an "injured dog" and found a far more unusual animal: an Arctic fox.
This 46,000-year-old 'icebird' in Siberia was so well preserved that fossil hunters mistook it for an unfortunate creature that 'died yesterday' - only to realise they had found the first ever ice age bird.
The debate around whether Australia will meet its Paris emissions targets means little attention has been given to the target Australia should set, based on climate science and ethics.
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The Los Angeles region is expected to see the first measurable rain of February starting Friday. But the shrinking snowpack is concerning climatologists.
In the latest article in a series on how some of the world’s key emitters...
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Carbon capture and sequestration advocates welcomed new Treasury Department guidance on a key federal tax credit yesterday but offered mixed reviews on whether it would do much to incentivize CCS projects.
California's Sierra snowpack is much smaller this year than last, as satellite photos show.
February 19, 2020 3:11 PM Global warming is leading to an"irreversible" mass melting of the Antarctic ice and purging carbon from the atmosphere is the only solution to slow the process, an Australian climate scientist told Reuters on Wednesday (Feb 19).
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Recent human activity has intensified global warming, which could result in a mass melting of Antarctica, said Zoe Thomas, a research fellow at the University of New South Wales who was part of an international team of scientists that recently published a paper on Antarctic ice melting.
The record-breaking January temperatures appear to be caused by shifts in the Arctic oscillation, a wavy ring of powerful wind that circles the Arctic at around 20 degrees latitude.
The Interior Department opened a public comment period today on a polar bear study that could offer new opportunities to explore for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The European Union has a bold plan for sharply reducing carbon emissions from its factories. It has what might be an even bolder plan for preventing the rest of the world from wiping out those cuts, and killing lots of European jobs at the same time. The plan is for taxing some of the carbon produced by the European factories’ global competitors, through what’s known as a border carbon adjustment mechanism. Other countries might call it a tariff, and a potentially illegal one at that. For the EU
The Sevmorput will sail to Antarctica later this year, carrying construction materials destined for the Vostok research station.
The federal government is expected to support international measures that would reduce the environmental impact of Arctic shipping but would cost northern families hundreds of dollars a year.
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Iceberg twice the size of Washington, D.C., breaks off Pine Island glacier in Antarctica
The Pine Island glacier "is one the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica."
Over the past 8 years, the Pine Island glacier is losing about 58 billion tons of ice per year.
This "reveals the dramatic pace at which climate is redefining the face of Antarctica."
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Heavy fuel oil, or HFO, is considered a major spill risk and a source of black carbon, which hastens the melting of sea ice.
In the far northern region of snow-capped peaks, glaciers, rivers and orchards, domestic visitors are earning a bad reputation.
Airline is committing $1bn over next 10 years to mitigate all emissions from its global business Delta announced an ambitious plan on Friday to become the first US airline to go carbon neutral, committing $1bn over the next 10 years to mitigate all emissions from its global business. The move by Delta will put pressure on other airlines to follow suit at a time when the UN is warning that airplane emissions of carbon dioxide will triple by 2050. Continue reading...
Temperatures in Antarctica were hotter than 68 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time ever last Sunday.
Delta will invest $1 billion over the next decade in an effort to become the world's first carbon-neutral airline, the company announced Friday.
Delta Air Lines Inc said on Friday it will invest $1 billion over the next decade in initiatives that would limit the impact of global air travel on the environment, the first airline to make a commitment of that scale.
If carbon emissions go largely unchecked until 2100, Antarctic ice melt could result in three times as much sea level rise as we saw from all sources in the 20th century
Average global temperature 2.5F above 20th-century average Antarctic has begun February with several temperature spikes Last month was the hottest January on record over the world’s land and ocean surfaces, with average temperatures exceeding anything in the 141 years of data held by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Related: Antarctic temperature rises above 20C for first time on record Continue reading...
Scientists describe 20.75C logged at Seymour Island as ‘incredible and abnormal’ The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20C (68F) for the first time in history, prompting fears of climate instability in the world’s greatest repository of ice. The 20.75C logged by Brazilian scientists at Seymour Island on 9 February was almost a full degree higher than the previous record of 19.8C, taken on Signy Island in January 1982. Continue reading...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a Senate committee yesterday that a long-awaited guidance for utilizing a key carbon capture and sequestration tax credit will be issued "within weeks."
Some rare good news from the climate change front. Global emissions of carbon dioxide in 2019 were level with those of 2018, a new report says.
An iceberg the size of Malta broke off the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica. The glacier has lost dramatic amounts of ice over the last 25 years as the region warms due to the climate crisis.
Jonathan Watts breaks down the oil company’s statements on its plans to cut carbon emissions in the coming decades BP’s new chief executive, Bernard Looney, has announced plans to make it a net zero company by 2050 , and outlined its strategy in a document. The Guardian’s global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, examines what it says – and what it means: BP today set a new ambition to become a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, and to help the world get to net zero. The ambition is supported by 10 aims. Continue reading...