Antarctica

Antarctica
Tuesday, August 16th 2016 - 21:44 UTC

Ocean warming primary cause of glacier retreat in the Antarctic Peninsula

Some 90% of the 674 glaciers in this region have retreated since records began in the 1940s.

A new study has found for the first time that ocean warming is the primary cause of retreat of glaciers on the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is one of the largest current contributors to sea-level rise and this new finding will enable researchers to make better predictions of ice loss from this region.

Thursday, August 11th 2016 - 06:39 UTC

After nine years “Almirante Irizar” is ready for sea tests but faces a “muddy” problem

With a 7.5 meters draft “Irizar” is virtually stuck in the River Plate mud and the channel from the Tandanor shipyard to the open estuary is not deep enough

Argentina's Antarctic exploration flagship icebreaker “Almirante Irizar” is ready for the sea tests after nine years under repairs in the government's defense shipyard and hundreds of millions of dollars, but an unexpected last minute “muddy” impediment has surfaced.

Wednesday, July 27th 2016 - 13:34 UTC

Argentina planning tourist air tours of Antarctica beginning 2018

    The flights with LADE aircraft are scheduled to land in the Antarctic Marambio base

Argentina plans to organize tourist air tours to Antarctica beginning 2018, with the government's airline, LADE, according to official sources from the Tourism and Defense ministries.

Tuesday, July 26th 2016 - 17:33 UTC

A recent pause in Antarctic Peninsula warming

BAS Dr Robert Mulvaney says: “meteorological observations from the Antarctic Peninsula research stations only cover the last 60 years or so”

The rapid warming of the Antarctic Peninsula, which occurred from the early-1950s to the late 1990s, has paused. Stabilisation of the ozone hole along with natural climate variability were significant in bringing about the change. Together these influences have now caused the northern part of the peninsula to enter a temporary cooling phase.

Wednesday, July 13th 2016 - 01:31 UTC

Argentina and Brazil situations take a toll on Uruguay's 2015/16 cruise season

 The season which extended from November 2015 to April 2016, recorded 56 calls in the Punta del Este sea resort and 105 in Montevideo.

The number of vessel calls dropped 6.4% and passengers landed 4.1%, during the last 2015/2016 cruise season compared to 2041/2015, according to the final report from Uruguay's Tourism ministry. The number of passenger and crew landed in Montevideo and Punta del Este reached 319.000 having spent an estimate 11.1 million dollars.

Friday, July 8th 2016 - 06:18 UTC

Punta Arenas opens “Shackleton, 100 years” exhibition to honor the great explorer and Piloto Pardo

Sir Ernest Shackleton organized the rescue expedition from Punta Arenas with help from the Chilean navy

Alexandra Shackleton is in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile to open an exhibition dedicated to her grandfather, the great British Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who became world famous for his resilience, courage and determination in rescuing his stranded crew from the frozen continent, and in which the Chilean navy played a crucial role.

Thursday, July 7th 2016 - 05:56 UTC

Sub Antarctic volcano eruption ash threatens one of the world's largest penguin colonies

Molting chinstrap penguins breed on the South Sandwich Islands. Credit: Pete Bucktrout, British Antarctic Survey

A volcano erupting on a small island in the Sub Antarctic is depositing ash over one of the world's largest penguin colonies. Zavodovski Island is a small island in the South Sandwich archipelago and its volcano Mt Curry has been erupting since March 2016. The island is home to over one million chinstrap penguins -- the largest colony for this species in the world.

Saturday, July 2nd 2016 - 09:20 UTC

Antarctic ozone hole is finally starting to heal according to study published in Science

“This is a reminder that when the world gets together, we really can solve environmental problems,” said Susan Solomon, an atmospheric chemist at MIT.

Nearly thirty years after an international treaty banned the use of chlorofluorocarbons, the Antarctic ozone hole is finally starting to heal. By mid to late century, it should be fully recovered.

Wednesday, June 22nd 2016 - 05:40 UTC

British Antarctic Territory marks Mid-Winter's Day

British Antarctic Territory flag flying above Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 21st June

The flag of the British Antarctic Territory was flying over the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Tuesday,. 21st June to mark mid point of Antarctic winter. 21st June is Mid-Winter’s Day in the British Antarctic Territory.

Friday, June 3rd 2016 - 19:40 UTC

Argentine hopes dashed on Falklands, Antarctica: Continental Shelf Commission refused to consider three major claims

The Commission is composed of 21 scientists and its Rules of Procedure forbid consideration of “unresolved land or maritime disputes”.

In April 2009, Argentina submitted a formal claim to sovereignty over an exceptionally large continental shelf, across hundreds of miles of the sea-bed to the east and south of Argentina. This year, in March, newspapers around the world incorrectly reported the whole Argentine submission had been endorsed.

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