Antarctica

Antarctica
Thursday, May 22nd 2014 - 12:41 UTC

History of whaling in South Georgia and its impact revealed with DNA samples

Whale bones littered for years the beaches of South Georgia

Bones that have littered the beaches of South Georgia for a hundred years since the animals were killed by whalers are now being used to establish what species of whale were being hunted, reports South Georgia’s April Newsletter.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 08:19 UTC

Antarctica ice sheet loss has doubled since 2010, shows CryoSat satellite

Altogether, Antarctic ice loss is now contributing 0.45 millimeters to global sea level rise each year

The Antarctic ice sheet has lost ice twice as quickly in the past three years as when it was last surveyed between 2005 and 2010, say scientists. Results from the CryoSat-2 satellite mission, published Monday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, say the largest ice sheet on Earth is now losing 159 billion tons of ice each year.

Wednesday, May 14th 2014 - 00:15 UTC

West Antarctica glaciers' melting 'have passed the point of no return', says NASA study

“This sector will be a major contributor to sea level rise in the decades and centuries to come,” said glaciologist Rignot

A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea.

Friday, May 9th 2014 - 06:13 UTC

Strong commitment to support Marine Protected Areas in Southern Ocean

The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting delegates in Brasilia also backed the IMO 'polar code' draft

The Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) joined member states of the Antarctic Treaty, along with observer and expert organizations, in Brasilia this week to discuss measures for the protection of the Antarctic environment.

Wednesday, May 7th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

Live avian influenza virus discovered in Antarctica Adélie penguins

“We found that this virus was unlike anything else detected in the world,” said Hurt ( Pic Aeron Hurt, WHO)

Researchers have found a new type of avian influenza virus in a group of Adélie penguins (pygoscelies adeliae) from Antarctica. Aeron Hurt, PhD, a senior research scientist at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia, said that this is the first time that a distinct, live flu virus has been found in these birds.

Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 08:51 UTC

South Georgia re-adjusts license conditions to reduce sea birds by-catches

Chilean longliner Antarctic Bay breaks “seabird by-catches record”

One of the most significant seabird by-catches in over a decade occurred in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) Marine Zone last week, by the Chilean longliner Antarctic Bay.

Monday, April 28th 2014 - 23:29 UTC

IAATO estimates 36.545 tourists will travel to Antarctica next season 2014/15

Marlynda Elstgeest, Chair of the IAATO Executive Committee

New figures released on Monday by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), estimate that 36,545 tourists will travel with IAATO members to Antarctica next season, 2014-2015. The information was reported at the first day of the 37th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) in Brasilia, which IAATO attend as Invited Experts.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 23:19 UTC

NASA and BAS tracking major Antarctic iceberg, B31, now in open waters

BAS marked the iceberg with a total of 37 GPS tracking devices earlier during the year (Pic NASA)

NASA has lately spotted a gigantic iceberg in Antarctica, identified as B31 and together with UK's BAS (British Antarctic Survey), is busy tracking the monster island of ice, which has now escaped into open waters. Despite its sheer size and mass, --experts estimate that the giant iceberg is approximately 600 square kilometres in size--, monitoring is not going to be an easy task with the coming of the Antarctic winter and ensuing darkness.

Friday, April 25th 2014 - 21:24 UTC

UK £200 million new polar research vessel will ensure presence in Antarctica and he South Atlantic

The design of the state of the art research vessel

The British government will fund a new £200 million polar research ship to put UK scientists at the forefront of climate and ocean research in both Antarctica and the Arctic, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced on Friday in a speech.

Friday, April 11th 2014 - 12:19 UTC

Coins to celebrate South Georgia's Grytviken Church centenary

The observe and reverse of the £2 coin

The Treasury of South Georgia & The South Sandwich Islands have issued a new crown which celebrates the centennial of one of the Island group’s most well-known and recognized landmarks: the Grytviken Church.

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