Tag: Antartica

Antartica
Saturday, November 1st 2014 - 04:22 UTC

Creation of Antarctica marine protected areas blocked by China and Russia

“Appalling attitude” from China and Russia ignoring majority of CCAMLR, said Mark Epstein, from Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC).

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) has again failed to agree to protect key areas in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica at its annual meeting in Hobart due to blocking by China and Russia. The partners of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) said that this failure to reach consensus for the fourth time calls into question CCAMLR’s ability to deliver on its conservation commitments.

Thursday, October 9th 2014 - 07:44 UTC

HMS Iron Duke and Ice Patrol HMS Protector coincide in South Georgia

Frigate HMS Iron Duke will be patrolling the area including a call at the Falklands

The Royal Navy HMS Iron Duke on Atlantic Patrol Tasking south berthed this week in South Georgia for a few days where she also met with Ice Patrol HMS Protector which arrived at the islands on her deployment to Antarctica, after battling hurricane force winds and 24 meters waves.

Tuesday, October 7th 2014 - 22:08 UTC

Enhancing safe navigation in polar waters

“It has taken considerable work and time to set up this system”, said Captain Leif Skog of Lindblad Expeditions, a long-time member of IAATO

The Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (AECO) and the International Association for Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), in cooperation with Lindblad Expeditions, have found a way for cruise operators to share years of depth soundings from the Arctic and Antarctica.

Tuesday, September 9th 2014 - 04:11 UTC

Antarctica sea levels rising faster because of fresh water from melting glaciers, say researchers

“Fresh water is less dense than salt water, and so in regions where an excess of fresh water has accumulated we expect a localized rise in sea level”

Sea levels around Antarctica are rising faster than anywhere else in the southern ocean. The global average rise in ocean heights in the last 19 years has been 6cms, but the rise in seas around Antarctica is 2cms higher.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014 - 04:30 UTC

Foreign Office flies the British Antarctic Territory flag to mark mid-winter day

The flag flying above the Foreign Office in London

The 21st June was Mid-Winter’s Day in The British Antarctic Territory and to mark the occasion, Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes has written to UK Base (Rothera, Halley, King Edward Point, Bird Island) Commanders and staff to thank them for their ongoing hard work within the Territory.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 02:38 UTC

Science and tourism combine in support of Wandering Albatross

A spectacular close shot of a Wandering Albatross

In a superb development for science and tourism in South Georgia, Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris is offering the opportunity for 7 people to join a scientific trip on the Hans Hansson surveying South Georgia’s wandering albatross.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 22:04 UTC

Antarctica ice sheet melting episodes have occurred over the last 14.000 years, say scientists

The melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet wasn't thought to have started, however, until 14,000 years ago.

A new study has found that the Antarctic Ice Sheet began melting about 5,000 years earlier than previously thought coming out of the last ice age, and that shrinkage of the vast ice sheet accelerated during eight distinct episodes, causing rapid sea level rise.

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 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.

Saturday, January 11th 2014 - 07:48 UTC

Russian vessel incident triggers debate on Antarctica growing tourist industry

French Polar Institute director Yves Frenot was furious with incident that distracted several icebreakers from their normal duties

The challenging rescue operation launched after a Russian ship became trapped in Antarctic pack ice in December shows the inherent risks facing the frozen continent's burgeoning tourist industry, experts say. Antarctica represents one of the last frontiers for adventurous travelers, an icy wonderland of glaciers, emperor penguins and seemingly endless white expanses.

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