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Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

Rich Marine Life in Antarctic Fjord Is Puzzling Scientists

– Arctic fjords are poor places, low in marine life and muddied by glacial melt water. In the southern ocean, where everything is upside down, it’s a different story. Scientists from the University of Hawaii report that they found unexpected riches deep in the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Peninsula is one of the fastest-warming places on… Read More

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

Six Degrees: Cold is Trending, Xaver & Climate Impacts

This week's top stories tackle a cold trend, windstorm Xavier, the arctic blast and climate shifts.… Read More

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Ozone Hole Could Be on the Mend

Every spring in Antarctica brings conditions that favor the creation of the ozone hole. This year’s hole maxed out earlier this week, and while it’s smaller than in recent years, scientists say it’s too early to call it a recovery. Irina Petropavlovskikh, an ozone researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences in Bo… Read More

Post Shutdown, U.S. Tries to Salvage Antarctic Research

Post Shutdown, U.S. Tries to Salvage Antarctic Research

During the 16-day shutdown, the NSF directed all support elements of the Antarctic program to stand down toward “caretaker status.” That meant halting the flow of scientists and equipment to Antarctica for the short austral summer research season, which typically lasts three to four months, and evacuating some employees from U.S. field research sta… Read More

IPCC Analysis, Criticism for NOAA, Antarctic Sea Ice

IPCC Analysis, Criticism for NOAA, Antarctic Sea Ice

The IPCC report maybe have been the big climate news this week, but it wasn't the only climate muck that's fit to rake… Read More

Claudia Tebaldi Discusses the IPCC Process and Findings

Claudia Tebaldi Discusses the IPCC Process and Findings

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released part of its fifth assessment report on Friday morning. It contains a wealth of information on climate change and its impacts around the globe. Climate Central Senior Scientist Claudi Tebaldi is a lead author on the newly-released section and discusses some of the highlights and the process of d… Read More

Winds of Change: Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing

Winds of Change: Why Antarctic Sea Ice Is Growing

The ice that covers the Arctic Ocean has been on an overall downward trend in summer for more than three decades now, but the growth of sea ice in winter at the opposite end of the world has been trending upward over the same time span. That doesn’t contradict the idea of global warming — for one thing, the growth is very slow compared with ice los… Read More

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

Channels of Meltwater Detected in Antarctic Glacier

The study revealed that much of the meltwater travels through channels resembling river valleys beneath the ice sheet. One of the channels observed was about 2,000 feet wide, melting about 2.4 inches of ice per day, in much the same way that a meandering river gradually erodes adjacent land. If the melt rate were to stay steady throughout the cour… Read More