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Snowboard pioneer pledges funds to rebuild stone hut after fire
The founder of Burton Snowboards has pledged to donate more than $100,000 to rebuild a historic stone cabin on Vermont's highest mountain after his sons caused an accidental fire that gutted the building. Boston.com -- Latest news
Solo Antarctic Explorer Dies Just Short of Goal
Even before the 55-year-old former army officer made the agonizing call, his journey was full of harrowing moments. Discovery News - Top Stories
Dutch Polar Explorers Likely Drown in Arctic
Two Dutch explorers studying melting Arctic sea ice have apparently drowned after falling through thin ice, police said Monday. Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo were last seen on April 6 heading north on skis from Resolute — Can
Saltwater discovered in Antarctica supports possibility of life on Mars
Scientists have discovered a saltwater network 1,000 feet below an ice-free region in Antarctica, and its implications are, literally, out of this world. If life-supporting aquifers can exist in Antarctica, there's a good possibil
Antarctic ice shelves rapidly thinning
A new study led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the Univ. of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) researchers has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 p
Should tourists be banned from Antarctica?
This season around 37,000 tourists are expected to visit Antarctica - home to about 20 million pairs of breeding penguins. But is it ethically acceptable to go on holiday to such a pristine environment? Enfolded in two glacial
Antarctic Ice Loss Tripled in the Last 10 Years
The melt rate of glaciers in the fastest-melting part of Antarctica has tripled over the past decade, researchers said Tuesday in an analysis of the past 21 years. Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica are losing ice
Antarctic ice thicker than previously thought
Groundbreaking 3D mapping of previously inaccessible areas of the Antarctic has found that the sea ice fringing the vast continent is thicker than previous thought. Two expeditions to Antarctica by scientists from the UK, USA and
Training for the North Pole
It's not glamorous being an explorer, says Eric Larsen. After all, he says: I'm not jumping off cliffs or anything. But perusing Larsen's expedition photos — from snow biking in Antarctica to skiing to the North Pole, during his m Denver Post: News: Top News
Revised Antarctic Sanctuary
Australia said Monday it was hopeful of winning support for its plan to create a vast marine reserve off Antarctica, after revising the proposal to make it smaller. Australia, France and the European Union first put forward a b
Global Warming Could Cause More Cold Snaps
Remember that sudden, extreme plunge in temperatures throughout much of the United States in January 2014, which led to life-threatening wind chills that forced schools to close in the Midwest? Many were mystified to hear that it
Ocean circulation explains why the Arctic affected by global warming more than the Antarctic
Over recent decades, scientists have watched a climate conundrum develop at the opposite ends of Earth: The Arctic has warmed and steadily lost sea ice, whereas Antarctica has cooled in many places and may even be gaining sea ice.
Rock-Eating Microbes Found in Buried Antarctic Lake
A large and diverse family of hearty rock-eating bacteria and other microorganisms live in a freshwater lake buried a half-mile beneath Antarctic ice, new research confirms. The finding not only adds another extreme environment
UT Research Uncovers Subglacial Life Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet
UT research finds life can persist in a cold, dark world. A UT microbiology assistant professor was part of a team that examined waters and sediments from a shallow lake deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet and found the extreme e
Norway's sneaky seismic attack on the Arctic
The Esperanza has been in the Arctic near Svalbard, for a few weeks now and we recently became aware of something urgent and disturbing. A seismic company called Dolphin Geophysical, commissioned by the Norwegian Petroleum Directo
Study: Thinning Arctic Snow Could Alter North Pole Ecosystem
Snow has thinned significantly in the Arctic, especially on the sea ice near Alaska, finds a new study. Researchers at the University of Washington and NASA confirmed their findings by combining data collected by ice bouys and air
Far-Away Earthquake Caused 'Icequake' in Antarctica
In February 2010, a massive 8.8 earthquake struck off the coast of central Chile. Even though it occurred nearly 22 miles beneath the surface, it was still powerful enough to cause the deaths of 300 people and severely damage buil
Falkland Islands and the saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton a century ago
The expedition aimed to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. It failed to accomplish this but instead became recognized as an epic feat of endurance when Shackleton rescued all 27 of his men and bought them hom
Brace yourself for another polar vortex — in September
It’s already August, which means fall is around the corner – and another winter no longer seems that far away. Forecasters are out with some predictions about the weather we can expect in the coming months: A polar vortex (if
USF receives $1.7M grant for marine research in the Antarctic
The University of South Florida's Center for Drug Discovery and Innovation and the department of chemistry received a $1.7 million grant to conduct research in the Antarctic in collaboration with the University of Alabama at Birmi
Swimming, climbing robots explore the hostile Arctic
A TIRELESS scientific expedition is currently encamped across a huge stretch of Arctic pack ice. The daytime temperature is just above freezing. Regardless, the team sends data day and night to a string of labs around the world. SCUBA News...
Huge, house-sized waves measured for first time in Arctic Ocean (Science Daily)
As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water which is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century. Sto Ocean Today
Lead pollution beat explorers to South Pole, persists today
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists has proven that air pollution from industrial activities arrived to th ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
250-Year-Old Eyewitness Accounts of Icier Arctic Attest to Loss of Sea Ice
Scientists have theorized that the loss of Arctic sea ice over the last three decades is part of a recent, dramatic change in global climate. Now they have proof from an unorthodox collection of sources. Scientific American
Has the expansion of Antarctic sea ice accelerated?
Despite global warming, the fringe of sea ice around Antarctica is expanding slightly, in contrast to the marked decline of sea ice in the Arctic. Scientists have blamed this curious fact on various forces, from shifting winds to ScienceNOW
Antarctic Research Bases Spew Toxic Wastes Into Environment
Antarctica is one of the most pristine environments on Earth, but it's wrestling with a pollution problem. National Geographic News
East Antarctica More at Risk than Thought to Long-term Thaw
OSLO (Reuters) - Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a study showed on Sunday. The Scientific American
New Penguin Flu Found in Antarctica
new version of bird flu unlike any other seen on Earth has been discovered in Antarctica, researchers announced today (May 6). Discovery News - Top Stories
Giant Trench Under Antarctic Ice Deeper Than Grand Canyon
A valley deeper than the Grand Canyon has been discovered beneath the ice in West Antarctica. National Geographic News
British schoolboy becomes the youngest ever person to trek to the South Pole
Lewis Clarke, 16,  completed the gruelling 700-mile journey from the Antarctic coast at 6pm this evening... mirror.co.uk - Home - News
Video: Prince Harry reaches South Pole and vows to celebrate with 'a few whiskies'
The daring royal led 12 wounded soldiers on a 120-mile trek to the bottom of the world - and they're going to enjoy the moment. mirror.co.uk - Home - News
NASA-USGS Landsat 8 Satellite Pinpoints Coldest Spots on Earth
What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter nig NASA Breaking News
Life on board an Antarctic research vessel

Guardian science correspondent Alok Jha and documentary filmmaker Laurence Topham familiarise themselves with the ship that will be their home in the coming weeks on the Australasian Antarctic Expedition Environment news, comment and

Arctic mission to protect Russian wildlife
Russia is planning huge oil and gas developments in the Arctic Ocean off its northern coast - drilling that could threaten pristine wildlife habitats. Large-scale production could begin in the next two decades, if the price of BBC News | World | UK Edition
Arctic Ocean Losing Sea Ice At An Alarming Rate: NASA
Although the ice cover at the North Pole has rebounded from last year’s record-breaking low with this year’s summer low also not likely to break any new record, NASA said sea ice in the Arctic still continues to retreat and melt a
Starved Polar Bear In Norway May Be A Victim Of Climate Change
A polar bear carcass found on the Arctic island of Svalbard, the northernmost part of Norway, has shocked experts who say climate change may be to blame for the animal's death. The starved polar bear in Norway was said to be in
Arctic Methane Catastrophe Scenario is Based on new Empirical Observations
Last week, the journal Nature published a new paper warning of a $60 trillion price tag for a potential 50 Gigatonne methane pulse from the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) over 10-50 years this century. The paper, however, promp Environment news, comment and
North Pole Not Flooded -- But Lots of Melting in the Arctic
Santa's workshop at the North Pole is not under water, despite recent reports. A dramatic image captured by a University of Washington monitoring buoy reportedly shows a lake at the North Pole. But Santa doesn't yet need to buy a ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Calling All Alumni— Share Your Wisdom with Upcoming Expedition Teams
We are looking for passionate alumni who will donate a few minutes of video footage to help inspire other students during their expedition and help them make the difficult transition back to normal life after the excitement of the Students on Ice Blog
Zoo Polar Bear Sports High-Tech Neckwear for Conservation
PORTLAND, Ore. — Tasul, an Oregon Zoo polar bear, recently landed her first white-collar job: research assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey. Her assignment: wearing a high-tech collar to help solve a climate change mystery.
Russia Prevents Designation of Large Marine Protected Areas in the Antarctic
Yesterday, plans to create some of the world’s largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in Antarctica came to a screeching halt after Russia blocked progress. Although 24 nations and the EU had come to a special meeting in Germany sp
Rediscovering Ross Island 2012: “G-092 Redeployed to CONUS”
G-092 redeployed to CONUS (the Continental United States). This Antarctic vernacular sounds almost Orwellian, but essentially it means that after five great weeks in Antarctica, our 2012 Ross Island Expedition, dubbed G-092, is dr
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Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station
A Soyuz space capsule carrying astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has docked with the International Sp...-The Seattle Times: Home
Promiscuity may help some corals survive bleaching events
Researchers have shown for the first time that some corals surviving bleaching events can acquire and host new types of ...-ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Wolf poaching: Hunters should realize that wolves help ecosystems
Much praise to Op-Ed writer Chase Gunnell for sticking up for the wolves. Here’s a standup a guy I’d rather hunt with t...-The Seattle Times
Volcanic eruptions: How bubbles lead to disaster
Why are volcanologists interested in vapor bubbles? Because they can accumulate in a magma reservoir underneath a volcan...-ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Visit 7 national parks and monuments in Colorado for free April 16-24
More than 400 national parks and monuments — including four in Colorado — will offer free admission April 16-24 as part...-Denver Post: Outdoors
Gran and dog survived nine days in wild by drinking pond water and eating desert plants
Ann Rodgers, 72, and her pet pooch were eventually found in the White Mountains of Arizona after she wrote "help" on the...-mirror.co.uk - Home - News
Ant Evolves Flashy Way to Beat Desert Heat
A desert ant survives temperatures that can kill other insects and animals with a unique system that is effective, and c...-Discovery News - Top Stories
Bible Was Written Earlier, Ancient Notes Suggest
Ancient correspondence written on pottery shards suggests when and where the earliest texts of the Bible were created....-Discovery News - Top Stories
Planets stripped bare by host stars
Astronomers have defined a class of planet that have had their atmospheres stripped away by their host stars. ...-BBC News | News Front Page | W
Stephen Hawking to Unveil New Space Exploration Project Tuesday
Stephen Hawking will announce a mysterious new space exploration initiative Tuesday, and there's plenty of reason to thi...-SPACE.com
Astronomers discover mysterious alignment of black holes
Deep radio imaging has revealed that supermassive black holes in a region of the distant universe are all spinning out r...-ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Ancient Mars bombardment likely enhanced life-supporting habitat
The bombardment of Mars some 4 billion years ago by comets and asteroids as large as West Virginia likely enhanced clima...-ScienceDaily: Latest Science N
Controversial Dark Matter Claim Faces Ultimate Test
Multiple teams finally have the material they need to repeat an enigmatic experiment...-Scientific American
Bats Hear Just Fine, Despite Noisy Lives
Prolonged exposure to intense sound levels doesn't harm their hearing, a new study finds....-Discovery News - Top Stories
Geologists To Drill Into Heart of Dinosaur-Killing Impact
Quest aims to uncover secrets of big craters across the Solar System....-Scientific American
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