More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

More Lightning in the Arctic Is Bad News for the Planet

“The 2020 heat wave in the Russian Arctic shows how—even at high latitudes—really warm weather conditions can develop that can lead to fires that burn intensely and can grow to be very large,” says Isla Myers-Smith, an ecologist at the University of Edinburgh who studies the region but wasn’t involved in this new work.

Narwhal Tusks Tell a Troubling Tale

Narwhal Tusks Tell a Troubling Tale

Whatever the purpose, scientists know this for certain: The Arctic region, which the narwhals call home, is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, and by analyzing these tusks, researchers can glean surprisingly detailed insights into how the animals are dealing with catastrophic change.

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

The Mystery of the World’s Loneliest Penguins

“We don’t know anything about king penguins at Martillo Island,” says Sami Dodino, a penguinologist at Argentinian scientific institute CADIC.Ushuaia, right at the southern tip of Argentina, is known fondly as “The End of the World.” Travel around 1,000 km south and the next place you reach is Antarctica (although not before passing through another settlement on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel, Puerto Williams—“Beyond the End of the World”).

NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

NIWA heads to Antarctica for critical climate, ocean research

The ship leaves Wellington and heads south with 20 science staff and 19 crew on board to learn more about key environmental and biological processes in the Ross Sea. Voyage leader and fisheries scientist Dr Richard O’Driscoll says this is the third in a series of voyages focused on providing baseline information about the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) established in 2017.

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Beautiful Yet Unnerving Photos of the Arctic Getting Greener

Photograph: Jakob AssmannThat’s because perhaps a third of the carbon stored in the soils of the world is in the Arctic permafrost—essentially frozen dirt.

An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

An Enormous Iceberg Is Headed for South Georgia Island—Again

A massive Antarctic iceberg is headed straight for South Georgia Island, a remote outpost in the southern Atlantic Ocean that is home to millions of seabirds, penguins, and seals that may find their route to the sea blocked if the Delaware-sized chunk of ice gets stranded near their breeding grounds.

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Uh-Oh. Russia's Laptev Sea Should Have Started to Freeze by Now

Ocean temperatures in the area recently climbed to more than 5 C above average, following a record breaking heat wave and the unusually early decline of last winter’s sea ice.The downward trend is likely to continue until the Arctic has its first ice-free summer, said Meier.

What Would Happen If All the Antarctic Ice Melted?

What Would Happen If All the Antarctic Ice Melted?

So what would happen if the global temperature increased enough to melt the ice cap in Antarctica?However, in this case, I really don't have a feeling for the size of the Antarctic ice cap.

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Antarctic Glaciers Are Growing Unstable Above and Below Water

Researchers operating special ship-mounted sonar gear found a series of 25-mile-wide channels in the seafloor that bring warm water to the base of the Thwaites and Pine Island Glaciers.Together, they revealed massive seafloor channels moving warm water to the base of the glacier.

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

A Satellite Spots 11 New Emperor Penguin Colonies

Satellite images have revealed 11 previously unknown emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica, boosting the number of known colonies of the imperilled birds by 20 percent.Philip Trathan, also at BAS, said: “The new breeding sites are all in locations where recent model projections suggest emperor penguins will decline.

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Your Car Is Spewing Microplastics That Blow Around the World

Now that scientists know the Arctic is laced with microplastics blown in from Europe, and now that this new work has modeled that route of transport in fine detail, they are concerned that synthetic particles might be darkening snow and ice, accelerating melting.

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New ocean data from under the world’s biggest ice shelf

New measurements from the ocean under the centre of the Ross Ice Shelf have significantly improved our understanding of the complex processes that drive melting in Antarctica.

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

Why the Arctic Is Warming So Fast, and Why That’s So Alarming

But those currents may be changing because more melting ice is injecting the Arctic Ocean with freshwater, which is less dense than saltwater, and therefore floats above it.

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

The Hunt Is On for Elusive Ghost Particles in Antarctica

These neutrinos that Anita was searching for would be classified among the most energetic particles in the universe, which physicists believe are produced by the same processes that generate jets of charged particles called ultrahigh-energy cosmic rays.

Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone

Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone

The bone of a steppe bison, a large Arctic ungulate that went extinct about 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, rests in the hard peat.

Scientists say methane emitted by humans ‘vastly underestimated’

Scientists say methane emitted by humans ‘vastly underestimated’

NIWA researchers have helped unlock information trapped in ancient air samples from Greenland and Antarctica that shows the amount of methane humans are emitting into the atmosphere from fossil fuels has been vastly underestimated.

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

The Arctic Is Getting Greener. That's Bad News for All of Us

Lightning—a phenomenon more suited to places like Florida—is now striking within 100 miles of the North Pole .All the while, researchers are racing to quantify how the plant species of the Arctic are coping with a much, much warmer world.

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

The Big (yet Hidden) Consequences of Antarctica's Record Heat

But step into the Martian-like dry valleys and you’ll be treading on a bustling community of tiny organisms, like nematode worms and ultra-hardy water bears and mites.“Really, that's the charismatic megafauna of continental Antarctica,” says evolutionary ecologist Byron Adams of Brigham Young University, who is currently surveying life on the continent.

New Samsung Phones, Record Heat in Antarctica, and More News

New Samsung Phones, Record Heat in Antarctica, and More News

Samsung is unveiling and Antarctica is ailing, but first: a cartoon about marriage in the age of social media .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

Permafrost Is Thawing So Fast, It’s Gouging Holes in the Arctic

“Where permafrost tends to be lake sediment or organic soils, the type of Earth material that can hold a lot of water, these are like sponges on the landscape,” says Turetsky.

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

These changes are the prelude to summer, when the ice undergoes another radical change: It begins to melt .The icebreaker Polarstern the morning after a crack cleaved the ice floe in two, sending some experiments into the water.

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

The Arctic Is Warming Much Faster Than the Rest of Earth

Kristin Laidre, an animal ecologist at the University of Washington and a coauthor, says the melting summer sea ice is causing trouble for big mammals: polar bears, walruses, and seals.

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

We Need to Protect Antarctic ‘Blue Carbon’

So as ice shelves retreat, so does the natural reserve status, precisely at the time blue-carbon zones need strong legal protections.But many have already opposed agreements on Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Oceans, areas much smaller than predicted blue-carbon sites.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica. Don't Fall for It

It’s certainly possible for ordinary folk to help with collecting microplastic samples, as Airbnb intends participants to: Bergmann and her team had regular people living on a Norwegian archipelago pack up snow samples for a study themselves.

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Rare weather phenomenon possible

Called a Sudden Stratospheric Warming (SSW), it occurs when the temperature of the stratosphere (30-50km above ground) over the South Pole rises by more than 25ᵒC.The Southern Hemisphere is characterised by a cold Antarctic continent surrounded by relatively warm seas.

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News

Arctic Plastic Pollution, a Hacker Joke Gone Awry, and More News.Microplastics are reaching every corner of the earth, a hacker's joke cost him over $12,000, and WIRED takes a look at the science of dick pics.

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

Microplastics Are Blowing Into the Pristine Arctic

“Snow ‘scavenges’ the particles in the air and brings them down,” says marine ecologist Melanie Bergmann of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, lead author of a new paper in Science Advances .

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Why Lightning Strikes in an Arctic Gone Bizarro

Matt Simon covers cannabis, robots, and climate science for WIRED.Weirder still, on top of there typically being not enough heat to form deep convective clouds in the Arctic, there’s also a limit to how high these things can build up into the atmosphere.

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

A Submarine Goes Under a Failing Glacier to Gauge Rising Seas

The fiery orange submarine, which she named Ran after the Norse goddess of the sea, hadn’t yet resurfaced from its first mission in the watery depths around the face of West Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier.“She’s a very temperamental lady,” Wåhlin said of the $3.6 million, unmanned submarine, while peering through her binoculars on an overcast March day.

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