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Giant Iceberg Is Poised to Break Off Antarctica, Scientists Say

A chunk the size of Delaware is expected to produce an event that could cause the collapse of the continent’s northern ice shelf.

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New Threat From Antarctic Glacier Could Raise Sea Levels by Nearly 10 Feet

A huge glacier in the frozen wastes of East Antarctica, a region previously thought stable, could melt much faster than expected, scientists say.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Antarctic Ice Could Melt Faster Than Had Been Feared

Scientists in the U.S. predict that the alarming rate at which Antarctica’s ice continues to thaw could be enough to double global sea-level rise within this century.

Posted on Apr 2, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: 150,000 Penguins Have Died Since a Huge Iceberg Blocked Their Colony From the Sea

The penguins died in recent years after an iceberg “the size of Rome” became grounded near their Antarctic colony in 2010, separating them from their food source: the sea.

Posted on Feb 15, 2016 READ MORE



The Race Is On to Exploit a Melting Antarctica

After more than a century of protection from exploitation by military and commercial interests, a number of countries are positioning themselves to seize greater influence in Antarctica on the day its protective treaties expire.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting Could Double by 2050

Scientists find that global warming combined with powerful winds sweeping snow off the ice of Antarctica threaten to speed up sea level rise.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Ocean Winds Put Heat on Australia

Winds of change caused by greenhouse gases in the Southern Ocean are keeping Antarctica cold but parching Australia by “stealing” more of its rainfall.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



Religious Violence Runs Rampant as Other Types of Brutalities Decline

Although human warfare is supposedly dwindling, atrocities fueled by belief continue to plague the earth; an ancient Antarctic ice shelf has collapsed due to lakes draining onto it; meanwhile, calling Ariel Sharon a “man of peace” is a dire misinterpretation of his actions. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Antarctic Ice Shelves Melt From Below

Scientists have discovered that many Antarctic ice shelves are losing ice not just by calving icebergs but by melting from their undersides as well.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE


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Antarctic Ice Loss Alters Ocean Ecology

Creatures that lived for centuries or longer undisturbed in the waters around Antarctica are having to cope with entirely new conditions as the ice retreats.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Melting Ice Makes Polar Scientists Anxious

Melting ice caps are the canaries in the coal mines for the probable and impending global climate catastrophe. Arctic ice sheets endured record-breaking melt this summer with the annual thaw of the region’s floating ice reaching the lowest level since satellite monitoring began more than 30 years ago.

Posted on Sep 7, 2012 READ MORE


Tsunami Did a Number on Antarctic Ice Shelves

The earthquake that hit Japan last March not only triggered a tsunami that devastated the island nation, but created waves that traveled all the way to the ice shelves of Antarctica ... (more)

Posted on Aug 9, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Say Goodbye to Florida

One of Antarctica’s largest glaciers is melting much faster than it was a few years ago, potentially adding anywhere from an inch to a foot to global sea levels. According to one of the scientists who broke the bad news: “This is unprecedented ... nothing in the natural world is lost at an accelerating exponential rate like this glacier.”

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE



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Climate Crisis Looks Worse and Worse

Scientists meeting in Copenhagen say the U.N.’s worst climate fears are already coming to pass. Lord Stern, who helped alert the world to the economic perils of climate change, said at the conference that his 2006 report underestimated both the speed and scope of climate change.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE


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The Ice Is Falling

A prominent Antarctic scientist says a large ice shelf is disintegrating much faster than he predicted. In fact, it’s “hanging by a thread,” according to David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey. The concern over melting ice shelves has to do with the tremendous amount of water they store. The more they melt, the more sea level rises.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008 READ MORE


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UK Joins Grab for Polar Territories

While Russia is leading the race to claim the North Pole for itself, Britain has decided to expand its territory on the other end of the world, in Antarctica. The British Foreign Office says it has no immediate plans for the additional 1,000 square miles of seabed, but simply wishes to “safeguard for the future.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2007 READ MORE


Al Gore: Rock ‘n’ Roll Impresario

Why run for president when you can jet-set around the world mingling with rock stars? Al Gore seems to have found a third way for his career prospects by spicing up his global warming outreach with a series of concerts called “Live Earth.” The tour launches from Sydney and will feature appearances by Madonna, the Police, Garth Brooks and a group of Antarctic scientists performing via satellite in front of icebergs.

Posted on Jul 6, 2007 READ MORE


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utexas.edu

Thinning of Antarctic Ice Alarms Scientists

Polar ice experts warned Wednesday that a Texas-size block of ice in the Antarctic has thinned surprisingly fast. The Amundsen Sea Embayment contains enough water to elevate sea levels worldwide nearly 20 feet.

Posted on Mar 28, 2007 READ MORE


The 800,000-Year Old Horror Story

The latest study of ice drilled from Antarctica reveals that carbon dioxide levels are substantially higher now than at any time in the last 800,000 years.

Posted on Sep 5, 2006 READ MORE


Green Antarctica
AFP/ Craig Potton

Expert: Trees Could Grow in Antarctica Within Century

Due to global warming, the icy continent could revert to how it looked 40 million years ago—with bushes and trees, an environmental expert told an international scientific conference.

Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


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