Polar
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
Southern Ocean ecosystems scientist named ‘Superstar of STEM’
Australian students chance to fly to Antarctica
New Antarctic conservation laws
'Elf' musical delights at Civic Center
Super-warm Arctic winter 'extremely unlikely' without climate change, scientists say
Reindeer herding in Russia’s Arctic
New study reveals strong El Nino events cause large changes in Antarctic ice shelves
2018-01-08 18:00:03 A new study published Jan. 8 in the journal Nature Geoscience reveals that strong El Nino events can cause significant ice loss in some Antarctic ice shelves while the opposite may occur during strong La Nina events. Microbial mats that existed on sea floors prior to the Cambrian explosion provided the foundation for early animal life to arise, new research looking at trace fossils of that early life has found   Read More ...
Arctic, major fishing nations agree no fishing in Arctic, for now
2017-12-02 11:30:39 OTTAWA (AFP) - Arctic and major fishing nations, including China, announced Friday that they have agreed to a moratorium on commercial fishing in Arctic waters before a fishery in the icy region is even feasible. The far north is warming at nearly twice the global average rate, causing changes in the size and distribution of fish stocks that may become more attractive to fishers in the medium to long term   Read More ...
Ecosystems expert to compile collective climate change knowledge
2017-08-18 12:25:38 An Antarctic ecosystems expert will lend her expertise to a prestigious international report investigating the impacts of climate change on oceans. Australian Antarctic Division ecosystems modeller, Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas, has been selected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to contribute to a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. Dr Melbourne-Thomas will be a lead author on a chapter regarding polar regions   Read More ...
Southern Ocean ecosystems scientist named ‘Superstar of STEM’
2017-07-03 12:14:20 Southern Ocean ecosystems scientist named Superstar of STEM A passion for the ocean, maths and communication has proven a powerful combination for ecosystems modeller Dr Jess Melbourne Thomas, who was today announced as a participant in the ‘2017 Superstars of STEM Program’. Dr Melbourne-Thomas, who works at the Australian Antarctic Division and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, is one of 30 women selected to take part in the program   Read More ...
Climate change may cause huge expansion to ice-free areas across
2017-06-29 12:21:49 Led under the Australian Antarctic Program by PhD student Jasmine Lee and Australian Antarctic Division senior research scientist, Dr Aleks Terauds, the research shows a warming climate will cause ice-free areas to expand and join together. “While this might provide new areas for native species to colonise, it could also result in the spread of invasive species, and in the long-term, the extinction of less competitive native species,” Dr Terauds said   Read More ...
Radioactive gas leaks atmospheric secrets
2017-05-29 13:15:18 “Radon” sounds like it could belong in the realms of science fiction, but it’s actually a natural, radioactive gas released by soils and rocks, as well as building materials made from these sources. While exposure to high levels of radon has health implications, the properties that make it a health-hazard also make it useful for atmospheric research. In collaboration with Australian Antarctic Program researchers, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has been running a radon detector at Macquarie Island for the past six years   Read More ...
Australian students chance to fly to Antarctica
2017-05-06 15:27:18 An Antarctic experience of a lifetime is on offer for Australian students who win a national competition to name the nation’s new icebreaker vessel, with a flight to Antarctica on offer to the winning entry. Up to 12 students will fly to Antarctica for a day and Hawthorn West Primary School students were excited to hear that they could become the first children to fly to Antarctica and land on the continent as part of the Australian Antarctic Program   Read More ...
Antarctic Arts Fellowship offers icy inspiration
2017-04-10 13:44:23 Artists and writers keen for an icy inspiration are invited to apply for the Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship. The Arts Fellows travel south by ship or plane, and spend time at Australia’s Antarctic research stations. “This is an opportunity for creative communicators to interpret the Antarctic environment and their experiences within it, and share it with others on their return,” Dr Gales said   Read More ...
New Antarctic conservation laws
2017-02-16 15:14:48 New Antarctic conservation laws Antarctic animals and plants will be better protected by new conservation laws which have recently come into effect. provide the ability for the Minister for the Environment and Energy to declare invertebrates as specially protected species, and specify restrictions on the taking of native invertebrates; enhance the protections afforded to protect specially protected species; strengthen the permitting system to better control the authorised introduction of   Read More ...
Model of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker on public display
2017-02-10 16:46:03 Model of Australias new Antarctic icebreaker on public display Australias new Antarctic icebreaker is on public display for the first time at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart. (Photo: Eliza Grey) A model of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker will be on public display for the first time at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart. The one-metre-long model, will sit alongside a model of the first Australian   Read More ...
Swirling spirals at the north pole of Mars
2017-02-03 14:01:24 A new mosaic from ESA's Mars Express shows off the Red Planet's north polar ice cap and its distinctive dark spiralling troughs. The mosaic was generated from 32 individual orbit 'strips' captured between 2004 and 2010, and covers an area of around a million square kilometres. The ice cap is a permanent fixture, but in the winter season – as it is now in early 2017 – temperatures are cold   Read More ...
Beautiful black browed albatross a focus on Macquarie Island
2017-01-24 15:28:18 Beautiful black browed albatross a focus on Macquarie Island Scientists have successfully deployed miniature GPS loggers on threatened black browed albatross on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island to find out more about the foraging habits of the birds. Approximately 40 pairs of black browed albatross breed on the steep slopes of the remote Island, and this summer researchers attached five loggers to the breeding birds. Chief Investigator from the Tasmanian Department Primary   Read More ...
Antarctic pioneer and war hero remembered
2017-01-23 15:38:43 Antarctic pioneer and war hero remembered The Antarctic community and the small Tasmanian town of Swansea commemorated an Antarctic explorer and war hero on Saturday, with the unveiling of a plaque in remembrance of Bob Dingle, who died last year at the age of 95. William Robert John (Bob) Dingle was a wireless operator and air gunner during World War II and flew 38 missions as a member of the   Read More ...
The evolution of massive galaxy clusters
2017-01-20 16:01:24 Galaxy clusters have long been recognized as important laboratories for the study of galaxy formation and evolution. The advent of the new generation of millimeter and submillimeter wave survey telescopes, like the South Pole Telescope (SPT), has made it possible to identify faint galaxy clusters over large fractions of the sky using an effect first recognized by Rashid Sunyaev and Yakov Zel'dovich in 1969: When hot electrons in the cluster   Read More ...
Frigid air to grip northwestern US during first week of 2017
2017-01-01 14:11:33 “Arctic air will pour into much of the West during the first week of the new year,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root said. The jet stream is a fast flow of air high in the atmosphere that typically separates cold air to the north and warm air to the south. Prior to the arctic blast, snow will advance south and east across the region early this week. Snow began to fall   Read More ...
Frigid air to grip northwestern US during first week of 2017
2017-01-01 13:32:47 The jet stream is a fast flow of air high in the atmosphere that typically separates cold air to the north and warm air to the south. Prior to the arctic blast, snow will advance south and east across the region early this week. Snow began to fall in Seattle during the early morning hours on Sunday. This was the first time it snowed in the city on New Year's   Read More ...
Greenland’s thaw melts a climate-change skeptic
2017-01-01 12:54:57 PETERMANN ICE SHELF, Greenland — Half a decade before he took this trip to the farthest reaches of the north, Andreas Muenchow had his doubts about whether warming temperatures were causing one of the world’s great platforms of ice to melt and fall apart. He even stood before Congress in 2010 and balked on whether climate change might have caused a mammoth chunk of ice, four times the size of   Read More ...
Weather Authority: New year ushered in with snow, cold temps
2017-01-01 07:59:37 SPOKANE, Wash. - As we say goodbye to 2016, get ready for snow and brace yourself for some dangerously cold temperatures in the first week of 2017. A shift in our weather pattern will bring arctic air into our region dropping temperatures into the single digs by Tuesday and Wednesday. A winter storm watch is also in place until 10 p.m. Sunday. Here's a closer look at the forecast: WINTER   Read More ...
Arctic air to bring subzero temps plus snow
2017-01-01 07:31:57 But while residents can count on the cold, it's hard to say where the snow is going to fall. Amanda Lee, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, said there's going to be plenty of snow falling somewhere—but models don't show where in eastern North Dakota or northwest Minnesota that snow will hit the hardest. "It's pretty safe to say that somebody will get in that 6-to-10-inch   Read More ...
As one of Greenland’s largest ice shelves shrinks, a once-doubtful scientist has come around to the role of climate change in melting it.
2017-01-01 02:54:59 “To me, this hardship is pleasure as it always shatters prior expectations,” he explained later. “The only constant, it feels, is change and new insights. This drives me. Perhaps I am addicted to it. . . . The field work gives me this chance or opportunity to ‘reset’ and take a new look at what I thought I knew or I knew I did not understand.” Nicholls, meanwhile, is an expert in   Read More ...
Weeklong Arctic freeze forecast for new year
2016-12-31 06:05:52 The year 2016 in Missoula will have a romantic movie ending, with light snow starting to fall right around when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. The disaster flick starts on New Year’s Day, when a widespread snowstorm blankets western Montana just when everyone’s trying to get home after the holiday. Snow and blowing snow will make travel difficult on Interstate 90’s Lookout Pass and Highway 12’s Lolo   Read More ...
Greenland's thaw melts a climate-change skeptic
2016-12-31 05:16:09 PETERMANN ICE SHELF, Greenland – Half a decade before he took this trip to the farthest reaches of the north, Andreas Muenchow had his doubts about whether warming temperatures were causing one of the world's great platforms of ice to melt and fall apart. He even stood before Congress in 2010 and balked on whether climate change might have caused a mammoth chunk of ice, four times the size of   Read More ...
'Elf' musical delights at Civic Center
2016-12-31 03:01:42 It wasn't only the magic of Christmas, but the pure enthusiasm of its title character that made a production of “Elf” so delightful. The Broadway musical, based on a 2003 movie with Will Ferrell, opened Tuesday at Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N Walker. Spenser Micetich was wonderful as Buddy, the human baby who got into Santa's bag by mistake and was raised at the North Pole. Comically larger and   Read More ...
Updated: Greenland's thaw melts a climate-change skeptic
2016-12-31 02:50:34 .... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........PETERMANN ICE SHELF, Greenland – Half a decade before he took this trip to the farthest reaches of the north, Andreas Muenchow had his doubts about whether warming temperatures were causing one of the world’s great platforms of ice to melt and fall apart. He even stood before Congress in 2010 and balked   Read More ...
PDX could see coldest start to new year since 1979
2016-12-30 23:07:19 PORTLAND, Ore. — An arctic blast bringing below-freezing wind chills could being the coldest start to the new year since 1979, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday's storm system drops down into the area by 10 p.m. and snow levels will drop to about 1,000 feet. We'll see a mix of snow and rain showers overnight with very little accumulation. Most likely, the Portland metro area will only see   Read More ...
Here it comes: Treasure Valley’s first big inversion of the winter
2016-12-30 06:01:32 The Treasure Valley is bracing for its first inversion of the winter, as cold temperatures become trapped on the valley floor. And right behind it will come bone-chilling minus degree temperatures as part of an Arctic blast next week. Outdoor burning and use of wood stoves and fireplaces will not be permitted in the cities and unincorporated areas of Ada and Canyon counties Friday as the Idaho Department of Environmental   Read More ...
Demolition begins on shuttered North Pole refinery
2016-12-30 01:25:45 Storm bringing heavy snow, high winds to much of Alaska by Melissa Frey on Dec 29, 13:11 A storm system is spreading east across Alaska. The most severe impacts are along the west coast and into the Interior, but parts of Southcentral will also see significant snowfall from this storm. Western Alaska Western Alaska saw high winds, heavy snow and a wintry mix Thursday morning. Wind gusts as high   Read More ...
It wasn't all bad news for the planet: 5 positive environmental stories from 2016
2016-12-30 00:28:17 It wasn't all bad news for the planet: 5 positive environmental stories from 2016 By Brady Dennis, Chris Mooney, The Washington Post. Updated 11:12 am, Wednesday, December 28, 2016 When it comes to the environment, 2016 brought a steady stream of grim news. The year will almost certainly hold the prize for the hottest in recorded history, eclipsing the records set in 2015 and 2014. Researchers tracked how Antarctic ice   Read More ...
What a (winter) blast for ski resorts, with more snow — and colder temps — on the way
2016-12-29 23:08:01 snow is in the forecast this weekend at and resorts closer to Los Angeles as California skiers and riders enjoy a holiday period of frequent and generous storms. The Mammoth forecast calls for snow beginning Friday and lasting through Monday, when the heaviest accumulations are expected. On Sunday, highs in the 30s will give way to colder temps when an Arctic front passes through. Lows are expected to be near   Read More ...
Tevez signs reported Dh2.7 million per week deal
2016-12-29 19:13:55 Shanghai: Argentina’s former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has signed for Shanghai Shenhua in the latest big-money Chinese deal, the club said Thursday, reportedly making him the world’s best-salaried footballer. The acquisition of the 32-year-old from Buenos Aires side Boca Juniors will “greatly enhance” the team’s front line, Shenhua said on a verified social media account. “The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities   Read More ...
Image: Saturn's north pole basking in light
2016-12-29 17:04:00 Sunlight truly has come to Saturn's north pole. The whole northern region is bathed in sunlight in this view from late 2016, feeble though the light may be at Saturn's distant domain in the solar system. The hexagon-shaped jet-stream is fully illuminated here. In this image, the planet appears darker in regions where the cloud deck is lower, such the region interior to the hexagon. Mission experts on Saturn's atmosphere   Read More ...
Carlos Tevez signs for Shanghai Shenhua - club
2016-12-29 10:04:51 SHANGHAI. Argentina's former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has signed for Shanghai Shenhua in the latest big-money Chinese deal, the club said Thursday, reportedly making him the world's best-salaried footballer. The acquisition of the 32-year-old from Buenos Aires side Boca Juniors will "greatly enhance" the team's front line, Shenhua said on a verified social media account. "The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities   Read More ...
Secret Nazi UFO Base In Antarctica: NASA Photo Proves Existence, Conspiracy Theorists Contend
2016-12-29 07:55:20 There is a secret Nazi UFO base buried beneath the massive ice shelf on the continent of Antarctica, some conspiracy theorists are saying, and the proof can be found in NASA satellite photos and all the recent trips being made by high-ranking officials to the icy polar region, or so they contend. It would appear that recent events have conspired to breathe new life into the modern myth and conspiracy   Read More ...
Carlos Tevez joins Shanghai Shenhua from Boca Juniors
2016-12-29 06:33:33 Argentina’s former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has signed for Shanghai Shenhua in the latest big-money Chinese deal, the club said Thursday. The acquisition of the 32-year-old from Buenos Aires side Boca Juniors will “greatly enhance” the team’s front line, Shenhua said on a verified social media account. “The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities and strike stockades in Asian and domestic matches   Read More ...
Obama names 2 new national monuments before Trump takes office
2016-12-29 06:05:07 Add two more national monuments to President Barack Obama's conservation legacy. On Tuesday afternoon Obama announced the designation of the Bears Ears and Gold Butte national monuments in Utah and Nevada. Just last week he announced a ban on Arctic gas and oil drilling, only a month before pro-drilling Donald Trump takes office. SEE ALSO: Obama trumps Trump and permanently bans Arctic drilling ahead of inauguration The newest protected areas   Read More ...
Tevez signs for Shanghai Shenhua - club - Football
2016-12-29 05:55:51 Shanghai (AFP) - Argentina's former Manchester United and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has signed for Shanghai Shenhua in the latest big-money Chinese deal, the club said Thursday. The acquisition of the 32-year-old from Buenos Aires side Boca Juniors will "greatly enhance" the team's front line, Shenhua said on a verified social media account. "The club looks forward to Tevez helping Greenland Shenhua attack cities and strike stockades in Asian   Read More ...
Tevez agrees to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua - Football
2016-12-29 05:55:24 (Reuters) - Argentine striker Carlos Tevez will join Shanghai Shenhua from boyhood club Boca Juniors, the Chinese Super League side said on Thursday. "Shanghai Greenland Shenhua FC reached a transfer agreement with Argentina Club Atletico Boca Juniors. Carlos Alberto Tevez is officially joined Shanghai Shenhua," the club said in a statement on its website (www.shenhuafc.com.cn). Although no financial details of the deal were released, media reports have suggested that the   Read More ...
Breathtaking new images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft show Saturn's north pole in new light
2016-12-29 03:46:21 Stunning new images have shown Saturn's north pole in a way we've never seen it before. The image showing the planet's hexagon-shaped jet-stream was captured in stunning detail as the northern area of the planet was bathed in sunlight. The pictures were captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft roughly 750,000 miles from Saturn and have now been revealed for the first time. According to NASA, areas where the planet appears darker   Read More ...
Super-warm Arctic winter 'extremely unlikely' without climate change, scientists say
2016-12-29 00:09:35 Hit by a second bout of extremely warm winter temperatures in recent days, the seasonal growth of floating sea ice has flattened out, just as it did when hit by similarly dramatic heat in November. The area of the Arctic Ocean covered by sea ice is currently far smaller than it was in 2012 at this time of year. And while 2012 holds the all-time record for lowest ice extent   Read More ...
Canada's top weather story of 2016: 'Beast' wildfire
2016-12-28 15:54:19 TORONTO -- The "beast" of a wildfire that charred Fort McMurray, Alta., was named Canada's biggest weather story of the year in an annual list compiled by the country's top meteorologists. The list, which also includes the melting Arctic Sea ice and one of the warmest Novembers on record, was created by the and Environment Canada's chief climatologist, David Phillips. The wildfire forced nearly 90,000 people to desert Canada's oilsands   Read More ...