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What an ocean hidden under Antarctica reveals about our future climate

Monday - Jules Verne sent his fictional submarine, the Nautilus, to the South Pole through a hidden ocean beneath a thick ice cap. Written 40 years before any explorer had reached the pole, his story was nevertheless only half fiction.

Beavers new threat as Arctic lakes thaw

1 Jul 20 - Beavers are creating lakes that accelerate the thawing of frozen soils and potentially increase greenhouse gas emissions, a study finds.

Trump plan would open huge area of Alaska to drilling

29 Jun 20 - Some of most ecologically sensitive lands in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, a few hundred miles west of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, might soon be open for business to the oil industry.

The iciest Antarctic waters are now less icy

19 Jun 20 - An unusual combination of events has caused the Weddell Sea to lose more sea ice than in recent years.

'Zombie fires’ are erupting in Alaska

2 Jun 20 - The bitterly cold Arctic winter typically snuffs out the seasonal wildfires that erupt in this region. But every once in a while, a wildfire comes along that refuses to die.

Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green

21 May 20 - Warming temperatures in Antarctica are helping the formation and spread of “green snow” that in places can be seen from space.

Largest Arctic science expedition finds itself on thin ice

19 May 20 - Covid-19 is just one of many setbacks for hundreds of scientists pursuing critical climate questions in the world’s most remote and inhospitable environment.


Plastic waste now litters Antarctic shore

13 May 20 - British and German scientists have identified "sickening" levels of plastic waste in the Southern Ocean that washes around Antarctica.

North Pole may be clear water by mid-century

30 Apr 20 - Within 30 years, there could be clear blue water over the North Pole – not good news for most of the planet.

Greenland sheds ice at record rate

16 Apr 20 - The Greenland ice sheet melted at a near-record rate in 2019, and much faster than the average of previous decades, scientists have revealed.

We need not fear ancient methane timebombs

7 Apr 20 - The Arctic is predicted to warm faster than anywhere else in the world this century, perhaps by as much as 7deg.

Earth's deepest ice canyon vulnerable to melting

27 Mar 20 - East Antarctic's Denman Canyon is the deepest land gorge on Earth, reaching 3500m below sea level. It's also filled top to bottom with ice which has a significant vulnerability to melting.

One summer cost Greenland 600 billion tonnes of ice

20 Mar 20 - Greenland lost 600 billion tonnes of ice last summer due to an exceptionally warm season, according to a new study.

Record Antarctic temperatures fuel sea level worry

21 Feb 20 - Sea levels might threaten coastal cities sooner than expected, scientists say, as ice loss speeds up and Antarctic temperatures rise.

Antarctic melt led to 3m sea level rise 120,000 years ago

14 Feb 20 - Mass melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet, driven by warmer ocean temperatures, was a major cause of extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 years ago, according to new research.

Antarctica logs hottest day on record

10 Feb 20 - Antarctica has logged its hottest temperature on record, with an Argentinian research station thermometer reading 18.3deg, beating the previous record by 0.8deg.

Rewilding the Arctic would be a mammoth task

31 Jan 20 - It would be a monumental task to start rewilding the Arctic, but the climate payoff could be mammoth.

What's driving the Antarctic meltdown?

14 Nov 19 - Along with warmer water eating away at Antarctic ice shelves from below, atmospheric rivers are causing trouble from above.

Melting glaciers reveal five islands in Arctic

23 Oct 19 - The Russian navy says it has discovered five new islands revealed by melting glaciers in the remote Arctic.


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