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antarctic sea ice shrinks to record low


sea ice around antarctica shrunk to its lowest monthly extent on record in january, the national oceanic and atmospheric administration reports.antarctic sea ice extent averaged just 4.04 million square kilometers, 1.19 million square kilometers below the 1981 through 2010 average. that’s 280,000 square kilometers smaller than the previous record low, set in 2006.the new record comes just two years after the largest january antarctic sea ice extent on record. southern hemisphere sea ice has been growing by about 3 percent per decade since recordkeeping began in 1979, albeit with considerable year-to-year variability.the cause of the record-low ice, and whether future years will similarly buck the growing trend, is unclear, james pope, a climate scientist with the british antarctic survey,






a huge crack across one of antarctica’s largest ice shelves is nearing its break


british antarctic survey (bas) filmed 1,500 feet wide rift in the larsen c ice shelf, on the antarctic peninsula when collecting equipment for the midas (melt on ice shelf dynamics and stability) project. (reuters)a long-growing crack in the larsen c ice shelf, one of antarctica’s largest floating platforms of ice, appears to be nearing its endgame.researchers with project midas, working out of swansea university and aberystwyth university in wales and studying the shelf by satellites and through other techniques, have released an update showing that the crack grew a stunning 11 miles in the space of just one week between may 25 and may 31. it now has just 8 miles to go before an iceberg roughly the size of delaware breaks free into the southern ocean.“there appears to be very little t...






more antarctic protections urged on world penguin day


antarctic penguins in particular are vulnerable to climate change, with shifting ice reducing habitat while warming seas affect their preysydney: the world needs to do more to protect the antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned tuesday, as they marked world penguin day.the flightless seabirds — a favourite with children for their clumsy, waddling gait — offer a useful yardstick for researchers to judge the health of their habitat.“penguins are great ambassadors for understanding the need to conserve southern ocean resources,” christian reiss, an antarctic fisheries biologist at the us-based national oceanic and atmospheric administration, told afp.“they are the iconic species of this ecosystem and the fate of their populations will depend on effective ecosystem-b...






there are 12 million penguins in antarctica. this researcher says that's not nea


in the most comprehensive survey of antarctic penguins ever, researchers have for the first time calculated the number of each of the five species of penguins in the frozen continent at the bottom of the world.         






the arctic, antarctic poles just set a new record for low levels of sea ice


closeskip in skipxembedxshare there's a new record low for sea ice in the arctic ocean. veuer's nick cardona (@nickcardona93) has more. buzz60a polar bear tests the strength of thin sea ice in the arctic in 2015. arctic sea ice shrank to a record low for winter, scientists announced.(photo: mario hoppmann, afp/getty images) 6163 connect 1 linkedinemailmorethe amount of sea ice in both the arctic and antarctic is at a record low and climate change is partly to blame, scientists announced wednesday.overall, the combined arctic and antarctic sea ice numbers are at their lowest point since satellites began to continuously measure sea ice in 1979.arctic sea ice reached a record wintertime low for the third straight year, while sea ice around antar...






antarctic ice has set an unexpected record, and scientists are struggling to fig


adelie penguins stand atop ice near the french station at dumont d’urville in antarctica on jan. 22, 2010. (pauline askin/reuters)there’s no mistaking it now. even though we don’t have the final numbers, it is abundantly clear that the sea ice ringing the antarctic continent has fallen precipitously — reaching a record low just a few short years after it reached a record high.in 38 years of records dating back to 1979, the sea ice lows seen as of the end of february 2017 — a time of year when ice in the antarctic is at its annual minimum — are unprecedented. the area of ocean covered by sea ice still appears to be shrinking, but as of feb. 28, there were just 2.131 million square kilometers of floating ice surrounding antarctica, according to near-real time data provided by ...






antarctic ice has set an unexpected record, and scientists are struggling to fig


adelie penguins stand atop ice near the french station at dumont d’urville in east antarctica, january 22, 2010. reuters/pauline askinthere’s no mistaking it now. even though we don’t have the final numbers, it is abundantly clear that the sea ice ringing the antarctic continent has fallen precipitously — reaching a new record low just a few short years after it  reached a record high.in 38 years of records dating back to 1979, the sea ice lows seen as of the end of february 2017 — a time of year when ice in the antarctic is at its annual minimum — are unprecedented. the area of ocean covered by sea ice still appears to be shrinking, but as of feb. 28, there were just 2.131 million square kilometers of floating ice surrounding antarctica, according to near-real time data pr...






boaty mcboatface, not an actual boat, embarks on first antarctic mission


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the famous yellow submarine boaty mcboatface is about to make its first antarctic voyage. buzz60boaty mcboatface, shown in a tweet published monday.(photo: theacrobattys/twitter) 10238 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreboaty mcboatface will embark on its maiden journey this week, traveling to frigid antarctica to chart some of the ocean's deepest and coldest depths in an effort to understand how they affect climate change.there's just one catch: boaty mcboatface isn't a boat, and it doesn't have a face.the name gained global fame last year after voters overwhelmingly chose it to christen britain's new $300 million research ship in an online poll. the british government pooh-poohed the idea, suggesting it wasn't "su...






boaty mcboatface, not an actual boat, embarks on first antarctic mission


closeskip in skipxembedxshare the famous yellow submarine boaty mcboatface is about to make its first antarctic voyage. buzz60boaty mcboatface, shown in a tweet published monday.(photo: theacrobattys/twitter) 9466 connect 1 linkedinemailmoreboaty mcboatface will embark on its maiden journey this week, traveling to frigid antarctica to chart some of the ocean's deepest and coldest depths in an effort to understand how they affect climate change.there's just one catch: boaty mcboatface isn't a boat, and it doesn't have a face.the name gained global fame last year after voters overwhelmingly chose it to christen britain's new $300 million research ship in an online poll. the british government pooh-poohed the idea, suggesting it wasn't "sui...






video shows massive crack in antarctic ice shelf expected to spawn iceberg


this nov. 10, 2016, aerial photo released by nasa, shows a rift in the antarctic peninsula's larsen c ice shelf.(photo: john sonntag, ap) 4 connectlinkedinemailmorenew video released tuesday shows stunningly detailed imagery of a massive crack in an antarctic ice shelf.the 110-mile crack in the larsen c ice shelf on the antarctic peninsula is expected to completely break off soon, creating a massive iceberg larger than rhode island.the british antarctic survey, a research group monitoring the crack, released the video.the crack in the larsen c ice shelf is now about 1,500 feet wide, and has grown by about 20 miles since december. that's a fast pace considering that overall, the crack has grown by 50 miles since 2011, according to the survey. once the crack goes all the way across, the iceb






video shows massive crack in antarctic ice shelf expected to spawn iceberg


this nov. 10, 2016, aerial photo released by nasa, shows a rift in the antarctic peninsula's larsen c ice shelf.(photo: john sonntag, ap) 21 connectlinkedinemailmorenew video released tuesday shows stunningly detailed imagery of a massive crack in an antarctic ice shelf.the 110-mile crack in the larsen c ice shelf on the antarctic peninsula is expected to completely break off soon, creating a massive iceberg larger than rhode island.the british antarctic survey, a research group monitoring the crack, released the video.the crack in the larsen c ice shelf is now about 1,500 feet wide, and has grown by about 20 miles since december. that's a fast pace considering that overall, the crack has grown by 50 miles since 2011, according to the survey. once the crack goes all the way across, the ice






change in antarctic ice shelf could lead to iceberg size of r.i.


this development would be cool as ice. a "significant change" in a massive antarctic ice shelf could lead to the formation of one of the largest icebergs ever, according to scientists. researchers with project midas announced tuesday that a crack in the ice shelf is showing a new branch. once the crack shears off, it could result in an iceberg larger than rhode island, according to usa today.an aerial photo released by nasa shows a rift in the antarctic peninsula's larsen c ice shelf.(john sonntag/ap) "although the rift length has been static for several months, it has been steadily widening, at rates in excess of a meter per day," the project midas team writes. "this widening has increased noticeably since the development of the new branch, as can be seen in measure...






battering storms caused antarctic sea ice to shrink at record pace


view the videounusually severe storms in 2016 wrought the quickest meltdown of antarctic sea ice ever seen during a southern hemisphere spring. this could explain why antarctica’s sea ice extent hit a record low earlier this year.satellite images show that the extent of antarctic sea ice decreased by an average of 75,000 square kilometers — almost the area of south carolina — each day from september through december 2016. that was 18 percent faster than the previous record melt rate for this time of year and nearly 50 percent faster than average, researchers report online june 20 in geophysical research letters.typically, the ring of sea ice surrounding antarctica expands and contracts over the course of a year, usually peaking at around 18 million square kilometers in september, the...






japan whaling fleet returns from antarctic hunt with 333 whales


by: reuters | tokyo | published:march 31, 2017 12:41 pmjapan’s whaling fleet returned on friday from its months-long antarctic hunt in the name of scientific research with a take of more than 300 minke whales, a hunt that prompted complaints from australia. the international court of justice ruled in 2014 that japan should halt antarctic whaling and japan suspended its hunt for one season to re-tool its whaling programme, including measures such as cutting the number of whales and species targeted. it resumed hunting in the 2015-2016 season.the final ships of the five-vessel whaling fleet returned to the southwestern port of shimonoseki, having achieved their goal of 333 minke whales, the fisheries agency said. “since a majority of both the males and females taken were mature, thi...






japanese fishing fleet kills 333 whales in the antarctic


japan’s whaling fleet returned home friday after killing 333 whales in the antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling program. the fisheries agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without major interference from anti-whaling activists who have attempted to stop it in the past. japan says the hunt was for ecological research. research whaling is allowed as an exception to a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling. opponents of the japanese program say it’s a cover for commercial whaling because the whales are sold for food. the international court of justice ruled in 2014 that japan’s antarctic whaling program should stop because it wasn’t scientific as tokyo had claimed.more than 650 whales st...






stunning images reveal glacial landscapes under the oceans


view the slideshowthe footprints of long-gone glaciers and icebergs are now frozen in time in a stunning new collection of images of earth’s seafloor.the atlas of submarine glacial landforms is a comprehensive, high-resolution atlas of underwater landscapes that have been shaped by glaciers, largely in polar and subpolar regions, and provides a comparative look at how glaciers, ice and related climate shifts transform earth. kelly hogan, a marine geophysicist with the british antarctic survey and an editor of the atlas, presented it april 26 in vienna at a meeting of the european geosciences union.most of the more than 200 images were generated from research vessels using multibeam bathymetry, which renders the seafloor surface in 3-d, exposing a region’s glacial history. for example, ...






china to flesh out its antarctic ambitions at treaty meeting


by: ap | beijing | updated: may 22, 2017 12:25 pm at the antarctica meeting, chinese officials will issue a report on “china’s antarctic cause” and sign polar cooperation agreements with the united states, russia and germany, according to the chinese ministry of foreign affairs. (representational image)chinese officials will detail their growing ambitions in antarctica on monday as beijing hosts a meeting of nations that oversee management of the polar region amid concerns over its susceptibility to climate change. scientific research in antarctica is governed under a 1959 treaty that designates the ice-capped continent as a natural reserve and prohibits commercial resources extraction. china signed on in 1983 and has since established four antarctic research stations. it plans ...






japanese fleet returns from antarctic hunt with 333 whales


by: ap | tokyo | published:april 1, 2017 10:36 am japanese whaling fleet has returned with 333 whales it caught in the antarctic, filling its planned quota for a second straight year under a revised program following an international court ruling.japan’s whaling fleet returned home after killing 333 whales in the antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling programme. the fisheries agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without major interference from anti-whaling activists who have attempted to stop it in the past.japan says the hunt was for ecological research. research whaling is allowed as an exception to a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling. opponents of the japanese program say it’s a cover for comme...






japanese fleet returns from antarctic hunt with 333 whales


japan's whaling fleet returned home friday after killing 333 whales in the antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling program.the fisheries agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without major interference from anti-whaling activists who have attempted to stop it in the past.japan says the hunt was for ecological research. research whaling is allowed as an exception to a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling. opponents of the japanese program say it's a cover for commercial whaling because the whales are sold for food.the international court of justice ruled in 2014 that japan's antarctic whaling program should stop because it wasn't scientific as tokyo had claimed. japan conducted non-lethal whaling research in...






japanese fleet returns from antarctic hunt with 333 whales


the icj ruled in 2014 that nation’s antarctic whaling programme should stop because it wasn’t scientific as tokyo had claimedtokyo: japan’s whaling fleet returned home friday after killing 333 whales in the antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling programme.the fisheries agency said the five-ship fleet finished its four-month expedition without major interference from anti-whaling activists who have attempted to stop it in the past.japan says the hunt was for ecological research. research whaling is allowed as an exception to a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling. opponents of the japanese program say it’s a cover for commercial whaling because the whales are sold for food.the international court of justice ruled in 2014 that japan...






british social attitudes survey 2017: britain shifts, slightly, to the left amid


british attitudes towards tax and spend policies have shifted to the left amid a broader rejection of austerity, an influential new study has found.natcen’s british social attitudes survey shows more people than in recent years are willing to pay higher taxes for increased spending on health, education and even some benefits.in a rejection of austerity, 83% of respondents to the annual report said they would support government financing projects to create new jobs.some 43% of people said that there should be increased redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor - while just 28% disagreed.respondents were clear about the need for increased public spending with 83% supporting more on health, 71% on education and 57% on the police.roger harding, head of public attitudes at natcen, to..






british scientists survey infectious bacteria by having people walk outside in s


cattle are vulnerable to campylobacter infections, and may transmit the microbes in their feces. (boris roessler/afp/dpa/getty images)once every three weeks for 16 months, and more frequently in the springtime, a group of 60 volunteers put a sock on the outside of one shoe and went for 2.5-mile walks through the british outdoors. then, wearing gloves, the walkers peeled the socks off their feet, placed the dirty garments in biohazard bags and mailed the socks to laboratories run by public health england and the university of liverpool.these socks, and soil stuck to them, were crucial components in the first outdoor survey of its kind — an attempt to gauge the wild population of campylobacter microbes using the feet of citizen scientists.campylobacter can cause foodborne disease, o...






larsen c ice shelf: dramatic time-lapse video shows rift opening up


over the last eight weeks, a crack on the larsen c ice shelf in antarctica has grown 17 miles. now a new video released by project midas, a uk-based antarctic research project, has revealed its staggering history. the european space agency scientists are warning that the shelf is now growing at a rate of about five football fields a day, the new york times reported.it’s feared it could break in half at any moment, releasing into the ocean an iceberg a quarter the size of wales.the event wouldn’t have an impact on rising sea levels, but scientists are concerned it will leave the rest of the shelf at risk of fracturing.if that happens, the grounded ice propped up by the shelf could also collapse, contributing to a global sea level rise of 10 cm. nasa nasa / reuters the university of swansea’






single word requests - what is a person who fakes responses on a survey?


it depends rather on the motives of the person (and one’s attitude towards them).“spoiler” might work if the intention was to invalidate the survey. “privacy advocate” might be appropriate if the survey purported to be anonymous and the person suspected that it was not. “feedbackphobe (or, us, feedbackfobe?)” might be a candidate neologism if you regarded it as a psychological condition*.and if you knew nothing about the motive, you could always try “liar”.*footnotei now find that “feedback phobia” (british and us spelling) does exist (e.g.in the book, management intelligence) but seems to be used to describe someone who fears receiving — rather than giving — feedback. clearly more thought needs to be given to inventing an unambiguous term — something like “questionnayer” perhaps.






a warming antarctica is becoming more hospitable to animals. that could lead to


adélie penguin at lovill bluff colony, mount siple, west antarctica. (jasmine lee/australian antarctic division)as climate change continues to cause massive melting and ice loss in antarctica, new habitats may begin to open up for wildlife across the thawing continent, scientists reported wednesday. but while that may sound like a boon for plants, microbes, birds and other organisms, they caution that this is not necessarily a good thing for the fragile antarctic ecosystem.as more ice-free space opens up across the continent, previously isolated species may begin to spread out and come in contact with each other. and as they’re increasingly forced to compete for resources, some organisms may emerge dominant — and others may start to disappear, write a team of researchers in a new...






antarctica's new record high temperature is 63.5 degrees


"the antarctic and the arctic are poorly covered in terms of weather observations and forecasts, even though both play an important role in driving climate and ocean patterns and in sea level rise," michael sparrow, a polar expert with the wmo co-sponsored world climate research program explained. "verification of maximum and minimum temperatures help us to build up a picture of the weather and climate in one of earth's final frontiers."as frozen parts of antarctica start to show alarming signs of cracking, the wmo's archive of weather and climate extremes is tasked with documenting the changes at the edges of the continent. as the wmo also notes, the highest temperature recorded for the entire antarctic region -- meaning anywhere below 60 degrees latitude -- was a slightly hotter 67...






crack in antarctic ice shelf grows as trump declines paris deal


an ever-growing crack in the antarctic ice shelf, poised to spawn one of the biggest icebergs in the world, has grown miles in the last week. in its biggest jump since january, the rift in the larsen c ice shelf has grown 11 miles in the past six days, according to researchers at project midas, who are studying the shelf by satellite and other means out of swansea university and aberystwyth university in wales. “there appears to be very little to prevent the iceberg from breaking away completely,” researchers adrian luckman and martin o’leary wrote.the crack on the larsen c ice shelf.(reuters) they said the full split — referred to as “calving” — is “probably very close” as the rift has changed course slightly, leaving only eight miles before the berg, ro...






2nd graders created a survey and the world responded to the ‘key issues’ : thech


what began as a clever way to help 2nd-grade students better understand graphs and data-driven results, turned into a survey that reached well beyond one elementary school’s walls in cayuga, indiana. in fact, the survey went global. the simple survey, which was only intended for students and their friends and family, ended up going viral a month ago and garnered a titanic response from 1,278,791 people from all over the world. the quiz, which was put online by 2nd-grade teacher mrs. kara porter, had each student submit one question for the survey, and as you might imagine the topics used were a-damn-dorable. below are the questions used and the results from the 2nd-grader’s survey.






the ozone hole is slowly healing — but this chemical could delay its recovery by


this false-color image shows ozone concentrations above antarctica on oct. 2, 2015. (credits: nasa/goddard space flight center)while the famous antarctic “ozone hole” is finally beginning to heal, 30 years after it was first discovered, scientists have just identified a new threat to its recovery. a study, just out tuesday in the journal nature communications, suggests that a common industrial chemical called dichloromethane — which has the power to destroy ozone — has doubled in the atmosphere over the past 10 years. and if its concentrations keep growing, scientists say, it could delay the antarctic ozone layer’s return to normal by up to 30 years.“we’ve known that dichloromethane has been increasing in the atmosphere — however, there’s not been a concerted effort ...






antarctic penguin numbers double previous estimates: scientists


sydney: almost six million adelie penguins are living in east antarctica, more than double the number previously thought, scientists said on wednesday in findings that have implications for conservation.research by an australian, french and japanese team used aerial and ground surveys, tagging and resighting data and automated camera images over several breeding seasons, which allowed them to come up with the new figure.they focused on a 5,000 kilometre stretch of coastline, estimating it was home to 5.9 million birds - some 3.6 million more than previously thought. on this basis, they estimate a likely global population of 14 to 16 million.before, population estimates only took into account breeding pairs, said australian antarctic division seabird ecologist louise emmerson.“non-breedin..






uk hit by brexit labour shortages, finds survey


london: the uk is being hit by labour shortage from the european union (eu) in the wake of the brexit referendum last june, according to a new survey released on monday. british businesses that rely heavily on eu nationals are finding it difficult to hire the right candidates as such workers decide to stay home, according to a survey by the uk's chartered institute of personnel (cipd) and the adecco group. the survey shows that almost half of all the vacancies are in the retail and wholesale, manufacturing, health and accommodation and food services industries. fears of a so-called employee “brexodus” are particularly high in the education and healthcare sectors, the survey indicates. the report, which was based on data from over 1,000 employers, also shows that more than a quarter of emp






theresa may's conservatives open up record lead, latest poll


london: british prime minister theresa may's conservative party has opened up a 22-point lead over the opposition labour party ahead of a june 8 national election, an icm opinion poll for the guardian newspaper showed on monday.the survey put the conservatives on 49 percent, up two points from the previous icm/guardian poll last week, with labour down one point at 27 percent. the conservative lead is the biggest on record for any british election survey conducted by icm, the pollster said.the centrist liberal democrat party was on 9 percent, up one point, while the anti-european union uk independence party fell two points to 6 percent.icm interviewed 2,038 adults online between may 5 and 7. reuters






new national survey reveals just how little the next generation of voters trust


filadendron via getty images the next generation of voters, fraught with worries about post-brexit life, have been dubbed 'generation angst' in a new survey“racked” with anxieties about the post-brexit world, the next generation of voters do not believe there is a single politician trustworthy enough to run the country, a landmark study of 16 to 18-year-olds has revealed. according to the edelman trust barometer, a long-running integrity and credibility survey, the majority of these teens feel helpless about their prospects - distrusting of the government and the british people to protect their future. the group, labelled “generation angst”, narrowly missed out on voting in the eu referendum. they believe they have been left a “poisoned legacy”, with more than a th...






shackleton’s great grandson’s 30-day antarctic driving expedition is giving us e


forget expensive televisions and fancy clothes – 2017’s biggest must-have is adventure. trekking machu picchu or deep-sea scuba diving in the red sea win more props than a home full of stuff. this is science-backed: a 2016 study from cornell university shows that happiness is linked to experiences, not things.one man giving us a slice of inspiration is patrick bergel. a tech entrepreneur by trade, he’s become the first person to cross the antarctic by car in 30 days. why? because he set out to complete a journey that his great-grandfather set out to complete over 100 years ago.renowned polar explorer sir ernest shackleton posted a small advert in the paper in 1913, looking for a band of men to join him on a perilous journey over the globe’s coldest and driest continent. shackleton ...






japan kills 333 whales in antarctic


tokyo: japan's whaling fleet has returned from its antarctic hunt in the name of scientific research with 333 minke whales, despite international criticism.the final three ships of the five-vessel fleet arrived at shimonoseki port on friday after the 83-day hunt in the southern ocean, japan's fisheries agency said. japan's giant abattoir ship nisshin maru with a harpooned minke whale on the deck in january. photo: sea shepherd"since a majority of both the males and females taken were mature, this indicates that the species is reproducing healthily," it said.japan intends to take nearly 4000 whales over the next 12 years for its research program, with the ultimate goal of resuming commercial whaling. japanese whaling vessel nisshin maru is anchored in shimonoseki, western jap...






japan kills 333 whales in antarctic


tokyo: japan's whaling fleet has returned from its antarctic hunt in the name of scientific research with 333 minke whales, despite international criticism.the final three ships of the five-vessel fleet arrived at shimonoseki port on friday after the 83-day hunt in the southern ocean, japan's fisheries agency said. japan's giant abattoir ship nisshin maru with a harpooned minke whale on the deck in january. photo: sea shepherd"since a majority of both the males and females taken were mature, this indicates that the species is reproducing healthily," it said.japan intends to take nearly 4000 whales over the next 12 years for its research program, with the ultimate goal of resuming commercial whaling. japanese whaling vessel nisshin maru is anchored in shimonoseki, western jap...






japan kills 333 whales in annual antarctic hunt


flouts worldwide moratorium and defies opposition led by australia and new zealandtokyo: a japanese whaling fleet returned to port on friday after an annual antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.the fleet set sail for the southern ocean in november, with plans to slaughter 333 minke whales, flouting a worldwide moratorium and opposition led by australia and new zealand.the fleet consisted of five ships, three of which arrived in the morning at shimonoseki port in western japan, the country’s fisheries agency said.more than 200 people, including crew members and their families, gathered in the rain for a 30-minute ceremony in front of the nisshin maru, the fleet’s main ship, according to an official of the ...