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BBC News – Antarctic Lake Vostok yields ‘new bacterial life’

Russian scientists have announced that they have found a new type of bacteria living in a subglacial lake in Antarctica. This finding is significant as it was previously thought that life in those conditions was not possible, or improbable. This finding also helps support theories that life may exist […]


Disappointing Doha Climate Change meeting extends Kyoto

The Doha Climate Change conference has ended 24 hours later than intended, & sill without a deal that binds the US, China & India. On a positive note the Kyoto Protocol (which is due to expire later this Year) has however been extended till 2020, this however is of […]


Shackleton Epic enters final preparation phase

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition is one of the greatest survival stories in history and has inspired adventurers across every continent over three generations.
Now, in honour of Shackleton’s remarkable 800 nautical mile voyage across the Southern Ocean, from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and his crossing of its mountainous interior, the Shackleton […]


Ice melt accelerates new study shows

A new study by NASA and ESA (European Space Agency) shows that ice in both Polar Regions is melting at an accelerating rate (up to 5 times the rate of a few years ago).

The study was produced by an international collaboration — the Ice Sheet Mass Balance Inter-comparison Exercise […]


Tree Planting Day in Brussels

The PCO took part in a tree planting event on Sunday at which over 1150 trees were planted. The event organised by Greenlight has planted over 7000 trees in the past few years and the event continues to grow each hear with this year about 70 odd people helping […]


Gas tanker Ob River attempts first winter Arctic crossing

For the first time a Gas tanker (Norwegian ship Ob River) will attempt to cross the Arctic during the winter season, a period when previously this was unthinkable in the past as the ocean was frozen over.

The trip via the Arctic will save 20 days travel time on the […]


Antarctic marine wildlife (pteropods) is under threat

Acidification of the Antarctic Ocean is corroding the shells of some marine snails (pteropods) around Antarctica according to a study by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

“They are a major grazer of phytoplankton and… a key prey item of a number of higher predators – larger plankton, fish, seabirds, whales,” […]


Arctic Peoples Alert Newsletter (10 Nov 2012)

Inhoud Poolkoorts 9 november 2012

10/11 november 2012 – Eindhoven – Wild Life
26 november 2012 – Groningen – Imakalezing
Film: To the Arctic – Omniversum – Den Haag
Foto: Chasing Ice
Labyrint Publieksprijs voor Groningen
IJsvrije Noordpool heeft gevolgen voor weerspatronen
Groenlands ijs veroorzaakt recordaantal aardbevingen
Milieuregels voor NL-bedrijven ook in buitenland
Acties Greenpeace tegen Shell niet […]


Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years

NOAA, NASA: Antarctic ozone hole second smallest in 20 years
October 24, 2012

Staff at the South Pole get ready to release a balloon that will carry an ozone instrument up to 20 miles in the atmosphere, measuring ozone levels all along the way. NOAA image from 2011.
Download here. (Credit: NOAA.)

Warmer […]


Arctic Combat – online game simulates war over Arctic resources

Webizen’s new online FPS (First Person Shooter) game, called Arctic Combat, is based on war over Arctic resources. According to the game’s prospectus:

“The conflict between the US and Russia rises more and more as past disputes are once again reminded. Battles have started in the Arctic region and is […]


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