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Scientists discover how shrubs are dominating the Arctic tundra
The biodiversity of the Antarctic seafloor has been modelled for the first time
A multilateral moratorium prevents Arctic Ocean fishing for 16 years, setting aside some degree of sovereignty disputes while scientific research of the top of the world continues
New documentary travels to remote Antarctica to unpack the complex science behind climate change
Geographical’s regular look at the world of climate change. This month, Marco Magrini looks at the melting permafrost
Recent observations of Arctic flora and fauna indicate major changes to ecosystems in the area
The toll, as a response to melting sea ice, would result in 8,600 less individuals from an estimated population of 26,000
The ice in Greenland is rapidly melting, bringing about massive global alteration. But as Todd Pitock discovers, not everyone is unhappy about the changing climate
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Protocol to the Antarctic Treaty
As climate change increasingly melts ice and permafrost in the Earth’s most northern regions, deadly toxins – presumed buried forever – are returning to the surface

Ice loss

David Sugden, Professor Emeritus of the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh, shares his concerns surrounding melting ice in Antarctica, particularly the West Antarctic Ice Sheet
Geographical’s regular look at the world of climate change. This month, Marco Magrini looks at the future of sea levels
The UK’s new polar research ship needs a a name and it was deemed a bright idea to ask the public to come up with it. Cue the internet...

Slow boats to China

Despite 2015 seeing the fourth smallest Arctic ice cap ever recorded, aspirations of easily navigable trade through the Northwest Passage are to be put on ice for several decades

Tipping point

The long-term impact on Antarctica of burning the world’s remaining fossil fuel reserves is found to be strikingly dramatic
Geographical talks to Jane Francis, director of the British Antarctic Survey, about the organisation’s future plans for exploration
Europe expands scientific and operational capabilities in polar regions with €2million programme

Data from the deep

Data-gathering Royal Navy submarines are helping scientists discover how and why the Arctic Ocean is on the move

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