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Data from the deep

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

BAS supports space tests

A new life science experiment to study how people adapt to life in remote and isolated locations in preparation for long space flight has been set up at the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station
Researchers at the University of Texas have uncovered two gateways on the sea floor that allow warm ocean water to reach the base of the Totten Glacier, speeding up its thinning process
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet contains enough ice to raise the global sea level by 16 feet, and it could be melting faster than previously thought

Larsen’s rift

Larsen A and Larsen B ice shelves are long gone, breaking from the Antarctic Peninsula in 1995 and 2002 respectively. Now researchers at Swansea University suggest that Larsen C, big brother to the two vanished shelves, is cracking up
The United Kingdom must appoint an ambassador for the Arctic region, or it risks becoming an irrelevance in decisions over the polar area’s future, a House of Lords report has concluded
A monument to Britons who lost their lives for science in Antarctica has been unveiled on the waterfront in Stanley, Falkland Islands

Passage to change

For years, explorers sought the Northwest Passage through Arctic waters. Last year, what had previously been a geographical impossibility was finally achieved
‘Antarctica’s environmental measures must be strengthened, as more scientists visit the region and tourist numbers increase,’ says Professor Steven Chown from Australia’s Monash University
Antarctica’s sea ice is now mapped in 3D after scientists from the UK, US and Australia used an underwater robot to explore areas that were previously too difficult to access
Historic data from NASA aircraft, ice buoys and former Soviet ice floe bases have been used to establish that snow has thinned on Arctic sea ice since the 1950s
An international team of scientists has created the most accurate and precise reconstruction to date of lead pollution over Antarctica
Ice fronts were far more advanced around the Arctic during the early 19th century than they are today, according to a new analysis of whalers’ log books
A warming period that took place more than 400,000 years ago resulted in a nearly complete deglaciation of southern Greenland, raising global sea levels by about five metres, according to a new study
The Antarctic ice sheet is losing 159 billion tonnes of ice a year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed – a new study has found
An international team of scientists has discovered an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet
A new study has found that six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are moving more rapidly than they did 40 years ago, resulting in an increased discharge of ice into the ocean
The last remaining stable region of the Greenland ice sheet is no longer stable, according to a new study published in Nature Climate Change

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