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To narrow our predictions of global sea level rise, we need to know more about these sudden ‘non-linear’ changes to ice sheets.
Five recent novels about the Antarctic make for cool reading on a hot summer day.
A heatwave in 2022 redefined scientific expectations of the Antarctic climate. Now the global community must prepare for what a warmer world may bring.
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A deadly strain of bird flu is circulating in animals. So far the virus has been detected in seabirds on islands near Antarctica. What does this mean for wildlife, tourism and research?
Did the enormous West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse the last time global temperatures were 1.5°C above preindustrial levels? The answer lay in the DNA of an octopus.
Ice on the Antarctic peninsula flowing along a channel into an ice shelf in the ocean.
Pine Island Glacier passed a tipping point decades ago, and it could do again in the future.
The Argentine research station, Base Primavera, on the Antarctic Peninsula.
The proliferation of Antarctic research stations – 77 in all – is increasing knowledge of the continent but also the human impacts. A new study has identified the best ways to limit these impacts.
Seafloor sediments from beneath the Ross Ice Shelf represent an archive of warmer periods in Earth’s past. An ambitious international project aims to uncover what we can learn about our hotter future.
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Humanity has lost control of West Antarctic ice-sheet melting.
Pat James, Australian Antarctic Division
The first comprehensive assessment of trends in Southern Ocean ecosystems reveals an urgent need to address climate change. The summary for policymakers can guide decision-makers.
The rapid changes in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica highlight the urgency of better direct observations and measurements, beyond satellite monitoring and modelling.
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If we want to live in a world with Emperor penguins, we need to cut emissions steeply and protect parts of the ocean around Antarctica where climate change will have the biggest impact.
Sea ice around Antarctica has always followed a predictable seasonal cycle. Now, we’ve experienced a sudden dramatic loss, and the changes are here to stay.
After several decades in research, including 22 years at the Australian Antarctic Division, this scientist is standing up for our icy continent. Here’s why Antarctic research needs ongoing funding.
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Sea ice extent in July 2023 has been around 10% below last year’s record low for the month.
Painting by Nel Law.
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Nel Law’s voyage to Antarctica and back, through the choppy waters of a longstanding marriage, is the story of a woman’s right to be, to change, to grow and to love.
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Neutrinos are some of nature’s most elusive particles, but new research has used them to create an image of our own galaxy.
Icebergs in Disko Bay, western Greenland.
Icebergs don’t just pose a risk to ships – they have a profound impact on the natural world and human societies.
Landfast ice ‘breaks out’
More trouble in Antarctica: the extent of frozen seawater fastened to the coast (called landfast ice) hit a record low in March 2022. If this trend persists, the consequences could be catastrophic.
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China and Russia have been blocking international plans to protect marine life in East Antarctica. Will next week’s special meeting in Chile break the deadlock? Australia hopes so.