One Frozen Thing: The New Largest Iceberg

One Frozen Thing: The New Largest Iceberg

The largest iceberg ever recorded broke off Antarctica this past week — and amazingly, climate change was not responsible.  The iceberg, which is known by its number —  A76 — naturally separated from Antarctica’s Ronne Ice Shelf into the Weddell Sea. The creation of new icebergs is called “calving,” and even though this is a […]

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“Penguin Protection System” Could Change the Tides for Emperor Penguins

“Penguin Protection System” Could Change the Tides for Emperor Penguins

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Some of the largest emperor penguin colonies have failed to produce any chicks in the last three years and Iranian architect Sajjad Navidi aims to change that using innovative Antarctic architecture. To combat the habitat loss that emperor penguins face due to climate change and polar ice melt, Navidi […]

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Giant Iceberg Could Collide with South Georgia Island, Harming Wildlife

Giant Iceberg Could Collide with South Georgia Island, Harming Wildlife

An iceberg is on a collision course could hit South Georgia — an island owned by the UK in the Atlantic Ocean. This iceberg, A-68A, is the largest iceberg in the Southern Ocean – it is the size of the state of Delaware, The Hill reported.

Why This Matters:  If this iceberg crashes into South Georgia, it could get stuck there for a decade.

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Antarctic Operations Resume in Smaller Numbers Under COVID Threat

Antarctic Operations Resume in Smaller Numbers Under COVID Threat

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer This week 40 researchers will emerge from quarantine to board a ship bound for Antarctica, hoping to resume critical research operations on the continent which have been halted for months due to COVID-19. Antarctica is the only place on Earth that is still untouched by the pandemic and, for […]

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Proposed MPAs in Antarctica Would Bring World Closer to 30×30 Goal

Proposed MPAs in Antarctica Would Bring World Closer to 30×30 Goal

An alliance of conservation groups has combined forces to advocate at the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), which manages the ocean around Antarctica, in favor of creating at its virtual meeting this year a trio of marine protected areas (MPAs) covering 1.5 million square miles, or 1% of the world’s ocean. 

Why this Matters:  The Southern Ocean is vital in regulating the world’s climate — its “conveyer belt” of currents keep Antarctica cold while keeping the rest of the world warm.

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Antarctica Warming 3X the Global Average

Antarctica Warming 3X the Global Average

There’s been ample research to show that the Arctic is warming much faster than any other region on the planet. However, there’s been little media focus on what’s happening on the opposite side of the planet, until now. A new study published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday has revealed that the South […]

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