Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $36,005
40%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 40% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: antarctic

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Mystery of the mile-wide ring in Antarctica: Enormous scar may be crater from house-sized meteorite

    01/12/2015 6:45:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 12, 2015 | Richard Gray
    An enormous impact crater thought to have been created by a meteorite the size of a house smashing into Earth has been discovered in the Antarctic ice sheet. Scientists conducting a routine aerial research flight above East Antarctica noticed a strange ring-like structure in the normally flat and featureless ice. It appeared to be a series of broken 'icebergs' surrounded by a 2km (1.24 miles) wide circular scar, surrounded by a few other smaller circular scars in the ice.
  • Polar Ice Caps More Stable Than Predicted, New Observations Show

    01/05/2015 8:20:45 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 26 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 5, 2015 | By Anthony Watts
    THE North and South Poles are “not melting”, according to a leading global warming expert. In fact, the poles are “much more stable” than climate scientists once predicted and could even be much thicker than previously thought. For years, scientists have suggested that both poles are melting at an alarming rate because of warming temperatures – dangerously raising the Earth’s sea levels while threatening the homes of Arctic and Antarctic animals. But the uncertainty surrounding climate change and the polar ice caps reached a new level this month when research suggested the ice in the Antarctic is actually growing. And...
  • Did a Pacific Ocean meteor trigger the Ice Age?

    09/20/2012 5:02:02 AM PDT · by Renfield · 37 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 9-19-2012
    (Phys.org)—When a huge meteor collided with Earth about 2.5 million years ago in the southern Pacific Ocean it not only likely generated a massive tsunami but also may have plunged the world into the Ice Ages, a new study suggests. A team of Australian researchers says that because the Eltanin meteor – which was up to two kilometres across - crashed into deep water, most scientists have not adequately considered either its potential for immediate catastrophic impacts on coastlines around the Pacific rim or its capacity to destabilise the entire planet's climate system. "This is the only known deep-ocean impact...
  • Why Increasing Antarctic Sea Ice Doesn't Mean Climate Change Isn't Happening

    12/06/2014 9:05:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 134 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 4, 2014 | by CHELSEA HARVEY
    Antarctic sea ice reached a record high this year, topping 20 million square kilometers (nearly 8 million square miles) in September — a milestone it hadn't touched since 1979. It's a fact climate change deniers are fond of repeating. If the planet is warming, shouldn't sea ice be melting away rather than growing? It's true that the phenomenon is a confusing one — but it's no proof that climate change isn't happening. In fact, scientists believe that climate change is actually responsible for the strange events down in the Antarctic. The first thing to note is that sea ice and...
  • Strange but true: Seals found sexually assaulting penguins

    11/25/2014 4:37:29 PM PST · by Theoria · 90 replies
    CBS ^ | 25 Nov 2014 | Amanda Schupak
    The first time marine biologist William Haddad and his team saw a seal rape a penguin, they were shocked.By the fourth time, they were convinced this bizarre behavior was becoming a trend.For 50 years, researchers from the marine mammal program at the University of Pretoria in South Africa have been taking weekly censuses of the elephant seal population on sub-Antarctic Marion Island, more than a thousand miles south of Cape Town in the Indian Ocean. In 2006, they saw something they'd never seen before. A fur seal (not the species they were studying) mounted and appeared to mate with a...
  • Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick Antarctic Sea Ice

    11/30/2014 10:13:15 AM PST · by Labyrinthos · 59 replies
    LiveScience ^ | November 24, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than was previously thought, a new study reports. The discovery adds to the ongoing mystery of Antarctica's expanding sea ice. According to climate models, the region's sea ice should be shrinking each year because of global warming. Instead, satellite observations show the ice is expanding, and the continent's sea ice has set new records for the past three winters...
  • Researchers: Ice still thinning in Arctic; record ice in Antarctic

    10/07/2014 8:01:08 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 39 replies
    The final results are in, and the Arctic ice cover reached its sixth-lowest extent this year in the era of satellite recordkeeping, dating to 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. While 2014 nudged last year to No. 7 on the list, the overall seasonal loss between the high and low points – March 21 and Sept. 17 – was the least since 2006, the center said. The total areal coverage, 1.94 million square miles, was significantly higher than the 2012 nadir – 1.32 million square miles – but the center said that overall ice is vanishing...
  • Record sea ice around Antarctica due to global warming (This is not satire)

    09/23/2014 9:04:40 AM PDT · by Signalman · 34 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 17 Sept 2014 | New Scientist
    IT JUST gets bigger. The extent of the sea ice around Antarctica has hit a record high – for the third year running. Counter-intuitively, global warming is responsible. Since satellite records began in 1979, the winter maximum sea ice cover around Antarctica has been growing at 1.5 per cent per decade. This year has long been on track for a new annual record, with 150 daily records already set. The record was finally broken on 15 September and sea ice extent has increased since, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center analysed by Australia's Bureau...
  • Claim: Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate, but a ‘pause’ and other studies ...

    09/01/2014 8:05:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    The world's most viewed site on global warming and climate change Claim: Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate, but a ‘pause’ and other studies suggest ice melt isn’t the only factor Anthony Watts / 20 hours ago September 1, 2014 From the University of SouthamptonA new study of satellite data from the last 19 years reveals that fresh water from melting glaciers has caused the sea-level around the coast of Antarctica to rise by 2cm more than the global average of 6cm.Researchers at the University of Southampton detected the rapid rise in sea-level by studying satellite scans of a region...
  • Ecosystem found under Antarctic ice sheet raises hopes for alien life

    08/21/2014 3:30:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7:04PM BST 20 Aug 2014 | Sarah Knapton
    An entire ecosystem has been discovered under the Antarctic, raising hopes that life could exist in extreme environments, such as other planets in the solar system. Researchers have discovered that tiny life-forms are thriving in a lake under half a mile of pack ice, even though the habitat has not seen sunlight or fresh air for a million years. The discovery has led to excitement among the scientific community who had previously theorized that microorganisms may be able to survive by evolving novel ways to generate energy. And it raises the possibility that similar life could exist on Mars or...
  • Cold, Dark and Alive! Life Discovered in Buried Antarctic Lake

    08/21/2014 12:25:29 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    Live Science ^ | August 20, 2014 01:00pm ET | Becky Oskin, Senior Writer
    Antarctica, the coldest place on Earth, teems with microscopic life. Tiny organisms dwell on the ice and live inside glaciers, and now, researchers confirm, a rich microbial ecosystem persists underneath the thick ice sheet, where no sunlight has been felt for millions of years. Nearly 4,000 species of microbes inhabit Lake Whillans, which lies beneath 2,625 feet (800 meters) of ice in West Antarctica, researchers report today (Aug. 20) in the journal Nature. These are the first organisms ever retrieved from a subglacial Antarctic lake. "We found not just that things are alive, but that there's an active ecosystem," said...
  • Lying with Statistics: The National Climate Assessment Falsely Hypes Ice Loss ...

    07/06/2014 7:41:36 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 6, 2014 | by Guest Blogger
    Lying with Statistics: The National Climate Assessment Falsely Hypes Ice Loss in Greenland and AntarcticaPosted on July 6, 2014 by Guest Blogger by E. Calvin Beisner and J.C. KeisterHow fast are Greenland and Antarctica losing ice?If you trust the National Climate Assessment (NCA), you’ll think, “Very fast!” And that’s intentional. The aim is to provoke fear so the American public will support the Obama administration’s aim to spend $Trillions fighting global warming.Here’s how the NCA (in Appendix 4, FAQ-L) depicts the rate of loss from the ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica: Pretty steep declines, right? Downright scary.But if there’s any...
  • Emperor penguin population to slide due Antarctic climate change

    06/29/2014 4:26:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/29/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO, (Reuters) - Global warming will cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday. The report urged governments to list the birds as endangered, even though populations in 45 known colonies were likely to rise slightly by 2050 before declining. Such a listing could impose restrictions on tourism and fishing companies. The study is the first to project the long-term outlook for Antarctica's largest penguins, which can grow 1.2 meters (four ft) tall, seeking to fill a gap...
  • Hidden Volcanoes Melt Antarctic Glaciers from Below (I know, I know. Old news)

    06/09/2014 1:46:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/9/14 | Stephanie Pappas, Live Science
    Antarctica is a land of ice. But dive below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and you'll find fire as well, in the form of subglacial volcanoes. Now, a new study finds that these subglacial volcanoes and other geothermal "hotspots" are contributing to the melting of Thwaites Glacier, a major river of ice that flows into Antarctica's Pine Island Bay. Areas of the glacier that sit near geologic features thought to be volcanic are melting faster than regions farther away from hotspots, said Dustin Schroeder, the study's lead author and a geophysicist at the University of Texas at Austin. This melting...
  • Media Ridiculed for Hyping "Antarctic Collapse" Amid Record Ice

    05/26/2014 5:02:42 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 55 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 May 2014 | Alex Newman
    Media Ridiculed for Hyping "Antarctic Collapse" Amid Record Ice The New American 26 May 2014 In stark contrast to mainstream media's headlines of an imminent collapse of an Antarctic ice sheet, sea ice levels there are the highest ever recorded.
  • Intolerant Leftists Seek To Stifle Climate Change Dissenters

    According to the French, we only have 500 days to avert a worldwide climate crisis. We should all be in a panic because Antarctic glaciers might melt in the next century. The affect of this may not be felt for 1,000 years. That’s assuming any of the supposedly scientific prediction models can be believed. They’re 95% inaccurate, usually erring on the side of hysterics. Obviously we must do something, which in the leftist climate change world usually means big government action. One wonders what government will do to stop underground volcanoes from warming Antarctica. No doubt a stern lecture from...
  • The New Antarctic “Tipping Point”—Headlines and Facts

    05/14/2014 7:21:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 38 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 5/14/2014 | Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
    A recent headline in the New York Times says “Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans from Polar Melt.” Other newspapers propagated the story with titles like “Ice sheet collapse ‘unstoppable,’ scientists warn” and “Huge Antarctic ice sheet collapsing.” The story refers to two recent publications that conclude that “warm water upwelling from the [Antarctic] ocean depths has most likely triggered an inherent instability” that will lead to the envisaged collapse. There are some problems with such predictions: The facts show otherwise.
  • Rise of Oceans Due to Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Is 'Unstoppable'

    05/12/2014 5:03:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 107 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 5/12/14 | Danielle Wiener-Bronner - atlantic wire
    Two forthcoming reports on the western Antarctic ice sheet confirm previous fears that the ice's melt will increase ocean levels by as much as 13 feet within the next few centuries. They also suggest that the process has already begun — and is likely not reversible. The New York Times reports that both papers — one by NASA scientists, to be published in Geophysical Research Letters, and one by University of Washington scientists to appear in Science — find that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting because of naturally-occurring warm water welling up from deep in the ocean. None...
  • West Antarctic Ice Sheet's Collapse Triggers Sea Level Warning (15 foot rise)

    05/12/2014 4:46:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 94 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/12/14 | Alan Boyle
    Two teams of scientists say the long-feared collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, kicking off what they say will be a centuries-long, "unstoppable" process that could raise sea levels by as much as 15 feet. "There's been a lot of speculation about the stability of marine ice sheets, and many scientists suspected that this kind of behavior is under way," Ian Joughin, a glaciologist at the University of Washington in Seattle, said in a news release about one of the studies published Monday. "This study provides a more qualitative idea of the rates at which the collapse...
  • "Excess" Antarctic Sea Ice Area Now 97% the Size of Greenland's IceCap

    05/08/2014 7:13:51 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 32 replies
    NSIDC Sea Ice Daily Reports 1979-2014 ^ | 08 May 2014 | RACookPE1978
    All data from today’s WUWT (May 8) Sea Ice Page. 1. “Excess” total sea ice area anomaly is now greater than 1.050 million sq km’s. Hmmmn. An “excess” total sea ice area anomaly (which combines both the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice areas together) approaching the size of Hudson Bay. 2. “Excess” Antarctic sea ice area is now 1.67 Million sq km’s … Or 97% the area of the entire Greenland ice cap. (A fact which 97% of government-paid climate scientists in the Obama administration will chose to ignore.) 3. By itself, “Excess” Antarctic sea ice area is now back...
  • New Fossils Suggest Ancient Cat-sized Reptiles in Antarctica

    06/07/2008 7:53:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 222+ views
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 6/7/08 | Jeanna Bryner
    Cat-sized reptiles once roamed what is now the icebox of Antarctica, snuggling up in burrows and peeping above ground to snag plant roots and insects. The evidence for this scenario comes from preserved burrow casts discovered in the Transantarctic Mountains, which extend 3,000 miles (4,800 km) across the polar continent and contain layers of rock dating back 400 million years. "We've got good evidence that these burrows were made by land-dwelling animals rather than crayfish," said lead researcher Christian Sidor, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Washington and curator at UW's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Ancient...
  • Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

    02/23/2014 6:55:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 21st February 2014 | Lewis Page,
    Top boffins from the British Antarctic Survey say that the Pine Island Glacier - famous as a possible major cause of global-warming-powered sea level rises - was melting just as fast thousands of years ago as it is melting today. “This paper [just published] is part of a wide range of international scientific efforts to understand the behaviour of this important glacier," explains Professor Mike Bentley, one of the leaders of a BAS effort to find out what's going on with the PIG. "The results are clear in showing a remarkably abrupt thinning of the glacier 8000 years ago," adds...
  • Big Antarctic glacier to keep raising seas, even without warming (Pine Island Glacier)

    02/20/2014 4:20:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/20/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A thawing Antarctic glacier that is the biggest contributor to rising sea levels is likely to continue shrinking for decades, even without an extra spur from global warming, a study showed on Thursday. Scientists said the Pine Island Glacier, which carries more water to the sea than the Rhine River, also thinned 8,000 years ago at rates comparable to the present, in a melt that lasted for decades, perhaps for centuries. "Our findings reveal that Pine Island Glacier has experienced rapid thinning at least once in the past, and that, once set in motion, rapid ice sheet...
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy Confuses Arctic with Antarctic at Global Warming Debate

    02/17/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Arctic, Antarctic, who cares? The science is settled. Just look at this hockey stick. So what if it’s really a baseball bat. The science is settled, I tell you. We settled it one weekend and now it’s settled for good. At 8 min. 30 seconds in, Nye holds up a picture of Arctic and asks: ‘Would you say that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to?’Climate Depot’s Answer: NO! See: Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is on track to have highest minimum in modern satellite era! – ‘Sea Ice Extent is 27.4% above normal as of Feb 7 2014′Er,...
  • Orthodox Church to be Sanctified in Antarctic

    02/14/2014 6:54:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/14/14
    St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported. The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station. The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its...
  • Antarctic Lost Worlds - 2 New Dinosaurs Species Found

    02/27/2004 9:36:42 AM PST · by Mark Felton · 47 replies · 5,241+ views
    Astrobiology Magazine ^ | 2/27/04 | astrobiology
    Finding dinosaurs in Antarctica is both easier and harder than finding them on another continent. Easier, because like looking for meteorites, dinosaur bones show up against the stark landscape. Harder, because the dinosaur's cold-bloodedness wouldn't have lasted long prior to continental drift and climate changes. Antarctic Lost Worlds Tale of Two Dinosaursbased on National Science Foundation report Against incredible odds, researchers working in separate sites, thousands of miles apart in Antarctica have found what they believe are the fossilized remains of two species of dinosaurs previously unknown to science. Life on the Edge. South Pole view from Space.Credit: NASA One...
  • BIG BANG IN ANTARCTICA -- KILLER CRATER FOUND UNDER ICE

    06/01/2006 2:26:58 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 253 replies · 6,436+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | 01 June 2006 | Staff (press release)
    Ancient mega-catastrophe paved way for the dinosaurs, spawned Australian continent. Planetary scientists have found evidence of a meteor impact much larger and earlier than the one that killed the dinosaurs -- an impact that they believe caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history.The 300-mile-wide crater lies hidden more than a mile beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. And the gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out.Its size and location -- in the Wilkes Land...
  • Giant Crater Found [in Antarctica]: Tied to Worst Mass Extinction Ever [Permo-Triassic]

    06/02/2006 11:44:43 AM PDT · by cogitator · 127 replies · 3,229+ views
    SPACE.com ^ | June 2, 2006 | Robert Roy Britt
    An apparent crater as big as Ohio has been found in Antarctica. Scientists think it was carved by a space rock that caused the greatest mass extinction on Earth, 250 million years ago. The crater, buried beneath a half-mile of ice and discovered by some serious airborne and satellite sleuthing, is more than twice as big as the one involved in the demise of the dinosaurs. The crater's location, in the Wilkes Land region of East Antarctica, south of Australia, suggests it might have instigated the breakup of the so-called Gondwana supercontinent, which pushed Australia northward, the researchers said. "This...
  • Federal Government to seek full cost recovery for Antarctic expedition rescue

    01/24/2014 3:36:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    news.com.au ^ | january 24, 2014
    THE Federal Government will seek the full costs incurred during the recovery effort to save the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said costs, estimated at about $2.4 million, would be sought from the insurer of the operators of the vessel.
  • Question: What happen to the Global Warming Alarmists that got stuck in the ice?

    Whatever happen to the Global Warming Alarmists, who got stuck in the ice in "Antarcticawith a plan to show the world how badly alleged man-made “global warming” was wreaking havoc across the region" ? The last I heard, the United States was sending an "Ice-Breaker"to get the Russian ship out of the ice,that went to get the China "Ice-Breaker" out,that went to get the Australian "Ice-Breaker" out,that went to get the Russian-flagged shipcarrying the Global Warming Alarmists to Antarctica,to sell their lies.
  • Massive Hole Discovered Under Antarctica, Bigger Than The Grand Canyon

    01/17/2014 1:18:49 AM PST · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 56 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/15/2014 | William Pentland
    A giant valley deeper than the Grand Canyon is buried beneath several miles of glacial ice in West Antarctica, according to a new study by British scientists. The sub-glacial canyon is nearly two miles deep, 200 miles long and 15 miles wide.
  • Akademic Shokalskiy makes it back to port, #spiritofmawson ship of fools still stuck in Antarctica

    01/13/2014 3:07:54 PM PST · by Daralundy · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | January 13, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The comedy just keeps on coming. Plus, now it seems that Turney failed to get some approvals, and his welcome home may not be all the happy. Maybe he’ll stay in Antarctica. After having to prematurely abandon their mission due to being stuck in ice, and having a weather forecast provided that said all they had to do was wait a few more days, which came true, freeing the ship, the intrepid Dr. Turney and his gaggle of global warming geese tourists were evacuated by helicopter to the Aurora Australis, which then sailed to the Australian Casey Station to finish...
  • Risking Lives to Promote Climate Change Hype

    01/09/2014 1:36:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Will global warming alarmists ever set aside their hypotheses, hyperbole, models and ideologies long enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the real world outside their windows? Will they at least do so before setting off on another risky, misguided adventure? Before persuading like-minded or naïve people to join them? Before forcing others to risk life and limb to transport – and rescue – them? If history is any guide, the answer is: Not likely. The absurd misadventures of University of New South Wales climate professor Chris Turney is but the latest example. He and 51 co-believers set out...
  • Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic! It’s too good to be true (Mark Steyn)

    01/08/2014 7:22:05 PM PST · by xp38 · 41 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 8 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain,...
  • Trapped (global warming) research ship, rescue vessel break free of Antarctic ice

    01/08/2014 2:29:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/07/14 | Alastair Jamieson
    A Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that were stranded in Antarctica have broken free from heavy ice and no longer need to be rescued by the United States, Australian officials said Wednesday. More than 50 scientists, researchers and tourists had to be airlifted from the Russian-owned vessel Akademik Shokalskiy after it became trapped on Dec. 24, 100 nautical miles east of French Antarctic station Dumont d'Urville and about 1,500 nautical miles (2,250 miles) south of Tasmania, Australia. The protracted international rescue effort was itself delayed by the conditions, with blinding snow, strong winds and thick sea ice preventing...
  • Antarctic Expedition to Plant 'Thousands of Trees' to Off Set Carbon Footprint of Rescue (!!!)

    01/06/2014 9:26:23 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 59 replies
    Breibart blog ^ | 1-5-2014 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Members of the Antarctic expedition trapped in the regions icy tundra have pledged to plant "thousands" of trees to "cover" the carbon footprint resulting from their rescue. The Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy became lodged in ice on Christmas Eve during a research study on global warming. Debate has heated up, no pun intended, over exactly how many trees will need to be planted to offset the rescue effort's "damage." The expedition had pledged to plant about 800 kauri trees in Northland to cover its carbon footprint. Environmentalists believe planting trees helps to offset the impact of burning fuels such as...
  • Chinese Icebreaker Trapped After Helping in Antarctic Rescue

    01/04/2014 1:10:04 PM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Alexander Marquardt & Anthony Castellano (GMA)
    The 52 passengers rescued from an icebound ship in Antarctica might now become the rescuers. The Chinese ship that sent a helicopter to rescue the passengers on board the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is now stuck in Antarctic ice and might need a rescue of its own, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. An Australian icebreaker carrying the 52 passengers is waiting in open water to see if it has to go back to help the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon.
  • Antarctic rescue ship now stuck in ice

    01/03/2014 11:14:29 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 62 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 3, 2014 | By Harriet Alexander
    A ship which was used to rescue by helicopter 52 people from a trapped Antarctic ship has now found itself in need of rescue – after it got stuck in heavy ice. Having not moved for several days while preparing to airlift the passengers, the Chinese-owned Snow Dragon is now wedged in ice. The ship was used as a launch pad to pick up the passengers on Thursday, after they had spent nine days stranded. Their ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, became wedged in ice on Christmas Eve as it was heading towards Antarctica. After a lengthy operation to ferry passengers...
  • Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

    01/03/2014 8:54:18 AM PST · by Signalman · 19 replies
    the register ^ | 1/3/2014 | Lewis Page
    Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has suddenly slowed right down in the last few years, confirming earlier research which suggested that the shelf's melt does not result from human-driven global warming. The Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica and its associated sea ice shelf is closely watched: this is because unlike most of the sea ice around the austral continent, its melt rate has seemed to be accelerating quickly since scientists first began seriously studying it in the 1990s. Many researchers had suggested that this was...
  • Global Irony - Warming theory gets trapped in Antactic ice.

    01/03/2014 8:00:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 3, 2014 | Deroy Murdock
    Chinese choppers on Thursday evacuated 52 passengers who had been marooned near the South Pole since Christmas Eve aboard the Russian science vessel MS Akademik Shokalsky. It will take far more than helicopters, however, to salvage the theory of so-called “global warming.” It remains trapped in Antarctic ice. “We’re stuck in our own experiment,” said Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales. The voyage’s leader was no mere guide, and his fellow travelers were not just tourists. While news accounts portrayed these people as star-crossed adventurers, the frustrated Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) was...
  • Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore That Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission

    01/02/2014 10:08:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/2/14 | Mike Ciandella
    A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change. The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to...
  • 100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

    12/27/2013 6:38:42 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 56 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | DEC 27,2013 | DL CADE
    Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a box of 22 never-before-seen exposed but unprocessed negatives taken by the group’s photographer has been unearthed in one of those shacks, preserved in a block of ice.
  • 100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

    01/01/2014 1:22:27 PM PST · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Peta Pixel ^ | December 27, 2013 | DL Cade
    Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a box of 22 never-before-seen exposed but unprocessed negatives taken by the group’s photographer has been unearthed in one of those shacks, preserved in a block of ice. This incredible discovery was made by the Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust who are working to restore an old exploration hut. The 22 cellulose nitrate negatives were, the Trust believes, left there by Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, which became stranded on...
  • On Ice: 100-year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic

    01/01/2014 12:12:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Imaging Resource ^ | Friday, December 27, 2013 | Steve Meltzer
    Conservators restoring an Antarctic exploration hut recently made a remarkable discovery: a small box of 22 exposed but unprocessed photographic negatives, frozen in a solid block of ice for nearly one hundred years. These negatives were meticulously processed and restored by a Wellington photography conservator. Antarctic Heritage Trust executive director Nigel Watson said of these never-before-seen images:"It's the first example that I'm aware of, of undeveloped negatives from a century ago from the Antarctic heroic era. There's a paucity of images from that expedition." The team from the Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) discovered the box in a corner of one...
  • Rescue for Antarctic ice-bound ship under threat (Chinese ice breaker may also be stuck)

    12/31/2013 1:23:20 PM PST · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | December 31, 2013
    A rescue mission for a ship trapped in ice in Antarctica is under threat as reports have emerged that one of the assisting vessels may itself be stuck.Fifty-two passengers and four crew members were due to be evacuated by helicopter from China's Xue Long ship as soon as conditions allowed. However, the Xue Long has barely moved in a day and may be stuck in the ice.
  • 'Stuck in our own experiment': Leader of trapped team insists polar ice is melting

    12/31/2013 10:06:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 92 replies
    Foxnews ^ | December 30, 2013
    Turney later told FoxNews.com the ice surrounding his ship is old, rather than recently formed, and likely from a particular 75 mile-long iceberg that broke apart three years ago. Climate change may have prompted the iceberg to shatter and float into the previously open sea where the mostly Australian team finds itself stranded, Turney said.
  • Trapped ship passengers can't go overboard with New Year celebration (ice trapped)

    12/31/2013 2:09:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 31, 2013 | Lincoln Feast and Maggie Lu Yueyang
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Passengers and crew aboard a Russian ship trapped for eight days in ice off Antarctica planned to ring in the New Year with dinner, drinks and song as they waited for a break in a blizzard to allow a Chinese helicopter to rescue them. But they can't party too hard because the rescue could come at any minute. The Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped since December 24 about 100 nautical miles east of a French Antarctic station, Dumont D'Urville, and about 1,500 nautical miles south of Tasmania, welcomes the New Year at 1100 GMT, two hours ahead of Sydney....
  • Cloud mystery solved: Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100

    12/31/2013 7:29:24 AM PST · by Abathar · 101 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | 12/31/2013 | Alvin Stone
    Cloud impact on climate sensitivity unveiled Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates. The research also appears to solve one of the great unknowns of climate sensitivity, the role of cloud formation and whether this will have a positive or negative effect on global warming. “Our research has shown climate models indicating a low temperature response to a doubling of carbon dioxide...
  • U.K Guardian Reporter Aboard Icebound Antarctic Ship Goes Stir Crazy

    12/31/2013 7:51:12 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 84 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 31, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    The helicopter rescue crew is coming to take me away, ha-haaa! They're coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa! To the funny farm. Where I can find banana peanut butter milkshakes sprinkled with delicious carbon credits. We thought it was a joke and so we laughed, we laughed when I had said that proving global warming had trapped us in ice and that I'm going MAD!!! And U.K. Guardian reporter Laurence Topham has proclaimed himself going mad (along with his craving for banana peanut butter milkshakes) in this rather morose video diary in which he discovers that that the...
  • Global Warming Researcher Gets Stuck in Ice

    12/31/2013 5:47:53 AM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicla ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Debra Saunders
    A funny thing happened during Australian climate-change professor Chris Turney's venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent: Two weeks into a five-week excursion, Turney's good ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped in ice. It turns out, global warming notwithstanding, that there's so much ice down under that two ice-breaking vessels sent to rescue the research team cannot reach the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Years ago, global warming believers renamed the phenomenon "climate change" - probably because of pesky details like unusually cold weather undercutting the warming argument. Now, just as...