The Antarctic is melting even in the middle of subzero winter

The Antarctic is melting even in the middle of subzero winter

Summer melting on the Ross ice shelfColin Harris / era-images / Alamy Stock Photo By Andy Coghlan The average winter temperature on the Antarctic peninsula is a chilly -15°C. Yet automated instruments on the Larsen C ice shelf have recorded extensive surface melting even during the long, dark winter. When wind blows over high mountains, […]

Metal crowd Metallica takes 2018 Antarctic Tunes Prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – American heavy metal band Metallica was awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize on Wednesday, drawing a delighted response from the group which has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, publisher and manager of the Swedish band ABBA, the Polar Music Prize has become a coveted accolade […]

The passengers: Is warming really killing antarctic bears?

The passengers: Is warming really killing antarctic bears?

Have climate change activists chosen the wrong mascot?Steven J. Kazlowski/Alamy By Fred Pearce FOOTAGE of a poorly polar bear went viral in December. Emaciated, it stumbled across a green Arctic landscape without a speck of snow or ice in sight (see picture below). Media outlets seized on the video as an example of how climate […]

Hardy Antarctic tardigrades may be threatened by climate change

Hardy Antarctic tardigrades may be threatened by climate change

Lorena Rebecchi and Roberto Guidetti, University of Modena and Regio Emilia By Sam Wong They can survive freezing temperatures, total desiccation, and even being sent into space. But the world’s hardiest animal, the tardigrade, could have a hard time surviving climate change. Tardigrades, also known as water bears, live in many environments. They are one […]