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Antarctic News

A collection of news items taken from the world's newspapers that relate to the Antarctic. This site is updated as news items appear in the popular press. All links will take you to sites outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

  • Oct. 1, 2002- Unusually Small Antarctic Ozone Hole This Year - Spaceflight Now
    The ozone hole over Antarctica not only appears much smaller this September than in the past two years, but also has split into two distinct holes. Whether this presages the recovery of the ozone layer remains to be seen. More infomation and images on this topic from NASA.

  • Sept. 20, 2002- Antarctic Telescope Sees Big Bang Echo - CNN
    A telescope called the Degree Angular Scale Interferometer at the National Science Foundation's Amundsen-Scott station in the Antarctic has recorded a flicker of light that provides information about the dynamics of the early universe.

  • Sept. 17, 2002- Antarctic Ozone Gap Shrinking- CBS
    Levels of CFCs (Carbon Fluorocarbons) in the atmosphere appear to be decreasing giving rise to hopes that the Antarctic Ozone hole could repair itself in approximately 50 years.

  • Sept. 9, 2002- Antarctic Animals Feel The Heat - BBC
    Studies conducted by the British Antarctic Survey showed the many cold-blooded invertebrates which populate the edge of the icy continent will struggle to survive if sea warming occurs as predicted by global climate change models.

  • Sept. 2, 2002- NASA Study Finds Rapid Changes In Polar Ice Sheets - NASA
    Ice sheets in the Arctic and Antarctic are changing much faster than was predicted according to recent airborne measurements and the latest space-based measurements. Thinning of ice sheets is particularly noticeable near the coast of Greenland. In Antarctica, several major glaciers seem to be accelerating.

  • August 23, 2002- Antarctic Ozone Hole to Expand- CBC News
    The annual hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic is forming now and scientists predict it will get larger in the next few weeks according to the World Meteorological Association.

  • August 21, 2002- Internet to Reach South Pole- BBC News
    South Pole Station will be connected to the Internet as soon as nearly 2,000 kilometers of fiber optic cable is laid. It is predicted this will take until 2009.

  • August 2, 2002- Scientists Measure Antarctic Ice Shelf Tides from Space - Science Daily
    For the first time, scientists will be able to measure the effects of Antarctic tides which will, in turn, allow more accurate measurement of height and thickness of ice shelves. Overall, it will improve the accuracy of climate change predictions.

  • July 24, 2002- Anthrax Spores Found at Scott's Antarctic Camp - BBC News
    Scientists have discovered deadly anthrax spores in the stables of the Cape Evans hut used by the English expedition led by Robert Scott in the early 1900s. The hut has been closed as a precaution, but it appears that the spores pose no threat to any visitor.

  • July 13, 2002- Antarctic Ice Cores - Science Show
    Description of ice core samples drilled over the past 30 years and a summary of what has been learned from them.

  • July 12, 2002- Antarctic Refuse Collection - Ananova
    Volunteers removed approximately 1000 tons of scrap and refuse from Antarctica last month. You can read the diaries of one volunteer online.

  • July 9, 2002- Antarctic Ice Melting Faster Than Expected - Daily Online Dispatch
    Floating ice sheets surrounding Antarctica are melting much faster than expected according to an American research team.

  • July 8, 2002- NOAA Seizes Illegally Harvested Chilean Sea Bass - AccessNOAA
    NOAA special agents intercepted a shipment of 3000 tons of sea bass illegally taken from Antarctic waters. It was bound for American restaurants.

  • July 2, 2002- Scientists Rescued From Antarctic Ship - BBC News
    All passengers aboard a Russian ship trapped in the ice for the past two weeks have been airlifted to safety and an icebreaker is expected to reach the ship in the next week.

  • June 14, 2002 - Scientists Trapped in Antarctic - BBC News
    Seventy-nine Russian scientists are aboard ship and are healthy, but cannot proceed because of sea ice blocking all routes. Rescue ships, including an icebreaker are being sent.

  • June 13, 2002 - Antarctic Fringes Vulnerable to Thaw - MSNBC
    The edges of the Antarctic ice sheet appear to be the areas of the continent most vulnerable to global warming.

  • June 4, 2002 - Bush Disses Global Warming Report - CBS
    EPA report shows that US greenhouse gases will increase significantly due to human activity over next two decades. President Bush was not persuaded.

  • June 3, 2002 - Antarctic Storms Likely Cause of Penguin Deaths - Australian Antarctic Division
    The unusual number of Adelie penguin deaths near Mawson station last year appears to have been due to severe storms, not disease.

  • June 1, 2002 - EU Ratifies Global Warming Treaty - Washington Post
    The members of the European Union ratified the Kyoto Protocol designed to reduce levels of greenhouse gases. Still requires ratification by other industrial nations.

  • May 31, 2002 - Ozone Hole On The Mend? -Nature
    New models by Japanese researchers suggest that Antarctic ozone levels may rebound from previous low levels due to improved emission controls implemented in 1987.

  • May 28, 2002 - Antarctic Ice Sheet Key To Sudden Sea Level Rise At End of Ice Age -University of Toronto
    Physicists have concluded that a massive and unusually abrupt rise in sea level about 14,000 years ago was cased by a partial collapse of ice sheets in Antarctica.
  • April 5, 2002 - Antarctic Peninsula Climate Variability - Hamilton College Workshop
    Global warming may be proceeding in a way that threatens biodiversity all over the world and which may especially threaten coral reefs. See the data and discussion in the archived live broadcasts and panel discussions.


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