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Global Climate Change Archive - The environment

A collection of older (2004-20045) news items that relate to the environment of Antarctica and sub-Antarctic islands. All links will take you to sites outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

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    August, 2006

  • August 1, 2006 - Extreme conditions create rare Antarctic clouds - ABC News Technology and Science section
    Antarctica is exhibiting another sign of global warming. Rare clouds seen are a consequence of a temperature drop in the stratosphere which is a result of an increase in global warming. These clouds also indicate that conditions exist in the stratosphere that lead to the destruction of ozone.

  • June, 2006

  • June 29, 2006 - 'Invaders' threaten Antarctica - Scotsman
    ANTARCTICA is facing destruction by foreign species of animals, plants and microbes that are hitching lifts on aircraft and ships, scientists have warned. Following the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Edinburgh, 45 countries agreed measures announced yesterday aimed at stopping non-native species from invading what has been called the last great wilderness.

  • June 2, 2006 - Gigantic Meteor Crater Found in Antarctica - AP
    The 300-mile-wide crater lies more than a mile beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet and might date to about 250 million years ago -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when nearly all animal life on Earth became extinct. Its size and location -- in the Wilkes Land region of East Antarctica, south of Australia -- suggest it could have begun the breakup of the Gondwana supercontinent by creating the tectonic rift that pushed Australia northward.

  • April, 2006

  • April 18, 2006 - Scientists unveil world's oldest ice block - Reuters
    A million-year-old ice sample drilled from 3 kilometres under the Antarctic and unveiled in Tokyo on Tuesday could yield vital clues on climate change, Japanese scientists said.

  • March, 2006

  • March 21, 2006 - Argentina's Floating Icebergs Worry Farmers Who Fear Flooding - Bloomberg
    The Argentinia coast guard says that icebergs were found recently in the ocean near Buenos Aires. These were the largest ever seen in the region and their appearance appears to be related to global warming. Other indicators of global warming in South America are also discussed in this article.

  • March 6, 2006 - Scientists Find Antarctic Ice Shrank Significantly - ENN
    A recent NASA survey has determined that the Antarctic ice sheet shrank about 152 km a year over the past three years. This loss was enough to raise sea level 1.2 mm. Similar stories from Newsday and Bloomberg.

  • March 3, 2006 - Antarctic Project Sparks Concern - Aljazeera
    Though the Russians appear poised to drill into buried Lake Vostok in Antaractica, many experts says that the technology that would allow such drilling to proceed without contaminating the lake is not yet available. This lake could preserve life isolated for millions of years.

  • March 2, 2006 - North Pole Meets South Pole: Ends of Earth Are Melting - ABC (US)
    Recent studies have confirmed that the North Pole and the South Pole are melting. This could have impact on coastal cities and villages if the melting of ice shelves speeds up.

  • January, 2006

  • January 28, 2006 - Japanese Scientists Find Million-Year-Old Ice - USA today
    A team of Japanese researchers drilling near the Fuji Dome has recovered what is believed to be the oldest sample of ice ever recovered, possibly dating back 1 million years, officials said Tuesday. The sample was taken from a depth of 9, 9994 feet.

  • January 25, 2006 - Two Large Lakes Discovered Under Antarctic Ice - Live Science
    Antarctica has at least 145 small lakes buried under its ice and one large one called Vostok. Now scientists have found the second and third largest known bodies of subsurface liquid water there.




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