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Global Climate Change Archive - Living organisms and fossils

A collection of older (2004-2005) news items that relate to living organisms and fossils in the Arctic and surrounding regions. All links will take you to sites outside of the PRISM site. Use your back button to return.

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    November, 2006

  • November 13, 2006 - Poles apart, and melting - The Sydney Morning Herald
    THE volume of ice at both ends of the world appears to be shrinking. Earlier this year a study of Antarctica's ice sheet found it had lost about 152 cubic kilometres of ice a year since April 2002.

  • June, 2006

  • June 1, 2006 - Studies Portray Tropical Arctic in Distant Past - The New York Times
    New studies show that the seabed around the North Pole indicates that some 55 million years ago the Arctic Ocean once had an average tempurature similar to that seen around Florida, about 74 degrees year -round. New data- obtained by core samples of the seabed offer important information that has allowed researchers to update computer simulations, which have in turn, indicated that the ocean water was much warmer that previously thought, by about 18 degrees, based on past computer generated models. Most data indicate that the incredible planet -wide warm up was caused by an enormous outburst of heat-trapping, or greenhouse, gases like methane and carbon dioxide much like the present day build up caused by human activities.

  • June 1, 2006 - Hints of Oil Bonanzas Beneath Arctic Ocean - New York Times
    This is an additional article concerning the newest reports from core studies of Arctic bedrock. Petroleum companies are interested to note the vast amound of organic material that may lie between layers of sediment indicative of large deposits of oil.

  • March, 2006

  • March 22, 2006 - Groups Prepare for Contested Seal Hunt - ENN
    Protesters, celebrities and fishermen were gearing up for Canada's hotly debated seal hunt, set to get under way later this week in the gulf off the Atlantic Ocean. About 320,000 seal pups were killed during the hunt last year. The hunt plays a vital economic role in Newfoundland and Quebec fishing communities. Story defending the hunt from Guardian Unlimited.

  • March 14, 2006 - Arctic Laid Bare in Planet Documentary - Reuters
    A new movie is due from French filmmakers next week. This film, “The White Planet” follows a wide cast of animals through the changing seasons in this breathtaking but harsh universe sculpted by ice and wind.

  • March 12, 2006 - Pollution Soaring To Crisis Levels In Arctic - Guardian Unlimited
    Scientists, at an atmospheric monitoring station in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, have found that levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere near the North Pole are now rising at an unprecedented pace.

  • March 3, 2006 - Iditarod Sled Dog Race Moved - MSNBC
    Warmer weather in Alaska has prompted organizers of the Iditarod Trail sled dog race to divert the famed contest to a route with enough snow. Sparse snow at the southern end of the course has moved the grueling 1,100-mile race from its traditional route. This year it will start in Willow, a small community 30 miles north of Wasilla, where it usually begins. Similar story from ENN

  • February, 2006

  • February 23, 2006 - Greenland Starts Quota To Save Polar Bears - ENN
    Greenland's government on Wednesday introduced the ice-capped island's first hunting quota for polar bears, which scientists believe are threatened by the effects of global warming.

  • January, 2006

  • January 17, 2006 - Melting Ice Threatens Canada's Polar Bears - Mail & Guardian
    Residents of Churchill, a town in Northern Canada, are being threatened by hungry polar bears. The polar bears are hungry because warming temperatures have made the seals, the typical polar bear food, harder to catch.

  • January 9, 2006 - Polar Bears Carry Chemicals - Windsor Star
    A new Canadian-led study shows that polar bears are showing unusually high concentrations of a chemical (PBDEs) in their fat. PBDEs were used as fire retardants in the 1990s, but most U.S. based manufacturers have stopped using them.




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