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    Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Is Starting to Crack

    Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Is Starting to Crack

    Antarctica‘s Thwaites Glacier has been called the “Doomsday Glacier.” Thwaites and its neighbor, the Pine Island Glacier, are among those in West Antarctica most influenced by the climate crisis. If they melted, they could destabilize the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet, which has the potential to contribute about 10 feet to global sea level rise. […]

    Greenland and Antarctica Already Melting at ‘Worst-Case-Scenario’ Rates

    Greenland and Antarctica Already Melting at ‘Worst-Case-Scenario’ Rates

    Antarctica and Greenland‘s ice sheets are currently melting at a pace consistent with worst-case-scenario predictions for sea level rise, with serious consequences for coastal communities and the reliability of climate models. A paper published in Nature Climate Change Monday compared the latest satellite observations of polar ice melt with the predictions outlined in the Intergovernmental […]

    Satellite Imagery Shows New Penguin Colonies in Antarctica

    Satellite Imagery Shows New Penguin Colonies in Antarctica

    New satellite images have revealed 11 new throngs of emperor penguin colonies, lifting the number of known emperor penguin colonies by 20 percent and their total population by 5 to 10 percent, according to The Guardian. “The [new colonies] are an exciting discovery,” said Peter Fretwell, at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), who led the […]

    Microplastics Found in Antarctica’s Food Chain for First Time

    Microplastics Found in Antarctica’s Food Chain for First Time

    By Rebecca Staudenmaier For the first time, scientists have discovered microplastics inside small organisms living in the soil in Antarctica, according to a new study published on Wednesday. “Plastics are thus entering the short Antarctic terrestrial food webs and represent a new potential stressor to polar ecosystems already facing climate change and increasing human activities,” […]