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NASA Video: Scientist Explains the Global Importance of Arctic Sea Ice for the Average Person

4/14/2009 Tom Wagner, NASA cryosphere program scientist, discusses the various ways that sea ice is important; from regulating global temperatures to restricting--or facilitating--global commerce. He also discusses the significance of IPY. More

Sec. Clinton's Remarks at the Joint Session of the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting and the Arctic Council

4/6/2009 The genius of the Antarctic Treaty lies in its relevance today. It was written to meet the challenges of an earlier time, but it and its related instruments remain a key tool in our efforts to address an urgent threat of this time, climate change... More

Antarctic Treaty / Arctic Council Joint Meeting Washington Ministerial Declaration on the International Polar Year and Polar Science

4/6/2009 The first of 10 points urges "states, national and international scientific bodies, and other interested parties to cooperate to deliver a lasting legacy from the IPY, and to support appropriate infrastructures to achieve this." More

Read Daily Updates from Scientists Studying Change in the Bering Sea Ecosystem, one of the World's Most Productive

4/4/2009 The Bering Sea is a wildly productive ecosystem, yielding millions of pounds of fish and crab each year. Is climate change affecting the Bering Sea? How? See daily pictures and read reports from researchers seeking answers to those questions. More

Two NSF Instruments at the South Pole to take part in "Around the World in 80 Telescopes" Webcast

4/1/2009 Researchers at two massive, sophisticated National Science Foundation-funded instruments located at the South Pole will be featured in a global Webcast on April 3 and 4 as part of the International Year of Astronomy. More

NSF, National Academy of Sciences Celebrated Early IPY Results at Public Event on April 6

3/26/2009 On the afternoon of April 6, 2009 the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Foundation hosted a celebration of early IPY accomplishments. Video of the science presentations is available here. More

New Evidence from NSF-funded ANDRILL Demonstrates Climate Warming Affects Antarctic Ice Sheet Stability

3/18/2009 A five-nation scientific team has published new evidence that even a slight rise in atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, one of the gases that drives global warming, affects the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS). More

British, NSF-funded Researchers Deploy Automated Submarine to Better Understand the Mechanics of Antarctic Ice Sheets

3/17/2009 A team of British and American scientists has successfully deployed an autonomous robot submarine on six missions beneath an Antarctic ice shelf using sonar scanners to map the seabed and the underside of the ice as it juts out over the sea. More

Arctic and Antarctic-themed Activities to Bring a Breath of Polar Air to Baltimore

3/16/2009 The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore will be the focal point of a range of public events April 4 and 5 that highlight federally funded Arctic and Antarctic research programs. More

University of Wisconsin: the Far-reaching Effects of the IceCube Telescope from Antarctica to Wisconsin and from Scientific to Economic

2/25/2009 When it’s completed in 2011, the South Pole neutrino observatory, IceCube, promises to open a new scientific window on colliding galaxies and black holes. In the meantime, though, it’s producing some decidedly down-to-earth results for Wisconsin. More
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