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Live from the Mt. Erebus Observatory, atop the World's Southernmost Active Volcano, PolarTREC Teacher John Wood

12/23/2008 Through the NSF-funded PolarTREC program, Wood, from Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, Calif. is part of a team from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology working at the volcano's summit. Read his journals.

National Science Foundation Announces New Ice-Core Drilling Agreements for Polar Research

12/22/2008 NSF's Office of Polar Programs has signed cooperative agreements that create two new entities to support, advise and conduct ice coring and drilling used in polar research.

Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in April to Celebrate 50 Years of Peace and Science in Antarctica

12/19/2008 The U.S. will host the 32nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting in Baltimore, MD in April. The annual diplomatic event will include nearly 400 diplomats as well as Antarctic program managers and logistics experts and scientists from 47 countries.

Abrupt Climate Shifts May Come Sooner, Not Later, according to U.S. Climate Science Program Report Released at AGU Annual Meeting

12/19/2008 The U.S. could suffer the effects of abrupt climate changes within decades, says a new report. It contends that, among other effects, seas could rise rapidly if melting of polar ice continues to outrun recent projections.

Under a Frozen Lake in Siberia, Geoscientists Will Drill for Secrets of Earth’s Ancient Climate

12/18/2008 A convoy of trucks has set out for a frozen lake 62 miles north of the Arctic Circle to deliver drilling equipment for a study of sediment and meteorite-impact rocks that should provide the oldest Arctic climate record ever collected.

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Addition of Penguin Species to Endangered Species List

12/17/2008 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list one penguin species as endangered and five penguin species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Greenland’s Glaciers Losing Ice Faster this Year than Last Year, which was Record-setting Itself

12/15/2008 NSF-funded, Ohio State University researchers watching the loss of ice flowing out from the giant island of Greenland say that the amount of ice lost this summer is nearly three times what was lost one year ago.

As Ice Melts, Antarctic Bedrock is on the Move, NSF-funded Researchers Find

12/15/2008 As ice melts away from Antarctica, parts of the continental bedrock are rising in response -- and other parts are sinking, scientists at Ohio State University have discovered.

Arctic "Greening" Linked to Retreating Sea Ice

12/12/2008 An interdisciplinary group of scientists led by Donald “Skip” Walker of the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has strongly linked sea-ice changes to changes in Arctic land temperatures and greening of the tundra.

New Rule Unifies Domestic and International Conservation Laws to Manage Polar Bear

12/11/2008 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a Special Rule under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) providing for the conservation of the polar bear. The rule can be viewed at: http://alaska.fws.gov/pdf/pb4d.pdf.
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