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Ice Age Extinction Claimed Highly Carnivorous Alaskan Wolves

6/22/2007 Scientists have added a highly carnivorous form of wolf that lived in Alaska, north of the ice sheets, to list of large mammals that became extinct at the end of the Ice Age. More

Explorers to use New Robotic Vehicles to Hunt for Life and Hydrothermal Vents on Arctic Seafloor

6/21/2007 Scientists and engineers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will use new robotic underwater vehicles to search for life on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. NSF and NASA are funders. More

Northern Forests Less Effective Than Tropical Forests in Reducing Global Warming

6/21/2007 Forests in the United States and other northern mid- and upper-latitude regions play a smaller role than previosuly thought in offsetting global warming, according to a study published in Science. More

Ice-Covered Arctic Lakes May Harbor Signs of Climate Change

6/18/2007 Arctic coastal environments are some of the most vulnerable to climate change. A team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) visited Canada’s Mackenzie River Delta in April 2007 to find out just how vulnerable. More

NASA Research Supports Presence of Large Oceans on Early Mars

6/18/2007 NASA-funded astro-biologists at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered evidence supporting the presence of large oceans of liquid water on early Mars. More

NOAA, NSF Launch First-of-Kind Buoy to Monitor Ocean Acidification in Gulf of Alaska

6/13/2007 The first buoy to monitor ocean acidification, a result of carbon dioxide absorbed by the ocean, has been launched in the Gulf of Alaska and is a new tool for researchers to examine how ocean circulation and ecosystems interact to determine how much carbon dioxide the North Pacific Ocean absorbs each year. More

NOAA Scientist: Climate Change Affects Southern Ocean Carbon Sink

6/11/2007 A scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) was an author on a paper published in the journal Science recently that presents evidence that recent climate change has weakened one of the Earth's natural carbon 'sinks'; the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. More

Study of Glacial Retreat Shows that Much of the World Emerged from Last Ice Age at Nearly the Same Time

6/8/2007 A climate science puzzle has been why different parts of the world, notably Greenland, seemed to warm at different times at the end of the Ice Age. A new study sheds light on warming 17,500 years ago. More

Study of Underground Lakes In Antarctica
Could Be Critical, Texas A&M Professor Says

6/5/2007 The discovery of interconnected lakes beneath kilometers of ice in Antarctica could be one of the most important scientific finds in recent years, but proper procedures need to be established before investigation begins, says a Texas A&M University scientist who is a leader in the research efforts. More

Report Offers Guidance on How to Safely Explore
Vast Aquatic Systems Buried Under Antarctic Ice

5/31/2007 The National Science Foundation (NSF) should work within the environmental framework of the international Antarctic Treaty system to develop a global scientific consensus on minimally disruptive ways to investigate one of the "last unexplored places on Earth"--a unique system of lakes, and the aquatic systems that may connect them, buried thousands of meters under the Antarctic ice sheet--according to a newly released report. More
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