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World Meteorological Organization and the International Council for Science Release IPY Capstone Document

2/25/2009 IPY has yielded new scientific insights into climate change, as well new knowledge about pollutant transport, species’ evolution, and storm formation, among many other areas, the report states. More

NASA: 2008 was Earth's Coolest Year since 2000

2/23/2009 Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies have found that 2008 was the coolest year since 2000. The analysis also showed that 2008 is the ninth warmest year since continuous instrumental records were started in 1880. More

Warming Threatens Antarctic Sea Life

2/9/2009 Climate change is about to cause a major upheaval in the shallow marine waters of Antarctica. Predatory crabs are poised to return to warming Antarctic waters and disrupt the primeval marine communities. More

University of Rochester Researchers: Ancient Turtle Migrated from Asia to America Over a Tropical Arctic

2/1/2009 Finding a fossilized, tropical, freshwater, Asian turtle in the Canadian Arctic strongly suggests that animals migrated from Asia to North America directly across a freshwater sea floating atop the warm, salty Arctic Ocean. More

NOAA Report: Arctic Region Underprepared for Maritime Accidents

1/29/2009 The existing infrastructure for responding to maritime accidents in the Arctic is limited and more needs to be done to enhance emergency response capacity as Arctic sea ice declines and ship traffic in the region increases, according to the report. More

NOAA: New Study Shows Climate Change Largely Irreversible

1/26/2009 A new scientific study led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaches a powerful conclusion about the climate change caused by future increases of carbon dioxide: to a large extent, there’s no going back. More

Antarctic Scientists Inaugurate "Ocean Station Obama"

1/23/2009 As the U.S. research vessel Laurence M. Gould laid anchor off Antarctica, a team of scientists held its own presidential inaugural celebration on Jan. 20. The scientists dubbed their temporary study area "Ocean Station Obama." More

NSF-funded, University of Washington Researcher: New Data Show Much of Antarctica is Warming more than Previously Thought

1/21/2009 For the last 50 years, much of Antarctica has been warming at a rate comparable to the rest of the world. In fact, the warming in West Antarctica is greater than the cooling in East Antarctica, meaning that on average the continent has gotten warmer. More

NASA, NSF Successfully Flight-Test New Balloon Over Antarctica

1/8/2009 NSF and NASA have successfully launched and demonstrated a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that will one day enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. More

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. More
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