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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. More

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. More

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). More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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: More

McChord Airmen Fuel Remote Antarctic Research Camp

12/9/2008 The U.S. Air Force completed the first C-17 airdrop to a field camp in Antarctica's Gamburtsev Mountains Nov. 26. Thirty bundles of fuel and other supplies were delivered to a scientific camp in one of the most remote locations on earth. More

Speed Matters for Ice-shelf Breaking

11/27/2008 It won't help the Titanic, but a newly derived, simple law may help scientists improve their climate models and glaciologists predict where icebergs will calve off from their parent ice sheets, according to a team of Penn State researchers. More

Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research Program Researchers take Climate Change Seminar to Venetie

11/25/2008 Residents of Venetie, Alaska, week welcomed ten researchers from the UAF Bonanza Creek LTER program for an open discussion about climate change and its implications for rural villages and their subsistence livelihoods. More
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