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Boaty McBoatface submarine records successful maiden voyage

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‘Boaty is already delivering new insight into some of the coldest ocean waters on Earth,’ said Universities and science minister Jo Johnson. Photograph: University of Southampton/PA

Robotic submersible probes depths of up to 4,000m near Antarctic Peninsula to obtain unprecedented data on how mixing ocean waters affect climate change

June 28, 2017 — A yellow submarine dubbed Boaty McBoatface has obtained “unprecedented data” from its first voyage exploring one of the deepest and coldest ocean regions on Earth, scientists have said. Continue reading Boaty McBoatface submarine records successful maiden voyage

Antarctica’s high elevation is slowing rate of warming, says study

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Antarctic explorer staring at new horizonts Credit: VichoT / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Temperatures in the Arctic are increasing around three times as fast as the global average, yet the pace of warming has been much slower at Earth’s other pole

May 18, 2017 — A new study, just published in Earth System Dynamics, suggests the difference might – in part – be down to the great heights of Antarctica’s land surface. Continue reading Antarctica’s high elevation is slowing rate of warming, says study

Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers

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Cores drilled from three islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula reveal that the warming climate has spurred on biological activity. Photograph: Matt Amesbury

In the past 50 years the quantity and rate of plant growth has shot up, says study, suggesting further warming could lead to rapid ecosystem changes

May 18, 2017 — Antarctica may conjure up an image of a pristine white landscape, but researchers say climate change is turning the continent green. Continue reading Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers

Antarctic peninsula temperatures have fallen, study shows

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Icebergs in Yalour Islands in the Antarctic peninsula. Photograph: Nick Garbutt / Barcroft Media

Scientists said cooling of tip over past 15 years is related to wind patterns, but does not mean that global warming has stopped

July 21, 20116 — The tip of the Antarctic peninsula has cooled over the past 15 years, scientists have found, but the discovery does not mean global warming has stopped.  Continue reading Antarctic peninsula temperatures have fallen, study shows

Warmer oceans driving Antarctic Peninsula glacier melt

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Iceberg floats in Andord Bay on Graham Land, Antarctic in November. Photo: jocrebbin/Getty Images.

The Antarctic Peninsula is a long, relatively narrow limb extending 800 miles out from West Antarctica, and is home to hundreds of glaciers.

July 16, 2016 — These rivers of ice ooze their way down through the Peninsula’s rocky mountain range and into the ocean, powered by gravity and their own weight.  Continue reading Warmer oceans driving Antarctic Peninsula glacier melt