Oceans could rise more than a foot by 2100

If greenhouse gases continue apace, Greenland and Antarctica's shrinking ice sheets could add 15 inches to sea level rise by 2100, researchers warn.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: greenland greenhouse-gas antarctica earth-and-environment sea-levels ice-sheet

Ancient creature might’ve been the first to hibernate

New findings suggest that "entering into a hibernation-like state is not a relatively new type of adaptation. It is an ancient one."

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: extinction fossils antarctica science-and-technology hibernation

Clean Arctic skies are a window to Earth in 1850

Pristine air over the Southern Ocean suggests clouds from the industrial era weren't so different from those of today, researchers say.

U. Washington • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pollution antarctica oceans clouds earth-and-environment

Microscopic animals are busy distributing microplastics throughout the world's soil

Our research on a remote Antarctic island found microplastics in the intestines of tiny animals.

Tancredi Caruso, Associate Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin • conversation
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: antarctica microplastics plastic-pollution microplastic

Antarctic sea lizard laid mystery fossil named ‘The Thing’

"It is from an animal the size of a large dinosaur, but it is completely unlike a dinosaur egg."

Monica Kortsha-Texas • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils eggs antarctica oceans lizards science-and-technology

We caught bacteria from the most pristine air on earth to help solve a climate modeling mystery

Climate models have been overestimating how much sunlight hits the Southern Ocean. This is because the clouds there are different from clouds anywhere else. Bacterial DNA helped us understand why.

Thomas Hill, Research Scientist, Colorado State University • conversation
June 19, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate bacteria antarctica climate-models atmospheric-science weather clouds southern-ocean

Meteorites from Mars contain clues about the red planet's geology

Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.

Arya Udry, Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology, Planetary Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas • conversation
June 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space nasa mars gravity volcanoes antarctica earth meteorites outer-space asteroids national-science-foundation mars-rover sahara rock life-on-mars morocco martian-volcanoes

Nitrous oxide from penguin poo made researchers feel loopy

Researchers in Antarctica accidentally experienced an odd source of "laughing gas." The nitrous oxide came from large amounts of penguin guano.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
May 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: greenhouse-gas nitrous-oxide antarctica penguins science-and-technology earth-and-environment feces

One part of the ocean actually cooled down over time

"The cooling of the Southern Ocean over three decades is really unusual," given the warm-up happening everywhere else.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
May 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change antarctica ice oceans earth-and-environment

Antarctica, Greenland losing 318 gigatons of ice a year

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica have lost 318 gigatons of ice a year for 16 years. Just one gigaton would fill 400,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change greenland antarctica featured earth-and-environment sea-levels sea-ice

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