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2009-02-16 12:57:30

Forty-two years after the closure of its first Antarctic base, Belgium opened a new $26 million "zero emissions" polar science station in Antarctica on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. The Belgian-based International Polar Foundation introduced the Princess Elisabeth research hub, which it claims is totally energy self-sufficient and will release few, if any, carbon dioxide emissions. Governments everywhere are seeking out alternative energy sources to combat climate change brought on...

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2009-01-13 16:54:19

A report on Tuesday suggests Australia's Aborigines will feel the impact of climate warming more than other Australians, as their remote outback homes and generally poor health making them particularly vulnerable. Researchers wrote in the Medical Journal of Australia that with temperatures in the tropical north and interior tipped to rise by three degrees Celsius by 2050, worsening already searing summer heat, the government must act fast to improve aboriginal health and housing. The report...

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2008-12-01 14:35:00

British and German Scientist have put together the first comprehensive inventory of sea and land animals living in a polar region. Teams from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Hamburg University found that Antarctica's South Orkney Islands had a bigger abundance of life than expected. Over 1,200 species were found, including five new to science. The findings were published in the Journal of Biogeography, and are expected to help monitor how the animals respond to future changes. "This is...

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2008-10-06 12:20:00

A glacier hasn't been seen in England since the Ice Age. Ironically though, Antarctic scientists are gathering in a muddy field In Britain to study how to endure life on the world's coldest continent. Living in tents and occasionally sharing the field with horses or geese from nearby farms, the scientists study skills such as igniting a frozen paraffin stove or dodging a crevasse. Ever since the 1970s, the British Antarctic Survey has taught the majority of their staff here: cooks, pilots,...

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2008-10-03 12:55:35

Expeditioners say Australia's Antarctic bases are perfect for planning long-term space missions since being trapped in the depths of an Antarctic winter is no different than being trapped on the moon. "When you are in Antarctica you know you can't get out -- there's no rescue during winter. And that changes one's mentality," said Des Lugg, head of polar medicine at the Australian Antarctic Division from 1968-2001 and now a consultant to NASA. "You can get back faster from the international...

2008-09-06 00:00:12

PLUMBERS who want to get away from it all are invited to apply for a rare job - in Antarctica. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) need general maintenance workers for their Bird Island research station. The lucky candidates will support scientists studying wildlife. James Miller, of BAS, said: " This is an amazing opportunity. Where else can you work in an environment surrounded by penguins, seals and icebergs? "This is a tremendous opportunity for someone with a sense of adventure to...

2008-08-17 21:00:27

By RANDOLPH E SCHMID By Randolph E. Schmid The Associated Press WASHINGTON Bitter cold and floating sea ice long frustrated scientists seeking to study the ocean around Antarctica in winter. The solution: Send in the seals. The polar regions are expected to be especially sensitive to climate change, but collecting data has been a problem, especially in the wind-whipped Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. So researchers led by Jean-Benoit Charrassin of the National Museum of...

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2008-03-21 13:05:00

Researchers found surprisingly large creatures and several potentially new specimens in New Zealand's Antarctic Ross Sea, including jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and 2-foot-wide starfish. "It's exciting when you come across a new species," said Chris Jones, a fisheries scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "All the fish people go nuts about that - but you have to take it with a grain of salt." The survey, part of the International Polar Year program, is the...

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2008-02-22 10:45:00

"Antarctica is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in natural history but it also challenges those people who visit to think broadly about our responsibilities to all life on Earth." That's the view of Dr Robert Lambert, a lecturer on Tourism and the Environment at The University of Nottingham, who has just returned from the Antarctic in his role as an Observer for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).Dr Lambert, who is a member of the Business...

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2008-02-16 00:00:00

An army of voracious giant crabs is on the brink of invading the shallow seas off Antarctica, where an array of unique, almost prehistoric sealife has evolved for millions of years without any predators. Scientists warned yesterday that global warming was raising the temperature of the seas, allowing the crabs to creep ever higher up the slope leading to the continental shelf. These waters, whose temperature is about freezing point, are home to fish with anti-freeze proteins in...


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Asia
2013-02-19 13:06:23

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. It is located mainly in the eastern and northern hemispheres covering 8.7 percent of the Earth’s whole surface area and making up 30 percent of its land area. With about 4.3 billion people, it hosts 60 percent of the world’s current human population. This continent has a high growth rate in the modern era. For example, during the 20th century, Asia’s population almost quadrupled. This continent is defined as making up the...

Europe
2013-02-19 08:55:56

Europe is, by regulation, one of the world’s seven continents. Consisting of the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, Europe is generally divided from Asia by the watershed divides of the Ural and Caucasus Mountains, the Ural River, the Black and Caspian Seas, and the waterways that connect the Black and Aegean Seas. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean towards the north, Atlantic Ocean to the west, Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea and connected waterways to the southeast....

Africa
2013-02-18 11:10:17

As the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent, Africa is about 11.7 sq. miles including adjacent islands. It covers 6 percent of the Earth’s total surface area and 20.4 percent of the total land area. With 1 billion people, it accounts for about 15 percent of the world’s human population. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Indian...

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