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2010-02-06 14:40:15

A claim made by the UN climate change panel in 2007 that half of the country of the Netherlands was below sea level, is being contested by the country itself. Dutch authorities estimate that only 26 percent of the country is below sea level and will be asking the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to check its figures, environment ministry spokesman Trimo Vallaart told AFP. The IPCC's calculation that 55 percent of the Netherlands was below sea level came from adding the actual...

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2009-04-06 06:50:00

An ice bridge in the Antarctic, which linked a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands, has collapsed. According to scientists, the rupture provides further evidence that climate change is occurring in the region. Researchers also fear that the Wilkins Ice Shelf, located on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, could be on the brink of breaking away. The bridge was regarded by scientists as an important barrier holding the shelf structure in place. The removal of the bridge...

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2009-01-19 15:15:00

A large ice shelf is near collapse in Antarctica, held together only by a small strip of ice as global warming continues to alter the map of the frozen continent. "We've come to the Wilkins Ice Shelf to see its final death throes," glaciologist David Vaughan of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) told Reuters after his red Twin Otter plane landed near the shelf's narrowest section. "It really could go at any minute," he said, adding that the ice bridge could linger weeks or months. The large,...

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2009-01-16 09:20:00

Increased rainfall on the Antarctic Peninsula is rapidly melting glaciers like the Sheldon, which has recoiled 1.2 miles in 20 years and is raising world sea levels, a leading expert announced."Rain is very corrosive to glaciers and at least in part the reason this glacier is retreating," said David Vaughan, a British Antarctic Survey glaciologist."The glacier has retreated since 1989 and left this open water. That's the same pattern for 87 percent of 400 glaciers along the Antarctic...

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2009-01-13 16:50:41

Scientists say the Antarctic Peninsula's most fearsome land predator is a reddish bug called the Rhagidia mite. Although the continent is best known for penguins, seals and whales, the tiny mite is considered it's top predator. Now researchers are stepping up their study of these miniscule creatures in Antarctica for possible early warnings about how climate change may disrupt life around the planet in coming decades. Pete Convey, a biologist at the British Antarctic Survey, said Antarctica...

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2008-03-25 16:45:00

British Antarctic Survey has captured dramatic satellite and video images of an Antarctic ice shelf that looks set to be the latest to break out from the Antarctic Peninsula. A large part of the Wilkins Ice Shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is now supported only by a thin strip of ice hanging between two islands. It is another identifiable impact of climate change on the Antarctic environment. Scientists monitoring satellite images of the Wilkins Ice Shelf spotted that a huge (41 by 2.5 km)...

2008-01-21 09:23:24

A volcano beneath Antarctica’s icy surface has been detected for the first time. Under the frozen continent's western-most ice sheet, the volcano erupted about 2,300 years ago yet remains active, according to a study published Sunday in an online issue of the journal Nature Geosciences. "We believe this was the biggest eruption in Antarctica during the last 10,000 years," said study co-author Hugh Corr, a glaciologist for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). "It blew a...