Polar Regions News Roundup W/C 13th November 2023

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12th November 2023

Russia and China are opening a new anti-western front in the Arctic

 	The Russian ‘50 Years of Victory’ nuclear-powered icebreaker makes its way in the Arctic Ocean towards the North Pole. Beijing’s Arctic ambitions were thrown into relief this year when western sanctions began to bite in Moscow © Ekaterina Anisimova/AFP/Getty Images

Moscow has long asserted pre-eminence in the region, while Beijing has commercial and military ambitions of its own there

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What the Melting of Antarctic Ice Shelves Means for the Planet

Larsen B Ice Shelf, Weddell Sea, Antarctica. (Photo by: Sergio Pitamitz/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

A Q&A with Richard Alley, professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, on how melting at the South Pole could impact sea level rise.

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EU urged to throw its economic weight behind Arctic conservation

Ship travelling in arctic waters

Despite the EU having little direct say on the protection of poles and glaciers, advocates argued at the One Planet – Polar Summit, hosted in Paris from Wednesday to Friday (8-10 November), that its economic might can still be influential.

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Seals with funny hats discovered a hidden canyon over a mile deep under Antarctica and scientists want to honor the animals by naming it after them

Antarctic seal wearing head tracker

Scientists put trackers on Antarctic seals to help them map the ocean floor.

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US working with allies over sanctions on Russian Arctic LNG project -State Dept

Arctic LNG-2 project

The U.S. is working closely with partner countries over sanctions on a Russian liquefied natural gas project in the Arctic as a January deadline looms on a wind-down of transactions with the plant, a State Department spokesperson said on Wednesday.

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Have you read our latest Polar Notes article? See below for the most recent publication on the APPG Polar Regions website.

Why Pride matters for doing better polar research

Polar Pride celebrations at Rothera 2021

With the APPG for Polar Regions hosting an event in Parliament to highlight Polar Pride this November, Dr James Lea, Reader in Glaciology and UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Liverpool, explains why Polar Pride, and diversity in this polar sciences, is so important.

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