Polar Regions News Roundup W/C 15th April 2024

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15th April 2024

The Arctic Is Burning – And It Is Changing The World

In 2014, megafires in Canada’s Northwest Territories scorched more than 7 million acres of forest, releasing half as much carbon back into the atmosphere as all the plants and trees in Canada typically absorb in an entire year. (Credit: NASA/Peter Griffith)

The Arctic is rapidly warming, and wildland fires are sweeping across the region with devastating consequences.

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Watch: Hordes of baby penguins jump off 50ft ice cliff

Credit: National Geographic/Bertie Gregory

‘I had no idea chicks would make such a giant leap,’ says National Geographic wildlife filmmaker whose record of Antarctic ritual is a first.

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US administration moves to limit oil and gas development in Arctic region  

The US Geological Survey estimates that the rock formations beneath the reserve hold around 8.7 billion barrels of recoverable oil. Credit: saraporn/Shutterstock.

The US administration is set to implement significant restrictions on oil and gas development in Alaska’s Arctic region, reported Bloomberg. This move, which could be finalised within days, represents one of President Joe Biden’s most substantial efforts to curtail fossil fuel exploration on federal lands, aligning with his climate change mitigation and land conservation goals.

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Antarctica's Melting Ice Threatens Its Meteorites

Credit: Cassie Mathias/ Unsplash

For every tenth of a degree of increase in global air temperature, nearly 9,000 meteorites disappear from Antarctica.

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UK reaffirms commitment to Arctic security and prosperity

David Rutley, Minister for the Americas, Caribbean and Overseas Territories and Minister for the Polar Regions

The UK’s commitment to international collaboration in the Arctic will be the focus for Americas Minister David Rutley on his first visit to Alaska.

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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.

Polar Note: Celebrating 80 Years of Antarctic History - The Legacy of Port Lockroy

Port Lockroy

Polar Notes is a fortnightly feature, published by the All Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions, looking at a current polar issue or topic of conversation in more depth.  

Our newest article, authored by our APPG’s Director, Jamie Anderson (Trustee for UK Antarctic Heritage Trust) reflects on the 80th anniversary of Britain's first permanent Antarctic base, Base A Port Lockroy, delving into the history of this culturally and scientifically significant base, which continues to capture the imaginations of visitors today.

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