Polar Regions News Roundup W/C 22nd April 2024

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22nd April 2024

Antarctic Ice Shelf The Size of France Suddenly Jumps Once or Twice a Day

The Ross Ice Shelf is on the move. (gyro/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

A new study of the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica has uncovered elastic waves that send the entire sheet lurching forward once or twice a day.

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Biden administration restricts oil and gas leasing in 13 million acres of Alaska's petroleum reserve

Biden administration restricts oil and gas leasing in 13 million acres of Alaska's petroleum reserve

The Biden administration has finalized rules that would restrict new oil and gas leasing and development in portions of a federal petroleum reserve in Alaska that are considered particularly sensitive as the Arctic continues to warm.

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Scientists probe the secrets of mega icebergs

Antarctic iceberg. Credit: Getty Images

UK scientists are seeking to understand the triggers that result in the production of giant Antarctic icebergs.

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What will NATO do with its giant Arctic footprint?

Soldier in cold-weather combat gear

As NATO commemorated its 75th anniversary this month, the direction of the alliance’s posture toward the Arctic region has been called into question.

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Warming of Antarctic deep-sea waters contribute to sea level rise in North Atlantic, study finds

Infographic highlights the area of study and findings of the Abyssal Limb of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). Credit: Nicole Bozkurt, University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine, Atmospheric, and Earth Science.

A new study analysing two decades of deep sea oceanographic data (published in the journal Nature Geoscience) found that human-induced environmental changes around Antarctica are contributing to sea level rise in the North Atlantic.

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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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