Polar Regions News Roundup W/C 22nd January 2024

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22nd January 2024

Greenland losing 30m tonnes of ice an hour, study reveals

Photograph: Murat Tellioglu/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Greenland ice cap is losing an average of 30m tonnes of ice an hour due to the climate crisis, a study has revealed, which is 20% more than was previously thought.

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Warmer seas trigger skyrocketing ice loss in 3 Antarctic glaciers

This 2022 satellite photo shows a breakup of sea ice along the Antarctic Peninsula. This has triggered a rapid retreat, here, of three glaciers that flow into the sea.

Several glaciers in Antarctica are undergoing dramatic ice loss as they accelerate into the sea, with powerful ocean waves helping spur the rapid retreat. Such a rapid retreat “is really unheard of,” says Mathieu Morlighem.

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Canada gives mineral-rich Arctic region of Nunavut control over its resources

Nunavut Premier P. J. Akeegok holds the signed Nunavut devolution agreement beside Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the ceremony at the Aqsarniit Hotel & Conference Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada January 18, 2024. REUTERS/Natalie Maerzluft

Canada on Thursday formally gave the giant Arctic territory of Nunavut control over its reserves of gold, diamonds, iron, cobalt and rare earth metals, a move that could boost exploration and development.

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Arctic Ice Has Lost 20–35% of Its Reflectivity

Sea ice from above. Credit: Shawnanggg/ Unsplash

The Arctic, Earth’s icy crown, is experiencing a climate crisis like no other. It’s heating up at a furious pace — four times faster than the rest of our planet. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are pulling back the curtain on the reduction of sunlight reflectivity, or albedo, which is supercharging the Arctic’s warming.

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Antarctic tourism: Should we just say no?

Antarctic icebergs and tourists (Image credit: Mint Images-David Schultz/Getty Images)

More people are visiting the frozen continent than ever before. Has the very idea of Antarctic tourism become unethical?

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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.

COP 28: A quick-fire Q&A with Jamie Anderson, Director of APPG for Polar Regions

Jamie Anderson, Director of APPG for the Polar Regions

In December last year, the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held at Expo City, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The APPG for the Polar Regions attended the conference and here are a few of our Director, Jamie Anderson’s, key takeaways from Dubai.

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