Polar Regions News Roundup W/C 23rd October 2023

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22nd October 2023

Arctic warming four times faster than rest of planet: COP28 President

Al Jaber at Arctic Circle Assembly

Addressing the Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Al Jaber urged nations to rally behind the COP28 Action Agenda in order to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

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Scientists Track ‘Alarming’ Melt in Antarctic Ice Shelves

Small chunks of ice float on the water near Fournier Bay, Antarctica, in February 2020.

Around 40% of Antarctica’s ice shelves have significantly shrunk over the last 25 years, scientists said on Oct. 12, in findings the European Space Agency said were “alarming.”

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Greenland’s massive ice sheet is melting — here’s how to save it

Greenland icesheet melting

The ice sheet could experience runaway melting if the world overshoots climate targets, but even then quick action could stabilize it.

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Mega penguins: These are the largest penguins to have ever lived

Illustration of extinct Palaeeudyptes klekowskii with a human and emperor penguin for scale

No penguin alive today can compare with some of the extinct giants that once roamed the planet, including Kumimanu fordycei, Petradyptes stonehousei and Palaeeudyptes klekowskii.

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Putin praises 'dear friend' Xi, pitches Russia's Northern Sea route

President Vladimir Putin and President Xi Jinping

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and invited global investment in the Northern Sea route which he said could deepen trade between east and west.

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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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