Polar Regions News Roundup W/C 29th April 2024

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29th April 2024

Giga-scale green hydrogen project announced in Arctic Norway using world's first floating ammonia production vessel

A computer rendering of the P2XFloater in the Arctic.Photo: H2Carrier

Norwegian developer H2Carrier aims to build 1.55GW of onshore wind in the country's remote northeast to produce NH3 on a moored ship.

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World Penguin Day: Antarctica's emperor penguin population could fall 99% by end of century, study warns

World Penguin Day: Antarctica's emperor penguin population could fall 99% by end of century, study warns

One in five of the icy continent’s emperor penguin colonies failed last year due to sea ice melting too early. If greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at currents levels, scientists believe emperor penguins will be functionally extinct by the end of this century.

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WATCH: What happens when the permafrost thaws?

Arctic permafrost

Around 11% of the Earth's land mass is covered by permafrost. But its delicate balance is being threatened by climate change. Video made by Daniel Nils Roberts, in partnership with the Royal Society.

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Active volcano in Antarctica spews tiny crystals of gold worth $6,000 a day

Satellite images of Mount Erebus from 2013. (Photo credit: NASA)

It sounds like a dream, but it's true in Antarctica, gold rains from the sky. Tucked in among the glaciers, fiery Mount Erebus is the southernmost active volcano on Earth, providing a bit of heat amid the frozen landscape.

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Russia Reduces LNG Forecasts As Western Sanctions Delay Arctic Projects

Train 2 of Arctic LNG 2 under construction at Belokamenka in mid-April 2024. (Source: Belokamenka on VK)

In a sign of the effectiveness of Western sanctions targeting Russian liquefied natural gas (LNG), the country’s Ministry of the Economy has published revised estimates for future LNG production.

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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: Antarctic Paintings by Polly Townsend - the Artist in Residence in Antarctica 2022

Polly Townsend's art studio on HMS Protector in the crow's nest
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 Research Specialist, Amy Gray, discusses the launch of the Antarctic Paintings exhibition by Polly Townsend (Artist in Residence in Antarctica 2022), highlighting the importance of art’s role in engaging with the public on polar issues and generating an emotive connection with the both the environment and our planet’s vulnerable frozen wildernesses.

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