Polar Regions News Roundup W/C 8th January 2024

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8th January 2024

Are Russia and China Teaming Up to Control the Arctic?

A soldier holds a machine gun as he patrols the Russian northern military base on Kotelny island, beyond the Artic circle on April 3, 2019. Credit: Maxime Popov/AFP via Getty Images

Worried Pentagon officials are resetting U.S. Arctic policy and training in response to China and Russia’s plans.

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Red alert in Antarctica: the year rapid, dramatic change hit climate scientists like a ‘punch in the guts’

Antarctica  Photograph: Michael Shortt/AP

Study after study showed the breakdown of climate systems taking place much earlier than foreseen, with potentially catastrophic results.

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Polar bear dies from bird flu as H5N1 spreads across globe

olar bears are listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN red list of endangered species, mainly due to the loss of sea ice. Photograph: Yvette Cardozo/Alamy

Current outbreak, which started in 2021, is estimated to have killed millions of wild birds and thousands of mammals globally.

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Army medical officer says she is fastest woman to solo ski across Antarctica

Harpreet Chandi, from Derby, posing beside the signpost at the end of her solo unsupported South Pole ski expedition

Captain Harpreet Chandi already broke two Guinness World Records for polar exploration last year but now claims she has a third.

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Sunscreen agents detected in Arctic snow samples for the first time

Sampling at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.

An international team of researchers found traces of sunscreen agents on the glaciers of the Svalbard archipelago.

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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.

The Environmental Audit Select Committee’s Inquiry ‘Britain and the Arctic.’

A boat and icebergs

James Gray MP, Chair of APPG Polar Regions and the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee Sub-Committee on Polar Research, reflects on the findings of an Inquiry into the UK’s relationship with the Arctic. The wide ranging and in-depth Report was launched at the Arctic Circle Assembly at Reykjavik in late October.

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