Antarctica

The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic

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Chris Mooney
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Drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world'€™s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia. ... Read more about The pristine Arctic has become a garbage trap for 300 billion pieces of plastic

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'Vast reservoir' of methane locked beneath Antarctic ice sheet

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Press Association
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 August 29 2012

Scientists say as much as 4bn tonnes of the potent greenhouse gas could be released into the atmosphere if ice melts ... Read more about 'Vast reservoir' of methane locked beneath Antarctic ice sheet

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Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas

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Steve Connor
Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more po
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Dramatic and unprecedented plumes of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide – have been seen bubbling to the surface of the Arctic Ocean by scientists undertaking an extensive survey of the region.

The scale and volume of the methane release has astonished the head of the Russian research team who has been surveying the seabed of the East Siberian Arctic Shelf off northern Russia for nearly 20 years. ... Read more about Shock as retreat of Arctic sea ice releases deadly greenhouse gas

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Map tracks Antarctica on the move

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Jonathan Amos
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Scientists have produced what they say is the first complete map of how the ice moves across Antarctica.

Built from images acquired by radar satellites, the visualisation details all the great glaciers and the smaller ice streams that feed them.

The map has been published online by Science magazine. ... Read more about Map tracks Antarctica on the move

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