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Weddell Sea MPA collapses. What’s next?

Weddell Sea MPA collapses. What’s next?

The WWF Living Planet Report released at the end of October told the depressing tale of how humans have wiped out 60% of the earth’s wildlife since 1970. This wasn’t enough, however, to encourage Russia, China and Norway to agree to extend a no-take Marine Protected […]

Dirty Antarctica

Dirty Antarctica

It turns out even the most isolated continent on earth isn’t immune from human-made, and human-spread, pollutants. A new and emerging aspect of Antarctic study is revealing alarming levels of plastic and chemical pollution on and around Antarctica. From environmental pollutants left behind from Scott and Shackleton’s […]

the sound of antarctica

the sound of antarctica

Researchers from the American Geophysical Union have found, by deploying seismographs across the Ross ice shelf, that a song can be heard coming from within the ice. These super sensitive instruments (placed in the shelf’s near-surface) picked up different frequencies and ‘spectral changes’ as it experienced […]

Assessing the state of Antarctica

Assessing the state of Antarctica

Since 2002, Antarctica as a whole has been losing 24 cubic miles of ice each year, with ice loss tripling after 2012 (NASA, 2018). When the Larsen C ice shelf fractured and sent a chunk of ice twice the size of Luxembourg off into the Weddell […]

Why Antarctica?

Why Antarctica?

Or, ‘what makes Antarctica so special?’  The answers to this question provide my reasons for choosing to study this other-worldly continent. Antarctica is a place of enormous proportions (bigger than the entirety of the US and Mexico combined), unimaginable weather conditions and properties (it’s the highest, driest, […]

something new…

something new…

Things are changing! For the next 14 or so weeks this blog is going to become part of an assessment for one of my MSc modules. The idea is that we choose a topic of interest, interweaving it with concepts of global environmental change from our […]

Back to school basics

Back to school basics

Back to school season is here.  And that means new stationery! (Don’t judge me, I know you love new pens too.) This time of year for a lot of us is all about new beginnings. New courses, new classes, new friends, new struggles and new successes. […]

climate action; it requires our attention now more than ever

climate action; it requires our attention now more than ever

September 14th, 2018 was the final day of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, where leaders and citizens alike came together to discuss the success of the climate movement so far, as well as looking to the future at what else must be […]

22 things I’ve learnt by 22

22 things I’ve learnt by 22

This post would probably make more sense if I was about to turn 23. I’m not (I have another 3 months yet), but I’m feeling wistful so bear with me… I’ve seen a few Youtube videos along this vein and I kinda love them! They […]

Let’s have a plastic free summer

Let’s have a plastic free summer

This month WWF UK launched their campaign for a Plastic-Free Summer following their new report ‘Out of the Plastic Trap: Saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution’. Want to get involved? All it takes is a few steps and a slight mindset shift.