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the plight of the penguins

the plight of the penguins

Antarctic biodiversity has not escaped the environmental stress anthropogenic-induced warming is causing globally. Penguins, birds that have evolved to perfectly suit their harsh environment, are now increasingly at risk as population numbers decline in the fact of climate change. Factors impacting their ability to adapt […]

Should Antarctic tourism be encouraged?

Should Antarctic tourism be encouraged?

Antarctica’s growing tourism industry: Antarctica’s been hailed as one of the world’s last ‘tourism frontiers’. Ironically, its extremity has both deterred and attracted explorers across history, and its wilderness is put at risk by the people who seek out just that. If tourism on and around […]

Antarctica’s ozone issue

Antarctica’s ozone issue

In 1985 3 scientists from the British Antarctic Survey raised the alarm regarding depletion of the ozone layer above Antarctica, the international community jumped into action at a speed rarely seen in the field of environmentalism. Only 2 years after the first report, the Montreal […]

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 […]

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, […]