Monthly Archives: May 2013

New funding saves Arctic Research lab

‘The Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada is receiving the equivalent of about €760,000 a year for five years from the federal government to continue its operations. The announcement comes a year after funding to the site ran out and full-time monitoring of air quality, ozone depletion and climate change […]

11th Nysmac Seminar – 9th to 11th October 2013, Rome Italy – 1st Circular

The seminar brings together scientists who have Svalbard and Ny-Ålesund (78°55’N, 11°56’ E) in particular as a base for their research and monitoring activities. The aim of the meeting is to exchange scientific results, advancements, ideas and experiences to inspire each other and develop Ny-Ålesund further.     The seminar wants to foster the following […]

Climate slowdown means extreme rates of warming ‘not as likely’

‘Scientists say the recent downturn in the rate of global warming will lead to lower temperature rises in the short-term’. Read more on this story at the BBC News Website.

Arctic Council adds 6 Nations as Observer States

The Arctic Council has given 6 nations permanent observer status. These are India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and China.  However,  a decision on the EU’s application on obtaining permanent observer status has been deferred. Read more on this story at:

Meteorite crater reveals future of a globally warmed world

New research looking at sediment cores from Lake El’gygytgyn, 100 km north of the Arctic circle, shows that Arctic temperatures were 8C higher than today. Lush forests covered the tundra and sea levels were higher than they are today.  Read more on this story from the Guardian Online.

Mercury exposure linked to dramatic decline in Arctic foxes

According to a recent study, Arctic foxes who feed on ocean prey are being exposed to dangerous levels of mercury which in turn could have important implications for conservation in the Arctic. More on this story can be found on the BBC News website, with data having been published in the Journal PLOS ONE.

Arctic Ocean ‘acidifying rapidly’

According to a report from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), commissioned by the eight nations with Arctic territories, the Arctic seas are becoming more acidic due to rising levels of carbon dioxide emissions. This has led to widespread changes in the ocean chemistry  in the region. Read the full story on the BBC […]