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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Arctic

Last year
# Climate Change
Antarctica hits record temperatures, experts say
Well above normal temperatures have been recorded recently in both the Arctic and Antarctica.
All time
# melting
The Arctic endured one of its hottest years in 2020, study finds
The year 2020 did not beat the record set in 2012, but came quite close.
# melting ice
Global warming could see most polar bears disappear from Arctic by 2100
Researchers said ‘aggressive’ cuts to greenhouse gas emissions are needed.
# Akademik Lomonosov
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings from environmentalists
Environmental groups have dubbed the project “Chernobyl on ice” and a “nuclear Titanic.”
# microplastics
Microplastics found in Arctic and Alps after being carried by wind and snow, scientists warn
The researchers have called for urgent research to assess the health risks of inhalation.
# under the snow
Russia has built a huge natural gas plant in the middle of the Arctic
The €23 billion plant will face problem sin how to transport the gas.
# Snow
'Brutally cold' weather blamed for 33 deaths across Europe over the weekend
Many of the dead are migrants or homeless people.
# Global Warming
Record temperatures as the North Pole gets a heatwave for Christmas
As the North Pole is made up completely of sea ice, it may mean that Santa Claus will have to transfer his operations elsewhere.
# weather bomb
While Storm Frank flooded Ireland, it raised North Pole temperatures above freezing
It was 20 degrees Celsius above the mid-winter norm.
# Svalbard
Shocking photo of emaciated polar bear goes viral
But is it the result of climate change or old age?
# holey show
First ever pictures of Arctic beluga whale in Irish waters (well, it has been a bad summer)
The whale hasn’t been spotted since 1988 – and this is the first image of a beluga in Irish waters.
# everything is not awesome
Here's the video that made LEGO kick Shell to the kerb
A Greenpeace campaign has led to the toy giant distancing itself from Shell.
# Due north
The majesty of Greenland: Irish photographer captures arctic beauty in new exhibition
The exhibition will take place in The Copper House off Synge Street next Wednesday.
# Bear necessities
At last: Study explains why polar bears are fat and yet healthy
It’s all down to genes and some super-speedy evolution.
Minus 50 degrees you say? Let's go for a dip....
Two adventurers planning the first Irish trek to the North Pole have been acclimatising themselves in remote northern Canada.
# everest x 10
Here's why the first ever Irish trek to the North Pole could be the last ever by humans
Daytime temperatures of minus 50, costs that could run to €100,000 plus, and at least 780km to cover (depending on the temperament of the Arctic ice)…
Column: An uncertain future... human, plant, and animal survival in the Arctic
In past climatic history, an ice-free Arctic Ocean has been the norm, and should this condition return it will not (necessarily) destroy the terrestrial Arctic, writes R.M.M Crawford.
# chasing ice
Public invited to ask burning questions on climate change
Free event in UCC will outline latest research on climate change – and open the floor to questions (from any side).
# Waterworld
What would happen if all the ice melted? Well, we'd be waving goodbye to most of Connacht
Not to mention, all of The Netherlands….
# Greenpeace
Russia switches Greenpeace activists' charges from piracy to 'hooliganism'
The new charge – used against the members of Pussy Riot – carries a maximum sentence of seven years in a penal colony.
# Russia
Greenpeace activists could face 15 years in Russian prison for piracy
The 30 activists from 18 countries have been detained since they scaled an oil platform in the Arctic last week.
# north of disko
Irish adventurers return from Arctic with stunning photos, mild sea-sickness
The eleven person team – ranging in age from their early 20s to early 60s – are back on dry land after an epic voyage to Greenland and a turbulent return sea journey that “put manners on everybody”…
Aircraft-mounted cameras capture stunning views of polar regions
NASA is in the fifth year of its mission to survey the Arctic and Antarctic. Its cockpit cameras have gathered some spectacular footage…
# Donegal
Ice road trekkers' epic journey raises thousands for charity
Three Donegal men completed a 1,000 mile drive through Alaska – and were helped by some of the stars of the History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers show.
Column: Climate change warnings should put the heat on all of us
The last 12 months have seen unprecedented climatic developments, writes Gavin Harte. Are we going to heed the warning?
# marine life
Huge quantities of plankton discovered under Arctic ice
NASA study of tiny algae led to discovery of under-ice ‘bloom’ of the marine food source.
# Baby Woolly
Baby woolly mammoth found in Russia's Arctic
Remember Lyuba – the 40,000 year-old woolly mammoth that was discovered four years ago? They may have just found her friend.
# polar bear
Teenage boy mauled to death by polar bear in Norway
Four others have been injured in the attack. The boy’s identity has not yet been confirmed.
# Denied
Greenpeace prevented from posting protest pictures on Twitter and Facebook
Activists occupied the headquarters of an energy company in Edinburgh on Monday.
# Climate
Report: Arctic ice is melting more quickly than previously thought
Melting Arctic glaciers and ice caps now expected to contribute to raising global sea levels to 63 inches by 2100.
BP faces protests at shareholder meeting
BP will face protests at a shareholder meeting in London today, as fishermen complain of poor compensation for the oil spill and investors condemn excessive executive pay packets.
# Oil Rig Raid
Greenpeace occupy Arctic oil rig
Protesters say they have succeeded in stopping operations at the Baffin Bay oil rig off the coast of Greenland.