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Earl Gregg Swem Library

NASA-UCI Study Indicates Loss of West Antarctic Glaciers Appears Unstoppable

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Science/Technology

Reports results of investigation sponsored jointly  by NASA and the University of California-Irvine which determined that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt into the sea raising sea levels by four feet.  From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan…)

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Arctic/Antarctic,Australia,Environment,Headlines,Japan,Treaties,United Nations


Decision of the International Court of Justice that Japanese whaling activities in the Antarctic is a commercial whaling venture that is a violation of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.  Japan claims it is a scientific research program.  From the International Court of Justice


Alaskan National Park Glaciers: Status and Trends: Fourth Progress Report

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,Recreation/Travel,Weather/Disasters

Presents results from mapping of all glacier extents and from measurements of surface elevation change for Alaskan glaciers.  Discovered that glaciers decreased 5% to 11% from 1950/51 to 2005/07.  From the National Park Service


National Strategy for the Arctic Region

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Natural Resources

Proposes a strategy for taking advantage of emerging economic opportunities in the warming Arctic region while working with other nations to protect the environment and promote peace.  From the White House


Arctic Strategy

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Defense/Military,Energy,Environment,Homeland Security,Natural Resources

The ice is melting and the mineral resources are becoming more available for exploitation.  This document presents the U.S. strategy for maintaining stability and security in the arctic in a warming world.  From the Defense Department


WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate in 2012

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Weather/Disasters

Covers key findings, regional climate features and tropical cyclones.  2012 joined the ten previous years as one of the warmest on record.  From the World Meterological Organization


Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization: Background and Issues for Congress

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Defense/Military,Govt Finance

Describes the current state of the U.S. icebreakers, the budget prospects for improvements, and how polar icebreaking should be handled in the future.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


UNEP Yearbook: Emerging Issues in our Global Environment 2013

Categories: Arctic/Antarctic,Climate Change,Environment,Natural Resources,United Nations

Sounds an alarm about damage to the polar icecaps.  As sea ice melts (it was 18% below previous recorded minimums in the summer of 2012), a rush to exploit natural resources creates conditions for further damage to the fragile system.  From the United Nations Environment Programme



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