Antarctica & Arctic

January 31, 2023

DEADLINE: CASW's GEOTRACES Reporting Fellowship in Antarctica

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing's fellowship (and $15,000 grant) is for an early-career journalist to accompany an oceanographic expedition to Antarctica, Nov 2023-Jan 2024, investigating how rapid glacier melting and associated processes are affecting the chemistry of the world’s oceans. Deadline: Jan 31, 2023.

Topics on the Beat: 

"The Arctic Is Becoming Wetter and Stormier, Scientists Warn"

"As humans warm the planet, the once reliably frigid and frozen Arctic is becoming wetter and stormier, with shifts in its climate and seasons that are forcing local communities, wildlife and ecosystems to adapt, scientists said Tuesday in an annual assessment of the region."

Source: NYTimes, 12/14/2022

"Negotiations To Conserve Antarctic Ocean End In Stalemate On Many Issues"

"On Nov. 4, the 41st annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) closed without making significant progress toward the establishment of new marine protected areas (MPAs) and fishery regulations. The scientific community and most delegates to the meeting had urged the adoption of new protections for Southern Ocean ecosystems to buffer damage from climate change and fishing."

Source: Mongabay, 11/08/2022

Wildfire Pollution May Play Surprising Role in Fate of Arctic Sea Ice

"Scientists say changes in the amounts of wildfire smoke mixing with clouds over the Arctic Ocean may play a key role in determining how fast the Arctic sea ice cover will shrink during the next few decades, and when it will disappear completely in summer."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/28/2022


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