Russia had announced the construction of a new generation of nuclear icebreakers in 2009. The first icebreaker had been laid down in 2013 and is scheduled for commission in 2017. Now, the second ship, named Sibir, has been keel-laid in Murmansk on May 26. A number of high-ranking officials were present at this occasion.
A group of 58 experts met in Hobart mid-May to discuss strategies for future operations in Antarctic waters as sea-ice cover increases and strengthens in parts of Antarctica.
The Russian Far East regions are among the most remote areas in the world. Transportation means are limited due to the vastness and distances of the region. However, at a meeting of the Russian Academy of Science the head of the Russian Railways, Vladimir Yakunin presented ideas to change that.
Australian scientists have created a “future ocean” under the Antarctic sea ice to measure the impact of ocean acidification on seafloor communities.
Antarctic marine scientists who have been eavesdropping on the world’s largest creature, the blue whale, have detected individuals singing from almost 750 km away. The researchers, part of a six week Australia-New Zealand Antarctic Ecosystem Voyage on the RV Tangaroa to the Southern Ocean returned to Wellington, New Zealand on March 11.
Extreme weather phenomena called atmospheric rivers were behind intense snowstorms recorded in 2009 and 2011 in East Antarctica. The resulting snow accumulation partly offset recent ice loss from the Antarctic ice sheet.
The Arctic sea ice melts due to climate change and many areas become more and more open. This attracts people who not only see the negative effects on the Arctic ecosystems but also opportunities for entrepreneurs and adventurers. One of the ideas that has been presented now is the “Sailing the Arctic Race”, a yacht racing that is being proposed for the summer / fall of 2017. The plan is to race from New York, USA, to Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada through the fabled Northwest Passage. A more than 12’300 kilometer long race in extreme conditions.
A four-man Australian kayak team has smashed the record for the fastest kayak circumnavigation of South Georgia. They completed the approximately 570 km long journey in just thirteen days.
Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo, two Dutch researchers, have gone missing near Bathurst Island, Nunavut, Canada since last Wednesday, April 29 2015. The researchers had been on an expedition to measure ice thickness in an area called Last Ice area. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which had lead and conducted a Search and Rescue expedition, has presumed them dead and is now trying to recover the missing bodies.
After touring Australia for more than 3 years an exhibition featuring a collection of artefacts from Antarctica has been visited my more than 370,000 people and its exhibits will now be returned to the National Archives and the Australian Antarctic Division.