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141 Polar Newsreel (WALRUS FROM SPACE!)

19 . 10 . 2021

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On today's Polar Newsreel:

  • Russia aims for year-round shipping on the Northern Sea Route in 2022 or 2023 to go from about 1/10th to 1/3rd of the Panama Canal shipping volume.
  • Sign the petition and help protect Antarctica by adding your name to the Call On CCAMLR petition to protect Antarctica and secure the largest act of ocean protection in history. CCAMLR meets 18-29 Oct 2021.
  • A new research effort focuses on Alaska’s sub-Arctic corals and sponges.
  • A similar undersea mapping effort was initiated in Norway with the Mareano project started in 2006 and is still ongoing (Videos)
  • A new video visualises one of the most unstable glaciers in Antarctica to point out why it is important for the world.
  • Beaufort Sea polar bears are declining in a stair-step pattern. Also see Curiously Polar episode 008 about counting whales.
  • Join the next Arctic eTalks on Thursday, 21 Oct, when Michael Mann, European Union Ambassador to the Arctic, will discuss the new EU Arctic policy being released next week as well as the role and interests of the Arctic for European Union. Also listen to the recordings of previous Arctic eTalks.
  • Ice Cores from James Ross Island in Antarctica not only indicate a date for Maori arrival in New Zealand but also show the Impact of humans mass-burning forests 700 years ago.
  • Capsule of air from 1765 reveals ancient histories hidden under Antarctic ice at Polar Zero exhibition in Glasgow featuring a sculpture encasing air extracted from start of Industrial Revolution.
  • "WALRUS FROM SPACE" is an intriguing project title! If you liked helping scientists count penguins and identify whales why not try counting walrus from satellite imagery? 500,000 citizen scientists are needed over the next five years!
  • COP26 in the UK (Glasgow) will start in 2 weeks! The Pre-COP was held in Italy (Milan) 30 September – 2 October 2021 and brought together climate and energy ministers from a selected group of countries to discuss and exchange views on some key political aspects of the negotiations and delve into some of the key negotiating topics that will be addressed at COP26 in Glasgow.

This is an episode of the Curiously Polar podcast

with Chris Marquardt https://chrismarquardt.com/ Henry Páll Wulff: https://henrypall.com/ Mario Acquarone https://www.buymeacoffee.com/polarmario

Listen to all podcast episodes at https://curiouslypolar.com

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140 Polar Explorers, pt. 3: The Real Most Interesting Man In The World

12 . 10 . 2021

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POLAR NEWSREEL Scientists found that puffins and other auk birds suffer in washing-machine-like waves. // A new research paper outlines how penguin poop reveals changes in the Antarctic ocean. // Help scientists and count penguins online or upload your whale pictures to increase the understanding of these animals. // A group of school kids found fossil remains of a 30 million year old giant penguin in Waikato, New Zealand. // Japanese scientists published a research paper of the influence of higher waves on the formation of ice clouds and changes the albedo effect of the Arctic sea ice. // The 2021 Arctic sea ice minimum extent proofs one more time the long-term trend towards shrinking of the Arctic ice cover continues. // Greenland’s foreign minister has been demoted following comments about excluding non-Inuit citizens from a future vote on independence from Denmark. // A visit to the Arctic induces the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee calling for a sustained EU focus on the region.

POLAR EXPLORERS, PT. 3: THE REAL MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD Few people can claim to have lived many different lives. But all of them come short to what Peter Freuchen has experienced. Only the shortlist of the accomplishments of this over two-metres-tall giant includes an expedition to the furthest North of Greenland, escaping an ice cave armed with his bare hands and frozen feces, escaping a death warrant issued by the Third Reich, and being the fifth person to win the jackpot on the game show The $64,000 Question. But because the trmrkable life of Peter Freuchen hardly can be contained a short list, we explore his incredible life in detail in this episode.

This is an episode of the Curiously Polar podcast

with Chris Marquardt https://chrismarquardt.com/ Henry Páll Wulff: https://henrypall.com/ Mario Acquarone https://www.buymeacoffee.com/polarmario

Listen to all podcast episodes at https://curiouslypolar.com

All video episodes at https://tfttf.com/curiouslypolarvideo

Find us here: Web: https://curiouslypolar.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/curiouslypolar Instagram: https://instagram.com/curiouslypolar

139 From Earth to Space and Back Again

05 . 10 . 2021

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Watch this on video | Buy us a coffee: Chris / Henry / Mario

POLAR NEWSREEL As nations seek increased catches in the Southern Ocean, scientists are trying to track the impacts of fishing and climate change on this vital part of the Antarctic food chain. // New Research and Monitoring Plan for the South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area // Chinese scientists have published a fascinating review on the use of unmanned underwater vehicles in polar research, an area in which China now excels. Their Haiyi gliders "can perform surveys in 99.8% of the global oceans. // While Scientists race to preserve crucial climate records in glacier ice before they melt away, researchers from the University of Minnesota lead in search for mind-boggling 1.5 million-year-old Antarctic ice to transform our understanding of Earth's climate.

FROM EARTH TO SPACE AND BACK AGAIN The US space agency NASA is well-known for their illustrious human spaceflight programs. But not many people would know, that NASA is also one of the largest polar research institution and one of the key players in uncovering the last blank spots at the poles. To understand how life can exist in the most extreme environments known to mankind helps NASA scientists to get a better idea of how life on other planets or moons could develop. A place so hostile to life but so similar to Jupiter moon Europa, Antarctic subglacial Lake Vostok provides an incredible insight in lifeforms that master practically inhospitable conditions buried under 3.7 kilometres of ice. It's projects like this that connects the mission of the US Space Agency to Earth in its undertaking of broadening our understanding of Space. With that research NASA is highly contributing not only on the research end but is also leading in communicating its work and the results of its research. It created ground-breaking science communication platforms that not only translate scientific research to non-academics. It also fosters through these platforms a stewardship for our planet.

With platforms like the Scientific Visualization Studio of the Goddard Space Flight Center it helps us visualise the complex connections of life on earth and space. The NASA Visualization Explorer app brings the experience right at your palm. The Earth Oberserving System EOS gives us access to processed images from the numerous NASA missions with focus on many different aspects of the Earth systems. Here you can also access The Earth Observer, that reports for over thirty years on the research done through NASA’s Earth Science Program, a very interesting, free read. Visible Earth provides a comprehensive catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet. The Earth Observatory with its breathtaking images and mind-boggling articles picks up the most recent topics and tries to deliver footage to highlight certain aspects or explain connections that make the difference. And of course, we highlighted it a lot throughout past episodes, particularly in our video version on youtube, we shall not forget to mention the NASA Worldview website with its almost real-time access to satellite imagery of the entire planet.

Much of the work is done in the polar regions and particularly for us polar-nerds this really is a gift to have all these sources and all the research to actually make us understand how precious these places are but also what impact they have to our daily lives thousands of miles away.

This is an episode of the Curiously Polar podcast

with Chris Marquardt https://chrismarquardt.com/ Henry Páll Wulff: https://henrypall.com/ Mario Acquarone https://www.buymeacoffee.com/polarmario

Listen to all podcast episodes at https://curiouslypolar.com

All video episodes at https://tfttf.com/curiouslypolarvideo

Find us here: Web: https://curiouslypolar.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/curiouslypolar Instagram: https://instagram.com/curiouslypolar

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