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142 Climate COP26 in Glasgow

23 . 11 . 2021

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POLAR NEWSREEL In episode 141 we promised you an update on the 40th annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Unfortunately, for the 5th year in a row there was no progress on the proposed Marine Protected Areas. // A new study documents the formation in 2020 of a 3,000-square-kilometer rift in the oldest and thickest Arctic ice north of Ellesmere Island. This is another sign of the rapid changes taking place in the Arctic, according to researchers. // A very instructive and entertaining short video on Antarctic krill has been published by the WWF: enjoy the view!

CLIMATE COP26 IN GLASGOW The "greenhouse effect" was described in 1824 by the French physicist Joseph Fourier and in 1896 the Swedish chemist Svante Arrhenius calculated a doubling of CO2 due to industrial-age coal burning will raise the global temperature by several degrees Celsius. In spite of these early discoveries it took until 1988 for the members of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to establish the UN Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) to tackle anthropogenic climate change. In the course of its history the UNFCCC has held many Conferences of the Parties or COP's, the most famous of which are the Kyoto Protocol of 2005 and the Paris Agreement of 2015. This year the 26th COP was held in Glasgow (UK) and has resulted in a declaration that disappointed the advocates of the phasing out of coal. However, COP26 made history by directly mentioning fossil fuels, a first time in a UN climate agreement.

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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

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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

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