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Ice break-up affects plant life
Colossal icebergs that fractured away from the Antarctic Ross Ice Shelf in 2000 have dramatically reduced the growth of sea phytoplankton in a region of the Ross Sea. Phytoplankton forms the foundation of the local food chain. Scientists now fear that the reduced growth could disrupt the food chain in this biologically rich area.
(April 24, 2002)
New Scientists

Global warming to worsen
Two new studies from climatologists predict that global warming by the end of the century will be even more dramatic than so far thought. Climate experts are impressed by the new studies, which approach the problem of gobal warming very differently but show the same results.
(April 22, 2002)

Greenlanders left alone
There is not much help for Greenlanders in Denmark when it comes to improving their Danish skills and applying for job training. These are some of the conclusions in the latest report from the whitepaper on powerrelations in Denmark, ordered by the Folketing to analyze the state of the Danish democracy.
(April 22, 2002)

Time to clean up the Antarctic
International experts in the field of contaminants in freezing ground are in Hobart, Australia, to try to come up with techniques for cleaning up the flotsam and jetsam of the Antarctic after a century of habitation. Antarctica is littered with up to 16 million tonnes of abandoned waste.
(April 19, 2002)
The Australian

Himalaya threatened by flood disaster
According to a new UN study more than 40 lakes in the Himalayas could burst their banks at any time and flood communities up to 100 kilometres downstream. The water in the lakes is kept in place by ice or piles of sediment, known as moraines. But as the lakes grow, the moraines are starting to collapse and every monsoon season, the risk of a disaster grows.
(April 17, 2002)
New Scientist

Greenland hit by violence
A survey by the Department of Greenlandic Studies at the National Institute of Public Health shows that half of all Greenlanders at one point in their life have been exposed to violence, and that the problem is biggest for the Greenlandic women. The survey also shows that 34 percent of all Greenlandic women who are between 18-24 years have been exposed to sexual abuse.
(April 17, 2002)

Polluted blood
Scientists have discovered that the blood of Eastgreenlanders contains more PCB, chemical substances from industrial pollution, than the rest of the population in Greenland. This can be due to the fact that animals, especially polar bears, commonly eaten by Eastgreenlanders, are bearers of PCB.
(April 15, 2002)

North and South Poles are reversing
Satellite measurements of the Earth's magnetic field reveal a detailed picture of the circulation in the liquid iron core. The data collected by the Danish Oersted satellite suggest that the planet could be in the early stages of reversing its magnetic polarity. Behind the results are among others the Danish scientists Nils Olsen from the Danish Space Research Institute.
(April 12, 2002)

Researchers discuss ice shelf breakup
Around 60 scientists from different countries spent April 4 and 5 discussing the reasons for the breakup of the Larsen B ice shelf at a conference sponsored by Hamilton Colgate University and the National Sceince Foundation (NSF). The consensus seemed to be that melting Antarctic ice isn't a threat for the next few decades, but is likely to be some day.
(April 12, 2002)
USA Today

Larger planes to Antarctica
Engineers from Florida Panhandle base have found a solution for problems with slushy conditions making summer landings on the ice runway at the main U.S Station in Antarctica, the McMurdo Base, difficult. They have covered the ice with hard-packed snow, so heavier and faster planes can land on their wheels at McMurdo Base's Pegasus Airfield.
(April 10, 2002)
USA Today

Too many drop out of education
New numbers from Greenland's Statistics show that more than one third of all people beginning an education in Greenland, never finish the education. According to Greenland's Statitics there may be many reasons for this, but among the reasons are surely lack of motivation in the older classes in the Folkeskole, lack of adequate educational guidance and bad Danish and English skills.
(April 10, 2002)
KNR (in Danish only)

Less cold means less life
Scientists from the National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) fear that future climate changes may have a very damaging influence on animal life and vegetation in the Northeast-Greenland. The scientists are now collecting more data to try to predict future climate changes in the northern Arctic regions.
(April 10, 2002)

KNR (in Danish only)
Better tele communication in Greenland
Greenland has never been very well covered by communication satellites, but with the blast off of the Intelsat-903 satellite last saturday a new epoque for tele communication in Greenland is definitely beginning. (April 8, 2002)

Money for Arctic research
Canada's Natural Scienes and Engineering Research Council has awarded six million dollars for new research about the Arctic. The money will pay for six northern research chairs at six canadian universities and the research projects funded will include a study on environmental change in the Arctic, forest fires, the future of northern fish resources as well as the stability of the permafrost. (April 8, 2002)
CBS News

Saving Greenlandic history and language
Ole Lund, a teacher in eastern Greenland for the past ten years, is looking for money to start a project that will help preserve and promote the language and culture of eastern Greenlanders, which according to Lund has been suppressed for decades. (April 8, 2002)
Nunatsiaq News
High number of abortions in Greenland
A report carried out by three nurses in Greenland shows that 50 percent of all pregnancies in Greenland end in induced abortion. This happens despite the fact that all Greenlandic women have free acces to contraceptives. The Greenlandic bishop says there is a need for a 'moral rearmament'. (April 5, 2002)
Berlingske Tidende

New images of ice breakaway
The US Terra satellite has captured more details of the shattering of the B-22 iceberg from the Larsen B ice shelf. The latest image show the slow drift of B-22 from the shoreline and the freezing of the open water it leaves behind. (April 3, 2002)

Diary of Scott-expedition tells of hardship
A diary kept by a member of Captain Scott's expedition´to the Antarctic has been found near Scott's hut, which still stands 90 years after his death. The diary sheds light on the conditions his team encountered during the expedition. (April 3, 2002)
70South Polar News
Cool ice simulation
It has taken Japanese researchers six years to make the first realistic computer simulation of the familar, but complex process of water freezing to ice. (April 3, 2002)

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