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January Update

Date: 2023
Type: Update
Authors: Antarctic Science Platform
Summary: Divers return to Lake Fryxell, SWAIS2C drill arrives on ice, latest news from the Tangaroa.
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SWAIS2C: Kiwi scientists involved in drill to uncover secrets of Antarctica's past

Date: 2023
Type: In the media
Authors: Radio New Zealand
Summary: New Zealand scientists are planning to drill nearly a kilometre through Antarctic ice and into the earth below, in a bid to answer how much warming the ice sheet can withstand.
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Tangaroa voyage: Researchers to unveil Antarctic secrets

Date: 2023
Type: Press Release
Authors: NIWA
Summary: As New Zealanders search for the summer sun, 38 researchers and crew will board RV Tangaroa tomorrow for a six-week science voyage deep into the waters of Antarctica.
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December Update

Date: 2022
Type: Update
Authors: Antarctic Science Platform
Summary: Publications, an update from our teams in the field and the survival of emperor penguins.
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Independent Science Panel's review of the Platform

A position paper for the Antarctic Science Platform’s mid-term review
Date: 2022
Type: Update
Summary: To support the Platform’s mid-term review, in early 2022 the ISP assessed the performance of the Platform to date, the research activities planned for the remainder of the current contract, and what a second tranche of funding should consider.
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Climate change & international diplomacy in Antarctica

Date: 2022
Authors: Rowan Howard-Williams
Summary: How climate change affects Antarctica is going to influence the speed and severity of changes in New Zealand and the rest of the planet. Climate change is a priority topic in Antarctic governance. Next year the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting has dedicated a day to consider the implementation of recommendations in a landmark climate change report. Those discussions will take place in a unique policy setting, almost as unusual as Antarctica itself, because the continent is ‘governed’ by an international treaty system.
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Survival of emperors depends on emissions reductions

Date: 2022
Authors: Rowan Howard-Williams and Michelle LaRue
Summary: Emperor penguins are an iconic Antarctic species, but their dependence on sea ice means they are expected to be impacted substantially by climate change.
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Fresh understanding of ice age frequency

Paleoclimate reconstructions can give us clues on how the ice sheets might behave as atmospheric CO2 levels increase
Date: 2022
Authors: Otago University
Summary: A chance find of an unstudied Antarctic sediment core has flipped our understanding of how often ice ages occurred in Antarctica.