International Day for Biological Diversity - Antarctic Dry Valleys: the antithesis of a barren desert
Hannibal Hayes: NZ's foremost chopper rescue pilot
Reporter Samantha Hayes talks with helicopter pilot Richard 'Hannibal' Hayes, who has made around 3000 rescues. Richard Hayes was recently awarded a contract by Antarctica New Zealand to work in Antarctica supporting the operations and logistics of the New Zealand Antarctic Science Programme and support scientists in the field. Link to video.
'What I do': Scott Base Winter Leader live chat
Antarctic proposal confirmed as one of the 10 National Science Challenges
Prime Minister John Key and Hon Steven Joyce, Minister of Science and Innovation, today announced the final 10 National Science Challenges. The ten research areas identified as New Zealand's first National Science Challenges include the Antarctic proposal "The Deep South – understanding the role of the Antarctic and the Southern Ocean in determining our climate and our future environment". Full release. Government release.
ANZAC Day dawnless service in Antarctica
The Anzac spirit was felt as far away as the icy continent yesterday, as Antarctica New Zealand's team at Scott Base turned out for a dawn service, despite not having a dawn. Antarctica New Zealand's Mechanic at Scott Base, Lex McKenzie, spoke to Firstline about the commemorations in low-light, -43degC temperatures. More.
The sun bids adieu to Ross Island
Antarctica New Zealand's Scott Base staff watched the sunset at lunchtime today as Antarctica heads towards the winter months and the permanent darkness it brings with it. While most of us take sunsets for granted, the overwinter team didn't want to miss the last rays of sunlight as they won't see the sun above the horizon again until August 19, due to Antarctica's position at the tip of the globe. Link to NewstalkZB audio. Link to print.
Earth Day premier of Thin Ice movie
Earth Day, 22 April, was a logical day to premier the movie Thin Ice – the Inside Story of Climate Science around the globe. To support the launch at Te Papa in Wellington, Antarctica New Zealand linked with Christchurch City Council to screen the film to mark the start of the City's IceFest 2014 festival. Forty of the key participants in the first IceFest gathered at the International Antarctic Centre to meet the team and watch the film. The film screened in over 200 locations across the globe including New Zealand, American, Australian and British bases in Antarctica. Link to interview. Link to Film.
Coolest jobs and a priceless view
New ice cores may show how long the Ross Ice Shelf will last
New Zealand researchers analysing hundreds of ice cores from Antarctica's Roosevelt Island hope they will help pin down how long the Ross Ice Shelf may hold together at the current rate of climate change. Professor Gary Wilson - Director of NZARI, talks to Radio New Zealand's morning report. Link to audio.
Tourism threatens pristine Antarctic environment
Environmentalists are calling for tougher regulations in Antarctica as tourism numbers continue to rise and visitors want to do more than just look at wildlife from ships. Increasingly they want to go ashore for adventure tourism and hiking which significantly increases the risk to the fragile Antarctic continent. TV3 reporter Jessica Rowe interviews Dr Neil Gilbert - Antarctica New Zealand's Manager Environment and Dr Daniela Liggett - Gateway Antarctica Lecture. Link to video.
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