Blogs & Op-Eds

The ACE CRC is active in the public sphere, adding a scientific perspective to important community discussions over climate, public policy and governance.


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Melting moments: a look under East Antarctica’s biggest glacier
2015

THE CONVERSATION: Researchers in East Antarctica have surveyed an area the size of New South Wales to study the behaviour of the region's biggest glacier - and the secrets below the ice that could speed up its melting.

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Tiny marine plants face a mixed bag thanks to climate change
2014

Professor Philip Boyd discusses his article, published in Nature Climate Change, mapping out the environmental factors the influence phytoplankton, and how they might change due to global warming. There’s good news and bad news, but the new models will help scientists better figure out how phytoplankton, and the ecosystems that depend on them, will be affected by climate change.

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Japan’s new whaling program is a small win for whales, but…
2014

THE CONVERSATION: Dr Julia Jabour and PhD student Indi Hodgson-Johnston (depicted above) address the controversial issue of whaling in the Southern Ocean, arguing for a thorough review the object and purpose the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and its governing body, the International Whaling Commission.

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Is Australia’s claim to Antarctica at risk?
2014

THE CONVERSATION: Writing in response to the Australian Government's 20 Year Antarctic Strategic Plan, Dr Julia Jabour and Indi Hodgson-Johnston assert that Australia must continue to demonstrate its sovereignty by displaying a commanding presence in Antarctica, best evidenced by a continuous and substantial scientific program.

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A 20-year plan welcomed for Australia in the Antarctic
2014

THE CONVERSATION: Professor Tony Worby writes for the Conversation on the day of the the release of the Australian Government's 20 Year Antarctic Strategic Plan.  Professor Worby argues a long-term vision and a commitment from to fund critical infrastructure and research programs are exactly what is needed to ensure Australia remains at the leading edge of Antarctic science and innovation.

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Talking Point: World warms to icy record
2014

Satellite data shows that average extent of sea ice has reached a recorded maximum for a third year in a row. Our sea ice expert, Dr Jan Lieser, discusses this apparent paradox for Hobart's Mercury Newspaper and explains why this trend, unfortunately, does not negate the reality of global warming.

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What is the paradox of increasing Antarctic sea ice really telling us?
2014

THE CONVERSATION: Dr Guy Williams writes in The Conversation that, far from from discounting climate change in the Southern Hemisphere, the apparent paradox of Antarctic sea ice is telling us that it is real and that we are contributing to it.

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How wind helps Antarctic sea ice grow, even as the Arctic melts
2014

THE CONVERSATION: The ACE CRC's Position Analysis: Antarctic Sea Ice and Climate Change 2014 report from the Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre has sought to clear up widespread confusion about the polar differences in sea ice. Katherine Smyrk from The Conversation discusses the report with its lead author,Dr Jan Lieser.

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Climate change and the acidifying, freshening, warming Southern Ocean
2014

THE CONVERSATION: Dr Steve Rintoul discusses some of the findings of the ACE CRC's Position Analysis "Climate Change and the Southern Ocean" in The Conversation.

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Explainer: Keeping conflict on ice with the Antarctic Treaty
2011

THE CONVERSATION: The year 2011 marked the 50th year of the Antarctic Treaty, a visionary document that for the first time set out a vision for an entire continent based on peace, science and co-operation. Dr Tony Press looks at how it's holding up today.

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