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Poles apart: satellites reveal why Antarctic sea ice grows as Arctic melts

altThe mystery of the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, at the same time as global warming is melting swaths of Arctic sea ice, has been solved using data from US military satellites.

Two decades of measurements show that changing wind patterns around Antarctica have caused a small increase in sea ice, the result of cold winds off the continent blowing ice away from the coastline.

"Until now these changes in ice drift were only speculated upon using computer models," said Paul Holland at the British Antarctic Survey. "Our study of direct satellite observations shows the complexity of climate change.


Wildlife warning as drought continues

Environment UK Wildlife warning as drought continues Fish, birds, water voles and newts could all face damaging drought impacts – says Environment Agency.

The traditional summer scene of dragonflies skimming over a glistening stream could be a rare sight in parts of England this year as the widespread drought begins to take its toll on the nation’s wildlife. Dragonflies, warns the Environment Agency, are just one of the species that will be severely affected if the drought continues - along with water voles, great crested newts, and wading birds such as curlews and lapwings.


Housing minister reveals standard for zero carbon

7766Housing Minister Grant Shapps has unveiled the Government's definition of zero carbon homes that will apply to all properties built from 2016.

Shapps said that the "realistic" definition hits the right balance between delivering zero carbon homes and getting them built.


Climate change: the UK must end its double-dealing

Demonstrators-protest-Lib-007David Cameron's welcome pledge to step up cuts in carbon emissions boosts his government's green credentials, but its actions at home and abroad tell a different story. As David Cameron finally aims to put some muscle behind his supposed green credentials, by backing more ambitious domestic cuts in CO2 over the coming years, it's worth noting that there's still a fair amount of two-faced behaviour from his government.