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Antarctica is the coldest continent on earth with the coldest recorded temperature of -128.9 degrees Fahrenheit.1 There is concern on what effect increasing global temperatures will have on the continent. The glaciers and ice sheets that surround Antarctica are at risk for shrinking as time goes on. Since 1960, the average winter temperatures have increased by 10.8 degrees F.2 The Larsen Ice Shelf has also been shrinking as a direct result from rising air temperatures.3 Fire is another environmental risk factor in Antarctica since its climate is so dry.4 Fighting fires is impossible because water freezes in hoses almost instantly. Thus, most fire fighting efforts concentrate solely on prevention.5

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1 http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/27068/Antarctica/24711/Climate
2-3 Ibid
4http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/managing-safety-and-health-risks-in-antarctica/
5 Ibid
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Scoop.co.nz 
Understanding what Antarctica's environment was like 3.5 million years ago could prove crucial to preparing New Zealand for the impacts of climate change. Three Otago University postgraduate students and a Victoria University postgraduate student have ... See more..
The Guardian 
Although fracturing and surface melting on the Larsen C ice shelf might sound like indicators of climate change, these processes are natural. See more..
Cruise Industry News 
One Ocean Expeditions operates a pair of Russian research vessels on charter agreements in Antarctica, the Arctic and the Canadian Arctic. “We're growing our season in Antarctica,” said Andrew Prossin, managing director and founder. “We are starting a ... See more..
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Seeker 
Two European satellites, known as Sentinel-1, peer through clouds and darkness to provide a real-time image of the Larsen C ice shelf —... See more..
Fox News 
WASHINGTON — Antarctica is a harsh and unforgiving place; with 99 percent of the continent covered in ice, it is the coldest and windiest spot on Earth, and few ... See more..
Telegraph.co.uk 
For the truly intrepid (or those who are fatigued by politics and just desperately world-weary), complete escapism awaits on a unique trip that explores both Earth's southernmost point and the frozen continent's highest peak. Long the only company to ... See more..
PRI 
Climate change is slowly making parts of Antarctica turn green. New species of plants and insects are taking hold, threatening to transform the continent's ... See more..
NewsBytes 
Antarctica might be an almost uninhabitable, ice-covered landmass now but with the rise in world's population, soon there will come a day when it'll see more human presence, over-exploitation of fisheries and perhaps criminal activities. Keeping that ... See more..
CNN International 
Rain and melted areas the size of Texas? What's going on in Antarctica -- and why? See more..
Phys.Org 
(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers with the Natural History Museum of London and the University of Waikato have found that bacteria living in a part of Antarctica have not changed much over the past century. In their paper published in Proceedings of ... See more..
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