Rising temperature trend is accentuated in Antarctica: researchers | AFP

As Antarctica becomes the latest place on Earth to smash its high temperature record, a researcher from the Chilean Antartic Institute explains that the ‘global trend is accentuated’ in the polar regions where snowfall has been much less abundant recently.

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Antarctica, a new frontier for eco-curious tourists | AFP

Once reserved for fearless adventurers, Antarctica is now just a click away for increasing numbers of curious tourists thanks to luxury cruise ships offering adventure… and scientific enlightenment. 78,000 tourists are expected to visit the ice-covered continent between March and November, far more than last season… a growing trend which has created an unhealthy paradox: the CO2 emissions produced by globe-trotting tourists travelling to observe a continent already suffering the effects of global warming.

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Invasive species creep into Europe | AFP Animé

Videographic on alien invasive species. In the tiny part of Antarctica where the snow melts in springtime, mosses, lichens and grasses grow alongside flies, mites and colonies of micro-organisms that have fed and reproduced for millions of years.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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The importance of ice shelves | AFP Animé

Videographic looking at the importance of ice shelves. A more than 600-square-mile iceberg broke off Antarctica in recent days, but the event is part of a normal cycle and is not related to climate change, scientists say.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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ICEsat-2: measuring changes to Earth’s ice | AFP AnimĂ©

Videographic illustrating NASA’s ICEsat2 mission under way to measure changes in ice elevation on Earth. After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record low, according to a study published Monday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Melting ice caps | AFP Animé

Videographic illustrating melting ice caps. The polar ice caps are shrinking as the climate warms, leading to rising sea levels. After mysteriously expanding for decades, Antarctica’s sea ice cover melted by an area four times greater than France in just a few years and now stands at a record low, according to a study published Monday.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Why Canada Goose Jackets Are So Expensive | So Expensive

Canada Goose jackets are made to withstand the coldest places on earth, and the company has a brand history to back it up. CEO Dani Reiss used that history when he turned the company into what it is today.

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Narrator: This jacket has been banned from a UK high school. Why? An effort to poverty-proof the school environment. Shielding low-income students from feeling bad about not having a pricey coat. Canada Goose jackets cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500, and they’re not just popular in English high schools. They’re everywhere. How did these coats get so popular? And why are they so expensive?

Pamela Danziger: Canada Goose started out as a working-class brand, and it was really focused on the working-class laborers up in Canada.

Narrator: Canada Goose was founded in 1957 by Sam Tick in a warehouse in Toronto, and it was originally called Metro Sportswear. By the ’80s, people were sporting the company’s jackets in the coldest places on Earth. Its expedition parka became standard-issue at Antarctica’s McMurdo Station, where the scientists nicknamed it “Big Red.” And in 1982, one of the company’s jackets made it to the top of Mt. Everest on the back of Laurie Skreslet, the first Canadian to summit the mountain.

Susan Fournier: So we’re always trying to find the authentic in a saturated world that’s kinda contaminated by materialism. You get those credentials through the craftsmanship. You also get it through a history of the brand, where it’s born of experiences that were actually real that then became products.

Narrator: So what do Canada Goose jackets have that others don’t? The company uses high-quality Canadian Hutterite down, recognized as one of the highest quality in the world. The company claims its animal fur trim disrupts air flow and protects exposed skin against frostbite. In fact, Canada Goose says its jackets can withstand temperatures as low as -30° Celsius. And that sort of quality doesn’t come cheap. Western coyote fur, similar to what Canada Goose uses, is estimated to cost $104.

Danziger: People need that kind of performance, that kind of functional quality in their day-to-day lives, and it’s unusual to see such a brand transform into a luxury brand, but Canada Goose has been very successful at making that transition.

Narrator: By the turn of the millennia, the company got a new CEO who would revolutionize the name “Canada Goose” into the luxury brand we know today. In 2001, Sam Tick’s grandson, Dani Reiss, was named as the company’s president and CEO. He started expanding the brand in Stockholm. His commitment to quality limited supply, but that only increased demand. The brand spread throughout Europe, mainly on word of mouth. Then Reiss targeted America. His parkas became the unofficial uniform for cold-weather film crews, and in 2004, the coats made it in front of the camera. Reiss continued to market through the silver screen, sponsoring film festivals in cold places like the Berlin Film Festival and Sundance. And its US exposure hit a new high in 2013 when Kate Upton donned a Canada Goose parka on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Fournier: Cultural marketing is that the products are part of the culture, and the advertising is actually the products just living lives with the people who use it. 

Danziger: Through that association, they really raised their stature, and again that’s an interesting, authentic way that Canada Goose made its entrance into the luxury market.

Narrator: There has been some backlash though. PETA has protested against the company’s production methods and pushed the company to use a cruelty-free alternative. Despite the protests, the company is on the upswing. At the end of 2013, Reiss sold a majority stake in the company to Bain Capital, which allowed the company to expand manufacturing in Toronto and Winnipeg and eventually open a store in New York City. Its expansion continued for four years, and in 2017, the company went public. On its first day of trading, the company’s stock jumped 25%, and it’s continued to rise through most of 2018. The company’s revenue has increased from CAN$291 million in 2015 to CAN$591 million in 2018, a 77% increase.

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Travelling down a 650m-deep blue hole in an Antarctic ice shelf

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A camera was dropped down a 650m-deep (2100 ft) hole drilled in the Filchner Ice Shelf to study how global warming affects Antarctica.

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‘It’s ridiculous out here’, people brave -22F (-29C) in Chicago

“It’s ridiculous out here and its gonna get worse!” says one person braving temperatures of -21 degrees Fahrenheit (-29 Celsius) in Chicago. Temperatures in America’s third-largest city are colder than Alaska’s state capital and even parts of Antarctica.

Chilean scientists take on climate change in Antarctica

Glaciers that shrink before your very eyes, species that appear where they have never been seen before… In Antarctica, the impact of global warming is clearly visible. Chile is amongst several countries in the southernmost continent that carry out studies and eventually propose solutions to the changes that, from the glaciers, affect the rest of the planet.

Scientific breakthrough: China tests own-made ice rover in Antarctica

The 34th Chinese scientific expedition team conducted research missions using its first self-developed ice rover in Antarctica.

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$80K-A-Week Antarctica Resort Looks Like A Space Colony

Scientists aren’t the only people who can explore Antarctica; you can too at White Desert campground. The campground has six sleep pods that fit two people each. The adventures at White Desert make it unique and guests have opportunities to go ice climbing, rock climbing, caving, see emperor penguins, and take an excursion to the South Pole.

White Desert is only open November to January since Antarctica is dark for most of the year. There are three adventure packages to choose from, which range in price and itinerary. A weeklong trip can cost up to $80,000 per person.

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British couple get married in Antarctica wedding ceremony

Two polar guides were married in the first official wedding ceremony in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT). Tom Sylvester and Julie Baum said their vows to each other at the Rothera Research Station on Adelaide Island to the west of the Antarctic Peninsula with 20 guests attending.

4x bigger than London: Larsen C iceberg breaks free of Antarctica

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One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has been created after breaking free from an ice shelf in Antarctica. The more than 1 trillion metric ton mass of ice calved sometime between July 10-12 and is now adrift off the coast. The carving took several years. The footage dates back to February 2017.

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Antarctica 360°: Expedition to least visited part of Earth with panoramic camera

International team of scientists is exploring the land of glaciers and one of the least visited parts of our planet, Antarctica. The journey begins with flight from Argentina to Carlini Base, country’s biggest research station in Antarctica, to board ARA Malvinas Argentinas to explore the shores and islands of the continent. RT Spanish reporter Ignacio Jubilla joins the expedition.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – November 25, 2014

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines.​ Today: Georgia upset over ‘strategic partnership’ deal struck between Russia and its breakaway region of Abkhazia, maternity ward equipped to operate despite shelling in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, first 3D map of Antarctic sea ice could help scientists better understand climate change, and Syrian state TV channel claims it broke world record for longest live talk show.

GEORGIA
Russia-Abkhazia Deal Sparks Suspicions of Moscow’s Intentions
Georgia’s foreign minister says the Kremlin is looking to annex the breakaway region as it did with Crimea.

UKRAINE
Maternity Ward Fitted to Withstand Shelling in Donetsk
Underground cellar equipped with cots and ventilators for newborns should the hospital come under attack.

ANTARCTICA
3D Map Could Improve Understanding of Climate Change
Scientists found that not only is the region’s sea ice expanding, it is far thicker than previously thought. They believe measuring ice depth could help them create more accurate models of global warming.

SYRIA
Guinness World Record or Publicity Stunt?
State-owned TV channel claims it beat record for longest live talk show, and that despite the war life goes on for the Syrian people.

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