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Sea ice hits new record low at both poles

MIAMI: The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, US government scientists said Wednesday. In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on March 7 the ice cover reached "a record low wintertime maximum extent," said a statement by the US space agency NASA. Data from the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, also showed that on March 3, "sea ice…

Arctic and Antarctic sea ice at record low in January: UN

WASHINGTON: The extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Friday, while concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record level. "The missing ice in both poles has been quite extraordinary," David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme, told a U.N. briefing in Geneva. In 2012, Antarctic sea ice actually¬†hit a record monthly high, with scientists theorizing that melting ice shelves…

Australia zoo urges people to catch deadly spiders as antidote runs low

SYDNEY:¬†An Australian zookeeper on Tuesday urged people to catch and donate deadly funnel-web spiders, to help replenish stocks of antidote running low after a spate of spider bites. The Australian Reptile Park, the country's sole supplier of funnel-web venom to antidote producers since 1981, relies on the public to hand in spiders that are milked for the venom used to produce an antidote. The anti-venom program was now at risk after too few spiders were donated last year and a recent heatwave encouraged more spider…