Did volcano eruptions tip Europe into Dark Ages?

2016-04-20 21:05

Back-to-back volcanic eruptions in the mid-6th century darkened Europe's skies for more than a year and may have ushered in the Dark Ages, according to finding to be presented at a science conference in Vienna.

Antarctica alone may lift seas a metre by 2100

2016-03-31 09:07

Melting ice from Antarctica could raise oceans by a metre before 2100 at current rates of greenhouse gas emissions.

Antarctic blue whales belong to 3 populations - Study

2016-03-09 08:44

Antarctic blue whales, the largest creatures on the planet, likely belong to three populations that feed alongside each other but breed in separate oceans, according to Australian-led research published Wednesday.

Canadian pilot dies after falling into Antarctic crevasse

2016-01-13 10:00

A Canadian helicopter pilot has died at an Australian Antarctic base a day after falling into an icy crevasse, officials say.

Vast Antarctic marine reserves in focus

2015-10-19 19:57

Two vast marine sanctuaries proposed for Antarctica were being considered for a fifth time at international talks with campaigners saying they are imperative.

Polar bears could feel global warming's sting by 2025

2015-07-02 08:04

About a third of the world's polar bears could be in imminent danger from greenhouse gas emissions in as soon as a decade, a US government report shows.

Woman chains herself to Shell ship

2015-05-23 09:53

A woman has chained herself to the Arctic Challenger, a support ship for Shell's exploratory oil drilling north of Seattle.

Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration

2015-05-15 07:46

The last intact section of one of Antarctica's mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, a Nasa study says.

Record Antarctic sea ice a logistic problem

2015-05-12 18:13

Growing sea ice surrounding Antarctica could prompt scientists to consider relocating research stations on the continent.

Greenpeace leaves Arctic drill rig after 6 day stay

2015-04-13 08:50

Six Greenpeace activists opposed to offshore drilling in the Arctic have abandoned a Seattle-bound drill rig they boarded in the Pacific Ocean, the organisation says.


Antarctica: International relations in a cold climate

2016-04-06 20:59

Winter is coming, and like many scientists posted in Antarctica, Bogdan Gavrylyuk is looking forward to going home.

Spain detains six for illegal fishing in Antarctica

2016-03-18 21:14

Spanish police have arrested six people suspected of running an operation that illegally fished over 3 500 tons of toothfish, a protected species, in Antarctic waters.

Iceberg nearly erases penguin population

2016-02-16 05:36

A new scientific study says an estimated 150 000 Adelie penguins have died in Cape Denison, Antarctica in the five years since a giant iceberg blocked their main access to food.

Antarctic ice melt may add less to ocean rise than thought

2015-11-19 08:54

Melting Antarctic ice will contribute to soaring sea levels, but new estimates show the threat may be less serious than once thought, researchers say.

Southern Ocean soaks up more greenhouse gases

2015-09-10 21:05

The vast Southern Ocean around Antarctica has started to soak up more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere in recent years, helping limit climate change.

Global warming suspected in rapid thinning of Antarctic ice

2015-06-02 10:41

Bremerhaven - Global warming is thought to be behind the rapid thinning of a previously stable ice sheet on the Southern Antarctic Peninsula.

Anti-Arctic drilling activists hold 'Shell No' protest

2015-05-17 08:28

Hundreds of activists decked out in neoprene wetsuits and life jackets have taken to the water off Seattle in kayaks, canoes, paddleboards and other vessels to send the message that Shell should cancel its plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean.

Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf

2015-05-13 15:42

The largest ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula is being thinned by warmer seas and air and could catastrophically break up, scientists say.

Kerry to visit Arctic amid concern over ice melt

2015-04-19 09:36

Secretary of State John Kerry will visit the Arctic Circle for key ministerial talks on climate change amid global concerns about rising seas and accelerating ice melt.

Sea Shepherd rescues Antarctic 'poaching' ship

2015-04-07 16:42

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd says it rescued 40 crew members from a sinking 'poaching' ship it was pursuing for months for allegedly illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean.

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