Antarctica


Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth

2015-02-27 15:03

From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape Earth.

US breaker to rescue vessel stranded in Antarctica

2015-02-12 08:47

The United States is sending a heavy icebreaker to help free an Australian fishing boat with 27 people on board that has been stranded in the icy Antarctic seas, the US Coast Guard says.

Warming leads to more run-ins with polar bears

2014-12-19 09:12

Clashes between the world’s largest carnivore, the polar bear, and people are becoming more frequent in the Arctic as global warming increases.

Underwater robot measures Antarctic sea ice

2014-11-25 12:21

Scientists have unveiled the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice, based on measurements of the underside of ice floes by a remote-controlled submarine.

Xi commits to greater Antarctic ties with Australia

2014-11-18 11:51

China's President Xi Jinping has committed to greater Antarctic co-operation with Australia, while fulfilling a long-held dream to visit the nation's smallest state.

Roving chick spy keeps tabs on shy penguins

2014-11-03 13:47

The newest tool for biologists is the baby penguin robotic spy. Scientists have created a remote control rover disguised as a chick to snuggle up to shy penguins in Antarctica.

Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter again

2014-10-30 10:26

A plan to protect a vast swathe of ocean off Antarctica's coast by creating the world's largest marine reserve appears to be headed for failure for a fourth time.

Australia hopeful for revised Antarctic sanctuary

2014-10-20 09:11

Australia says it is hopeful of winning support for its plan to create a vast marine reserve off east Antarctica, after revising the proposal to make it smaller.

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

2014-09-12 16:05

Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report, that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent.

Antarctic minke whales have a feeding 'frenzy'

2014-08-15 10:24

Antarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawn-like krill during the summer.

 

Antarctica: The key to mankind's future?

2015-02-20 10:37

Earth's past, present and future come together on the northern peninsula of Antarctica, the most desolate continents that may hold clues to our humanity. The Associated Press investigates...

East Antarctica’s largest glacier melting - scientists

2015-01-26 19:28

Australian scientists say the largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a 6m rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water.

Activists confront Antarctic poaching vessel

2014-12-18 10:23

Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd says it confronted a ship known for poaching Patagonian toothfish in the Antarctic, as part of its efforts to target illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

Polar bear numbers down 40% in Arctic

2014-11-19 12:02

Polar bears in the Arctic suffered sharp declines in the first decade of this century, losing about 40% of their population, according to US and Canadian scientists.

Robot dolphins spy Antarctic melt

2014-11-10 21:01

Dolphin-sized robots are giving clues to a thaw of Antarctica's ice in a sign of how technology is revolutionising data collection in remote polar regions.

Plans for Antarctic marine reserves fail again

2014-10-31 18:25

Two marine reserves proposed for Antarctica have failed to win approval at international talks in Australia.

China to build Antarctic airfield

2014-10-27 14:32

China is to build its own airfield in Antarctica, media report, as Beijing continues to expand its footprint in the most remote corners of the globe.

Japan to devise new Antarctic whaling programme

2014-09-16 17:24

The Japanese government will devise a new plan to resume whale hunts in Antarctic waters after it was banned earlier this year from pursuing its research whaling programme in the Southern Ocean.

Japan seeks to resume Antarctic whaling

2014-09-04 13:46

Japan is seeking international support for its plans to hunt minke whales in the Antarctic Ocean by scaling down the whaling research programme the UN top court rejected.

Few as tough as Antarctic midge

2014-08-12 21:27

Antarctica's only native insect, a minuscule midge, may rely on a no-frills genome to survive being frozen, dehydrated and blasted with radiation in an ultra-tough environment.

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