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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.

2m penguin fossil found in Antarctica

2014-08-11 11:01

Argentine palaeontologists have uncovered the largest penguin fossils ever found. Discovered on the Antarctic Peninsula, the bird, dubbed 'Colossus', would have stood two metres tall.

Greenpeace protest against Lego & Shell

2014-07-28 08:57

Greenpeace activists protested outside a Lego store in Chile, condemning a deal between the Toy Company and Shell that the environmental group says is 'polluting kids' imaginations.'

Live cam shows Arctic snowy owl & chicks

2014-07-03 11:58

A high-definition camera trained on a burrow near Anchorage is allowing researchers and bird watchers with an Internet connection an unfettered view into the nesting den of an Arctic snowy owl.

Climate change: Winners and losers for penguins

2014-06-13 14:33

Penguin species in the Antarctic that once benefited from rising temperatures are now in decline due to warming gone too far, scientists say.

West Antarctic ice sheet collapse unstoppable

2014-05-12 20:53

Ice is melting in the western Antarctic at an unstoppable pace, scientists say, warning that the discovery holds major consequences for global sea level rise.

Greenpeace oil protest in Russian blocked

2014-05-02 07:24

Greenpeace says activists at Rotterdam port are attempting to prevent the mooring of a Russian tanker carrying the first oil from a new offshore platform in the Arctic.

Huge iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

2014-04-24 07:30

Scientists are monitoring an iceberg six times the size of Manhattan, one of the largest now in existence that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the ocean.

Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages

2014-03-11 15:02

The steam and heat from volcanoes allowed species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, a study shows, offering help for scientists dealing with climate change.

Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return

2014-01-13 19:02

Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest single contributors to world sea-level rise, is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a cm to ocean levels.

Chinese vessel breaks free in Antarctica

2014-01-07 16:39

A Chinese ship that helped rescue passengers from a Russian vessel trapped in Antarctica only to get stuck in the ice itself has broken free, state media reported.

Antarctic passengers tell of rescue

2014-01-03 07:47

The passengers of the Russian research ship stuck in the Antarctic have told of their dramatic rescue by helicopter, after numerous failed attempts were made to rescue them.

Antarctic helicopter rescue under way

2014-01-02 12:04

A helicopter mission to rescue 52 passengers trapped on an icebound Russian research ship has finally started in Antarctica after a number of failed icebreaking attempts.

Winds, rain halt Antarctic ship rescue

2014-01-01 11:42

Strong winds and rain have prevented the helicopter rescue of passengers on a Russian ship stuck in ice off Antarctica, as those onboard rang in the New Year with a sing-song from the deck.

 

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.

Japan wraps up hunt, killing 115 whales

2014-07-30 12:57

Japan has announced that it had wrapped up a whale hunt in the Pacific, the second campaign since the UN ordered Tokyo to halt a separate slaughter in the Antarctic.

Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals

2014-07-24 11:36

A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers say.

Japan considering new base on Antarctica

2014-06-23 15:26

Japan is looking at building a new base on Antarctica so scientists can study air trapped in ice a million years ago, in a bid to better understand climate change.

Australia to buy powerful Antarctic icebreaker

2014-05-19 11:59

Australia says it will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on a new icebreaker ship to bolster its claim over large areas of Antarctica and replace an ageing vessel.

Unusual new bird flu found in Antarctica

2014-05-06 13:48

A new kind of bird flu has been detected for the first time in Adelie penguins in Antarctica, though the virus does not seem to make them sick, researchers say.

Greenpeace sends warrior ship in Arctic protest

2014-04-29 13:47

Greenpeace has sent a protest ship to meet a Russian tanker carrying the first oil drilled offshore in the environmentally fragile Arctic, the oil is being purchased by French energy giant Total.

Japan kills 251 minke whales in final hunt

2014-04-09 07:35

Japan has killed 251 minke whales during the 2014 Antarctic hunt, in what is expected to be the last "research whaling" mission in the Southern Ocean after an international court ruling.

Rescued Antarctic passengers on dry land

2014-01-22 07:38

An expedition of 52 scientists and tourists have arrived in Australia, setting foot on dry land for the first time since they were rescued from a ship trapped in Antarctic sea ice.

Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice

2014-01-08 09:40

A complex international operation to free a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica has ended when the vessel cleared the ice field.

Ship used in Antarctic rescue stuck in ice

2014-01-04 08:00

A Chinese icebreaker that went to the aid of a Russian ship stuck in heavy floes in Antarctica has now itself become trapped by ice, Australian officials say.

All passengers rescued from icebound ship

2014-01-02 14:49

All 52 passengers have been airlifted from a Russian research vessel icebound in Antarctica and are safe on board an Australian supply ship, rescuers say.

Antarctic ship helicopter rescue bid fails

2014-01-02 08:06

Sea ice has stalled a planned helicopter rescue of passengers on a Russian ship trapped in frozen Antarctic seas, despite improved weather conditions.

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