Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica

2017-10-16 12:08

Australia and France kick off a fresh push to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of a landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit.

Antarctic meltwater lakes threaten sea levels - study

2017-04-20 09:19

Antarctic meltwater lakes are far more common than once thought and could destabilise glaciers, potentially lifting sea levels by metres as global warming sets in, scientists say.

Japanese fleet kills 333 whales

2017-03-31 18:27

Japan's whaling fleet has returned home after killing 333 whales in the Antarctic, achieving its goal for the second year under a revised research whaling programme.

Sea ice at poles hit record low for January

2017-02-16 22:46

The amount of sea ice at the Earth's poles fell to a record low for January, while the planet's temperatures last month were the third highest in modern times.

Research trip around the Antarctic sets sail from Cape Town

2016-12-21 10:15

The Russian research vessel Akademik Treshnikov has set sail from Cape Town to take a group of international scientists around the Antarctic.

Antarctic glacier thinning faster than thought - study

2016-10-25 22:33

A large glacier in West Antarctica lost up to half a kilometre in thickness in seven years, thinning more quickly than scientists thought possible, according to a study .

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

2016-10-17 11:33

Talks have started in Australia to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

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.


Shipping risks rise as Antarctic ice hits record low

2017-09-27 10:39

Sea ice cover in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, scientists have said, as they warned the frozen continent's unpredictable nature poses growing risks to shipping, including tourist cruises.

Ancient poo shows Antarctic penguins' volcanic past

2017-04-12 21:15

Analysis of ancient penguin guano has revealed that volcanic eruptions, not climate change, almost wiped out an Antarctic sea bird colony three times, researchers have found.

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

2017-03-02 10:14

The UN's World Meteorological Organization published the highest temperatures on record in three Antarctic zones, setting a benchmark for studying how climate change is affecting this crucial region.

Antarctic station moved to escape breaking ice shelf

2017-01-17 16:09

The British research station located on a floating ice shelf in Antarctica is being relocated and shut down over the winter because of fears it could float off if a crack in the ice causes an iceberg to break off.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

2016-10-28 07:43

The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica is to be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached.

SA scientists join Antarctic circumnavigation

2016-10-17 22:25

More than 50 researchers from 30 countries are to carry out the first scientific circumnavigation of Antarctica in an attempt to measure pollution and climate change.

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.

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