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2-meter sea level rise 'plausible' by 2100 – study

May 21, 2019 - 8:37 PM

A group of the world's leading ice scientists says the area of land lost to the ocean could be equivalent to that of France, Germany, Spain, and Britain combined and would displace more than 180 million people

Antarctica ice loss increases sixfold since 1979 – study

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The pace of melting is expected to lead to disastrous sea level rise in the years to come

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

American adventurer completes solo trek across Antarctica

Dec 27, 2018 - 6:13 PM

33-year-old Colin O'Brady becomes the first person to complete the nearly 1,600 kilometer trek across Antartica

OVERJOYED. 'While the last 32 hours were some of the most challenging hours of my life, they have quite honestly been some of the best moments I have ever experienced,' says 33-yearo-old American trekker Colin O'Brady. Photo from Instagram

Antarctica tourism regulation urgent for environment – summit

May 17, 2018 - 4:10 PM

In the absence of rules, travel agencies offer trips to the region on boats sometimes equipped with helicopters or submarines, according to Segolene Royal, French ambassador for the Arctic and Antarctic poles

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

More floating parts of giant glacier raise fears on sea levels

Mar 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Totten Glacier is one of the fastest-flowing and largest glaciers in Antarctica with scientists keen to keep a close eye on how it melts given the enormous amount of water it could potentially unleash

RISING SEA LEVELS. The Totten Glacier is one of the fastest-flowing and largest glaciers in Antarctica with scientists keen to keep a close eye on how it melts given the enormous amount of water it could potentially unleash. File photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Oct 28, 2017 - 12:29 PM

Officials say Russia and China were key stumbling blocks, worried about compliance issues and fishing rights

EAST ANTARCTICA. This undated handout picture released by the Pew Charitable Trust on October 28, 2017 shows an ice wall in East Antarctica. Photo by John B. Weller/Pew Charitable Trust/AFP

Ice loss in southwest Antarctica may be slower than thought – study

May 03, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Global warming has caused ice to melt faster than normal in the Antarctic but a study suggests the rate of loss in some areas may be slower than previously thought

ANTARCTIC VIEW. An Adelie penguin arrives at the New Harbor research station near McMurdo Station in Antarctica on November 11, 2016. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Preserving the memory of glaciers

Mar 19, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Glaciers hold the memory of former climates and help to predict future environmental changes says the Institute of Research for Development

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

Mar 02, 2017 - 11:08 AM

Mapping Antarctica’s extremes is essential for understanding weather patterns and teasing out natural climate variability from human induced climate change the WMO said in a statement

View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Buzz Aldrin recovering after polar evacuation, can't go home

Dec 04, 2016 - 1:54 PM

He still has some congestion in his lungs so has been advised not to take the long flight home to the States and to rest in New Zealand while it clears up

In this file photo, NASA Apollo XI astronaut Buzz Aldrin speaks at the Humans to Mars Summit on April 22, 2014 at George Washington University in Washington, DC.  Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin stable after South Pole health scare

Dec 01, 2016 - 11:35 PM

UPDATED Aldrin was visiting Antarctica as part of a tourist group when his condition deteriorated according to a statement from the tour operator White Desert

BUZZ ALDRIN. Buzz Aldrin speaks during WE Day Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center on September 20, 2016 in St Paul, Minnesota. File photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for WE /AFP

Kerry to be first US top diplomat to visit Antarctica

Nov 05, 2016 - 10:12 AM

From November 10 to 12 Secretary of State John Kerry will make history as the most senior US official to travel to Antarctica

ADVOCATE. In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the high level signature ceremony for the Paris Agreement at the United Nations General Assembly Hall April 22, 2016. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

5 facts about Antarctic sanctuaries

Oct 28, 2016 - 4:10 PM

Conservationists have been pushing for years to better protect pristine Antarctic waters – claimed by a host of countries – from exploitation

Plans have been on the table since 2012 to create two massive and remote marine sanctuaries in the Ross Sea and East Antarctica. File photo of Ross Sea from WikiCommons

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Oct 28, 2016 - 8:37 AM

UPDATED The deal will see a massive US and New Zealand backed marine protected area established in the Ross Sea

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Antarctic glacier thinning more rapidly than thought – study

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:21 PM

The Smith Glacier spilling into the Amundsen Sea shed up to 70 meters 230 feet per year between 2002 and 2009 according to a study

ICY WORLD. Part of the eastern flank of Crosson Ice Shelf (center left) and Mount Murphy (foreground) as viewed during a NASA IceBridge flight on October 23, 2012. Thwaites Ice Shelf lies beyond the highly fractured expanse of ice (center). John Sonntag via Nature

Australia to shut sub-Antarctic research station

Sep 13, 2016 - 3:32 PM

Australia will close its permanent station at Macquarie Island almost 7 decades after establishing the sub Antarctic research facility citing environmental contamination concerns and aging infrastructure

Macquarie Island. Barry Becker/Australian Antarctic Division

Oceans delay warming of Antarctic waters – study

May 31, 2016 - 7:57 AM

This icy insulation of the snowy continent – covered by a sheath of ice up to 4 kilometers 2 5 miles thick – could last for centuries

Totten Glacier. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Antarctica's melting ice may lift seas a meter by 2100 – study

Mar 31, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Over a longer time scale the study concludes the picture is even grimmer: within 500 years Earth s once frozen continent will have lifted water lines by more than 15 meters 50 feet

Totten Glacier in Antarctica. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

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Feb 15, 2016 - 12:31 PM

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Antarctica penguins unable to return home due to iceberg grounding – study

Feb 14, 2016 - 4:13 PM

UPDATED A massive iceberg grounded near a colony of Adelie penguin in Antarctica also forced them to make a lengthy trek to find food

Snow mounts in Antarctica but ice loss continues

Nov 05, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Meanwhile other studies raise alarm bells that the melting brought on by global warming and driven by the burning of fossil fuels may have reached an irreversible point and will likely produce a 3 meter rise in sea levels

Totten Glacier, Antarctica. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Sea level rise unavoidable, says NASA

Aug 27, 2015 - 8:06 AM

Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting faster than ever and oceans are warming and expanding much more rapidly than they have in years past

ICY HORIZON. A handout image dated April 2, 2012 and made available by NASA November 28, 2012 showing Arctic sea ice as seen from the window of the NASA P-3 airplane. Michael Studinger/Handout/EPA

Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf – study

May 13, 2015 - 10:55 AM

The loss of the Larsen C ice shelf could occur within a century but an earlier collapse cannot be ruled out with major consequences for global sea levels

A file photo dated February 1997 of an ice crack in the Larsen B ice shelf in the Wedden sea, Antarctica. Morgan/Greenpeace/EPA

Hidden paths could be behind Antarctic glacier melt – study

Mar 17, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Scientists discover two pathways that are likely channelling warm ocean water under a massive Antarctic glacier which could contribute to rising global sea levels

Totten Glacier. Photo by Esmee van Wijk/Australian Antarctic Division

Ice age emperor penguins hit hard by the cold – study

Mar 02, 2015 - 11:45 AM

Antarctica s Ross Sea has been a rare safe haven for emperor penguins for thousands of years even when temperatures were too harsh for their liking a study reveals

A group of emperor penguins is resting and preening next to a tide crack in the ice near the Gould Bay colony. Image courtesy Dr Tom Hart

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Jan 27, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The chief of the Special Action Forces is relieved of his post Junjun Binay slams the Senate’s telenovela probe A blizzard hits the Northeastern United States

Warm ocean melting East Antarctica's largest glacier

Jan 27, 2015 - 8:45 AM

A just returned voyage to the Totten Glacier finds the waters around the glacier are warmer than expected and likely melting the ice from below

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Melt rate of Antarctica glaciers speeding up – research

Dec 03, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica are losing ice faster than another part of Antarctica and are the biggest contributor to rising sea levels said researchers at the University of California at Irvine

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Australia confident of Antarctic marine reserve in 2015

Nov 01, 2014 - 2:40 PM

Despite failing to reach consensus during the international talks on protecting biodiversity in East Antarctica Australia remains confident its plans would succeed next year

FAIL. Marine reserves proposed for Antarctica failed to win approval at international talks in Australia Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Plans for Antarctic marine reserves fail again

Oct 31, 2014 - 10:24 PM

China and Russia block both the East Antarctic scheme and a US New Zealand bid for a protected zone in the Ross Sea during the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources talks

FAIL. Marine reserves proposed for Antarctica failed to win approval at international talks in Australia Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority

Defrosted: Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook uncovered

Oct 23, 2014 - 11:12 AM

A photographic notebook from Robert Scott s ill fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent

An undated photo of George Murray Levick's notebook. Image courtesy Antarctic Heritage Trust

Australia hopeful for new Antarctic sanctuary proposal

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:58 AM

Its latest proposal is for a 1 0 million square kilometer zone over four areas a plan which will be considered at the annual Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources CCAMLR talks

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Sea-level surge at Antarctica linked to icesheet loss

Sep 01, 2014 - 8:18 AM

Sea levels around Antarctica have been rising a third faster than the global average a clear sign of high meltwater runoff from the continent s icesheet scientists say

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals – study

Jul 24, 2014 - 9:06 AM

South Georgia island s Antarctic fur seal pups have a lower average birth weight and there are fewer breeding adults

A file photo taken on October 28, 2008 shows a fur seal on the shore of King George Island, Antarctica. Martin Bureau/File/AFP

Emperor penguins waddling to extinction – climate study

Jul 01, 2014 - 9:36 AM

Declining sea ice caused by climate change would place all 45 known emperor penguin colonies into decline by 2100

GOING, GOING... A handout photo taken on June 20, 2011 and released on June 22, 2011 shows an Emperor penguin in New Zealand, some 3,000 kilometers (1,900) from his Antarctic home. Department of Conservation/Richard Gill/Handout/AFP

Scientists warn of tourism threat to Antarctica

Jun 18, 2014 - 3:36 PM

A surge in tourists visiting the frozen continent and new roads and runways built to service research facilities are threatening Antarctica s fragile environment

ANTARCTIC MORNING. King George Island : View of Antarctica early in the morning after a snow shower, on March 13, 2014. Photo by Vanderlei Almeida/ AFP

Polar scientists drill 2,000-year-old ice core

May 08, 2014 - 3:07 PM

The team working in temperatures of minus 30 Celsius are extracting the core of an ice formation to get annual climate records from it for the past 2 000 years

ICE CORE. Dr Mark Curran with part of the main ice core. Photo by Tony Fleming/Australian Antarctic Division at http://www.antarctica.gov.au

What's it like to visit Antarctica?

Apr 21, 2014 - 1:24 AM

Is the remote continent on your bucket list? Learn about what a vacation there would be like

Rescued Antarctic scientists back on dry land

Jan 22, 2014 - 3:01 PM

The scientists in the doomed Antarctic expedition apologize for the disruption and now face questions over who will pay for the international rescue mission

BYE, ICE. A view of the bow of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, when he ship was wedged in thick sheets of sea ice. Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 27 December 2013

Giant Antarctic glacier beyond point of no return

Jan 13, 2014 - 10:41 AM

Antarctica s Pine Island Glacier is melting irreversibly and could add as much as a centimeter 0 4 inches to ocean levels in 20 years

BREAKING UP. This MODIS image taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Nov. 10, 2013, shows an iceberg that was part of the Pine Island Glacier and is now separating from the Antarctica continent. Image courtesy NASA

Chinese icebreaker shines spotlight on polar ambitions

Jan 08, 2014 - 1:05 PM

Experts say that China is playing a long game in polar exploration with the expected territorial and natural resource benefits decades even half a century away

STUCK IN ICE. A file picture made available on 29 December 2013 shows Chinese icebreaker 'Snow Dragon' (Xue Long) seen from the 'Akademik Shokalskiy' ship, which got stuck in ice in Antarctica, 28 December 2013. Andrew Peacock/Footloosefotography.com/EPA

Trapped Chinese icebreaker to attempt breakout

Jan 07, 2014 - 11:14 AM

A westerly wind expected to pick up before Wednesday January 8 could give the Xue Long or Snow Dragon its best chance of escaping the heavy ice in which it has been trapped since last Friday

STUCK IN ICE. A file picture made available on 29 December 2013 shows Chinese icebreaker 'Snow Dragon' (Xue Long) seen from the 'Akademik Shokalskiy' ship, which got stuck in ice in Antarctica, 28 December 2013. Andrew Peacock/Footloosefotography.com/EPA

Chinese ship used in Antarctic rescue stuck in ice

Jan 04, 2014 - 8:59 AM

Despite a failed attempt to escape from the ice the Chinese ship confirms it is safe and does not need assistance

TRAPPED. This photo taken on January 2 shows the Chinese vessel Xue Long from the bridge of the Aurora Australis ship off Antarctica, both in the frozen waters to help rescue a nearby Russian research ship. Photo by Jessica Fitzpatrick/Agence France-Presse

Relief at Antarctic rescue turns to fear for Chinese ship

Jan 03, 2014 - 7:13 PM

The Xue Long – or Snow Dragon – has not moved for several days as it took part in multiple attempts to rescue passengers on a scientific expedition aboard the Russian vessel Akademik Shokalskiy

TRAPPED. This photo provided by Fairfax Media Pool and released by the Australian Antarctic Division on January 2 shows the Chinese vessel Xue Long (C) from the bridge of the Aurora Australis ship off Antarctica, both in the frozen waters to help rescue a nearby Russian research ship (not pictured). Photo by Jessica Fitzpatrick / AFP

Antarctic helicopter rescue underway at icebound ship

Jan 02, 2014 - 2:09 PM

The helicopter evacuation of a Russian research ship stuck in Antarctica finally begins

Sea ice delays Antarctic rescue

Jan 02, 2014 - 11:19 AM

Sea ice delays the helicopter evacuation of the Russian research vessel trapped in Antarctica

Chinese helicopter to evacuate Antarctic ship passengers

Dec 30, 2013 - 9:57 PM

Russia says a Chinese helicopter will evacuate passengers and crew stranded in a scientific expedition ship

Rescue of stranded Antarctic ship stalls

Dec 28, 2013 - 1:58 PM

UPDATED The Australian Maritime Safety Authority which is coordinating the rescue of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy said the icebreaker came within 6 5 nautical miles of the ship but had to stop

STUCK AT SEA. A view of the bow of the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, as the ship remains wedged in thick sheets of sea ice. Image courtesy of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, 27 December 2013

Icebreaker steams to science ship trapped off Antarctica

Dec 27, 2013 - 3:55 PM

MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped in ice about 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D Urville since Tuesday

IN WARMER WEATHER. The cruise ship Akademik Shokalskiy is seen here docked at the Ushuaia harbor, Argentina, 25 February 2007. Image courtesy Wikipedia/Benutzer:DiedrichF