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One tiny creature threatens Antarctic wildlife

Friday - The Antarctic, one of the last great wildernesses and home to animals such as whales, penguins and leopard seals, is being threatened by the plight of an animal just a few centimetres long.

Thawing permafrost reveals massive doses of mercury

9 Feb 18 - Rising temperatures are waking a sleeping giant in the North - the permafrost - and scientists have identified a new danger that comes with that: massive stores of mercury.

New look at Antarctic raises fears of higher sea levels

15 Dec 17 - Antarctic ice sheet models double the sea-level rise expected this century if global emissions of heat-trapping pollution remain high, according to a new study.

Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming world

5 Dec 17 - The Antarctic Treaty was signed 58 years ago this week, protecting the continent for peace and science.

THIN ICE: Antarctic glaciers could flood the planet

24 Nov 17 - In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, 2500 miles from the tip of South America, two glaciers hold human civilisation hostage.

HOT SPOTS: Ice cameras reveal Antarctica’s warm underbelly

16 Nov 17 - A new map of the warmth coming up from rocks beneath the Antarctic provides key data for scientists to model how the ice sheet could react to climate change.

Ice cracks again close Antarctic research station

2 Nov 17 - A British research station in Antarctica is being shut down for the second winter in a row following concerns over growing cracks in the 150-metre thick ice shelf on which it stands.

Sea could rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050

31 Oct 17 - Sea levels could rise 1.3m this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that contains the latest understanding of Antarctica’s contribution.

Changing climate is blurring the lines for map makers

30 Oct 17 - As soon as cartographers had finished drawing the Arctic ice sheet in 2013, their map was already out of date.

Starving penguins a sign that all is not well in Antarctica

17 Oct 17 - The awful news that all but two penguin chicks have starved to death out of a colony of almost 40,000 birds is a grim illustration of the enormous pressure Antarctic wildlife is under.

Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low - but why?

28 Sep 17 - Sea ice levels in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, but experts say there is not a clear link to climate change.

New worry as key Antarctic glacier loses chunk of ice

27 Sep 17 - An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a process that has scientists wondering whether its...

Plastic chunks on Arctic icefloe show how pollution has spread

26 Sep 17 - A discovery by scientists is prompting fears that melting ice will allow more plastic to be released into the central Arctic Ocean – with huge effects on wildlife.

Melting Arctic ice cap falls to well below average

21 Sep 17 - The Arctic ice cap melted to hundreds of thousands of square miles below average this summer, according to data just released.

Global warming doubles growth of Antarctic marine fauna

5 Sep 17 - Marine life on the Antarctic seabed is likely to be far more affected by global warming than previously thought, say scientists who have conducted the most sophisticated study to date of heating...

ARCTIC FIRST: Ship sails top of the world without icebreaker

29 Aug 17 - A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high Arctic.

Walruses mob beach as Arctic sea ice disappears

21 Aug 17 - A remote island off Alaska has been mobbed by thousands of Pacific walruses in the earliest known "haul out" for the species.

Scientists find 91 volcanoes below Antarctic ice sheet

14 Aug 17 - Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – two kilometres below the surface of the ice sheet that covers west Antarctica.

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks away from Antarctica

13 Jul 17 - A trillion-tonne expanse of ice that has broken off Antarctica's Larsen C shelf isn't going to raise sea level on its own, but it can't be viewed in isolation.

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