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SOUTHERN SHOCK: Where has all the ice gone?

Wednesday - The absence of sea ice near Antarctica over the past six weeks has astonished scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa.

Antarctica needs massive engineering works

Monday - .Mammoth engineering projects are planned in Antarctica and Greenland to help slow down the disintegration of the planet’s main glaciers.

Krill fishing poses serious threat to Antarctic

15 Mar 18 - Industrial fishing for krill in the pristine waters around Antarctica is threatening the future of one of the world’s last great wildernesses, says a new report.

Antarctic sea ice shrinks for second straight year

7 Mar 18 - Sea ice cover in Antarctica has dropped to its second-lowest on record, Australian authorities said, adding that it was not yet clear what was driving the reduction after several years of record-highs.

'Crazy' Arctic temperatures alarm scientists

5 Mar 18 - An alarming heatwave in the sunless winter Arctic is causing blizzards in Europe and forcing scientists to reconsider even their most pessimistic forecasts of climate change.

King penguins find their icy southern realm is shrinking

1 Mar 18 - King penguins – one of the most charismatic species of the Southern Ocean – are under threat from climate change.

One tiny creature threatens Antarctic wildlife

16 Feb 18 - 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.

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