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NASA scientists: Climate change is moving the North Pole

Beginning around the year 2000, the North Pole abruptly changed its direction and started drifting east, and its all thanks to us, scientists have discovered. The geographic North Pole is located smack in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Antarctica: International relations in a cold climate

Puerto Williams - Winter is coming, and like many scientists posted in Antarctica, Bogdan Gavrylyuk is looking forward to going home.

Antarctica alone may lift seas a meter by 2100: Study

Paris - Melting ice from Antarctica could raise oceans by a metre before 2100 at current rates of greenhouse gas emissions, doubling previous forecasts for sea level rise, according to a study released Wednesday.

150,000 Antarctica penguins die after iceberg grounding: Study

Sydney - Some 150,000 penguins died after a massive iceberg grounded near their colony in Antarctica, forcing them to make a lengthy trek to find food, scientists say in a newly-published study.The B09B iceberg, measuring some 100 square kilometres (38.

Canadian pilot dies after falling into Antarctic crevasse

Sydney - A Canadian helicopter pilot has died after plunging 20 metres (66 feet) down a crevasse when he landed on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica, Australian officials said Tuesday.

Chile eyes construction of permanent Antarctica pier

Santiago - Chile is carrying out a feasibility study for the construction of a permanent pier at one of its bases in Antarctica, an official was quoted as saying Friday.

Fishing main hurdle to Antarctic marine reserves: Australia

Sydney - Access to fishing was the main stumbling block to agreement on two vast marine reserves in Antarctica, the head of the Australian delegation to international talks said Saturday.

Antarctica ozone hole reaches record size

Melbourne - Australians may have to use more sunblock this spring, as the hole in the ozone layer is at near-record levels since scientists began monitoring it in the late 1980s.

Deal on Antarctic marine sanctuaries fails

Sydney - International efforts to create two vast marine sanctuaries to protect the pristine wilderness of Antarctica failed Friday for the fifth time, but delegates said China's support for one reserve and Russia's commitment to further talks gave them hope.

Antarctic ice shelf could be gone in just a few years, says NASA

A NASA study has found that one of the major remaining ice shelves on Antarctica is melting much faster than previous suggestions. It could be completely gone in just a few years, fuelling sea level rise and making Antarctica a little smaller.

Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf: Study

Paris - The largest ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula is being thinned by warmer seas and air and could catastrophically break up, scientists said on Wednesday.

Sea Shepherd in dramatic rescue of Antarctic 'poaching' ship crew

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said it rescued 40 crew members from a sinking "poaching" ship it was pursuing for months for allegedly illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean, but described the ship's sinking as suspicious.

Australian icebreaker rescues ailing Antarctic base worker

Sydney - A seriously ill worker has been evacuated by helicopter from Australia's Antarctic station to an icebreaker ship in a dramatic round-the-clock rescue.

Antarctica's ice melt could redraw map of world's coastlines

NASA satellite studies show that in the past decade Antarctic ice melt has been adding about 118 billion metric tons per year to the oceans. This has raised concerns about a drastic reshaping of the world's major coastlines with heavy human population.

Oceans are warming so rapidly they are breaking scientific charts

Earlier this month the NOAA and NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, shattering the previous records in 2005 and 2010. Now comes the news that global warming is heating the world's oceans at an unprecedented pace.

Sea Shepherd in epic chase of Antarctic 'poaching' ship

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Friday it has been chasing a "poaching" ship for three weeks amid heavy ice flows in an attempt to stop the crew from illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.

Dutch adventurer reaches South Pole on tractor

Cape Town - Dutch actress and adventurer Manon "Tractor Girl" Ossevoort arrived at the South Pole Tuesday after driving a tractor from Europe through Africa and across the frozen wastes of Antarctica.

Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

Cambridge - A collaborative effort involving scientific teams from the UK, U.S. and Australia has produced the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice with the help of an underwater robot.

World's ice caps melting at accelerated rate

German researchers have been able to map the heights of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with far greater precision than ever before. Observations and data show the ice caps are melting much faster than previously thought.

Microbes discovered 800 meters deep in Antarctica lake

Samples taken from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life. The lake was the vast and mysterious Lake Whillans.

Emperor penguin numbers in decline

Emperor penguin populations could lose nearly one-fifth of their members by the end of the century as a result of climate change.

Japanese researchers consider founding new Antarctic base

Japan is debating whether to add a new research base to their scientific studies. This one may give us insights about the nature of the world around 1 million years ago.

Human activity encroaching on Antarctica's ecosystems

Antarctica is the world's last great wilderness, a continent covering 5.4 million square miles, or about twice the size of Australia, Antarctica belongs to no one nation, and there is no government, other than an international agreement.

Southern Ocean winds strongest in 1,000 years

Using data from Antarctic ice cores and other sources, a study published in the Nature Climate Change journal says that winds in the Southern Ocean are the strongest they have been in 1,000 years.

Antarctic Treaty signatories make marine protection progress

Bras - Antarctic Treaty signatories made progress towards future protection of the icy continent's marine life, NGO officials said.

Iceberg six times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica

One of the largest icebergs in existence – an ice island, really – roughly six times the size of Manhattan broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is currently heading into open waters.

Antarctic still holds fascination of treasures at Cape Evans Special

Christchurch - This past December scientists and historians were pleased to discover old photograph-negatives from the famous expedition of Ernest Shackelton's Ross Sea Party more than a century ago.

The Antarctic's upside-down anemones puzzle scientists

The colorful sea anemone is named for the terrestrial flower of the same name. An invertebrate, they are a close relative of coral and jellyfish. More than 1,000 species are found throughout the world's oceans, though mainly in tropical waters.

Relief as harsh Antarctic rescue mission ends safely

Sydney - Australian authorities expressed relief Friday after 52 passengers were safely rescued by helicopter from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice, saying the dramatic mission had been difficult and complex.

Scientists rescued by icebound ship in Antarctic

Sydney - If it had been in 3D, it might have seemed like a replay of the movie “Gravity.” The U.S., Russia and China were all involved in the rescue of scientists from the Antarctic.
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These are some of the cellulose nitrate negatives found bundled together at Cape Evans in  Scott s H...
These are some of the cellulose nitrate negatives found bundled together at Cape Evans in "Scott's Hut."
courtesy of the Antarctic Heritage Trust
The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica  with 74 people onboard. Decemb...
The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica, with 74 people onboard. December 29, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Peacock
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
NASA/British Antarctic Survey
A satellite photo of Antarctica  a place of scientific interest and exploratory endeavor.
A satellite photo of Antarctica, a place of scientific interest and exploratory endeavor.
Dave Pape
Chief scientist for Shackelton s Ross Sea Party was Alexander Stevens  seen here on board the SY Aur...
Chief scientist for Shackelton's Ross Sea Party was Alexander Stevens, seen here on board the SY Aurora, some time between 1914 and 1917.
Courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust, New Zealand
Among the most striking of images found is that of Alexander Stevens  who served as the Shackelton E...
Among the most striking of images found is that of Alexander Stevens, who served as the Shackelton Expedition's chief scientist. Here he is pictured on board the SY Aurora some time between 1914 and 1917. Stevens was part of the Ross Sea Party that spent time living in Scott's Hut at Cape Evans.
courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust, New Zealand
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Ross Sea  Antarctica: Penguins charging upwards
Ross Sea, Antarctica: Penguins charging upwards
Paul Nicklen
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
NSIDC/US Coastguard
A small picture of the beautiful Webb Island in Antarctica. Scientists caution that tourism could da...
A small picture of the beautiful Webb Island in Antarctica. Scientists caution that tourism could damage many of these beautiful areas.
Vincent van Zeijst
The dumping of waste (even old vehicles)  such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992...
The dumping of waste (even old vehicles), such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992, is prohibited since the entry into force of the Protocol on Environmental Protection in 1998.
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Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16  2012.
Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16, 2012.
NASA/JAMES YUNGEL, NASA
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Ellsworth Live
Ross Sea  Antarctica: Emperor penguins
Ross Sea, Antarctica: Emperor penguins
Paul Nicklen
Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica.
Photo taken: 01/19/2010
Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica. Photo taken: 01/19/2010
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Passenger plane lands on blue-ice runway in Antarctica for the first time - and nails it.
Passenger plane lands on blue-ice runway in Antarctica for the first time - and nails it.
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A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine...
A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica from the last time it underwent rapid retreat and thinning 8000 years ago
Florian Wobbe, British Antarctic Survey
Satellite composite image of the Antarctica
Satellite composite image of the Antarctica
Dave Pape
Location of the Antarctic Peninsula in West Antarctica
Location of the Antarctic Peninsula in West Antarctica
Anna Frodesiak
Iceberg and land near Ross Island  Antarctic region.
Iceberg and land near Ross Island, Antarctic region.
courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust