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Plans for world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctic blocked

Sydney - A plan to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctic waters was shot down when a key conservation summit failed to reach a consensus, with environmentalists on Saturday decrying a lack of scientific foresight.

Even moderate warming could melt Antarctic ice sheet: study

Paris - Moderate global temperature rises of just two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt parts of the largest ice sheet on Earth and raise sea levels by several metres, experts warned on Wednesday.

Win for wildlife as krill fishing restricted in Antarctica

Sydney - Five major krill fishing firms Tuesday agreed to halt operations across huge swathes of the Antarctic to help protect wildlife in a move hailed as "bold and progressive" by conservationists.

Antarctic researchers mark winter solstice with icy plunge

Sydney - Scientists based in Antarctica welcomed the winter solstice by plunging into icy waters Thursday as part of a "mad tradition" heralding the return of brighter days after weeks of darkness.In temperatures of -22 degrees Celsius (-7.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

Sea level fears as more of giant Antarctic glacier floating than thought

Sydney - More of a giant France-sized glacier in Antarctica is floating on the ocean than previously thought, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears it could melt faster as the climate warms and have a dramatic impact on rising sea-levels.

Antarctic sea ice shrinks for second-straight year

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

Antarctica: a laboratory for climate change

A decade ago, a thick layer of ice covered the Collins Glacier on Antarctica's King George Island.Now, the rocky landscape is visible to the naked eye, in a region that is both a victim of and a laboratory for climate change.

Scientists set off to explore new Antarctic ecosystem

London - A team of international scientists led by the British Antarctic Survey set off on Wednesday to explore a mysterious marine ecosystem that has lain hidden under an ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.

Robots en route to Antarctica to study underside of ice shelves

It has become increasingly common to see cliff-sized chunks of glacial ice falling into the Southern Ocean, suggestive of a warming climate. But scientists don't know what's going on beneath Antarctica's ice sheets., so they are preparing to find out.

Evidence points to collapse of Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers

In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, the Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers sprawl across a plain over 150-miles-long, widening as they go inland to a reserve of ice two-miles-thick, about the size of Texas. They are melting fast.

260-million-year-old fossil forest discovered in Antarctica

Long ago, Antarctica was covered in forests. The ancient trees were able to withstand prolonged periods of pure sunlight or complete darkness, transitioning rapidly between the seasons. But they were victims of the world's greatest mass extinction event.

New ice crack forces Halley VI Research Station to close again

The "Halloween" crack that popped up last year around the end of October is not about to give the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) a break. BAS has been forced to abandon its Halley VI research station for a second winter due to a new crack.

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Sydney - Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging "greater vision and ambition".

Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica

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

Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists

Sydney - A secret world of animals and plants -- including unknown species -- may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.

Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists

Sydney - A secret world of animals and plants -- including unknown species -- may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Paris - A Delaware-sized iceberg, one of the largest ever seen, was set adrift after snapping from a West Antarctic ice shelf that will be closely watched for signs of collapse, scientists said Wednesday.

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica: scientists

Paris - A trillion-tonne iceberg, one of the biggest on record, has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, said scientists Wednesday who have monitored the growing crack for months.

Multiple icebergs ready to break off Larsen C Ice Shelf

As of Friday, July 7, the Larsen C Ice Shelf is showing very clear signs is it about to calve, according to the latest report from Project Midas scientists. Just three miles stand between the fast-growing crack and the open water.

Antarctic researchers take icy plunge to mark solstice

Sydney - Antarctic researchers welcomed the winter solstice with an exhilarating plunge into icy waters Wednesday as they look forward to brighter days after weeks of darkness.

House flies invade warmer Antarctica threatening native species

Scientists say that increasing number of houseflies that arrive in Antarctica on ships are surviving as the continent warms up. Their growing population can introduce deadly pathogens that could have a harmful effect on indigenous lifeforms.

Widespread melting of West Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf documented

Large-scale melting of snow and ice on Antarctica's massive Ross Ice Shelf, brought on by an unusually warm stretch of weather in the austral summer of 2015-2016, has been documented for the very first time, according to a new study.

Towing an iceberg to the U.A.E. for fresh water met with ridicule

Abu Dhabi - While the idea of towing a massive iceberg from Antarctica to supply drinking water to millions of people in the United Arab Emirates may sound ludicrous, it is in the planning stages. But, does this "stopgap measure" actually address the real problem?

Crack in Larsen C Ice Shelf grows 11 miles in six days

In the largest growth rate to date, the crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf grew an astounding 17 kilometers (11 miles) between May 25 and May 31, 2017, leaving only 13 kilometers (eight miles) left before it breaks off.

Giant iceberg poised to snap off from Antarctica: scientists

Paris - An expanse of ice roughly the size of Delaware is close to breaking off from the warming Antarctic ice shelf to form one of the world's largest-ever icebergs, scientists said Thursday.

Antarctica not only getting warmer, it's also getting greener

Our perception of Antarctica is beginning to change, especially as the climate continues to warm. The Antarctica we have always seen as a snowy, frigid, and inhospitable place is being transformed dramatically.

New scrutiny of polar regions as world braces for climate shifts: UN

Geneva - Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday.

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

Sydney - The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin Day.

Two new studies: Surface of Antarctica 'swimming in meltwater'

For the first time ever, the network of streams, ponds, and lakes across Antarctica's surface have been mapped, and the extent of the water flow is astounding and worrying to scientists.
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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
Construction of a new Amundsen-Scott research station  adjacent to the Dome  began in 1999. The new ...
Construction of a new Amundsen-Scott research station, adjacent to the Dome, began in 1999. The new station was constructed in sections with Science, Medical, Administration, Communications, Multipurpose Room, and additional living quarters.
NOAA
Larsen B ice shelf on January 31  2002. By April 13  2002  the ice shelf had collapsed.
Larsen B ice shelf on January 31, 2002. By April 13, 2002, the ice shelf had collapsed.
NASA Earth Observatory
Flow speeds at Smith  Pope  and Kohler Glaciers.
Flow speeds at Smith, Pope, and Kohler Glaciers.
NASA
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Adrian Luckman, Martin O'Leary /Project Midas
Antarctica s glaciers carry ice from the interior of the continent to the ocean. This NASA illustrat...
Antarctica's glaciers carry ice from the interior of the continent to the ocean. This NASA illustration shows where the ice is moving fastest; areas in red have the fastest flow, followed by those in pink and purple.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Tourists explore the  living museum  at the restored Antarctic base at Port Lockroy. Re-opened in 19...
Tourists explore the 'living museum' at the restored Antarctic base at Port Lockroy. Re-opened in 1996, the site is now the most visited on the Antarctic Peninsula.
The only penguin species that breeds during the Antarctic winter  emperor penguins trek 50–120 km ...
The only penguin species that breeds during the Antarctic winter, emperor penguins trek 50–120 km (31–75 mi) over the ice to breeding colonies which may include thousands of individuals.
Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA
Pine Island Glacier (PIG) ice shelf is the floating extension of the Pine Island Glacier  one of the...
Pine Island Glacier (PIG) ice shelf is the floating extension of the Pine Island Glacier, one of the two largest outlet glaciers (Thwaites Glacier is the other) draining the West Antarctic ice sheet.
NASA Images
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
Icebergs that appear to have broken off Thwaites glacier spread across Pine Island Bay.
Icebergs that appear to have broken off Thwaites glacier spread across Pine Island Bay.
NASA
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
Sea Anemones look as plants  but they are animals and they are predators.
Sea Anemones look as plants, but they are animals and they are predators.
Brocken Inaglory
Iceberg and land near Ross Island  Antarctic region.
Iceberg and land near Ross Island, Antarctic region.
courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
NASA/British Antarctic Survey
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.
Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions
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
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
NASA/Michael Studinger
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Ellsworth Live
Tourism in Antarctica has steadily increased over the years  to an estimated 35 000 people in 2013.
Tourism in Antarctica has steadily increased over the years, to an estimated 35,000 people in 2013.
Christopher Michel

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