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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.

Satellite images shows Larsen C ice shelf crack spreading rapidly

The latest images from NASA's Terra Satellite shows the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is spreading rapidly, raising the possibility that an iceberg may soon be calved.

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

Paris - The UN's World Meteorological Organization published the highest temperatures on record in three Antarctic zones Wednesday, setting a benchmark for studying how climate change is affecting this crucial region.

Manhattan-sized iceberg shears off Antarctica glacier

An iceberg the size of Manhattan has sheared off the rapidly melting Pine Island glacier on the West coast of Antarctica, and from the looks of things, there will be more to come says NASA.

Climate change shows in shrinking Antarctic snows

Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina's Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked there for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were.

Robot gives rare glimpse under Antarctic sea ice

Sydney - An underwater robot has captured a rare glimpse beneath the Antarctic sea ice, revealing a colourful world filled with coconut-shaped sponges, dandelion-like worms, pink algae and spidery starfish.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Massive crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is widening

Scientists have been monitoring a massive crack in one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves for some time. In the last five months alone, the fracture has grown an extra 22 kilometers, and it's only a matter of time before it breaks free.

Sick workers evacuated in daring South Pole rescue

Washington - Two sick workers evacuated from a remote US research station near the South Pole have reached Chile after a risky rescue mission carried out in the dead of Antarctica's winter, US officials said.

Viral video shows 'massive' sea creature in Antarctica, or is it?

An eagle-eyed Google Earth enthusiast browsing the South Pole discovered something in the water close to Deception Island, and being curious, zoomed in. Was it a sea monster? Perhaps a Kraken? Nope, it was neither.

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.
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Halley Research station in Antarctica experiences 24 hour darkness during the austral winter.
Halley Research station in Antarctica experiences 24 hour darkness during the austral winter.
British Antarctic Survey
Satellite composite image of the Antarctica
Satellite composite image of the Antarctica
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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.
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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
A gentoo penguin sliding in the snow in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
A gentoo penguin sliding in the snow in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
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Gamburtsevs Mountain Range in East Antarctica
Gamburtsevs Mountain Range in East Antarctica
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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."
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Regions iof Antarctica where penguin counts were done. The Antarctic Peninsula is on the upper left ...
Regions iof Antarctica where penguin counts were done. The Antarctic Peninsula is on the upper left of the map.
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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.
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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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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.
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Halley VI research station will be relocating to a safer site on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
Halley VI research station will be relocating to a safer site on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
British Antarctic Survey
SeaBED deployment from the RRS James Clark Ross under the midnight sun
SeaBED deployment from the RRS James Clark Ross under the midnight sun
Permission British Antarctic Survey
A photo from the window of NASA s DC-8 shows the rift across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf runni...
A photo from the window of NASA's DC-8 shows the rift across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf running off toward the horizon. The plane flew across the crevasse on Oct. 26, 2011 as part of NASA's Operation IceBridge, and also flew directly over the rift for about 18 miles, taking detailed measurements of its depth, width and shape. The ice shelf hasn't calved a major iceberg since 2001, and IceBridge took advantage of the opportunity afforded by spotting the crack to fly over it and measure its
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From white to green: plant life is booming in Antarctica as the climate warms.
From white to green: plant life is booming in Antarctica as the climate warms.
University of Exeter/Matt Amesbury
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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An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
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Flow speeds at Smith  Pope  and Kohler Glaciers.
Flow speeds at Smith, Pope, and Kohler Glaciers.
NASA
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
NASA/Michael Studinger

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