Melting of Antarctic ice shelves may double by 2050
Melting of Antarctic ice shelves may double by 2050

Ice shelves are believed to be the floating extensions of the continent's massive land-based ice sheets.

Japan intends to resume whale hunt this year

Japan`s chief whaling negotiator said Monday the country intends to resume hunts in the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose.

Japan aims to resume Antarctic whaling later this year

Japan aims to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later this year, even though the International Whaling Commission says Tokyo hasn't proven that the mammals need to be killed for research.

'Montreal Protocol has helped slow ozone depletion'

Thanks to the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is in much better shape now than it would have been without the United Nations (UN) treaty, a new study says.

Antarctica's floating ice shelves show massive depletion over two decades
Antarctica's floating ice shelves show massive depletion over two decades

A new study has recently revealed that Antarctic's ice shelves have shrunk by as much as 18 percent in over nearly two decades.

Harpoonless Japanese whalers heading for Antarctic: Govt

Japanese whalers will set out for the Antarctic this week, but will leave their harpoons at home after the United Nations' top court last year ruled their annual hunt was illegal, the government said today.

World's first Ocean Health Index finds Earth's oceans only 67% healthy
World's first Ocean Health Index finds Earth's oceans only 67% healthy

World's first ever Ocean Health Index has rated the Earth's oceans at 67 out of 100 in overall health.

Climate change ravaging Antarctic fur seals: Study

A food shortage likely caused by climate change is shrinking a South Antarctic fur seal colony and changing the profile of its surviving members, researchers have said.

Japan kills 30 whales in first post-ICJ hunt

Japan has slaughtered 30 minke whales off its northeast coast, in the first hunt since the UN`s top court ordered Tokyo to stop killing the animals in the Antarctic, the government said.

Antarctic ice sheet collapse has begun, shows research

In an alarming find, scientists have discovered that the collapse of West Antarctic ice sheet - that holds enough water to raise global seas by several feet - has already begun.

China opens fourth Antarctic research base

China has opened a fourth Antarctic research base, authorities said here Saturday.

`Alien species threat to Antarctic environment`

Ecosystems in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands are being irreversibly changed by alien plant and animal species introduced through human contact, a leading Antarctic researcher warned Tuesday.

US icebreaker heads to Antarctic to help stuck ships

US icebreaker Polar Star was on Saturday set to sail for the Antarctic to assist a Russian vessel trapped in heavy ice and a Chinese ship which went to its aid, officials said.

Rescued Antarctic passengers resume journey home

An Australian icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic resumed its journey home on Saturday, leaving behind another two icebreakers trapped in pack ice.

Antarctic ship passengers to be evacuated by Chinese helicopter: Russia

Most passengers and some crew from a scientific expedition ship stranded off Antarctica will be evacuated by helicopter to a Chinese icebreaker if weather conditions improve, Russia said Monday.

China icebreaker `stalls` on way to stranded Antarctic ship

A Chinese icebreaker heading to rescue a scientific expedition vessel trapped off Antarctica has itself stalled in icy conditions, Australian media said.

Vast Antarctic sanctuary plans fail

Plans to create two vast ocean sanctuaries in Antarctica to protect the pristine wilderness failed Friday for a third time, with Russia and China blocking the bids, delegates at multi-nation talks said.

Antarctic marine life at risk due to rapidly changing climatic conditions

Experts have warned that keystone Antarctic species, the shrimp-like krill and other countless micro-organisms, are on the brink of extinction because of the environmental changes.

Mysterious 13th century eruption traced to Indonesian volcano

Scientists have claimed that the Samalas Volcano on Lombok Island, Indonesia was responsible for a huge eruption that occurred in the 13th Century.

Global warming 5 mn yrs ago may have raised sea levels by 20m

Global warming caused 5 million years ago may have melted parts of Antarctica`s large ice sheets and caused sea levels to rise by about 20 metres.