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.

Melting glaciers account for third of sea-level rise

World`s shrinking glaciers contributed to almost a third of the sea-level rise between 2003 and 2009, a new study has found.

Antarctic summer ice melting 10 times faster: Study

Summer ice in the Antarctic is melting 10 times quicker than it was 600 years ago, a new study showed Monday.

China to build two Antarctic research stations

China plans to build two new research stations in Antarctica by 2015 and site inspections are already being conducted by an expedition team, authorities said.

9,000-strong penguin colony discovered in Antarctic

A huge 9,000-strong colony of emperor penguins has been discovered in Antarctica after scientists spotted their poo trails in satellite images.

How Antarctic sea ice increases with climate change

Scientists have shed light on why, unlike the dramatic losses reported in the Arctic, the Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change.

Antarctic ozone hole shrinks to 2nd smallest in 20 yrs

Scientists attribute the change to warmer temperatures in the Antarctic lower stratosphere.

Arctic sea ice shrinks while Antarctic grows

Last month the world witnessed two opposite records concerning sea ice.