In Antarctica, many countries want a piece of the action.
There are some limits on what countries can do in the Antarctic, but not when it comes to science.
Under the terms of the current treaty all commercial mining is forbidden, but rumblings of discontent are stirring beneath the ice.
A different kind of international dialogue.
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A flavor of diplomacy that focuses on science cuts through political differences and finds new ways for nations to work together.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions, and scientists traditionally tramped through difficult terrain to collect data on them.
Celebrity cows: Southern Girl and Iceberg enjoy a ‘hay cocktail’ at the Commodore Hotel in New York.
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What would possess an Antarctic expedition to take dairy cows to the icy continent? Back in 1933, Admiral Byrd did so for reasons of image-making, publicity and territorial ambition.
Senator Jacqui Lambie, speaking on Q&A.
During a Q&A discussion about climate change, Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said it was four degrees hotter 110,000 years ago. Is that right?
Antarctica hangs in the balance. Five cities have the chance of securing the future of this fragile continent.
Australia (whose flag is pictured on the right) is one of several countries with a big stake in the South Pole.
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It's one of the remotest places on Earth and yet is still claimed by six nations – including Australia.
Antarctica’s delicate ecosystem could be under threat from invasive species.
A warming Earth could see invading species arrive in Antarctica via the floating "taxi service" of the sea. That could be a threat to the southern continent's delicate ecosystem.
Ancient air bubbles preserved in Antarctic ice.
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What gaps have the CSIRO cuts left in climate research?
Where the ice meets the sea: Antarctica’s ice shelves play a key role in how fast ice sheets melt.
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As the world warms, Antarctica's melting ice will likely reach the point of no return.
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Iron and nutrients from Antarctica's bedrock are carried into the oceans – nourishing entire food webs.
Antarctica is vital to the planet’s climate system.
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Why should we care if the polar ice sheets melt hundreds of years in the future? Because they are vital for maintaining our current climate.
How much staying power? A calving front of the Antarctic ice sheet.
If we burned all fossil fuels, the loss of ice in Antarctica would raise sea levels 160 to 200 feet, but even our current trajectory could lead to dramatic sea level rise.
Deception wrong-footed scientists three times in ten years, and remains a mystery.
Deception is the premier tourist destination in the Antarctic. It's also the volcano that scientists are still not sure why it's there.
Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf photographed in October 2011 from NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft during an Operation IceBridge flight.
Researchers find that ice around Antarctica shrank quickly last decade, raising concerns over this buttress against melting land-based ice and future sea-level rise.
Policing toothfish is not as straightforward as Sea Shepherd would like it to be.
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This morning, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessels leave port to pursue a new campaign in the Southern Ocean — but this time, it’s not all about whales. Operation Icefish will target vessels fishing…
These clouds – formed high in the Antarctic atmosphere during spring – provide a place where ozone-destroying chemicals can form.
Imagine an environmental crisis caused by a colourless, odourless gas, in minute concentrations, building up in the atmosphere. There is no expert consensus, but in the face of considerable uncertainty…
Catch from Japan’s previous whaling program. The new program will kill fewer whales.
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This week, Japan announced a research plan for its New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean, to replace previous programs. In March this year, Japan’s previous whaling program, JARPA…
Antarctica has actually been protected from sea ice melt by the ozone hole.
Many people think of sunburn and skin cancer when they hear about the ozone hole. But more ultraviolet (UV) radiation isn’t the only problem. The ozone hole has also led to dramatic changes in Southern…