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The crack along the Larsen C ice has grown significantly over the past few weeks. EPA/NASA/John Sonntag

Don’t worry about the huge Antarctic iceberg – worry about the glaciers behind it

A huge iceberg is set to break free from Antarctica. While the iceberg isn't hugely concerning, it could herald the breakup of the entire Larsen C ice shelf, which could trigger more sea-level rise.
Adélie penguin at the Mt Siple breeding colony, West Antarctica. Jasmine Lee

The winners and losers of Antarctica’s great thaw

Climate change is set to expand Antarctica's ice-free area, potentially helping native species to flourish but also paving the way for invasive species to gain a foothold.
Britain’s industrial pioneers couldn’t have known how they would affect the climate. Henry Gastineau

The Industrial Revolution kick-started global warming much earlier than we realised

The first signs that humans were warming the climate appeared much earlier in the northern hemisphere - way back in the 1830s. But now the trend is emerging all over the globe.
The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long sails from Fremantle Harbour on its way home from Antarctica. Bahnfrend/Wikimedia Commons

Why Antarctica depends on Australia and China’s alliance

Australia and China both have a keen interest in the frozen continent. And while they don't agree on everything, there is great scope for scientific collaboration.
Australia (whose flag is pictured on the right) is one of several countries with a big stake in the South Pole. Josh Landis/US NSF/Wikimedia

Why Australians should care about the South Pole

It's one of the remotest places on Earth and yet is still claimed by six nations – including Australia.

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