The big wildcard for sea level rise is Antarctica.
If emissions continue at their current pace, Antarctica will cross a threshold into runaway sea rise when today’s kids are raising families. Pulling CO2 out of the air later won't stop the ice loss.
Glaciers aren't sterile wastelands – they're chock-full of microscopic life.
Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica is the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.
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In a new study, we found that a third of Antarctica's ice shelves could collapse at 4°C of global warming.
Over six months, 73,991 tourists visited the continent. The potential to spread coronavirus to penguins, whales and other wildlife is enormous.
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Antarctic research has historically been a bastion of men from Europe and North America. Only now is the field opening up to women and people of colour. And there's a way to go yet.
Scientist and seal, under the Antarctic ice.
McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory
Microphones on the seafloor recorded life under the Antarctic ice for two years – inadvertently catching seal trills and chirps that are above the range of human hearing. Could they be for navigation?
Whales are rediscovering their old haunts in the Arctic and Southern oceans after centuries of hunting.
Image: Elizabeth Leane
'Antarctic cities' residents care deeply about the continent, with environmental concerns outweighing economic priorities. Asked about its future, they feel a mix of hope, pessimism and sadness.
Workmen dissecting a whale carcass in Antarctica, circa 1935.
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For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.
Fossil remains indicate these birds had a wingspan of over 20 feet.
Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.
More than 280 women in STEMM call for a marine protected area to be established in the waters of the Western Antarctic Peninsula.
Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space
It would be the first concrete runway in Antarctica and have the biggest footprint of any project in the continent's history.
Protecting the continent’s remaining pristine wilderness areas is urgent, but achievable.
As the world warmed from the last ice age, a rise in carbon dioxide levels stalled for nearly 2,000 years. That's always puzzled scientists, but now they think they know what happened.
Latest research explores how a warming ocean circulates underneath Antarctica's floating ice shelves and how this contributes to future sea level rise.
Over the past 30 years, the South Pole has been one of the fastest changing places on Earth, warming more than three times quicker than the rest of the world.
King George Island, Antarctica.
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Our research on a remote Antarctic island found microplastics in the intestines of tiny animals.
Not all clouds are the same, and climate models have been predicting the wrong kinds of clouds over the Southern Ocean.
Climate models have been overestimating how much sunlight hits the Southern Ocean. This is because the clouds there are different from clouds anywhere else. Bacterial DNA helped us understand why.
Artist’s rendition of NASA’s 2020 Mars rover collecting rocks with its robotic arm.
Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.