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Fishing nations scale back protection of Antarctic waters

A proposal by the United States and New Zealand to create a huge ocean reserve in Antarctic waters has been sharply reduced in scale after opposition from China, Russia and other nations with large fishing industries.

Thursday, 12 September, 2013, 2:46am 1 comment

Antarctic ice melting accelerating, most rapidly in past 50 years, study finds

Summer ice in the Antarctic is melting 10 times quicker than it was 600 years ago, with the most rapid melt occurring in the last 50 years, a joint Australian-British study showed yesterday. A research team from the Australian National University and the British Antarctic Survey drilled a 364-metre-long ice core from James Ross Island in the continent's north to measure past temperatures in the area.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:12am

China to build two more Antarctic bases

China is to build two extra research stations in Antarctica, where it currently has three facilities, the State Oceanic Administration confirmed on Friday.

A summer base, to be used between December and March, will be built between two of its existing stations – Kunlun and Zhongshan – on the frozen continent, the official Xinhua news agency said.

29 Mar 2013 - 8:42pm

Short Science, March 10, 2013

Russian scientists believe they have found a new type of bacteria in the subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May last year contained a bacteria, which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei Bulat of the Saint Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics.

10 Mar 2013 - 2:53am

British-Australian team successfully recreates Shackleton's journey

Expedition leader Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray reached the old whaling station at Stromness early on Sunday after a 900-metre climb over the mountainous interior of South Georgia.

12 Feb 2013 - 5:24am

Briefs, January 27, 2013

Unidentified attackers blew up Yemen's main oil pipeline, forcing the country to shut down one of its most lucrative sources of income. A government source said production was halted after a device placed under the pipeline exploded. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:09am

Search for missing plane in Antarctica

A search was under way in Antarctica yesterday for a plane carrying three Canadian crew that went missing in bad weather on a flight from the South Pole, New Zealand rescue authorities said.

25 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Change of wind brings ice to Antarctica, as Arctic melts

The mystery of the expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, at the same time global warming is melting swaths of Arctic sea ice, has been solved using data from American military satellites.

13 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

China and Russia help block Antarctic sanctuary plan

Conservation groups expressed outrage after resistance led by China and Russia stymied efforts to carve out new marine sanctuaries and protect thousands of species across Antarctica.

Hopes were high that a reserve covering 1.6 million square kilometres would be agreed for the pristine Ross Sea, the world's most intact marine ecosystem.

3 Nov 2012 - 4:16am

Australian minister Tony Burke will pitch Antarctic ice plan in Beijing

Australia wants to help the Chinese government turn its water into cash, and join forces with Beijing to find million-year-old ice in Antarctica, says Tony Burke, the country's environment minister.

Visiting Hong Kong before an official visit to the mainland, Burke said he would meet his counterpart on water, Chen Lei, to talk about the precious resource.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:08am