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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SPARKING CURIOSITY I was fortunate that I was able to grow up surrounded by nature; I particularly loved horse jumping on our farm. Growing up as a Rothschild didn't really push me towards becoming an adventurist. I was a curious kid and that curiosity led me to chase bigger dreams.10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am
It was eight in the morning and the sky had cleared to suggest good weather. At least that's what it looked like from my cabin window. So I went outside onto the observation deck. As I opened the heavy metal door, a so-called katabatic wind swooping down from the mountains punched me in the face while stopping our ship, the Vavilov, from moving into the bay.5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Antarctica seems an oasis of peace in a strife-ridden world. That may be largely because, 50 years ago today, the Antarctic Treaty came into force on all land and ice shelves south of 60 degrees south latitude. The international pact set the continent aside as a scientific preserve and banned all military activity, and its success is - happily - plain to see.23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
The third runway - with a cost of HK$136.2 billion, factoring in inflation - would be the city's most expensive single project but the Airport Authority said yesterday it would bring eight times as much in economic benefits over the next 50 years.
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Twenty students were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the seventh continent last December. They were the first group of secondary students to go to Antarctica.4 Apr 2011 - 12:00am