Fishing nations scale back protection of Antarctic waters

A proposal to create a huge ocean reserve in Antarctic waters has been sharply reduced. Photo: AP

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

Australian and British scientists found evidence of faster melting in ice cores drilled at James Ross Island in Antarctica. Photo: AFP

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

Members of a Chinese Antarctic exploration team pose for group photos in the Antarctic in December, before leaving for China's Kunlun station. Photo: Xinhua

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

Canada exports the skin, teeth and paws of polar bears. Photo: AFP

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

Tim Jarvis and Barry Gray began the trip in a lifeboat. Photo: AFP

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

A boat washed up onto rocks in Queensland. Photo: Reuters

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

A Nasa flying laboratory surveys Antarctica's ice sheet. Photo: AFP

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

Proposed marine protected areas

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

Tony Burke

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

David de Rothschild

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

Where hull freezes over

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

At peace

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

No benefit in selling the third runway on its economic benefit

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.

SCMP, June 3

5 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Polar trip highlights environmental needs

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