The hot topic

Global warming is one of the hottest news items the world over.

But while most countries are aware of the problem and are actively trying to minimise the impact of human activities on nature, Hongkongers are slow to acknowledge its significance.

Sunday, 25 February, 2007, 12:00am

Hot issue, cold reality

It is the seventh largest body of freshwater in the world, yet it has never been glimpsed by human eyes. Lake Vostok is hidden nearly 4km beneath the wind-blasted surface of Antarctica, a giant sub-glacial pocket which scientists believe could harbour previously undiscovered forms of life, perhaps even bizarre new species of fish.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

In from the cold

IT'S A GOOD thing Ciara Shannon is a keen sailor. The Hong Kong resident has recently returned from a voyage to Antarctica, during which she navigated the notorious Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica, considered by some mariners to be the roughest stretch of water in the world.

14 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Desk jockey beats deserts challenge

Antarctic the final hurdle in 1,000km of extreme tests

Derek Kwik Kwok-tsan has gone from humble city desk jockey to one of only 15 men to conquer the world's coldest, highest, hottest and driest deserts.

The venture capitalist last week battled typhoon-strength blizzards and freezing conditions to complete a 250km run through Antarctica.

14 Feb 2006 - 12:00am


Stephen Eastaugh's large mixed media paintings and smaller works on paper and bandages explore themes including travel, local quirks and landscapes, and reflect the artist's recent residence in various Asian countries and Antarctica. Opens today, 6pm-8.30pm, then Tue-Sat, 1pm-7pm, Sun, 1pm-5pm, John Batten Gallery, 64 Peel St, Central. Inquiries: 2854 1018. Ends Sep 11

10 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Captain Scott

Captain Scott

by Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Hodder and Stoughton $260

After more than 50 biographies of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, is there really room for another? Well yes, perhaps just one - provided it is by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, described by the Guinness Book Of Records as the world's greatest living explorer.

30 Nov 2003 - 12:00am


Man's Heritage: Under Antarctic Ice

Pearl, 8pm

3 Apr 2003 - 12:00am


WHY IS IT that so much of the public discussion on whether our two commuter rail services should merge is focused only on fare levels and job losses?

These two would be nearer the bottom of my list and not because I like paying high fares or because I am unsympathetic to people who lose their jobs. I have lost my job on a few occasions and I know what it feels like.

1 Nov 2002 - 12:00am



Pearl, 11.50pm

Part two of this four-part dramatisation of intrepid explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton's attempt to cross the South Pole.

6 Mar 2002 - 12:00am


Shackleton: Breaking The Ice

Pearl, 11.50pm

This is the true story of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to the South Pole and his epic struggle to lead his 28-man crew to safety after his ship, Endurance, was crushed in the packed ice.

20 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Linguist maps icy world of dongas and Crud

For those who have ever wondered what a U-barrel, a donga or a snotsicle is, help is at hand - an Australian language expert has compiled the world's first dictionary specifically to cater for Antarctic words and phrases.

25 Sep 2001 - 12:00am


Antarctica: S.S.S.S.I.: Paintings and drawings of Antarctica by Australian artist Stephen Eastaugh, who spent six weeks in Antarctica in early 2000. The artist explains: 'The entire continent is a massive Site of Special Scenic, Scientific and Sacred Interest (S.S.S.S.I.).' Iceberg, Peterson Bank is pictured below. 11am-7pm Tue-Sat (closed 2pm-3pm); 1pm-5pm Sun, or by appointment.

5 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Chilling quest

It is not just the glare from endless ice cliffs that makes Warning From The Ice (World, 8.55pm) so dazzling.

What the programme seems to be saying is that the Earth's climate may be shifting slightly because of global warming, but those changes are nothing compared to the cataclysmic effects of natural climate changes that occur every 10,000 years or so.

19 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Ice-covered continent

How much of Antarctica is covered with ice? Almost all of Antarctica's 13,986 square kilometres are covered by ice that is more than 1.6 kilometres thick. Part of the continent is a plateau, and part of it is a chain of islands with mountains.

31 May 1996 - 12:00am

Study team heads for Antarctica

THE first scientific team from the territory to visit Antarctica will leave tomorrow to research the impact climatic changes have had on the continent's seafood - some of which is exported to Hong Kong.

18 Dec 1993 - 12:00am