Google team maps Arctic town with Inuit expert's help

Karin Tuxen-Bettman, a member of the Google Street View project, treks across the Arctic tundra in the town of Iqaluit. Photo: Google

It has charted the world's highest peaks, the ocean floor, the Amazon rainforest and even provided a glimpse into the hermit state of North Korea. But Google's mission to map the world has steered clear of the inhospitable Arctic.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 4:34am

Camels roamed the Arctic millions of years ago, study says

An artist's interpretation of the High Arctic camel  on Ellesmere Island. Photo: AFP

Camels ... the ships of the Arctic? That's according to Canadian palaeobiologists, who found evidence that giant camels roamed the High Arctic millions of years ago, when that region was relatively balmy and forested.

7 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Arctic Sea ice retreats to record minimum as UN climate talks stall

A UN report says the ice area around the North Pole shrunk to 3.41 million square kilometres in September, 18 per cent less than the previous low in 2007. Photo: EPA

The fast-changing Arctic broke new records for loss of sea ice and spring snow cover this year, as well as the extent of the summertime melt of the Greenland ice sheet, according to US scientists. 

9 Dec 2012 - 4:43am

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's Xuelong ice-breaker docks in Shanghai after Arctic voyage

The Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, returns to Shanghai on Thursday after an 85-day journey from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic via the Arctic. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese icebreaker docked at Shanghai on Thursday, after becoming the first Chinese vessel to cross the Arctic Ocean.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Activists scale Arctic oil platform

Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo scales an Arctic oil platform. Photo: EPA

Greenpeace activists yesterday scaled the sides of an Arctic oil platform owned by Russian group Gazprom to draw attention to the dangers of drilling in one of the world's last pristine natural reserves.

25 Aug 2012 - 2:52am

Polar zone to boost Ocean Park's allure

Summer will be cooler today with the opening of Ocean Park's new entertainment zone, Polar Adventure, which is expected to attract 10 to 15 per cent more visitors this financial year, said chairman Alan Zeman.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Arctic animals are coming to town

Two new species, the snowy owl and the northern sea lion, will meet the public when Ocean Park's newest exhibit, Polar Adventure, opens in July - but they will not be alone.

18 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Looking beyond the Arctic horizon

This summer, 72 students from around the world were selected to take part in an Arctic expedition with a team of renowned scientists, historians, artists, explorers, educators, leaders, innovators and polar experts.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Shipping magnate creates history

Norwegians have historically charted unforgiving waters to establish trade routes - and the tradition continues today with one shipping magnate pioneering a new nautical passage to China.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Sense of achievement

Silent Sound has crossed the Arctic Circle - this means we have completed the Northwest Passage and are leaving the Arctic behind us as we head south and towards home.

We entered the Arctic via the Bering Sea about two months ago, and since then we've seen a lot of ice and learned a lot about the Canadian North. We feel a real sense of accomplishment.

5 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Snow survivors

Earth's frosty poles

Although the Arctic and Antarctic are famous for snow and ice, the two regions are quite different from each other.

The Arctic Ocean lies in the centre of the Arctic Circle, which surrounds the North Pole. The land around it is free from ice most of the year. In summer, the temperature can reach 35 degrees Celsius - just like in Hong Kong.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Arctic Tale (DVD)

Acombination of the messages in Happy Feet, March of the Penguins and An Inconvenient Truth, Arctic Tale owes its creation to the penguin tales that preceded it. And was unlikely to have been so successful had An Inconvenient Truth not help spark a global campaign for climate change.

4 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Cute reminder of crisis

Reviews of new films & DVDs

Acombination of the messages in Happy Feet, March of the Penguins and An Inconvenient Truth, Arctic Tale may owe its creation to the penguin tales that preceded it. And it is unlikely to have been as successful had An Inconvenient Truth not incited a global campaign for climate change.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Breaking the silence

Peter Hoeg tells Ben Naparstek about the music and mysticism of a novel 10 years in the writing

When Peter Hoeg's Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow was published in English in 1993, critics celebrated its haunting mixture of Arctic conspiracy and moral outrage at colonial Denmark's dispossession of Greenland's native Inuit population.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am