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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.

Friday, 13 July, 2012, 12:00am

Sugar, spice and all things iced

What do 21st-century scientists eat when living and working in places that cannot support human life? Almost anything, as long as it comes with chilli sauce, says Dr Steve Pointing from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Pointing's research takes him to some of the most inhospitable places on the planet.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Discovering a new world at the edge of the Earth

Clara Fung Ka-yee and Jack Wong Yin-chi could be the first Hong Kong students to have been to both the South and North Poles in just one year.

Last December, the two teens were among 20 secondary students who visited the South Pole. This September, they went to the North Pole with 20 other students.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Rebecca Lee - Graphic designer and polar researcher

Rebecca Lee Lok-sze has taken the road less travelled and stayed true to herself. For more than 25 years, she has explored the North Pole, South Pole and other extreme environments, captured life in harsh conditions with her camera, and engaged and educated the Hong Kong and mainland communities about the environment through art.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Dreams of a polar pioneer

By the age of 19, British climbers James Hooper and Rob Gauntlett had already conquered Mount Everest, the planet's highest point. But the duo yearned to do something more outrageous - something never attempted before. The adventurers set their hearts on an epic 42,000-kilometre journey from the North Pole to the South Pole, and they would travel only by dogsled, ski, bike and sail.

29 Aug 2011 - 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

Admiral urges government to stake claim in the Arctic

China should have a share of the Arctic as global warming melts the polar ice and opens up shipping lanes and opportunities for exploring resources, a People's Liberation Army admiral said.

6 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Remote opportunities

Every teenager I met in the Arctic during this summer's voyage spoke about 'opportunity' - the lack of opportunities where they lived, the chance for more opportunities in the neighbouring town, or the opportunities a new school or business might bring.

9 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Mighty Rovers expedition sets sights on the Arctic

Mighty Rovers - an annual programme organised by HK Discovery - are organising a trip to the Arctic Circle, in order to learn more about it and its importance.

Previous Mighty Rovers' expeditions have taken them to places such as Borneo and Kenya, where they have carried out research into the local environment and community service projects.

25 Jun 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

The cold peace

The world faces a bleak 2009 as recession spreads and deepens, heightening the risk of protectionism and conflict. In Antarctica, the climate is harsh too, even in the few brief months on either side of the new year that pass as summer.

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Ship's sinking a grim reminder

A cruise ship with 100 passengers aboard which sank off Antarctica last November vividly illustrates the environmental threat posed by the rising number of eco-visitors. MS Explorer spilled diesel after hitting an iceberg, damaging the continent's fragile environment.

It was on a 19-day tour of Antarctica and the Falkland Islands which cost more than US$12,000 per person.

2 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing set to tighten its grip on key polar area

Beijing will strengthen its grip on Dome Argus, the highest and coldest place in Antarctica, by finishing construction of a permanent outpost before the end of next year, state media reported yesterday.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Bag man's wanderlust writ large

For the past 24 years, Australian artist Stephen Eastaugh has been on the move. Every three months, he packs his bag in what has become 'a nasty habit' that has given him an odd love for airports, from where he visits art galleries to host exhibitions or ventures to places new and old, happily lost in a lifestyle that fuels his travel-themed art.

14 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Northern exposure

A person in space looking down on the frigid region around the North Pole would view something never seen before at this time of year. Last Friday, Arctic sea ice reached its lowest extent on record, according to scientists who have measured the retreat since satellite images became available in the 1970s.

23 Aug 2007 - 12:00am