Antarctica is running out of wilderness

The continent is crammed with “ghost” stations—just one sign of how this empty, icy place is becoming more crowded.
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New way to measure Antarctic snowfall helps predict the ice sheet’s survival

A new satellite finds a surprise: Atmospheric rivers of moisture can dump huge amounts of snow over Antarctica, and now we can track it incredibly closely.

Iceberg bigger than New York City broke off Antarctica

A giant iceberg broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica on Friday, not far from a British scientific outpost. The 490 square miles (1270 square kilometers) chunk of ice is bigger than New York City and broke free in a process called calving, according to a statement from the British Antarctic Survey.


How rivers in the sky melted Antarctic ice

New research is causing scientists to rethink how polynyas—massive holes in the sea ice—are formed.

Scientists find unexpected animal life far beneath Antarctica’s floating ice shelves

Scientists discover types of sea-sponges living in the pitch-black seawater beneath half a mile beneath the Filchner-Ronne ice shelf.


Earth is now losing 1.2 trillion tons of ice each year. And it’s going to get worse.

Two new papers reveal the growing toll that human-caused global warming is having on the planet's ice.

Southern Ocean is warming quickly, threatening ice in Antarctica

Deep waters in the Southern Ocean are warming faster than previously known, which may speed the melting of parts of the Antarctica.

'A real bad precedent': Australia criticised for Antarctica airport plan

Multibillion-dollar project is unnecessary and damaging to wildlife, say scientists.


Huge iceberg breaking up off South Georgia Island is still a threat

What effects on wildlife and the ecosystem the icebergs will have are unknown.

The world’s largest iceberg is headed for South Georgia—and its wildlife

Scientists worry the iceberg could be a “taste of things to come” as Antarctica begins to warm.

The world’s largest iceberg is headed for South Georgia—and its wildlife

Scientists worry the iceberg could be a “taste of things to come” as Antarctica begins to warm.

Antarctica is Earth's one virus-free continent: Science fights to keep it that way

Antarctica is the only place on Earth that is still untouched by the pandemic – though keeping the virus at bay there has come at a cost.


John Kerry: China’s chance to save Antarctic sea life

Twenty-four countries and the E.U. have agreed to create three marine parks, which would ban fishing and other industrial activity. But to become a reality, China must also agree.

What would happen if all the Antarctic ice melted?

It … let's just say it would not be good. Here, let's do the math.

Antarctic Commission pursues largest conservation action ever taken

Only 5% of Antarctica’s Southern Ocean is protected. A new proposal could quadruple these protections, but only if China and Russia get on board.
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