Melting away: Earth lost 28 trillion tonnes of ice between 1994 and 2017

The loss is equivalent to a 100-metre thick sheet of ice covering the whole of the UK, according to new research

Australian Antarctic research station warms up to solar energy

The solar system will provide 10% of the total yearly demand of the Casey research station

UN: Global heat melts Arctic and Antarctic sea ice to record lows

The equivalent of heatwaves have passed over the Arctic pole, melting the sea ice volume to a record low last month. Antarctic sea ice extent is also the lowest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). The Arctic sea ice extent averaged 13.38 million square kilometres last month – 260,000 square kilometres below […]

Antarctic research stations to get £100m upgrades

The UK’s Antarctic research stations are to get £100 million of upgrades. The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) announced the investment to modernise the sites after the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) commissioned the move. The money will be spent improving a number of different research stations in the region but will focus on the Rothera Research […]

Construction of research ship ‘David Attenborough’ starts

The construction of the UK’s new £200 million polar research ship, Sir David Attenborough, has officially started today. It will explore the deep waters of the Antarctic and provide a research base to help scientists tackle issues such as climate change, future sea level rise and the impact of environmental change on marine life. Mr Attenborough, a […]

Captain Scott’s research holds climate change clues

Tiny Antarctic marine creatures collected 100 years ago by explorer Captain Scott are giving scientists new clues about climate change. By comparing present-day specimens with those from Scott’s expeditions, researchers have found the first conclusive evidence of increased carbon uptake and storage by Antarctic marine life. Scientists examined annual growth bands in skeletons of sea-bed […]