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  • Wednesday, December 14th 2016 - 05:35 UTC

    IAATO's 25 years pioneering performance recognized with place-names in Antarctica

    The place-names selected includes a group of islands in the Grandidier Channel named the IAATO Islands

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has been recognized in a recent suite of Antarctic place names made by the United Kingdom.The place-names selected for inclusion in a place-naming theme for the pioneers of safe and environmentally responsible Antarctic tourism, includes a group of islands in the Grandidier Channel named the IAATO Islands, to reflect the organization’s role, over the past 25 years, in advocating and promoting the practice of safe and environmentally-responsible Antarctic tourism.

  • Friday, December 9th 2016 - 10:53 UTC

    Argentina and Chile alternate in Antarctic Combined Naval Patrolling

    ARA Islas Malvinas is one of four Russian built polar multipurpose class tug, purchased at the end of ex president Cristina Fernandez mandate

    Argentina and Chile are already alternatively operating the Antarctica Combined Naval Patrolling, (PANC), which is responsible for maritime control and safety, including search and rescue missions, in the Southern Ocean particularly significant in summer months because of the increase in tourism traffic.

  • Friday, December 9th 2016 - 09:27 UTC

    UK celebrates 25th anniversary of Antarctic Environmental protection treaty

    “The Environmental Protocol is the only international agreement designed to protect an entire continent” pointed out Sir Alan

    On the twenty fifth anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty Protocol on Environmental Protection, British Minister for Polar Regions, Sir Alan Duncan underlined the hsitoric contribution and role played by the UK in Antarctica and in elaborating the protocol. Sir Duncan also pointed out that Antarctica has been the scene of considerable cooperation between the UK and Argentina, both within the Treaty system and in the field of science, “an area where I hope we may be able to do even more in the coming years”.

  • Wednesday, December 7th 2016 - 21:54 UTC

    Massive rift in Antarctica: could become the largest iceberg since 2000

    New images taken on November 10 reveal a crack in the Antarctica ice shelf that is growing in size and depth. Scientists state it will eventually break off.

    A massive rift in the Antarctica has been spotted by NASA, but the troubling details about the rift is causing the agency to worry. The ice shelf in Larsen C that is close to breaking off is as big as the size of the state of Delaware.

  • Saturday, December 3rd 2016 - 08:20 UTC

    Seventy female scientists to Antarctica to battle climate change and make a name for women in science

    The women departed from Ushuaia to spend 20 days at sea. The 76 women were hand chosen from more than 1000 applicants and trained for the perilous journey

    More than 70 female scientists from all around the world have embarked upon a voyage to the South Pole with the common objectives of battling climate change and making a name for women in science. As part of the Homeward Bound initiative, an Australian program aimed at increasing the female representation in science, the group set upon what will be the largest ever all-women expedition to Antarctica.

  • Saturday, November 19th 2016 - 12:02 UTC

    European scientists in Antarctica trying to locate the oldest ice on Earth

    Dr Robert Mulvaney from BAS is involved in the site survey at Little Dome C

    A team of European scientists heads to East Antarctica this month to locate the oldest ice on Earth. The team is part of an EU-funded research consortium from ten European countries whose aim is to search for a suitable site to drill an ice core to capture 1.5 million years of Earth’s climate history.

  • Saturday, November 12th 2016 - 21:19 UTC

    US Secretary of State Kerry approaches climate change in Antarctica

    As Trump has different views on environmentalism, Secretary of State Kerry takes on the issue in Antarctica

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Antarctica Friday, in preparation for an international climate-change conference to be held in Marrakesh next week, at a time the world foresees different environmental policies under Trump.

  • Thursday, November 10th 2016 - 11:20 UTC

    HMS Protector opens 2016/17 season in South Georgia surveying 160 sq miles of seabed

    During her stint around South Georgia the Plymouth-based icebreaker/survey ship scanned 160 square miles of seabed – roughly the area of the Isle of the Wight. (Pic RN)

    Having spent last Antarctic summer celebrating the deeds of one British polar hero, the crew of Royal Navy icebreaker HMS Protector have opened the 2016-17 survey season honoring his rival. A century after Sir Ernest Shackleton landed at King Haakon Bay on South Georgia in a makeshift lifeboat – the James Caird – Protector entered the same fjord and sent her hi-tech survey launch – the James Caird IV – close to the identical spot.

  • Tuesday, November 1st 2016 - 14:21 UTC

    Gentoo penguins proving to be the sturdiest in Antarctica

    Chinstraps have been in steady decline while gentoos have undergone a series of population fluctuations…although their over trend is upwards

    A forty year study on a remote Antarctic island shows that while populations of two penguin species are declining, while a third is increasing. Analysis of census data from Signy Island in the South Orkney Islands reveals that, between 1978 and 2016, the number of chinstrap penguin pairs declined by nearly 70%.

  • Friday, October 28th 2016 - 13:47 UTC

    Major victory for protection of the Southern Ocean

    The Antarctic Ocean Alliance applauds the momentous agreement by Members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) to safeguard 1.55 million km2 of the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean.