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Thursday, February 24th 2011 - 06:45 UTC

Magnetic observatory in South Georgia to track the “South Atlantic Anomaly”

A view of Grytviken a hub of scientific research

A magnetic observatory is being re-established on South Georgia to provide vital data on the 'South Atlantic Anomaly' as scientists monitor a possible reversal of the earth's magnetic field. This field, generated deep within the planet, shields against particle radiation from space.

Thursday, February 24th 2011 - 00:08 UTC

South Georgia ready to launch the world’s biggest rodent eradication campaign

Falklands Fisheries Protection Vessel “Pharos SG” is bringing the bait

The world’s biggest ever attempted rodent eradication campaign to be launched in South Georgia is only a few weeks away according to the South Georgia Heritage Trust's (SGHT) Habitat Restoration Project and reported in the January edition of the South Georgia newsletter.

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 - 14:44 UTC

NZ quake kills 65; 100 people trapped in the rubble; major glacier cracks

Devastating scenes of Christchurch (Photo EFE)

More than 100 people are believed to be trapped in rubble after a deadly 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the southern New Zealand city of Christchurch on Tuesday, killing at least 65 people.

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011 - 06:19 UTC

“Multiple fatalities” as quake strikes New Zealand’s second city at busy mid-day

Cathedral no stranger to quake damage  (Photo: Twitter - @tesswoolcock)

Rescuers dug frantically for bodies and people trapped after a major 6.3 earthquake caused “multiple” deaths in New Zealand's second city of Christchurch Tuesday, crushing buildings and vehicles.

Monday, February 21st 2011 - 17:16 UTC

Krill sex caught on camera in 700 metres deep Antarctic waters

Twelve seconds of five distinct phases: ‘chase’, ‘probe’, ‘embrace’, ‘flex’ and ‘push’.

In a world first, the sex life of Antarctic Krill in the wild has been caught on camera revealing the shrimp-like creatures are able to mate deeper in the ocean than previously thought.

Monday, February 21st 2011 - 17:11 UTC

Pod of 107 pilot whales have died stranded on south New Zealand island

Authorities had to kill 48; they will be left to decompose in the remote beach (Photo Reuters)

A pod of 107 pilot whales stranded on New Zealand’s south island have died, including 48 killed by authorities, reports said Monday.

Friday, February 18th 2011 - 23:47 UTC

Massive decline of predatory fish in the last 100 years threatens ‘wild’ oceans

Forage fish population doubled but to turned into fishmeal and fish oil

Researchers at the University of British Columbia say they have the strongest evidence to date that humans are indeed “fishing down the food web,” citing data that show predatory fish such as cod, tuna, and groupers have declined by two-thirds during the past 100 years, while small forage fish such as sardines, anchovy and capelin have more than doubled over the same period.

Friday, February 18th 2011 - 06:00 UTC

Japan announces the end of its annual whale hunt in Antarctica

In December Japan had a stockpile of 4.455 tons of frozen whale meat

Japan ended its annual whale hunt in Antarctica early following clashes between its fleet and protesters, Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano said.

Friday, February 18th 2011 - 04:17 UTC

Ozone layer future recovery linked to climate change, says reports

A return to pre-1980 levels of ozone is expected around mid-century

A report sponsored by the UN Environment Program finds that over the past decade, global ozone levels, and ozone levels in the Arctic and Antarctic regions are at a turnaround point -- no longer decreasing but not yet increasing.

Wednesday, February 16th 2011 - 13:50 UTC

Up to 10% of rice sold in Chinese markets tainted with heavy metals

However experts say pollution is confined to a few specific regions

Recent research has concluded that 10% of the rice sold in China’s markets is likely to be tainted with heavy metals, but agricultural experts said the pollution is confined to particular regions and there is no call for panic.

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