The Arctic Ocean will be an open sea almost entirely free from ice within a decade, newly-released data has indicated. Ice cover during the summer months will have entirely disappeared within 20 years, but most of the decrease will happen before 2020, leaving the Arctic Ocean clear for marine transport.
Environmentalist David Suzuki has received a prestigious award known as the alternative Nobel for his work to raise awareness about climate change. Suzuki, 73, received the Right Livelihood Award, along with three other activists.
Chinese scientists have set off from Shanghai for their 26th research mission to the Antarctic. The Snow Dragon, China's main research ship in the polar region, has gone through a series of maintenance and technical readjustments, according to Global Times.
Mismanagement and growing needs for water are causing freshwater ecosystems to collapse, making freshwater species the most threatened on Earth with extinction rates 4 to 6 times higher than their terrestrial and marine cousins, say scientists at the Diversitas 2nd Open Science Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Peru's Machu Picchu ancient ruins, Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona and a New Orleans elementary school are among the cultural heritage sites threatened by neglect or overdevelopment, a preservationist group said.
Starting next Monday and operating from Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile NASA will fly its largest aircraft, --a DC-8, a 157-foot-long airborne laboratory-- to study changes in Antarctica’s sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers as part of its Operation Ice Bridge.
Magallanes University Ozone Monitoring Laboratory has detected for the second time this year a considerable advance of the Antarctic Ozone Hole over this region in the extreme south of Chile.
Four years after a negligent Czech citizen, Jiri Smitak, accidentally started a huge fire in the world famous Torres Del Paine national park in far southern Chile, part of the destroyed area is being replanted in native forest trees.
The company behind Iceland's fin whaling industry is planning a huge export of whale meat to Japan. This summer, Hvalur hf caught 125 fins - a huge expansion on previous years.
The thinning of ice sheets in Greenland and western Antarctica is far more extensive than was previously thought, according to new research published online in the British journal Nature.