Environment Forum

Antarctica’s wandering ice shelf

November 18, 2009

GPS markers usually pinpoint a spot on the earth’s surface to help everything from map-making to navigation.

In Antarctica, Wilkins Ice Shelf snaps

April 6, 2009

It’s not often you go to a part of the world that disappears from the map a few weeks later.

Antarctic weather balloons give climate clues

January 25, 2009


 Meteorologist Tamsin Gray releases a weather balloon at the British Rothera research station on the Antarctic Peninsula to help record temperature and other data from the freezing air. Apart from helping predict the weather, the balloons are also giving scientists clues to global warming.

Cracking views of Antarctic icebergs

January 23, 2009

As a view out of your home it’s hard to match — a constantly changing vista of icebergs just outside the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera research station.

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Antarctic soccer, barbecues and warming

January 22, 2009

For anyone who thinks (like I did) that Antarctica is a bone-chilling freezer lashed by constant blizzards, a visit to the Antarctic Peninsula is a surprise.

In Antarctic base, solar energy and 10 cm commute

January 21, 2009

On a British Antarctic research station, engineer Andy Binney (pictured above at work) and plumber Adam Gerrard have what must be one of the shortest commutes in the world — 10 cm.

In Antarctica, Wilkins Ice Shelf to break up: a victim of warming

January 20, 2009

You have to feel sorry for Australian aviator George Hubert Wilkins, one of the pioneers of flying in Antarctica who lived from 1888 to 1958 — and whose name is commemorated in an Antarctic Ice Shelf that is about to vanish into the ocean.

First aid, Antarctic style

January 15, 2009

This won’t hurt, I promise….

Training for a couple of weeks’ stay in a British Antarctic Survey research base on the Antarctic Peninsula, Reuters Television reporter Stuart McDill and I have learnt emergency first aid ranging from how to wield a scalpel to ways to bind up a person’s neck injured in a plane crash.

Landing in Antarctica — first icebergs

January 12, 2009

A buzz of excitement went around the plane (left) when a scientist spotted the first mountains of Antarctica through the window on a flight from the southern tip of Chile.

Antarctic ice expands — global warming at work?

September 12, 2008

Adelie penguins in Antarctica are photographed in this January 18, 2005 file photo. The pesticide DDT, banned decades ago in much of the world, still shows up in penguins in Antarctica, probably due to the chemical’s accumulation in melting glaciers, a sea bird expert said on May 9, 2008. REUTERS/Heidi Geisz/Virginia Institute of Marine Science/Handout (ANTARCTICA).Ice getting bigger hardly sounds like a sign of global warming but that’s apparently what is happening in the seas around Antarctica.