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UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

South Pole’s ozone hole shrinks to smallest since discovery

The ozone hole near the South Pole this year is the smallest since it was discovered, but it is more due to freakish Antarctic weather than efforts to cut down …


Floating Antarctic ice goes from record high to record lows

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists.


After more than three months at sea, Polar Star icebreaker returns home to Seattle

They took a morale-boosting swim near the equator, rubbed elbows with a curious Emperor penguin and tossed footballs over Antarctic ice. For the 150 crew members of the Polar Star …


Antarctica is losing ice 6 times faster today than in 1980s

Scientists used aerial photographs, satellite measurements and computer models to track how fast the southern-most continent has been melting since 1979 in 176 individual basins. They found the ice loss …


American man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018

Oregon man first to solo across Antarctica unaided

An Oregon man became the first person to traverse Antarctica alone without any assistance on Wednesday, trekking across the polar continent in an epic 54-day journey that was previously deemed …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 11, 2018

Scary warming at poles showing up at weird times, places

Scientists are seeing surprising melting in Earth’s polar regions at times they don’t expect, like winter, and in places they don’t expect, like eastern Antarctica.


Antarctica’s ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018

These penguins found a camera in Antarctica and captured a surprisingly good ‘selfie’

Two emperor penguins in Antarctica captured a short video of themselves after coming across a camera left on the ice by a human.


Earth’s ozone hole shrivels to smallest since 1988

NASA says the ozone hole over Antarctica shrank to its smallest peak since 1988.


Key Antarctic glacier just lost a piece of ice four times the size of Manhattan

An enormous Antarctic glacier has given up an iceberg over 100 square miles in size, the second time in two years it has lost such a large piece in a …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017

Scientists say massive iceberg has broken off in Antarctica

One of the biggest icebergs ever recorded, a trillion-ton behemoth more than seven times the size of New York City, has broken off of Antarctica, triggering disagreement among scientists over …


UPDATED: Wed., May 31, 2017

As Trump mulls Paris climate deal, Antarctica could soon break off a Delaware-sized iceberg

A long-growing crack in the Larsen C ice shelf, one of Antarctica’s largest floating platforms of ice, appears to be nearing its endgame.


China says no mining in its immediate plans for Antarctica

China plans to expand its scientific research in Antarctica in coming years amid worries over the area’s susceptibility to climate change, but has no immediate plans to mine or develop …


Thanks to global warming, Antarctica is starting to turn green

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of …


Ailing Buzz Aldrin evacuated from South Pole to New Zealand

An ailing Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was evacuated from the South Pole to New Zealand where he was in a hospital on Friday in …


Bright spot: Antarctica’s ozone hole is starting to heal

WASHINGTON – Antarctica’s ozone hole finally is starting to heal, a new study finds. In a triumph of international cooperation over a man-made environmental problem, research from the United States …


Extreme freeze, thaw at poles stymies experts

A recent report stated that Antarctic sea ice covered its largest area recorded since satellite mapping began in 1979. The new record is 19.44 million square kilometers as of Oct. …


Out & About: Rare namesake born at Wild Horse Island

For the first time in more than a century, a wild horse has given birth on Flathead Lake’s Wild Horse Island.


World in brief: Antarctic melt faster than thought

Antarctic glaciers are melting faster than previously thought, which could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels, scientists said today. A report by thousands of scientists for the 2007-2008 …