Environment

New studies show what experts say is the direct consequence of global warming on Magellanic penguins in South America

Chunk of Antarctic named in honour of the Queen - a chilly signal to Argentina

Wedge of polar region renamed in honour of Diamond Jubilee

Simon Calder: So where exactly is Queen Elizabeth Land?

Seen from some imaginary point above the South Pole, Antarctica’s political geography resembles a frozen pizza. And, as practised colonisers, the British laid claim to the prime slice.

Merry Christmas, Ma'am: William Hague announces large chunk of Antarctic is to be named Queen Elizabeth Land

It doesn’t matter how good you’ve been, it’s unlikely Santa will bring any of us a 169,000 square mile tract of land in the Antarctic this year.

The main hose connector

Boiler trouble leaves Antarctic lake project on ice

Lack of hot water halts attempt to reach unique life as ‘drill’ nears sub-glacial lake

The main hose connector

The sub-glacial Antarctic lake cut off from the world for a million years – until now

Scientists in Antarctica to look for unique life as drill nearly reaches sub-glacial lake

ANTARCTICA: The sun shines through a British flag over the field camp of the Lake Ellsworth drilling project in near the Ellsworth Mountains of Antarctica.

Antarctica team to drill in search for life two miles under ice

British scientists plan to start drilling in Antarctica totday in their quest to discover whether life exists in a lake that's been isolated for hundreds of thousands of years 3 kilometres (2 miles) below the ice.

Ian Williams secures fourth world match racing title

In a steely fightback that took his opponent by surprise, Britain’s Ian Williams secured a record-equalling fourth world match racing title in Malaysia.

Ian Williams loses three of his four matches at Monsoon Cup finale

A reverse in fortunes saw defending world match racing champion Ian Williams lose three of his four matches at the Monsoon Cup finale of the World Match Racing Championship in Malaysia.

Ian Williams is aiming for a fourth world title this year

Ian Williams makes it five out of five in Monsoon Cup

A perfect opening set of five wins in his opening five races put Ian Williams and his Team GAC Pindar in a strong position for crossing the first hurdle of a place in the quarter finals of the Monsoon Cup in Malaya.

An artist’s impression of Nyasasaurus, which lived in the Triassic period in what is now Tanzania

World's oldest dinosaur found – in a museum storeroom

Bones locked away for more than half a century overturn previous theories

British Olympian Iain Percy made director of Artemis

In a major shake-up at the Swedish-backed America’s Cup challenger Artemis skipper Terry Hutchinson has been “released” and British triple Olympic medallist Iain Percy has been made sailing team director.

Ice discovered on north pole of Mercury

Just in time for Christmas, scientists have confirmed a vast amount of ice at the north pole - on Mercury, the closest planet to the sun.

Polar ice sheets are now melting three times faster than in the 1990s, but so far that's added just less than half an inch to already rising global sea levels, a new giant scientific study says

A chilling message: Ice sheets melting three times faster than 20 years ago

New research using satellite measurements shows polar caps are shrinking three times quicker than 20 years ago

Sea levels rising more quickly than predicted, warn scientists

Sea levels are rising faster than predicted as a result of climate change, scientists said today.

Ocean acidification caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is eating away at the shells of marine snails known as “sea butterflies”, the researchers said.

Rise of acid ocean eats away base of food chain

Shells of tiny sea snails are being eroded as more carbon dioxide is dissolved into seawater

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