Environment

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

Vendée Globe turns demolition derby as fifth starter retires

The demolition derby aspect of the Vendée Globe round the world race continued to dominate coverage on Sunday as the fifth of the 20 starters limped off the racecourse and a sixth sought to fix a problem which could also force him to retire.

A trio of Brits line up take on the French racing solo round the world, Mike Golding (Gamesa) left, Sam Davies (Savéol) centre, and Alex Thomson (Hugo Boss) right

Vendée Globe competitors will need luck to survive sailing's Everest

“As mayor of Les Sables d’Olonne in 1992, I wondered if I had made a decision which meant that I was sending people to their deaths.”

Disabled tall ship crew begin around the world voyage

Crowds gathered to wave off a tall ship as it set sail to become the first vessel of its kind to voyage around the world with a crew of disabled sailors.

Jury rules that falling masonry death at restaurant was accidental

The death of a man killed by a piece of falling masonry as he sat at a restaurant was an accident, an inquest jury has ruled.

Al Gore waded into the debate over the fate of one of the UK's most distinguished scientific operations

Gore wades into British Antarctic row

Former US vice-president joins scientists in battle over controversial merger plans

Vast methane reservoir could be beneath Antarctic ice

A vast reservoir of the potent greenhouse gas methane may be locked beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, a study suggests.

Portfolio: Dierk Maass

The Andean eco-region of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve starts at 4,200m above sea level and covers more than 700,000 hectares in the far south-west of Bolivia.

The dramatic landscape near the Troll Research Station, Antarctica

Plane uses ice runway to evacuate American from Antarctic outpost

An Australian aircraft has made a rare mid-winter emergency flight to Antarctica involving landing on an ice runway to evacuate a member of a US government expedition in apparent need of urgent surgery, US authorities said yesterday.

A Journey to Nowhere By Jean-Paul Kauffmann (trans. Euan Cameron)

A quest for one of Europe's vanished states brings close encounters with past and present

This iceberg, bigger than Manhattan, recently broke off the Petermann glacier

The big thaw: Greenland ice cover is melting away

The vast ice sheet of Greenland, which holds enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.2 metres, underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

The extent of surface melt over Greenland's ice sheet on 8 July and 12 July is seen in this Nasa handout image

Greenland ice sheet melting is unprecedented

The vast ice sheet of Greenland underwent a remarkable transformation for a few days this month when scientists observed an unprecedented melting of its frozen surface.

Olympic Torch takes a trip on the London Eye

The Olympic Torch reached new heights this morning as it was held aloft on the London Eye.

Cache of letters about Scott found as collection of his possessions acquired for the nation

Correspondence between Apsley Cherry-Garrard and mother reveals death of polar explorers was 'not a painful one'

Michael McCarthy: The scramble for the arctic is already underway

It is just beginning to become clear that an ominous new age is dawning for Arctic, one of the world most unspoiled ecosystems: a stampede for the region’s minerals and other natural resources, oil and gas above all, as the exploitation of them is being made possible by the rapid melting of the Arctic Ice by the warming climate.

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