Environment

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

A polar bear surrounded by melting ice in the Arctic

Greenpeace recruits star support in bid to save the Arctic

Environmental group launches campaign to establish global sanctuary free from oil drilling

Brits get ready for 2012 Vendée Globe

Samantha Davies sets out again as the only woman so far, Mike Golding squares up to his ninth round the world attempt, Alex Thomson is praying for a trouble-free start and finish and three more British singlehanders, Brian Thompson, Dee Caffari and Steve White hope to make the start of the 2012 Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race in November.

Our scientific achievements should get better recognition

We should bang the drum long and loud for the great work UK researchers do

Huge sub-glacial basin discovered under key Antarctic ice sheet could make it more unstable

A huge sub-glacial basin the size of Wales has been discovered under one of the key Antarctic ice sheets that could make it more unstable and liable to disintegration, a study has found.

Antarctica, Snow Hill Island

Antarctica team endures extremes in hope of showing the way to Mars

Fourteen researchers are undergoing four months of freezing darkness, all in aid of space travel

Prince William is left holding the baby

The Duke of Cambridge cradled a couple's baby today as he celebrated the achievements of a group of polar trekkers.

Wild, anarchic energy: playwright Manfred Karge

It's the right time to return to the South Pole

Theatre director Stephen Unwin explains why he is revisiting one of Manfred Karge's plays from the Eighties

Wild, anarchic energy: playwright Manfred Karge

Manfred Karge: The playwright who grapples with the underclass

Theatre director Stephen Unwin on why he is championing a European maverick

Lifeline for Antarctic research team

Britain's leading research body for scientific studies of Antarctica has been thrown a financial lifeline after it faced budget cuts of at least 25 per cent.

Vital climate research faces huge budget cuts, 100 years after death of Captain Scott

Exclusive: British polar research in crisis

The scientific body whose groundbreaking discoveries include the hole in the ozone layer is facing massive cuts as the Government's austerity measures reach new frontiers

Captain Scott on skis, in 1912

Revealed: Wife's last words of comfort to Captain Scott

As the centenary of his death approaches, the letter he held as he died is made public for the first time

'Sabotage' forces whaling fleet to end season early

Conservationists claimed victory yesterday after Japan announced it had ended its whaling season early, having hauled less than a third of the annual target.

Ocean wildlife protected

Wildlife protection across a vast area of ocean has been declared around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.

Research Matters: Britain beats the recession to remain on the cutting edge

Culture of enquiry and curiosity attracts talent from all over the world

1,000 cubic miles of ice has disappeared between 2003 and 2010 from polar caps

Billions of tons of water lost from world's glaciers, satellite reveals

The total volume of water that has melted from all of the world's polar ice sheets, ice caps and mountain glaciers over the past decade would repeatedly fill Britain's largest lake, Windemere, more than 13,000 times, according to one of the most comprehensive studies of the Earth's frozen "cryosphere".

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