Manmade pollution reaches Antarctica

A new report from Greenpeace has worrying news for the Antarctic wilderness. Scientists have found microplastics and persistent hazardous chemicals in snow and water samples from remote areas of the continent.

Ice sheet retreating

Antarctica is a sensitive indicator of rising global temperatures See how the Antarctic ice sheet is melting from below: background and animation.

Growing salad in Antarctica

You might not normally associate Antarctica with salad growing, but some German scientists have recently harvested their first crop of lettuce, radishes and cucumbers from a greenhouse container near the German Neumayer Station III. Ultimately their work could lead to ways for astronauts to grow food on long space flights. Read more...