New research, which has attracted a lot of publicity, shows that snowfall in Antarctica increased significantly over the last two centuries. Nonetheless, it's not enough to compensate for the rapid loss of ice-sheets formed over millions of years. Research results here.
Krill (tiny crustaceans) are fundamental to the oceans' food chains, but Antarctic krill are under threat from industrial fishing. Greenpeace has launched a call to stop the sale of krill-based health food products in the UK as part of its wider campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean.