China recognises risks of Antarctic tourism

Tourism is expanding in Antarctica, including a huge rise in visitors from China. Can Antarctica's environment cope with this influx of people? The Chinese government has launched measures to try to tackle this issue. Read more...

SCAR celebrates its 60th birthday

SCAR (The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) is celebrating its 60th birthday. SCAR conducts international scientific research in the Antarctic region and studies the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. It also gives independent…

El Nino reaches to Antarctica

Recent research by the European Space Agency continues to confirm the complex interconnectedness of our planet's weather and climate systems - including how the El Nino event in the Pacific Ocea affects ice shelves off Antarctica. For more…

Exceptional! Live discussion at the European Parliament with a scientist direct from Concordia Base

A unique event took place yesterday at the European Parliament (EP). It was a live web call with senior climatologist Dr Jérôme Chappellaz who is currently at the Franco-Italian Concordia Base in Antarctica, with EP Vice-President Heidi…

March of Penguins to support calls for world’s biggest wildlife reserve

Greenpeace has begun 2018 with the March of the Penguins. Model penguins have appeared in cities all over the world to promote its campaign to support calls to create the world's biggest wildlife reserve in Antarctica. The proposal was originally…

European Polar Board scientific initiatives

If you'd like to know more about the kind of science going on in the Antarctic, visit the new European Polar Board website launched in December 2017. It has a round-up of some interesting projects:  

Rescued radar images reveal what’s under the ice

Scientists in the US are about to share some two million newly digitised images from radar surveys of Antarctica conducted in the 1960s and 1970s. The images let researchers 'see' hundreds or even thousands of metres down through the ice to…

‘Shame and anger’ at plastic

Scientists advising the BBC's Blue Planet II series on life in the seas are horrified at the amount of plastic that now reaches even the world's remotest places. Antarctica is no exception and albatrosses in the Southern Ocean are being killed…

Dr Robert Mulvaney talks about Beyond Epica

British Antarctic Survey scientist Dr Robert Mulvaney explains the European 'Beyond Epica' project and what it's like to be part of the ongoing hunt for the oldest ice record. Read his personal account here.

Aerial video of striped iceberg

Extraordinary images of a striped iceberg from the Institute Polaire français Paul-Emile Victor. See them here: