Antarctica

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This illustration, provided by the Canterbury Museum, shows the approximate height of a giant penguin next to a human being.

Scientists in New Zealand have uncovered fossilised bones from an extinct monster penguin that was about the size of a human and swam the oceans some (...)

A boy jumps from a diving platform into the lake Ammersee in Utting, southern Germany. Photograph:  Sven Hoppe/dpa/AFP

High temperatures broke records all over Europe on Thursday as the continent endured its second extreme heatwave in a month. Belgium, France, Germany(...)

Experts said they do not know if this is a natural blip or long-term global warming that is finally catching up with the South Pole. Photograph: iStock

The amount of ice circling Antarctica is suddenly plunging from a record high to record lows, baffling scientists. Floating ice off the southern conti(...)

A clear wallet and its contents used in a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return, or not return, lost wallets. Photograph: Christian Zünd/Science/AFP/Getty Images

It’s obvious: someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular peop(...)

US senator John Kerry will deliver the keynote address at the Our Ocean Wealth Summit in Cork on Monday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Ireland and other countries across the world are failing to play their part in adequately preventing the destruction of oceans, which is contributing (...)

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica on October 2nd, 2015, which appears to be healing. Photograph: Nasa/Goddard Space Flight Center/PA Wire

The words “ozone hole” dominate my earliest memories of climate change. I was in primary school when scientists announced they had discovered a hole i(...)

A colony of king penguins. The second largest emperor penguin colony  in the world  has suffered a “catastrophic” breeding failure, research shows. Photograph: Marcel Mochet/AFP/Getty Images

Scientists have raised concerns over Antarctica’s second biggest breeding ground for emperor penguins, where virtually nothing has hatched for the pas(...)

Dr Tara Shine with Irish scientists Dr Deirdre Collins and Dr Charlotte Conn during the 2018 Homeward Bound voyage to Antartica.

“You can’t be what you can’t see” is a phrase used to explain in part why women are underrepresented in the Stem disciplines (science, technology, eng(...)

Tiffiny Quinn, ice swimming in Poland in 2018. Photograph: Searon McGrattan

Swimming in ice requires a certain determination, but also chain-saws to cut the ice and form racing lanes. A sauna is also needed and apparently hot (...)

Leopard Seal on Mount Maunganui beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Photohraph: Steve Clancy /  Getty

Officials in New Zealand are on the hunt for the owners of a USB stick full of photos and videos frozen in a “slab” of leopard seal poo for more than (...)

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