Antarctica

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 The Nautilus in 1931. Hit by a storm in the mid-Atlantic, the submarine was towed to Cork for repairs. Photograph: Getty Images

The sight of a submarine in an Irish harbour might be unusual today. However, when one appeared at the quayside in Cork city in June 1931, it must hav(...)

Cloud formations photographed  from the Spanish research vessel BIO Hesperides in the Southern Ocean.

The possibility of altering clouds in the world’s atmosphere to counteract global warming has been cast in doubt by research led by Irish scientists. (...)

Denying the climate change problem spares a generation of supposed adults from having to face it: either from selfishness or cowardice or both. Photograph: Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images

Every now and again there’s a story about how our recycled plastic isn’t recycled at all. Instead it’s sent half way around the world (consider that c(...)

Chinstrap penguins swim in Antarctica. The  penguin colonies, which are dependent on sea ice, have declined by more than 50 per cent. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

The Antarctic has registered a temperature of more than 20 degrees Celsius for the first time in history, prompting fears of climate instability in th(...)

Photo issued by Greenpeace of Chinstrap Penguins on Elephant Island, Antarctica. Photograph: Christian Aslund/Greenpeace/PA Wire

Numbers of chinstrap penguins have fallen by almost three fifths in half a century in an important Antarctic habitat for the birds, scientists said. (...)

Esperanza base, located in Antarctica, where 18.3 degrees were recorded this Thursday. Photograph: EPA/National Meteorological Service

The continent of Antarctica has experienced its hottest temperature on record, with a research station provisionally recording 18.3 degrees. The rea(...)

Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, with the chair of the Remembering Edward Bransfield Committee, Jim Wilson, at the unveiling of a monument to Bransfield in his  home village of Ballinacurra in East Cork. Photograph: Barry Roche

Edward Bransfield, the pioneering Irish polar explorer and the first person to officially record discovering Antarctica, has been honoured with the un(...)

The remains of a car  destroyed by bushfires sits near a home in the town of Balmoral on Monday  in Sydney, Australia. Photograph: Getty

An Australian volunteer firefighter died on Monday and two others suffered burns after their truck rolled over when it was hit by extreme winds amid (...)

We may have to reframe our mental picture of Captain James T Kirk. Thus far, we’ve imagined the human entrusted with carrying our exploratory hopes an(...)

What used to be frozen is now thawing and is doing so remarkably quickly

Anyone considering a trip to Lapland and a chance to visit Santa’s headquarters this autumn? The elves and reindeer await you, but there is one ingred(...)

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