Antarctica

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A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers led by Ernest Shackleton  was stranded in ice thousands of miles away on the Antarctic. Photograph: Scott Polar Research Institute/University of Cambridge/PA.

A century ago this month, as Europe was at war and plans were being made for an Irish rebellion, a motley multinational group of adventurers was stran(...)

Fat king penguins are unsteady on their feet while waddling compared to their slimmer counterparts, making them an easier catch for predators (or pesk(...)

Henry Worsley:  died in  hospital after suffering from exhaustion and dehydration, just 30 miles short of his goal. Photograph: PA Wire

The final journey of Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley was in many ways the most contemporary of events, a charity expedition followed in real time aro(...)

Former army officer Henry Worsley during a training run on the Korridoren glacier in Milne Land, Greenland. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Tributes have been paid to Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley who died in Chile at the weekend. The 55-year-old former British army officer from Fulham(...)

File photograph of Henry Worsley from Fulham, London, in 2008. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have expressed their immense sadness at the death of explorer Henry Worsley, who was on the brink of making his(...)

 Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station,  near Carna, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

While Ireland pledges to back a binding global agreement on reducing carbon emissions at the COP21 summit, a Connemara observatory which plays a key i(...)

One of the largest ozone holes yet seen opened up above Antarctica this autumn. Yet the loss of ozone that causes the hole to open up continues to slo(...)

Tommy Furey of the Marine Institute onboard the Celtic Explorer with maps of mountains in the Atlantic Ocean. Ireland is leading the world in deep-sea mapping. Photograph: Andrew Downes/XPOSURE

The Earth’s oceans cover about 70 per cent of the surface of the planet. Human beings have explored only 10 per cent. The deepest oceans are largel(...)

‘Penguins listening to the gramophone during the summer’

A 100 years ago, in 1915, the third British Expedition to the Antarctic ended when the ship Endurance had to be abandoned by Sir Ernest Shackleton and(...)

 Investigators suspect the debris found near Reunion Island could be that of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370. Photograph: How Foo Yeen/Getty Images

Vast, rotating currents sweeping the southern Indian Ocean could have deposited wreckage from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet near Africa, t(...)

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