Antarctica

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Penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula. World average temperatures climbed to a record high in 2016 for the third year in a row. File photograph: Sarah Dawalibi/AFP/Getty Images

Sea ice around Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest annual extent on record after years of resisting a trend of man-made global warming, preliminary (...)

The New Zealand MetService said ‘extreme’ weather events such as the weather bomb were becoming increasingly common in the country. File photograph: Getty Images

A powerful “weather bomb” has hit New Zealand, cutting off rural towns, flooding major roads and dumping snow on to bare alpine ski fields at what sh(...)

Family adventure holidays The big trend for family holidays in 2017 is adventure and activity-based breaks, including camping, cycling and theme-p(...)

Photo shows an oblique view of a massive rift in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf, Antarctica, on November 10th,  2016. Photograph: John Sonntag/EPA/Nasa

A vast iceberg, expected to be one of the biggest ever recorded with an area almost the size of Mayo, is set to break off Antarctica. A rift, slowly(...)

Gary Thornton won the men’s race with a time of 3:37.13.

Ireland’s Gary Thornton has won one of the most unique runs in the world – the Antarctic Ice Marathon. Fifty runners from around the world took part (...)

Climate change: A source on Donald Trump’s transition team said the president-elect is seeking ways of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement within a year. Photograph: Getty Images

France and the United Nations on Tuesday stepped up warnings to US president-elect Donald Trump about the risks of quitting a 2015 global plan to comb(...)

The Arctic is heating up faster than anywhere else and the results are plain to see: the ice is melting. Photograph: Cory Glencross/iStock/Getty

It was the target that should not have been reached, the target that must not be reached, yet it has been reached. The relentless advance of climate(...)

Limerick- and Connecticut-based Waypoint has a fleet of more than 135 helicopters on its books. Photograph: iStock

Irish-based Waypoint Leasing has agreed two deals to lease helicopters that formerly belonged to troubled operator, CHC, to separate companies working(...)

Extreme adventurer Gavan Hennigan is currently preparing for his third expedition of this year, a 5,000km solo row across the Atlantic Ocean in Decemb(...)

The Shackleton statue being put in place in Athy, Co Kildare. Photograph: Dom Eaton

A century to the day since Sir Ernest Shackleton rescued the crew of his ship Endurance from Elephant island in the Antarctic ocean, a bronze statue t(...)

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