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What happened next to the giant Larsen C iceberg

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View of the A68 iceberg on the 30 July 2017, taken from a European Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite image. Photograph: A. Fleming, British Antarctic Survey.

Scientists have revealed exactly how the trillion-tonne A68 iceberg broke free of the Antarctic ice shelf last month – and say it has spawned smaller icebergs

August 2, 2017 — The fate of the giant iceberg that broke free from Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf last month has been revealed. Continue reading What happened next to the giant Larsen C iceberg

Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers

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Cores drilled from three islands just off the Antarctic Peninsula reveal that the warming climate has spurred on biological activity. Photograph: Matt Amesbury

In the past 50 years the quantity and rate of plant growth has shot up, says study, suggesting further warming could lead to rapid ecosystem changes

May 18, 2017 — Antarctica may conjure up an image of a pristine white landscape, but researchers say climate change is turning the continent green. Continue reading Climate change is turning Antarctica green, say researchers

How disappearing sea ice has put Arctic ecosystem under threat

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An adult polar bear hunting for seals on the melting pack ice in the Arctic. Photograph: Alamy

From algae to fish and polar bears, the loss of habitat caused by global warming is affecting the food chain

March 4, 2017 — In a few days the Arctic’s beleaguered sea ice cover is likely to set another grim record. Its coverage is on course to be the lowest winter maximum extent ever observed since satellite Continue reading How disappearing sea ice has put Arctic ecosystem under threat