Pacific islanders likely found Antarctica first, study says

Asia Pacific Jun 14, 2021

Pacific islanders likely found Antarctica first, study says

Polynesian seafarers likely reached Antarctica hundreds of years before the Western explorers usually credited with discovering the frozen continent, a new study has concluded. New Zealand researchers scoured so-called "grey literature" — including oral records, historic indigenous artworks and non-academic sources — looking for links ...

Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green

World / Science & Health May 20, 2020

Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green

Antarctica conjures images of an unbroken white wilderness but blooms of algae are giving parts of the frozen continent an increasingly green tinge. Warming temperatures due to climate change are helping the formation and spread of "green snow" and it is becoming so prolific in ...

Asia Pacific Nov 28, 2019

New Zealand apologizes for 1979 Antarctic plane disaster

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government's handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country's worst peacetime disaster. On Nov. 28, 1979, Air New Zealand Flight 901 was ...

Two technicians die at U.S. McMurdo research station in Antarctica

World Dec 14, 2018

Two technicians die at U.S. McMurdo research station in Antarctica

Two technicians performing maintenance at a U.S. research station in Antarctica died on Wednesday while working on a building that houses a generator for a nearby radio transmitter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said. The pair, both employed as subcontractors at the NSF-managed McMurdo Station ...

Ice caps live-blogging human history

World / Science & Health Jun 14, 2018

Ice caps live-blogging human history

by Faye Flam

At the dawn of the 20th century, when the first humans set foot on Antarctica's seemingly pristine ice cap, pollution had beaten them there. Lead and other heavy metals quickly amassed in the ice in 1888 and beyond, leaving a record of the industrial revolution. ...