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Wednesday 7 June 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# Antarctica

This year
# update the cv
Recruits wanted for five month programme counting penguins in Antarctica
Successful candidates for the role at Port Lockroy on Goudier Island will live in near constant daylight and have no running water.
Last year
# debunked
Debunked: No, this photo of a ship in the Antarctic does not prove that the Earth is flat
An image on social media purports to show proof of a flat Earth.
# Thwaites Glacier
Scientists begin mission to explore Antarctica’s ‘doomsday’ glacier
Thwaites is putting about 45 billion tonnes of ice into the water a year.
All time
# Thwaites Glacier
World's widest glacier retreating rapidly and facing threat of collapse, research warns
A collapse would cause global sea levels to rise and put millions of people at risk of extreme flooding.
# European Space Agency
World's largest iceberg - slightly bigger than Majorca - breaks off Antarctica
The iceberg is around 170 kilometres long and 25 kilometres wide, and is floating through the Weddell Sea.
# Climate
Temperature in Antarctica tops 20 degrees for the first time
Last week, an Argentine part of Antarctica recorded its hottest day since readings began at 18.3 degrees Celsius.
# Climate Change
Antarctica records hottest ever temperature at over 18 degrees
The temperature climbed to 18.3 degrees, beating the previous record of 17.5 degrees.
# Chile
Chilean military plane 'disappears' with 38 passengers on board
The C-130 Hercules carried 17 crew members and 21 passengers.
# Antarctica
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern apologises for 1979 plane crash which killed over 250 people
The Air New Zealand plane was on a sightseeing flight over Antarctica when it crashed into a mountain.
# NASA study
In just 3 years, Antarctic sea ice shrank by an area four times greater than France
From 2014 to 2017, “the Antarctic lost almost as much as the Arctic” over almost 40 years, and now stands at a record low.
# Going Solo
US explorer completes first unaided, solo trek across the Antarctic
Colin O’Brady (33) took 54 days to complete the nearly 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometre) crossing.
# Bellingshausen
Researcher stabs colleague at remote Russian Antarctic station after 'tensions in a confined space'
The man voluntarily surrendered to the chief of the station and is under house arrest.
# Water Crisis
This plan could see an iceberg being towed to Cape Town to ease drought conditions
Earlier this year, Cape Town came within weeks of forcing residents to queue for water rations at public stations as a result of a drought.
# picking up pace
The ice of Antarctica is melting at three times its previous rate
Scientists have warned that the melting ice could redraw Earth’s coastlines.
# Adelie penguins
Mass starvation kills all but two penguin chicks in Antarctic colony
The thousands of death has been called a “breeding failure” by experts.
# a hero's journey
Audio diaries detail Tom Crean's grandaughter's arduous journey in his footsteps
The documentary maker who compiled the diaries said they show the family share Tom Crean’s “traits of endurance”.
# Climate Change
A huge chunk of ice 60 storeys high is about to break off Antarctica
The Larsen C shelf would be one of the biggest icebergs in history.
# Antarctica
Iceberg as big as Galway on the brink of breaking away into ocean
If the Larsen C Antarctic ice shelf splits, it will produce one of the biggest icebergs ever seen.
# Antarctic
An iceberg the size of Mayo is about to break off Antarctica - and could start a chain reaction
Kildare scientist Dr Martin O’Leary told that it could lead to a rise of 10cm in sea levels worldwide.
# medical reasons
Concern for Buzz Aldrin's health as he is evacuated from South Pole
The second man on the moon was there as part of a tourist group.
# South Pole
Two research workers brought to hospital in rare Antarctic rescue mission
It was only the third time that an emergency rescue operation has been launched in the middle of winter.
# landlocked
An iceberg twice the size of Limerick city has killed 150,000 penguins
The iceberg’s grounding left penguins having to walk more than 60 kilometres to find food.
# 21st century explorer
This Irish army officer is recreating Ernest Shackleton's legendary Antarctic expedition
Sinéad Hunt is setting off on the trip of a lifetime in two weeks.
# P-p-perfect
16 amazing photos from a penguinologist's lens
Little is known about the habits and behaviors…
# Antarctica
Drone footage from the harshest place on earth will take your breath away
Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and emptiest (in terms of human inhabitants) place on earth.
# Rescue
Seriously ill Antarctic worker transferred to hospital after two-week journey
An icebreaker transported the man back to Australia.
Looking for a summer job? How about working as a postmaster in Antarctica?
That’s what Anthony Galvin is hoping to do later this year.
# Vroom vroom
Dutch woman reaches the South Pole on a Massey Ferguson tractor
“The tractor for me symbolises that if you want to do something, maybe you will not be so fast but if you keep going and keep your sense of humour you will get there”.
# up to speed
Catch-up Wednesday: 3 midweek longreads
Get up to speed with the latest news, opinions and insights with our hand-picked indepth reads.
# Prime Numbers
Ariel Sharon, bankruptcy, and water meters: The week in numbers
Plus: How many people in the world are obese?
# hold up
Chinese ship used in Antarctic rescue now stuck in ice
The Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, came close to reaching the Russian ship stuck last week – and now has been blocked itself.
# Trapped
Stranded Antarctic passengers finally rescued from stuck ship
A helicopter from a nearby Chinese ship has begun ferrying scientists, tourists and journalists from the trapped ship.
# Stranded
Helicopter to rescue passengers on science ship trapped in Antarctica
The 52 passengers will be taken by helicopter to a nearby ship, while the 22 crew members are expected to remain with the trapped vessel.
# Trapped
Attempt to rescue science ship stranded in Antarctica since Christmas fails
It was the third attempt to rescue the scientific expedition ship which is trapped in ice estimated to be around 3 metres thick.
# Trapped
Help on the way for ship trapped off Antarctica since Christmas Eve
The ship has 74 people aboard for a scientific mission
# Polar Exploration
Frank Hurley’s Antarctica: images of early 20th century polar exploration
The Australian photographer travelled to Antarctica six times, including as part of the ill-fated Endurance expedition led by Shackleton.
# on a shoestring
How one man left home without a penny – and travelled 40,000km
Michael Wigge left Berlin with nothing. Eleven countries later, he was in Antarctica. Here’s how he did it.
# South Pole
In pictures: Scott's Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole
Archived images of Scott and his team members, including Irishman Tom Crean, during his ill-fated push to reach the South Pole first.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the globe.
# Happy Feet
3,200km off course: Lost penguin taken to New Zealand zoo over health fears
The young Emperor penguin is a long way from his Antarctic home.