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When was the first expedition to the South Pole, who completed it and who else has made the journey? Over a century ago Roald Amundsen approached the southern-most place on Earth. With dozens of dogs and a handful of people, Amundsen finally reached the South Pole in December 1911. Today marks the 105th anniversary of that journey, which Google is celebrating with a Doodle. "In honour of that achievement, today's Doodle depicts the crew at the finish line, taking a moment to bask in the glory while the Antarctic wind whips outside their tent," said Google. Who was Roald Amundsen?...

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Environment, Habitat, Oceans, Science, Study -

Sperm whales are the biggest living things with teeth, and they seem to "talk" to each other. To decipher their messages, scientists are free-diving with them. A decade ago, Fabrice Schnöller was an engineer working on systems for tracking sharks. Then, in 2007, he went on a sailing trip to the island of Mauritius, where something happened that would change the course of his life. As his boat approached the coast, giant towers of steam began exploding out of the water. One by one the columns closed in, until they surrounded the whole boat. Curious as to the source of...

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ClimateChange, Environment, Science, Study -

Scientists say they are concerned at the rate at which methane in the atmosphere is now rising. Image: Rice paddies are a significant source of methane After a period of relative stagnation in the 2000s, the concentration of the gas has surged. Methane (CH4) is a smaller component than carbon dioxide (CO2) but drives a more potent greenhouse effect. Researchers warn that efforts to tackle climate change will be undermined unless CH4 is also brought under tighter control. "CO2 is still the dominant target for mitigation, for good reason. But we run the risk if we lose sight of methane...

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Activism, ClimateChange, Energy, Environment, Renewable, Science, Study -

Meeting at New York Trump Tower comes as US president-elect picks climate science sceptic to head Environmental Protection Agency Leonardo DiCaprio and the head of his foundation met on Wednesday with US president-elect Donald Trump to discuss how jobs centring on preserving the environment can boost the economy, hours after Trump announced a climate science sceptic to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In a statement to the Associated Press, Terry Tamminen, the CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (LDF), confirmed the meeting at Trump Tower in New York. Tamminen said the pair gave a presentation to Trump, daughter Ivanka,...

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Antarctic, Arctic, ClimateChange, Environment, Science, Study -

Dormant chasm has opened up and risks cutting the station off from the rest of the ice shelf Image: The British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI research station has recorded records data relevant to space weather, climate change, and atmospheric phenomena since 2012. Photograph: British Antarctic Survey. Britain is preparing to move its research station in the Antarctic 23km further inland because it is under threat from a growing crack in the ice. The British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI research station has recorded data relevant to space weather, climate change, and atmospheric phenomena from its site on the Brunt Ice Shelf...

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