A research team crossing an ice plateau in the Indian Himalayas faced risks of hidden crevasses, storms, avalanches and earthquakes.

Climate change research can be risky. But not doing it is even riskier.


Climate change research in extreme environments is a dangerous business, but scientists say getting boots on the ground is vital to understanding where we’re headed as we warm the planet.

How many pengos can you spot?

It’s World Penguin Day! Help scientists count penguins.

Wind patterns in the ice pack that covers the Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on March 18, 2011.

Sea ice has hit new record lows at both poles

A false-color image showing ozone concentrations above Antarctica on Oct. 2, 2015.

The ozone layer is bouncing back. And our hairstyles will be OK too.

Glacier in Antarctica

Don’t let Antarctica’s size fool you. It’s melting fast.

Protesters with the group Lifeline Antarctica traveled to the edge of the world in February. Protesters with the group Lifeline Antarctica traveled to the edge of the world in February, 2016. Protesters with the group Lifeline Antarctica traveled to the e

A powerful Washington player takes on Walgreens to protect tiny Antarctic krill


The Antarctic krill, tiny shrimplike crustaceans, are a key part of the ocean’s food chain for whales, penguins and seals. Increasingly, krill have also become part of the human food chain — krill oil, with omega-3 fatty acids, is advertised as a wonder drug that may help combat heart health, high cholesterol and even improve our moods.

Breakthrough Antarctic Finding: Life in Subglacial Lake


In the culmination of a years-long effort, American scientists say they’ve found signs of life in isolated lakes deep beneath Antarctica.

US Post Office’s Southernmost Branch at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station

Global Politics

For our Geo Quiz, try to come up with the zip code for the southernmost post office in the world at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.

The World

Scientists Mobilize to Eradicate Island Rats


Zoologist Tony Martin from the University of Dundee, Scotland is leading one of the biggest rat busting operations ever carried out.

The World

Photographing Penguins Under Ice

Arts, Culture & Media

Paul Nicklen risks life and limbs to take photographs in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. One of them has just won him the prestigious Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year award.