The polar vortex engulfing the US has left 21 people dead. Here’s why events like this might be getting more common.

AP The polar vortex swept parts of the US Midwest and East Coast this week, forcing millions of Americans to contend with subzero temperatures.  The polar vortex is an area of circulating cold air that rings the planet’s North and South poles. Sometimes that vortex destabilizes, sending surges of Arctic air south. Windchill temperatures were as […]

Staggering photos show what life is like in the northernmost town in the world, where it’s dark 4 months of the year and you’re told to carry a rifle because of polar bears The world’s northernmost town is Longyearbyen, which is located in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard and has 2,100 citizens. It is around three hours by plane from Oslo and 650 miles from the North Pole, making it one of the most remote human settlements on Earth. It’s dark for four months a year and […]

In photos: Tracing the footsteps of Manitoba’s polar bears

Share this article For photographer Susan Portnoy, the opportunity to shoot polar bears—with her camera, of course—was an experience not to be missed. And so, lens at the ready, she ventured into Manitoba’s Hudson Bay. My fingers have gone numb. Again. I pull my mittens over my gloves and wait for the familiar prickly sensation […]

Armed guards protect navy privates and scientists from polar bears while they play soccer in the Arctic

Associated Press Armed guards protected navy privates and scientists from polar bears while they played a game of soccer on March 22. You can see an extraordinary photograph of the scene below. You don’t need much to play soccer — just a couple of goal-frames, a soccer ball, and a grassy field. Sometimes you don’t […]

Bird’s eye view: Penguins snap a selfie as polar explorer takes a hike (VIDEO)

Two Emperor penguins grabbed a sneaky selfie when they unexpectedly stumbled upon an polar explorer’s unmanned camera. The pair of flightless birds have now become viral stars. The footage was captured by Antarctic researcher Eddie Gault. The Australian left his camera on the ice while hiking around the Auster Rookery near his country’s Mawson research […]

The race to be last: Polar explorer Eric Larsen battles climate change

“I’m in a periphery sport that not a lot of people understand—nor the place I’m traveling to,” Larsen explains. He said this is especially true in the US, a country that doesn’t have a collective consciousness of polar exploration on a national level, compared to, say, Norway. “So many people ask me, ‘Is there land […]

Shrinking Arctic ice could cause polar bears to starve even faster than previously thought

Reuters/Mathieu Belanger Scientists have discovered how many seals polar bears need to catch while they forage on ice to survive.  The research shows that the bears are catching fewer seals and moving greater distances than they used to, resulting in an energy imbalance.  As Arctic ice declines and food becomes more scarce, polar bears could […]

China unveils huge plans for the Arctic, with ‘Polar Silk Road’ on the way

Beijing has announced plans to extend the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative to the Arctic by developing shipping routes. In a white paper released on Friday, the country said it expects to have a “major role in expanding the network of shipping routes” and noted that “as a result of global warming, the Arctic shipping […]

Glory, Phoenix polar A-League opposites

Video Glory, Phoenix polar A-League opposites1:04 Football: Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix find themselves in opposite positions after their round 11 clash, with Perth looking forward to the future and Phoenix questioning what they have to do to turn the club around. December 17th 2017 4 minutes ago /display/ news and galleries/Football/ Football Jets eyeing […]