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Antarctica: a laboratory for climate change

A decade ago, a thick layer of ice covered the Collins Glacier on Antarctica's King George Island. Now, the rocky landscape is visible to the naked eye, in a region that is both a victim of and a laboratory for climate change. "I had the…

Kerry becomes first US top diplomat to visit Antarctica

McMURDO STATION: Secretary of State John Kerry became the highest-ranking US government official to visit Antarctica Friday, citing global risks of climate change and the importance of aggressive action to counter it. An ardent champion…

Russian breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said Saturday, surviving a gruelling endurance test of storms and freezing temperatures.