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‘Polar Preet’ aims to become first woman to trek solo across Antarctica

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When she became the first woman of colour to complete a solo, unaided trip to the South Pole, Capt Preet Chandi wanted to prove “no matter where we are from, no matter what we look like, we can achieve anything we wan...

Polar bears found thriving despite lack of sea ice offer hope for species

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Polar bears have become the furry face of the climate crisis, with experts suggesting the animals could be all but extinct in a matter of decades as the Arctic sea ice they hunt from melts away. But now researchers sa...

Canadian police fatally shoot polar bear that wandered into Quebec community

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Canadian police have shot and killed a polar bear that wandered into a Quebec community hundreds of kilometres south of the species’ normal territory, in an incident that experts warn could become more common as sea i...

Polar bears move into abandoned Arctic weather station – photo essay

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I had dreamed about photographing polar bears for a long time. Some time ago my hobby, wildlife photography, ceased to be just a hobby and turned into a large part of my life. And if you devote so much time to an acti...

Polar priest: the church in the world’s northernmost town – a photo essay

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Located in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway, Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost settlement. Here, winter temperatures range from -13 to -20C and inhabitants are prepared for two and half months of complete dar...

New Zealand experiences hottest June on record despite polar blast

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New Zealand has experienced its hottest June since records began more than 110 years ago, according to official climate data. Despite a polar blast that swept up the country last week, figures from the National Instit...

‘Bracing minus 2C’: expeditioners in Antarctica mark solstice with icy polar plunge

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Antarctic-based Australian expeditioners have taken a sub-zero polar plunge to mark the winter solstice, keeping an icy tradition alive. Each year expeditioners at Australia’s three research stations in Antarctica and...

Polar classification scheme sheds light on bold expeditions that never were

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“Polar exploration,” said Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the companion of Capt Robert Falcon Scott, who later found the Antarctic explorer’s body, “is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time that has y...

Joanna Lumley: ‘I love Patsy because we’re such polar opposites…’

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The nuns at convent school wore black stockings under their long habits and wimples. They were part of the Blue Stockings teaching community, and more concerned with turning us into interesting, strong women than anyt...

Weatherwatch: polar low, the blizzard-inducing phenomenon

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Polar lows are vigorous, short lived, mesoscale atmospheric low pressure systems. Normally between 300-800km in horizontal extent, they typically last no more than 48 hours. A winter phenomenon, these lows can bring s...