A South African astrophysicist is part of a team seeking to drag ancient cosmic secrets out of the polar skies.
In a pioneering move, a wave glider has been sent out to sea from Cape Town to measure pollution around Antarctica.
The science is in, and living in Cape Town and Durban will be impossible thanks to melting glaciers and an extra 4m rise in sea level.
Off the coast of South Africa, ocean robots are sending back information to help us to understand how the climate is changing.
Scientists are struggling to explain a slowdown in climate change that defies a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions.
Russia's scientists believe they have discovered new life forms sealed off for millions of years in a subglacial lake deep under the Antarctic ice.
British explorer Ranulph Fiennes has pulled out of an expedition to cross Antarctica during the region's winter after developing frostbite.
British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes calls it one of the last remaining polar challenges: crossing Antarctica during the region's winter.
An ambitious British plan to search for minute forms of life in an ancient lake beneath Antarctica's ice has been suspended due to technical problems.
Scientists exploring underwater vents near Antarctica have found a world of creatures thriving in temperatures of 400C°.
The search for a Norwegian sailboat that has been missing in the Antarctic for a week following a massive storm was called off on Tuesday.
Two Norwegian adventurers on Monday said they held slim hopes of finding the three other members of their party alive, after their yacht went missing.
Twenty-two fishermen were presumed dead after their South Korean trawler sank suddenly off Antarctica on Monday.
A big bone of contention in many countries, Google's Street View mapping service on Thursday goes live in Brazil, Ireland and Antarctica.
Figures from the National Snow and Ice Data Centre indicate six or seven- year low over past three decades.
More than 80 passengers and some crew members were evacuated on Friday from a luxury Antarctic cruise ship that ran aground a day earlier.
South Africa's scientific involvement at the South Pole is invaluable, writes Ian Meikeljohn.
A deep freeze holding 90% of the world's ice, Antarctica is one of the biggest puzzles in debate on global warming with risks that any thaw could raise sea levels faster than United Nations projections. Even if a fraction melted, Antarctica could damage nations from Bangladesh to Tuvalu in the Pacific and cities from Shanghai to New York.
One of the last shipments to a United States research base in Antarctica before the onset of winter darkness was a year's supply of condoms, a New Zealand newspaper reported on Monday.