A group of researchers had spent months on the Southern Ocean when water quality measurements unexpectedly revealed plastic fibers. The fibers from synthetic fabrics absorb harmful substances that attack the immune systems of many animal species.
From the Antarctic conservation meeting, Mike Walker of the Antarctic Ocean Alliance explains why an agreement to create the first marine protected area in international waters is a game changer for species protection.
With the king penguin's food supply being driven farther and farther away, the birds must choose between feeding and breeding. The penguin's plight sends a warning about the future of the Antarctic's environment.
Animal rights activists insist that the international community could have done more to stop what they consider to be thinly disguised commercial whaling. Japan says it is for research purposes. Julian Ryall reports.
Good news for Adélie penguins - the species of "Happy Feet" fame - as scientists revise their numbers upwards by millions.
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