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Too much interaction between humans and polar bears could see the creatures lose their fear of humans, activists have warned.

Man mauled by polar bear sparks anger over tourism promotion

"You'll see pictures of tourists touching a bear through the fence."

Antarctica is losing its ice three times faster than just six years ago.

If Antarctica melted, this is what will happen to NZ

Hamilton will be underwater, but don't celebrate just yet - your town might be too.

Antarctica has enough ice to raise sea levels 58m.

Antarctica losing ice faster than before

The continent has enough to raise sea levels 58 metres, and scientists are concerned.

B-15Z in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

World's biggest iceberg is about to melt down to nothing

It began life bigger than Jamaica, but is now closer to Hamilton in size.

A group of explorers in Greenland.

Group of young explorers cross Greenland ice cap

The journey was 560km long and took nearly a month.

A rainbow flag.

Antarctica to celebrate first pride month

The rainbow flag has been flown at the South Pole for the first time.

The next few months are going to be very cold, Metservice says.

Stay warm this winter for less

The next few months are going to be very cold, Metservice says.

Plaque to commemorate the nuclear power plant at McMurdo Station which closed in 1972.

NZ veterans exposed to nuclear plant in Antarctica fear cancer

Up to 600 Kiwis visited Scott Base-McMurdo Station during the period of contamination.

Scientists are now using log books like The Discovery II to help combat climate change.

Battle against climate change turns to historic ship's log books

Scientists are turning to the past to understand the future.

Emperor penguins.

Record-breaking penguin found by Kiwi researchers

It was able to spend more than half-an-hour under the water.


Kiwi dancers make history with routine in Antarctica

Antarctica: The First Dance hopes to celebrate the continent, and warn of the threat of climate change.

Cold weather will blast Kiwis with near-zero temperatures.

Weather: Antarctic freeze unleashed on New Zealand

Cold weather will blast Kiwis with near-zero temperatures.

Video: Newshub investigates some of the conspiracies about Antarctica.

A look inside Antarctica's 'Area 51'

We visited the lab you need government clearance to even go near.

Rare underwater footage of the minke whale was captured on camera.

Rare footage of minke whale captured in Antarctica

It's the first time the species has been caught on camera in the Ross Sea.

A frozen section of the Ross Sea at the Scott Base in Antarctica on November 12, 2016.   REUTERS/Mark Ralston/Pool - RTX2TB9X

NZDF engineers complete Antarctic projects

The team worked for six weeks in temperatures that dipped below minus 40degC.

Thirty scientists from 13 countries are drilling 700 metres into the ice to study climate change.

Drilling deep into Antarctic ice to discover its secrets

200 samples reveal how the planet's climate has changed over millions of years.


Cheeky penguins snap 'selfie' after finding camera in Antarctica

It's the obvious thing to do when discovering an unowned camera.


Calls for 'insensitive' safety video to be withdrawn

Even some of those involved in the video's creation are uncomfortable with it.

Adrian Grenier stars in the latest Air New Zealand safety video.

Controversial Air NZ safety video released

The Antarctica-focused video has had a frosty reception.


Antarctica's new solution to housing staff

Three giant tanks will house conservators as they restore Borchgrevink's Huts.