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An international team of researchers, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), travels to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia this month (January) to carry out the first scientific whale survey since whaling stopped in the 1970s. The G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Working Group workshop took place in London on 12-13 December, and was attended by Government officials, funding agencies as well as marine scientists and specialists from across the G7. RRS James Cook spends Christmas on the Mid-Atlantic ridge and more….

Obituary – Paul Farmer

‘I have to pass on the sad news of the Death of Paul Farmer who passed away late on Christmas Eve after he lost his battle with Cancer. The end was very quick as the week before he had been skiing out in Chamonix & thought he had at least another year to live. I was with him & his wife in the hours before he died & he did not suffer’

A view of Mount Hope from the East. Photo Credit: Alan Vaughan

New satellite imagery reveals new highest Antarctic Peninsula Mountain

Cartographers surveying Antarctica have discovered Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) at 3,239 m (10,654 ft) above sea level. Until now, maps showed Mt Jackson as the tallest mountain in the territory at 3,184 m (10,444 ft). New satellite data reveals this isn’t the case, with Mt Hope being 55 m taller than Mt Jackson and 377 m higher than previously thought.