Antarctic Headlines 01/23/2020

Nasa discovers Antarctic ice shelf melting at ‘worrying’ and record-breaking rate
Metro, 2020-01-23
Ponds of meltwater on the George VI ice shelf (Image: Nasa) Nasa has released new pictures of the ‘biggest melt event’ ever recorded on the George VI ice shelf in Antarctica. The images were taken on January 19, 2020, and show a huge body of water sitting atop the shelf, which is a slab of floating glacier ice attached to the western side …

50-year-old man makes history swimming under stunning Antarctic ice sheet
New York Post, 2020-01-23
A 50-year-old endurance athlete is swimming beneath an ice sheet in Antarctica to raise awareness of climate change. On Monday, Lewis Pugh plunged into a river formed beneath a rapidly melting ice sheet and swam through waters just a few degrees above zero — wearing nothing but a Speedo, hair cap and goggles. The British-South African swimmer …

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Breaks Out McMurdo Station in Antarctica
USNI, 2020-01-23
The nation’s only heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) finished bashing a 23-mile channel through pack ice on Wednesday to reach the National Science Foundation’s research facility, McMurdo Station, in Antarctica. The channel created by Polar Star cuts through ice that can be up to 10 feet thick, according to the Coast Guard.

Back from the Bottom of the World: Woodgrove’s Addie Schafer Shares Her Antarctic Adventure
Loudoun Now, 2020-01-23
Addie Schafer is on a mission to hit all seven continents before she turns 30. The Woodgrove High School drama teacher checked off a big one last month when she took a two-week trip to Antarctica through National Geographic’s Grosvenor Teacher Fellows program. Now Schafer is finding ways to share her experience with her students …

Artel, SES GS and Leidos provide mission-critical connectivity for Palmer Station, Antarctica
TMCnet, 2020-01-23
HERNDON, Va., Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Artel, LLC, and SES Government Solutions have teamed with Leidos to deliver vital connectivity solutions to Palmer Station, Antarctica, operated by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The satellite-based …

Filmus scheduled to discuss the Malvinas Question with C24 delegates and UN Secretary cabinet chief
Uruguay News, 2020-01-23
Daniel Filmus, head of the Malvinas, Antarctica and South Atlantic Islands Secretariat will be making the presentation demanding that C24 resolutions be honored, particularly referred to Argentina/UK resumption of negotiations to find a peaceful and definitive solution to the sovereignty dispute. This takes place on the 187th year of Britain’s …

Australian Wildfires Reinforce The Need To Protect Forests. Here’s How.
Forbes, 2020-01-23
Forests don’t make headlines; forest fires do. Unfortunately, in the past year, forests have been in the news for the wrong reasons. Wildfires are common during dry seasons in many forests around the world and contribute to the health of the forest by making way for new life.

San Francisco will no longer ask for cash bail in criminal cases
CBS News, 2020-01-23
It took CBS News’ Roxana Saberi 3 days to reach Elephant Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where scientists say declining penguin populations offer a warning to us all. Companies offering workers up to five times their pay to ramp up mask production as the deadly coronavirus spreads. The city of Wuhan, China, is racing to contain the spread …

We simply provide evidence: Climate scientists reject Trump’s ‘prophets of doom’ criticism
CNBC, 2020-01-23
An intensifying climate crisis is top of the agenda at WEF, which takes place in the Swiss Alpine town of Davos.

US removes South Korea from preliminary IUU list
Undercurrent News, 2020-01-23
The US has taken South Korea off its preliminary list of countries violating fishing rules in Antarctica, reports Pulse, citing the Korean ministry of oceans and fisheries. In September 2019 the US authority placed Korea on the list, stating two Korean fishing boats had failed to comply with regulations while fishing in Antarctica in 2017.

Forces of Libya’s Khalifa Haftar threaten to target civilian aircraft
CBS News, 2020-01-23
It took CBS News’ Roxana Saberi 3 days to reach Elephant Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where scientists say declining penguin populations offer a warning to us all. Companies offering workers up to five times their pay to ramp up mask production as the deadly coronavirus spreads. The city of Wuhan, China, is racing to contain the spread …

Russia court overturns transgender woman’s child “pornography” conviction
CBS News, 2020-01-23
It took CBS News’ Roxana Saberi 3 days to reach Elephant Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where scientists say declining penguin populations offer a warning to us all. The teen climate activist urges leaders at the World Economic Forum “to act as if you loved your children above all else.” Climate change and sever periods of drought are …

Trump administration eases federal restrictions on streams and wetlands
CBS News, 2020-01-23
It took CBS News’ Roxana Saberi 3 days to reach Elephant Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where scientists say declining penguin populations offer a warning to us all. Companies offering workers up to five times their pay to ramp up mask production as the deadly coronavirus spreads. The city of Wuhan, China, is racing to contain the spread …

Korea Taken off Illegal Fishing Watchlist
chosun.com, 2020-01-23
The U.S. has struck Korea off a list of countries suspected of “illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing,” the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries here said Wednesday. The U.S. National Oceanic …

Three Americans killed in crash of C-130 air tanker battling Australian wildfires
CBS News, 2020-01-23
It took CBS News’ Roxana Saberi 3 days to reach Elephant Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where scientists say declining penguin populations offer a warning to us all. The teen climate activist urges leaders at the World Economic Forum “to act as if you loved your children above all else.” Climate change and sever periods of drought are …

15 things you can do on an expedition cruise that you can’t do on a big ship
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2020-01-23
You’ll discover places so far removed from the maddening crowds that you’ll feel like you’re the first human to set foot on a particular bit of land. In Antarctica, you’ll scramble off the Zodiac raft to walk among thousands of penguins. At the other end of the earth, in the Arctic, you might stumble upon the remains of an ancient settlement …

Anti-abortion rights groups get support from Trump, the first president to attend March for Life rally
CBS News, 2020-01-23
It took CBS News’ Roxana Saberi 3 days to reach Elephant Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where scientists say declining penguin populations offer a warning to us all. Companies offering workers up to five times their pay to ramp up mask production as the deadly coronavirus spreads. The city of Wuhan, China, is racing to contain the spread …

How Julia Spicer is working to fund Greater Washington
The Business Journals, 2020-01-23
What will it take to bring more venture dollars to Greater Washington? Mid-Atlantic Venture Association Executive Director Julia Spicer is focused on the answer.

Jim Lehrer, legendary PBS NewsHour anchor, has died at age 85
CBS News, 2020-01-23
As the weather gets colder in parts of the state, the cold-blooded animals slow down or become motionless and can drop from trees onto unsuspecting pedestrians. It took CBS News’ Roxana Saberi 3 days to reach Elephant Island, on the Antarctic Peninsula, where scientists say declining penguin populations offer a warning to us all.

15,000-year-old viruses found trapped in Tibetan glacier
New York Post, 2020-01-23
Glacier melt is occurring all over the world, notably in Antarctica. In January 2019, researchers noted that ice in the region is melting more than six times faster than it did in the 1980s, including areas that were thought to be relatively stable and resistant to change. A separate study suggested that sea ice in the Arctic could completely …