Antarctic Headlines 03/10/2020

Aurora Australis saluted as Antarctic icebreaker begins final voyage
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2020-03-10
After 31 years of service, the Australian Antarctic Division’s (AAD) RSV Aurora Australis vessel has embarked on its last voyage south, marking the end of an era for the affectionately nicknamed “Orange Roughy”. Launched in 1989, the Aurora Australis has set off on its last voyage, to re-supply the research station at Macquarie Island The ship …

Global Warming on a Rampage
CounterPunch, 2020-03-10
(Source: 9 Freaky Phenomena Revealing How Warm This Winter Was, Treehugger, March 3, 2020) Not only that, across the planet, heat-heat-heat too much heat is altering ecosystems beyond expectations, as, for example, an “uncharted granite island” suddenly emerged from rapidly melting ice in Antarctica, surprising researchers stationed off the …

New York Restaurateur Simone Tong Discusses Coronavirus’ Small Business Toll
Forbes, 2020-03-10
“I like the fact that we are vulnerable when we are connected. We can be stronger together and solve any problems.”

Xi Jinping visits Wuhan amid drop in COVID-19 cases in China
UPI.com, 2020-03-10
Chinese President Xi Jinping made a surprise visit on Tuesday to Wuhan, ground zero of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, as the number of COVID-19 infections nationwide continues to drop.

3 Investing Strategies to Survive the Dramatic Oil Crash
Nasdaq, 2020-03-10
The health scare, which reportedly emerged in Wuhan, China, has spread rapidly to every continent barring Antarctica, since being first identified back in late last year. As of now, the infectious disease has killed over 4,000 people so far and infected in excess of 100,000 globally. It’s no surprise then that the virus has led to …

As stocks tumble, long-term investors advised to sit tight
Seymour Tribune, 2020-03-10
And the wild ride is likely to continue as the world tries to contain COVID-19 and grapple with its fallout. The virus has infected more than 110,000 worldwide and is present on every continent except Antarctica. Containment is proving difficult and concerns are growing that it will cripple the global economy. Times like these can rattle even …

Report highlights signs of climate change including accelerating sea level rise, melting ice and ocean warming
clickondetroit.com, 2020-03-10
Smoke and pollutants from damaging fires in Australia circumnavigated the globe, causing a spike in CO2 emissions. Reported record temperatures in Antarctica were accompanied by large-scale ice melt and the fracturing of a glacier which will have repercussions for sea level rise,” said Mr Taalas. “Temperature is one indicator of ongoing …

The Amazon rainforest could be gone within your lifetime, scientists warn
Metro, 2020-03-10
That’s the warning from scientists who fear that we could reach a ‘crucial tipping point’ within ‘a lifetime’ which will cause this precious natural wonder to die off. Researchers from Bangor University,

Climate Crisis: Greenhouse gas emissions must peak soon to avoid severe global climate change, latest research shows
ITV, 2020-03-10
Changes in the global rainfall distribution impact several countries Rising sea levels at an advanced rate, largely due to the thermal expansion of the ocean as well as the melting of the largest glaciers, like in Greenland and Antarctica. This is exposing coastal areas and islands to a greater risk of flooding

Record breaking 2019 heat knocked world ‘way off track’ meeting climate change targets, warns UN
The Daily Telegraph, 2020-03-10
Antarctica has reported new temperature highs, accompanied by large-scale ice melt and a fracturing glacier which will have “repercussions for sea level rise”, WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said. This year countries are expected, under the international Paris Agreement on climate change, to increase their action to tackle greenhouse gas …

Global action is ‘way off track’ on climate targets says UN head
ITV, 2020-03-10
Antarctica has reported new temperature highs, accompanied by large-scale ice melt and a fracturing glacier which will have “repercussions for sea level rise”, WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said. People enjoy the sun and the fountains of the Trocadero gardens in Paris in July 2019. Credit: AP This year countries are expected, under the …

Millions of Coronavirus Test Kits Available Soon, Pence Says, As U.S. Cases Top 700
U.S. News & World Report, 2020-03-10
TUESDAY, March 10, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Millions of much-needed testing kits for COVID-19 are on the way to clinics and labs nationwide, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters during a White House briefing Monday evening.

World ‘off track’ on climate targets as signs of warming planet increase – UN
Shropshire Star, 2020-03-10
Antarctica has reported new temperature highs, accompanied by large-scale ice melt and a fracturing glacier which will have “repercussions for sea level rise”, WMO secretary-general Petteri Taalas said. Advertising This year countries are expected, under the international Paris Agreement on climate change, to increase their action to tackle …

Xi Focus: Moment of truth: Xi leads war against COVID-19
China Internet Information Center, 2020-03-10
GLOBAL VILLAGE IN JOINT FIGHT Viruses respect no borders in the global village. Within weeks, the coronavirus has spread to all continents except Antarctica. Public health security is a common challenge faced by humanity, and all countries should join hands to cope with it, Xi said. Since the outbreak, China has actively cooperated and …

The climate crisis is disrupting life for millions, a report finds
Local News 8, 2020-03-10
Only 2016 was warmer, due to a strong El Nino event that heated the globe naturally. In 2019, the global mean sea level reached its highest value on record, due to the melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica as well as continuing heating of the ocean, which the report notes once again reached it’s highest levels of heat in the upper 2 …

Black carbon threatens Gangotri glacier
The Gulf Today, 2020-03-10
As for this year, nine days of abnormally high temperatures in early February resulted in extremely rapid ice melting Antarctica, with one of its islands losing as much as 20% of ice. On February 6, 2020, Antarctica also experienced its hottest temperature on record. Closer to home, the Hindu-Kush Himalayan glaciers, which are the biggest …

Florence: Trial sites unprepared for coronavirus
Outsourcing-pharma, 2020-03-10
RJ: There are three differences: Coronavirus has reached every continent but Antarctica. As a result, it impacts 100% of a sponsor’s trial portfolio. The travel restrictions for pharma employees US and Europe, where most study management is based, are more expansive than with past outbreaks, limiting staff’s ability to visit sites worldwide.

Nisman’s death controversy reignited: “there isn’t a shred of proof” he was murdered, says president Fernandez
Uruguay News, 2020-03-10
Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said on Thursday he doubts that a prosecutor who died two days after accusing former President Cristina Kirchner of a cover-up in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish …