Antarctic Headlines 12/25/2019 🎄

green ornamentChristmas in Weird Places: Getting cosy inside a research station in Antarctica
Metro, 2019-12-25
After spending a year surrounded by snow and ice, the sight of a tree – even if it is an artificial one – is enough to bring a smile to Mike Brain’s face. Even in Antarctica, Brussels sprouts are still on the menu at the Rothera Research Station, where workers are spending a very white Christmas. The nearest shop is roughly 1,300 …

What melting in Antarctica means around the world
PRI, 2019-12-25
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Malaysia’s ‘ice queens’ enter Antarctica to retrieve time capsule
Free Malaysia Today, 2019-12-25
SHAH ALAM: Members of the All Women Expedition to Antarctica (Aweta) have begun to approach their target in the South Pole. Aweta spokeswoman said the team, led by polar adventurer Dr Sharifah Mazlina Syed Abdul Kadir, entered Antarctica at 2am (Malaysian time). “They have embarked on their adventure and their first journey is from 89 degrees …

Scientists Struggle to Save Vital Seagrasses from Coastal Pollution
The Weather Channel, 2019-12-22
The more than 70 species of seagrasses are among the most poorly protected coastal habitats despite their importance. Coastal development, overfishing, farm runoff and climate change threaten seagrass meadows.

Ozone Hole Above Antarctica Shrinks to Smallest Size on Record
The Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-23
A hole in the ozone layer located near the Earth’s South Pole is the smallest it has been since first being discovered in the 1980s, NASA said. While depletion of the ozone has decreased over the years, the hole’s smaller size this year is related to …

Challenges for Antarctic Penguins as They Adapt to Changing Temperatures Revealed in “State Of Antarctic Penguins 2019” Report
Markets Insider, 2019-07-10
WASHINGTON, July 10, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Oceanites, a Washington DC based non-profit scientific, environmental, and educational organization today announced the release of its annual State Of Antarctic Penguins 2019 report (SOAP 2019) and a new …

Giant iceberg enters “final phase” of breaking away from Antarctica
New Atlas, 2019-04-08
A huge iceberg, roughly twice the size of New York City, is set to soon break off from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica. With two large cracks due to meet within the next few months, a research station has already been relocated as scientists watch the …

Newly drilled sediment cores could reveal how fast the Antarctic ice sheet will melt
Science, 2019-04-15
VIENNA—Braving a raft of icebergs, a scientific drill ship has recovered the first deep sediment cores from the Amundsen Sea, where the massive Antarctic ice sheet is rapidly melting. The 800-meter-long records, described for the first time last week at …

A Boston University professor has been accused of sexually harassing 2 female researchers on Antarctic expeditions
Boston.com, 2017-10-16
Boston University is investigating allegations that one of its professors — a prominent geologist — sexually harassed two of his graduate students on field expeditions to Antarctica almost two decades ago. The two women who have filed Title IX …

Polar icebreakers Xuelong, Xuelong 2 to conduct scientific researches in Southern Ocean
ECNS, 2019-12-25
China’s polar icebreakers Xuelong and Xuelong 2 will conduct scientific researches in the Southern Ocean. (Xinhua/Liu Shiping) Aerial photo taken on Dec. 24, 2019 shows members of China’s 36th Antarctic expedition team working on China’s polar icebreaker Xuelong 2. China’s polar icebreakers Xuelong and Xuelong 2 will conduct scientific …

Skepta dresses up as Teletubby for his baby as he shared rare picture of one-year-old daughter
Metro, 2019-12-25
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South Pole adventurer set for surprise Christmas dinner
Shropshire Star, 2019-12-25
After leaving from Hercules Inlet in Western Antarctica for the 702-mile trek she entered complete whiteout conditions for eight days, which she described as “like being inside a ping pong ball”. With no visibility, she had to navigate by compass through 30 knot winds, which dropped temperatures to minus 40C. Severe windstorms gusting up to …

Romi Garduce completes ‘Seven Summits’ climb
Inquirerer Sports, 2012-01-07
But that fleeting moment proved historic as Romeo “Romi” Garduce emerged as the first Filipino to complete the renowned “Seven Summits” after conquering Vinson Massif in Antarctica at 6:30 p.m. (Antarctica time) on Jan. 5. “The summit day itself …

Two Sides to Global Warming
Reason, 2004-11-10
Another new study from the journal Nature that seems to confirm this prediction finds that krill are declining in the frigid oceans around Antarctica. Why? Evidently because the sea ice is declining, and krill live on the algae that live and grow on the …

Run with a Hobbit for a cause; meet 69-year-old marathoner
The Arizona Republic, 2015-03-02
Mesa’s Ila Brandli, 69, recently completed her 100th marathon when she finished the final leg of the Triple 7 Quest of seven marathons on seven continents in (almost) seven days at King George Island, Antarctica. Remarkably, she didn’t start running …

Choose hope or climate surrender, says UN chief
France 24, 2019-12-02
“Permafrost in the Arctic is thawing 70 years ahead of projections,” Guterres continued. “Antarctica is melting three times as fast as a decade ago. Ocean levels are rising quicker than expected.” “More than two-thirds of the world’s megacities are …

Olympic list: Top 5 Brazilian beers
The News & Observer, 2016-08-20
While Brazil is justifiably famous for the caipirinha, a deceptively strong and devastatingly sweet concoction of lime, sugar and sugarcane liquor, most Brazilians enjoy sitting out on the street at one of Brazil’s many storefront bars with a giant …

ULA launches final Delta II mission with NASA’s ICESat; KSC gets a surprise rocket
Florida Today, 2018-09-15
The satellite, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, will detect as little as a fraction of an inch of change in the surface of land ice covering Greenland and Antarctica. “This data will help scientists investigate why and how our cryosphere …

Where’s the kelp? Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests
Boston.com, 2017-08-22
APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine (AP) — When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster. But Dijkstra, a University …

Long-duration NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, 88, dies
Florida Today, 2019-04-19
He was also involved in deep-ocean dives and trips to Antarctica for scientific research purposes. “Not only was he a bright scientist and astronaut, he and his crewmates set the stage for international cooperation in human spaceflight,” Chief Astronaut …