Antarctic Headlines 12/31/2019

Editorial: As polar ice melts, Russia and China probe — at America’s expense
Daily Camera, 2019-12-31
Who’s doing the coveting? For some time the primary players have been the United States and Russia. But another global power has sidled its way into the game in both the Arctic and Antarctic: China. Putin knows what’s beneath the Arctic Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s intentions were made clear in 2007 when he dispatched a submersible to …

Coral fossils show Southern Ocean current sensitive to wind conditions
UPI.com, 2019-12-31
Dec. 31 (UPI) –Scientists knew the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, a cold current circling through the Southern Ocean, is driven by winds, but until now scientists weren’t sure of its stability. New analysis of fossil coral skeletons suggests the ocean current is especially sensitive to winds, and that changes in the current influence the …

Men cross perilous Drake Passage unassisted
Navy Times, 2019-12-31
Located between the Southern tip of South America and the edge of Antarctica the Drake Passage is considered one of the most terrifying and dangerous sea paths in the world. They finished crossing the Drake Passage in 13 days. (Discovery via AP) LOS ANGELES — As freezing water thrashed their rowboat in some of the most treacherous waters in …

You can get paid £66k a year as a tradesman with ZERO living expenses – but you’d have to move to the Antarctic
The Sun, 2019-12-17
The only catch is, you’d have to move to Antarctica. You can get a job in the Antarctic that pays lots of money plus a bonusCredit: Australian Antarctic Division About 150 people are needed to fill some of the most adventurous jobs on the planet at …

Chile: Plane that vanished en route to Antarctica found
The Fresno Bee, 2019-12-12
Searchers combing Antarctic seas have recovered parts of a military transport plane and human remains belonging to some of the 38 people aboard who vanished en route to the frozen continent, Chilean officials said Thursday. Air Force Gen. Arturo Merino …

How to Call Israel From Australian Antarctic Territory
Prokerala, 2019-12-22
Given below is the dialing procedure to call Israel From Australian Antarctic Territory. You will find information on how to make an international call from Australian Antarctic Territory to Israel fixed line number or mobile number. Calling Israel From …

Engineers use hot water to drill two kilometre hole in Antarctic ice
The Engineer, 2019-01-24
As part of a bid to improve our understanding of future sea-level rises, a group of scientists and engineers led by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have used hot water to drill a two-kilometre hole through the ice sheet in West Antarctica. The BEAMISH …

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 …

Chile finds military plane that vanished en route to Antarctica
The Straits Times, 2019-12-12
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – Chilean officials said on Thursday (Dec 12) that searchers have located the military transport plane that disappeared en route to Antarctica. Defence Minister Alberto Espina also said at a news conference that they have found human …

Chile: Plane that vanished en route to Antarctica found
The Herald-Sun, 2019-12-12
Chilean officials said Thursday that searchers have located the military transport plane that disappeared en route to Antarctica. Defense Minister Alberto Espina also said at a news conference that they have found human remains from some of the 38 …

Global warming could make the weather in Britain even colder, scientists warn
Metro, 2019-12-31
‘However, the rate at which they progress, and therefore the risk they pose, can be reduced by cutting our emissions.’ The collapse of major ice sheets on Greenland, West Antarctica and part of East Antarctica would cause roughly 10 metres of irreversible sea-level rise. If rainforests, permafrost and boreal forests die off, huge amounts of …

‘Extraordinary’ purple ‘mother of plear’ clouds illuminate the Arctic
Washington Post, 2019-12-31
Without earth’s layer of natural sunscreen, incidence of cancer and cataracts would be widespread. It’s also why the shrinking Antarctic ozone hole, first observed in the 1980s, was of such great concern to scientists. Recent studies have shown the ozone layer on its way toward recovery, though not totally healed. Pure nacreous clouds …

More Fun Than a BARREL of Electrons
NASA, 2019-12-31
Our record from last year’s Antarctic campaign was 73 days. My picture today is of the BARREL instrument at the foot of our flight line with Mt. Erebus in the background. And if you look behind BARREL, the red plastic on the ground is our balloon in its covering that protects it while we lay it out prior to launch. Thanks again for checking …

Here’s a Masayoshi Son Shopping List for 2020
Bloomberg, 2019-12-31
Air Yeah. Really. If a French company can bottle water from a little town on the shores of Lake Geneva (called Evian-les-Bains), then Son could certainly can air from the Himalayas or the Antarctic. More recent thirst-quenching fads have ranged from from La Croix to hydrogen water. So it makes sense that something as bizarre as canned air …

Your guide to New Year’s Eve in Hobart and the rest of Tasmania
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2019-12-30
The work does not stop for the team at Casey, one of Australia’s three Antarctic research stations, where they will be in the middle of a “resupply”, during which there is no consumption of alcohol. Australia’s icebreaker Aurora Australis is scheduled to arrive at Casey on New Year’s Eve, with 610 tonnes of cargo, approximately 1 million litres …

Xinhua Headlines: Chinese president delivers 2020 New Year speech, vowing to achieve first centenary goal
Xinhua, 2019-12-31
He highlighted advances in science and technology. Chang’e-4 probe made a historic landing on the moon’s far side; the Long March-5 Y3 carrier rocket was successfully launched; polar icebreaker Xuelong 2 set sail on its maiden voyage to the Antarctic. A new batch of pilot free trade zones were established, the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone was …

Top 5 Environmental Shocks of 2019: How Human Recklessness Comes Back to Hurt Us
The Weather Channel, 2019-12-31
We saw multiple impacts including frequent extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity, water scarcity, accelerated glacial melt, rampant wildfires and soaring pollution levels—all in 2019.

Fires create hellish conditions across Australia
World Socialist Web Site, 2019-12-31
Yesterday, the temperature in parts of every state and territory soared past 40 degrees Celsius (104F). That included Tasmania, the southern island state closest to Antarctica, where the gauges recorded maximums of 40.2C by midday, breaking century-old heat records. Tasmanian Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol warned on Monday that even …

Xi Focus: Chinese president delivers 2020 New Year speech, vowing to achieve first centenary goal
Xinhua, 2019-12-31
Chang’e-4 probe made a historic landing on the moon’s far side; the Long March-5 Y3 carrier rocket was successfully launched; polar icebreaker Xuelong 2 set sail on its maiden voyage to the Antarctic. A new batch of pilot free trade zones were established …