Antarctic Watch Headlines 02/04/2020

A climate activist swam under the Antarctic ice sheet to prove how quickly glaciers are melting
KEYT, 2020-02-04
Fifty-year-old Lewis Pugh says he was terrified when he plunged into the water of East Antarctica in nothing but swim briefs, a swim cap and goggles. He was even more terrified when he swam below the Antarctic ice sheet, through melting tunnels — though he said it was the most beautiful swim he’s ever done. Pugh is known for swimming in …

Sea-level rise ‘accelerating’ along U.S. coasts, report warns
Detroit Free Press, 2020-02-04
Sea-level rise ‘accelerating’ along U.S. coasts, report warns The rate of sea level rise along most of our coasts continues to accelerate, according to a new report. Check out this story on https://www.

Osinbajo and the Lamentation of the Ancient Mariner, By Banji Ojewale
Premium Times, 2020-02-04
After the sailors of the “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, had rowed into the frigid waters of the Antarctic, they experienced short-lived relief from a near-shipwreck. The crew were delivered from the ice jam; but alas they were drawn into more distressing anguish: they were dying from thirst in …

Climate change is killing polar bears and it’s an ominous ‘harbinger of the future’, Nasa warns
Metro, 2020-02-04
‘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 …

Five Things for Tuesday, including cap and trade support and a record reconsidered
The Business Journals, 2020-02-04
Good morning. Time for Tuesday’s Five Things. Oregon lawmakers plan to hold their first public hearing on new cap and trade legislation today. And while opponents from the timber industry vow to show up in Salem with 1,

Get climate action done too, sacked UN summit chief urges Johnson
Shropshire Star, 2020-02-04
Ms O’Neill ultimately stressed that the “real issue” was about climate change. She said: “The last time we saw numbers like this was three million years ago when sea levels were 20 metres higher than now and beech trees grew in Antarctica.” “Unless we break this trend now and start sustained reduction in global emissions with a …

Arlington’s Michael Wardian to Run Across U.S., 2020-02-04
Another possibility, according to Wardian, should this run go well: attempting the same kind of coast-to-coast run on all seven continents, including Antarctica. As for how he’s managed to continue running ultra-marathon distances at a seemingly impossible pace for the past 25 years, Wardian credited clean living, a vegetarian diet …

Argentina receives first OPV of four purchased from France
Uruguay News, 2020-02-04
The OPV has an autonomy of 8.000 nautical miles and has reinforced hull to sail in Antarctica waters. The reception ceremony will be headed by cabinet chief Santiago Cafiero, Defense minister …