Antarctic Watch Headlines 02/09/2020

History made: Oakland man among first to cross most dangerous waters
East Bay Times, 2020-02-09
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Click to print (Opens in new window) OAKLAND — They knew they would finally make it when Antarctica appeared on Christmas Eve, a smudge on the horizon so distant it vanished whenever the bow of …

Storm targets Northeast U.S., threatens slick conditions for Monday’s morning commute, 2020-02-09
Most areas can expect a blanket of 1-3 inches of snow, but 3-6 inches are forecast over the higher elevations of upstate New York and New England. RELATED Scientists log Antarctica’s hottest temperature on record An AccuWeather Local StormMax of 8 inches is most likely in the highest elevations of the Adirondacks and western Maine …

Bats Carry Many Viruses. So Why Don’t They Get Sick?
NPR, 2020-02-09
Second, bats and humans have a lot of contact. There are billions of bats and more than 1,300 different species living on every continent except Antarctica. “There’s a lot of viruses we’re finding in bats because there’s a lot of bats out there,” says …

Giant kelp forests ’gone forever’ as Tasmanian waters warm faster than global average
The New Daily, 2020-02-09
According to scientists from the CSIRO and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), the sea surface temperature off Tasmania’s east coast is warming at a rate of 2.3 degrees per century – equating to roughly four times the global average. This measurement is based on data collected daily since the 1940s from a buoy off Maria …

When predictions went wrong in the last two years
The Gulf Today, 2020-02-09
The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) has indicated that the Antarctic saw a new temperature record of more than 18°C on Thursday and the matter is unquestionably a cause for worry as it can accelerate damage to the planet’s ice sheets and sea level rise. There are two clear front-runners in the Labour Party leadership race.