Antarctic Watch Headlines 02/11/2023

Record low sea ice cover in the Antarctic, 2023-02-10
There is currently less sea ice in the Antarctic than at any time in the forty years since the beginning of satellite observation: in early February 2023, only 2.20 million square kilometers of the Southern Ocean were covered with sea ice.

Spate of passenger deaths aboard Antarctic cruises prompts Coast Guard to investigate as the ‘treacherous’ destination rises in popularity and access
Business Insider, 2023-02-10
The US Coast Guard is investigating a series of deaths and injuries of American citizens on Antarctic cruises over a two-week period last year, the agency announced earlier this month. Four people died and several more were injured in four separate …

Antarctic fieldwork may finally reckon with sexual harassment claims
Popular Science, 2023-02-10
A 2022 report described harassment as a ‘fact of life’ on the continent. Young researchers are particularly alarmed.

Antarctic cruise deaths under investigation by Coast Guard
Yahoo News, 2023-02-10
A release states that the Coast Guard Activities Europe, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and international flag administrations are looking into the death or injury of citizens on other countries’ ships in Antarctic waters between Nov. 15 and …

Antarctic ice hits record low for January: climate monitor
Yahoo News, 2023-02-08
The Antarctic Ocean area covered by ice was the lowest on record for January, exposing Earth to even more planet-warming heat, scientists reported Wednesday. Last month was also the third warmest January on record in Europe, with temperatures on New Year’s …

Passenger deaths on Antarctic cruises prompt Coast Guard investigation
MSN, 2023-02-09
Four U.S. citizens died and more were injured during Antarctic cruises late last year, leading the U.S. Coast Guard to investigate four incidents that occurred in a span of less than three weeks. According to a news release, Netherlands-based U.S. Coast …

Tag team: A tale of two Antarctic blue whales, 2023-02-07
Ten years ago, Dr. Virginia Andrews-Goff was riding the bowsprit of a six-meter boat, as a 30-meter, 120-ton Antarctic blue whale surfaced alongside. That day in the Southern Ocean, she became the first and, so far, the only person, to deploy satellite …

As Antarctic fieldwork ends, a sexual harassment reckoning looms
Ars Technica, 2023-02-07
In September 2022, two months before Ph.D. student Megan Kerr was scheduled to board a military plane bound for the Antarctic ice sheet, she found herself in a conference room on Oregon State University’s campus,

Role of the Falklands in the development and success of British Antarctic Survey
MercoPress, 2023-02-11
The Antarctic Treaty has been signed by over 50 nations to date and covers the area south of 60°S latitude. The Treaty has ensured that Antarctica remains a natural reserve, devoted to peace and …

Melting Of The Antarctic Ice Sheet
Barron’s, 2023-02-09
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