Antarctic Watch Headlines 02/16/2020

UN: Antarctic High Temp Records Will Take Months to Verify
U.S. News & World Report, 2020-02-16
The U.N. weather agency said Sunday that record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify.

UN body says it will take months to verify ‘record’ Antarctica temperatures
Shropshire Star, 2020-02-16
Researchers from Latin America have reported high temperatures in the icy region. Record high temperatures reportedly measured in Antarctica will take months to verify, the UN weather agency has said. A spokesman for the World Meteorological Organisation …

Xuelong 2 finishes unloading supplies for Great Wall station
ECNS, 2020-02-16
Aerial photo taken on Feb. 14, 2020 shows members of China’s 36th Antarctic expedition using a barge to transfer fuel from China’s polar icebreaker Xuelong 2, or Snow Dragon 2, to the Great Wall station. The Xuelong 2 finished unloading supplies for the Great Wall station and left for Ross Sea. (Xinhua/Liu Shiping) Aerial photo taken on Feb. 8 …

The ultimate challenge: Dutch runner Ragna Debats targets history by taking on toughest ultra marathon in each of the seven continents
The Daily Telegraph, 2020-02-16
What’s more she would complete the set within a year, finishing in Antarctica in November. Oh, and she would take her partner, the Spanish ultra runner Pere Aurell, their five-year-old daughter Onna and the family dog Bru on the road with her. “

Canada expected to support heavy fuel ban in Arctic despite costs to northerners
Toronto Star, 2020-02-16
Hubbell said a moderate spill in Russia in 2003 had big impacts still visible more than a decade later on marine mammals. The fuel is already banned in the Antarctic. But replacement fuels are more expensive. Transport Canada has analyzed what higher costs would mean for Arctic communities, which depend on supplies ranging from dry goods to …

Get used to record-breaking heat because it’s here to stay
BusinessMirror, 2020-02-16
According to their analysis, 2016 and 2015 would have a score of 10 while 2018 would rate “5.” Meanwhile, chinstrap penguins are declining fast in Antarctica, and researchers are blaming climate change. Every single colony of chinstrap penguins on Elephant Island in the Antarctic peninsula has shrunk from the last time it was surveyed five …