Antarctic Watch Headlines 06/14/2022

Report: Antarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences, 2022-06-13
A new report from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) reveals how climate change is significantly impacting Antarctica’s ice sheets, climate and ecosystems, with far-reaching global consequences.

‘Unknown territory’: Antarctic glaciers melting at rate unprecedented in 5,500 years: Study
NationofChange, 2022-06-14
The human-caused climate crisis is pushing crucial glaciers in Antarctica to lose ice at a rate not seen in more than 5,000 years, according to a new study published Thursday. Researchers at the University of Maine,

Microplastics sully Antarctic snow — and science might be to blame
Nature, 2022-06-14
Snow that fell on a remote Antarctic island in 2019 contained tiny pieces of plastic — probably pollution from nearby research bases 1. Plastic materials break down over time to form microplastics, small fragments that can be carried long distances by wind and water.

Rising beaches suggest Antarctic glaciers are melting faster than ever
New Atlas, 2022-06-13
According to a new study, two of the main glaciers that make up the Antarctic ice sheet are now melting faster than they have over the past 5,500 years. Ironically, the conclusion is based on how sea levels have seemingly dropped in the region over time.

Between missions: from the Antarctic to the Arctic
Swissinfo, 2022-06-14
There, over the coming months, they will analyse how widespread microplastics and bacteria are in the Antarctic Ocean. It will take some time for them to get back to us again with their findings. However, the 2MB field notes will continue this summer with …

Antarctic blast brings heavy snowfalls and huge swells to Australia’s south-east
The Guardian, 2022-06-13
Winds of up to 150km/h have battered Tasmania, with the wild weather leaving thousands without power

Scientists find microplastics in fresh Antarctic snow for the first time
CNBC, 2022-06-10
The discovery highlights the extent of global plastic pollution as even the remote region of Antarctica experiences contamination.

Microplastics Found in Antarctic Snows for the First Time
CNET, 2022-06-09
A higher concentration of microplastics was found in the snows than has previously been reported in surrounding seas and sea ice.

Microplastics found in fresh Antarctic snow, as pollutants spread
Washington Post on, 2022-06-09
New Zealand researchers collected snow samples from 19 sites in Antarctica and found microplastics in every one, a study says.

Antarctic glaciers losing ice at fastest rate in 5,500 years, finds study, 2022-06-09
At the current rate of retreat the vast glaciers, which extend deep into the heart of the ice sheet, could contribute as much as 3.4 meters to global sea level rise over the next several centuries.