Antarctic Watch Headlines 08/27/2022

Antarctic Glaciers Are Melting Away at the Fastest Rate in 5,500 Years
SciTech Daily, 2022-08-25
A study finds that two major glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) are losing ice at the fastest rate for at least 5,500 years. The huge glaciers that reach deep into the core of the ice sheet might contribute up to 3.

Research team provides novel baseline data on leopard seals, the mysterious apex predators of Antarctica
EurekAlert!, 2022-08-26
In a first-of-its-kind study published in Frontiers of Marine Science, Baylor University marine biologist Sarah Kienle, Ph.D., and her research colleagues gathered baseline data on the ecology and physiology of the leopard seal,

Wilson Center Names Dr. Rebecca Pincus as New Director of Polar Institute
Wilson Center, 2022-08-27
Washington—The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has named Dr. Rebecca Pincus as the new Director of its Polar Institute. An expert on Arctic geopolitics and national and international security in the Arctic,

How the exploitation of Antarctic krill for dietary supplements poses a big threat to whales
EIA International, 2022-08-19
The new report Krill, Baby, Krill by our colleagues at Changing Markets Foundation investigates the main culprits responsible for the plundering of the cornerstone species of the Antarctic food web –

Antarctic Foundation Set To Launch The Antarctic AAL Token
MarketWatch, 2022-08-18
Aug 18, 2022 (Vehement Media via COMTEX) — Environmental protection-driven institution, the Antarctic (AAL) Foundation, announces plans to launch the sale of the Antarctic AAL token with free allotment in airdrops Panama, Pakistan, 18th Aug 2022 …

‘Boaty McBoatface’ docks in Belfast after Antarctic sea trials
RTE Online, 2022-08-23
A new scientific research vessel which will help to combat climate change has docked in Belfast after sea trials in the Antarctic – complete with its Co Derry captain. The RRS Sir David Attenborough is a £200 million state of the art ship packed with …

Chile opens bid process for the International Antarctic Center in Punta Arenas
Uruguay News, 2022-08-27
Five domestic and international construction companies are among the short list chosen by Chile’s Public Works Ministry to participate in the bid to build the International Antarctic Center …

Antarctic-South Pole: Wendy Searle’s solo ski record bid
BBC, 2022-08-23
A mother-of-four is aiming to become the fastest woman to ski solo from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole. Wendy Searle, 44, from Penallt, Monmouthshire, completed the 715-mile (1,150km) trek in 2019-2020,

Antarctic Heritage has selected three young explorers for the Geographic South Pole ski expedition in November
Uruguay News, 2022-08-26
The three explorers are Kiwi Laura Andrews, 28, Norwegian Marthe Brendefur and Mike Dawson, 35, who has previously been involved with the Trust. The Antarctic Heritage Trust’s Inspiring …

Pioneering Antarctic expeditioners reflect on what drew them to the frozen continent, what they learnt
The Courier-Mail, 2022-08-20
Mr Betts, 76, said he had been on close to 40 expeditions to Antarctica since the late 1960s, serving as voyage leader on 12 and deputy leader on five. “I got paid for 40 years to have fun,” he said.