Antarctic Watch Headlines 12/17/2022

Runners brave the cold for Antarctic Ice Marathon
Reuters, 2022-12-16
Courageous runners braved snow and freezing temperatures this week for the Antarctic Ice Marathon, won by Ireland’s Sean Tobin who organisers said clocked a record time on the continent.

The Arctic and Antarctic saw record warmth and ice melt in 2022
New Scientist, 2022-12-15
The sea ice around Antarctica shrank to the smallest area ever recorded in early 2022, and there were exceptionally high temperatures at both poles

Irish man wins Antarctic Ice Marathon
YAHOO!News, 2022-12-16
STORY: The event, the 17th of its kind, took place on Wednesday at Union Glacier, with more than 60 competitors from 20 nations taking part. Organisers describe it as “the southernmost marathon on Earth”.

Icebreaker ARA Irízar ready to start Summer Antarctic Campaign
MercoPress, 2022-12-16
Argentine Navy’s icebreaker ARA Almirante Irízar was ordered Thursday to set sail with over 300 people onboard among military and scientific personnel, marking the official beginning of the 2022/23 Summer Antarctic campaign.

RRS Sir David Attenborough docks in Falklands: Saturday begins Antarctic round at Rothera Base
MercoPress, 2022-12-15
Falkland Islands RRS Sir David Attenborough has arrived to the Islands, and docked at East Cove, and is scheduled to leave for the Rothera Base on Saturday, beginning the Antarctica campaign.

As TikToks about Antarctic tourism go viral, some worry about the environmental costs
NBC News, 2022-12-10
Travel company Oceanwide Expeditions describes the Drake Passage as a “lively little waterway” and the “gateway to the Antarctic.” Depending on the weather and other seasonal conditions …

The time is right for an Antarctic biorepository network
PNAS, 2022-12-08
We need to establish a biorepository network of Antarctic specimens to not only address the most critical questions in Antarctic science but also to improve human welfare and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

This season’s first penguin chick born near Ukrainian Antarctic Station
YAHOO!News, 2022-12-09
This season’s first subarctic penguin chick has been born near the Vernadsky Research Base, a Ukrainian Antarctic Station at Marina Point on Galindez Island, its employees wrote on Facebook on Dec. 9,

Antarctic ice: A better knowledge of the ocean improves the predictability of sea ice variability, 2022-12-05
Antarctic sea ice deeply affects the global climate in several ways. It regulates the exchanges of heat and gases between the ocean surface and the atmosphere, and drives the formation of the …