Xue Long beset by ice, Aurora Australis to abandon SAR and head to Casey base with ‘Spirit of Mawson’ people

9.30am AEDT Saturday 04 January 2014 Aurora Australis released from tasking in Antarctica Xue Long’s attempt to manoeuvre through the ice early this morning was unsuccessful. Xue Long has confirmed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) it is beset by ice. About these ads

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Global Temperature Report: December 2013

2013 was 4th warmest year in the satellite era From University of Alabama, Hunstville. Global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978: +0.14 C per decade December temperatures (preliminary) Global composite temp.: +0.27 C (about 0.49 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for December. Northern Hemisphere: +0.27 C (about 0.49 degrees Fahrenheit) above 30-year average for December.…