Media gets high on Antarctic Crack

I thought I’d take a moment from my R&R to write about all the hullabaloo surrounding the calving of the large iceberg off the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. First, a few of the headlines: LA Times: After Antarctica sheds a trillion-ton block of ice, the world asks: Now what? The Grauniad: Iceberg twice size of…

Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat

From the University of Queensland IMAGE: Climate change impacts Antarctic biodiversity habitat. view more Credit: Peter Ryan Ice-free areas of Antarctica – home to more than 99 per cent of the continent’s terrestrial plants and animals – could expand by more than 17,000km2 by the end of this century, a study published today in Nature…

Oh noes! Antarctica ‘greening’ due to climate change

From the “greening of the planet must be a bad thing” department and the UNIVERSITY OF EXETER comes this breathless missive. Note: one species of moss is not equal to the implied “all plant life” in their sub-headline. Additionally, sampling only three sites isn’t necessarily a representative sample of Antarctica. PUBLIC RELEASE: 18-MAY-2017 Antarctica ‘greening’ due to…

Oh noes! Antarctic ice rift spreads

From SWANSEA UNIVERSITY and the “if ice cracked in the Antarctic before airplanes and satellites existed, did it make a visual?” department. New branch revealed in latest data from ice shelf The rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica now has a second branch, which is moving in the direction of the ice…