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3 bad news stories for Antarctica

Over 20°C in Antarctica. This is not an alarming prediction for the coming decades. It's happening right now. And it's not the only worrying news stories for Antarctica this month.

Meanwhile in Antarctica…

Extreme heat

18.4°C. This temperature was recorded in northern Antarctica on February 6, 2020. It's the highest temperature ever recorded at Esperanza Base, an Argentinian research station. That same day, at Marambio Base, located 100 km further south, the thermometer read 15.8°C, a record for the month of February. On February 9, Brazilian scientists recorded a temperature of 20.75°C on the same island as Marambio Base. It was the same temperature as in Seville, Spain, on that same day. These different readings must be checked by the World Meteorological Organization to confirm that they are indeed records for Antarctica.

Penguins in decline

On Elephant Island, chinstrap penguins are experiencing a drastic decline. Some colonies have lost up to 77% of their breeding pairs in 50 years. In 1971, there were over 122,000 pairs of chinstrap penguins throughout the island. Today, less than 53,000 remain. This scientist, who participated in the inventory, suspects two factors may be disrupting the food chain: climate change and the overfishing of krill around the island.

A breaking glacier

A 300 km2 iceberg broke off Pine Island Glacier, which is almost the size of Malta. Over the last 25 years, the glacier has lost a lot of ice. In 2019, satellite images were able to spot two large rifts forming. A huge part of the glacier finally broke off, resulting in numerous icebergs. In total, the Antarctic ice cap has lost at least 6 times more ice in 2017 than it did 1979.

Brut.

02/22/2020 7:36 AM
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23 comments

  • Tony H.
    03/01/2020 08:39

    End of the world

  • Tony H.
    03/01/2020 08:38

    OMG end of the world

  • Steve J.
    02/25/2020 05:02

    We only have data going back to the 40s so this doesnt mean anything.

  • Reuben S.
    02/23/2020 20:51

    "ever" in this case began in 1961

  • Mike H.
    02/23/2020 18:56

    It feels like that poles are getting hotter and the tropics are getting colder

  • Carolina K.
    02/23/2020 18:52

    Impressive film.

  • Jason L.
    02/23/2020 16:56

    Fake news. I googled the temperature in the Antarctic and it was -39

  • David T.
    02/23/2020 13:25

    Does this mean sea water rise will be much faster than anticipated? By how much and when?

  • Lorraine H.
    02/23/2020 09:07

    All the fires across Aus have compounded the problem due to the smoke.

  • Michael W.
    02/22/2020 23:57

    Can't this page get us some good news or good post..... every post is about climate change nonsense...

  • Jeanine S.
    02/22/2020 23:10

    Sad

  • Mark R.
    02/22/2020 18:46

    , these are all the same people that want you to believe science when it comes to global warming but then don't believe science when they say there are only male and female suck it

  • Stephen N.
    02/22/2020 14:05

    Well the ice is growing at a very large rate in both the North and South Pole so quit with your fake lying ass news

  • Mark P.
    02/22/2020 11:50

    Good place to send all liberals too!

  • Michael C.
    02/22/2020 10:45

    fark me,more doom and gloom,come on,lets have some uplifting news,instead of all these lies,....its natural.....

  • Steven B.
    02/22/2020 10:21

    It's natural 👍https://www.abc.net.au/news/science/2016-06-15/what-is-an-ice-age-explainer/7185002

  • Cory W.
    02/22/2020 08:49

    South east side has record gains that has made up for the loss.

  • Janet C.
    02/22/2020 08:36

    Amazing how much heat and carbon ash is put into the atmosphere over a multiple of months summer time season by major wildfires and volcanic eruptions in a time the earth’s orbit is the closest to the sun in its entire year And as the season turns to winter, the ash pulling in water vapor will start cooling the air to create some wild winter weather to come over the next few years on top of the summer monsoonal rain showers that have already arrived. These effects, effecting most of the earth’s weather amazing

  • Robert B.
    02/22/2020 08:21

    One Brut. a day keeps the joy away.

  • John-scone L.
    02/22/2020 07:59

    Was this the temp measured close to the Seymour island ???