Saturday, February 22, 2020

Climate change as a matter of fact: (Polar edition, red-hot Antarctica as seen from space)



'Antarctica Melts,' NASA Says, Showing Effects Of A Record Warm Spell.  (NPR, 2/21/2020)
The photos center on Eagle Island, part of the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula that stretches toward South America. Satellites took the images just nine days apart, on Feb. 4 and Feb. 13. But dramatic changes took place in that time span. Two days after the first photo was taken, the area hit 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit) — matching that day's temperature in Los Angeles, NASA notes. 
"The warm spell caused widespread melting on nearby glaciers," the space agency says. "Such persistent warmth was not typical in Antarctica until the 21st century, but it has become more common in recent years."

Source:  Washington Post

Related polar regions posts:
Antarctic
Record high temperature.  (2/8/2020)

Arctic
Siberia's permafrost.  (12/11/2019)
Unprecedented ice melt in Greenland and the Arctic so far this June.  (6/15/2019)
Disappearing old ice in Arctic.  (6/4/2018)
North Pole.  (2/28/2018)
Beavers migrate to Arctic.  (12/24 /2017)
Shrinking sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.  (12/14/2017)
Emaciated polar bear.  (12/9/2017)

Other editions:
Africa
Birds/bees/flowers/trees
Business and finance
Oceans
Worldwide

Other Climate Change as a Matter of Fact posts

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