Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina’s Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked here for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were.

Source: Climate change shows in shrinking Antarctic snows | SBS News

Final data confirms record-breaking temperatures for third year in a row

Source: 2016 hottest year ever recorded – and scientists say human activity to blame | Environment | The Guardian

Even as conversations about the subject remain contentious, the environment is becoming a concern no one there can ignore.

Source: In America’s Heartland, Discussing Climate Change Without Saying ‘Climate Change’ – NYTimes.com

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic last month was the lowest on record for January, the U.N. World Meteorological Organization said on Friday, while concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a January record.

Source: Arctic and Antarctic sea ice at record low in January – U.N. | Reuters

A massive chunk of ice has broken off Antarctica’s fast-changing Pine Island Glacier

Source: NASA satellite spots mile-long iceberg breaking off of Antarctic glacier – CBS News

 

The oceans are losing oxygen, posing growing threats to marine life.

Source: Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate – The Washington Post

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Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, with scientists mostly blaming man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino that’s now gone.

Source: Earth sets hottest year record for third-straight time, – The Washington Post

_mg_4781We bow our heads respectfully and with abundant sorrow — penguins, penguin-lovers, and all of us who knew Frank Todd and who are and will be indescribably saddened by news of his passing.

Frank was a dear, life-long friend and the one who singularly molded and nurtured my love for penguins and Antarctica.

Vividly, I recall every second of that snowy, 30-knot windy day, 34 years ago, when he personally introduced me to my very first penguin — a snarling, unbelievably loud, and cantankerous chinstrap penguin on the gravel beach at Entrance Point, Deception Island, in the Antarctic Peninsula.

It was the first of my many moments learning from the master. Frank not only mentored me, he mentored a huge cohort of us who came to believe deeply, as he did, in these amazing creatures as indicators of ocean, environmental, and planetary health.

Frank once told me of his hope that:

” . . . good sense will prevail, and that these wonderful animals will be preserved for future generations to marvel at. Most people acknowledge that they will never see penguins in the wild. But just knowing that they are there is enough.”

Frank helped spread the joy of penguins via the Penguin Encounter exhibit he planned and developed at Sea World, and by connecting with thousands of Antarctic visitors onboard a host of Antarctic expedition vessels over more than three decades.

Frank was my inspiration and he never stopped fighting for what he believed in — and for his life. I will miss him immensely. And not stop thinking about him.

. . . Ron Naveen