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ai6yr, avatar

Interesting, Antarctica has a Level 2 "Exercise Increased Caution" advisory from the U.S. State Department. (and has for awhile?)

"Exercise increased caution in Antarctica due to environmental hazards posed by extreme and unpredictable weather and limited emergency services."


@ai6yr I sailed to the Antarctic Peninsula a half-dozen times with a scientist I was working for as a project engineer a while back. Almost every time there was some kind of medical emergency that required us to detour to a nearby outpost for a medical evacuation flight. One time, the fog was so thick everywhere that we had to transport the patient all the way back to South America. It is incredibly difficult to get back to civilization from most parts of Antarctica. #Antarctica

ai6yr, avatar

@Robgbysea 😱

AlaskaWx, avatar

Percent area of the Arctic (land and sea north of 60ºN) with the annual average temperature higher than the 1951-80 baseline normal. Since 2015 effectively all of the Arctic warmer than the baseline. In a stable climate this would bounce around 50 percent with some multi-year consistency with more or less area being above/below normal. H/T @Climatologist49

rdrimmel, avatar

This year the continent of #Africa is hosting the #IAU General Assembly that takes place every 3 years, for the first time in the IAU's history. It seems only right that an African astronomer should attend this historic event, and #astronomy needs more African astronomers. If you feel the same, please consider contributing to the IAU African Astronomer Travel Fund:

20 Years of Africa Union Peace and Security Council: Leaders Reflect on Old Conflicts, Resurgence of Unconstitutional Change of Government and Terrorism Challenges - The Chanzo (

On May 25, 2024, African leaders and other stakeholders met in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, for the 20th anniversary of the African Union Peace and Security Council, chaired by President Samia Suluhu Hassan for May 2024. Among the issues that were widely discussed in the ceremony included the ongoing conflicts, resurgence of...

MarvinTheMartian, avatar

Ukraine keeps fighting! | RUssian terrorists recruit mercenaries in Africa | Ukraine Update: Day 825

Russia stops attacks in direction, continues in .

Russia recruits mercenaries in Central to be used as cannon fodder.

Operator Starsky was an officer of the National Guard of .
He partecipated in the successful defense of the Airport of in February 2022.

thejapantimes, avatar

The U.S. and Europe are trying to catch up to China’s lead in industrial policy, a rival skilled in using all the levers of government and banking to dominate global manufacturing. #asiapacific #politics #us #europe #renewables #wind #solar #energy #oil #china #electricvehicles #manufacturing

curmudgeonaf, avatar

@thejapantimes The “policy” is called authoritarianism.

Feature: Myanmar: Young insurgents changing the course of a forgotten war (

The BBC's Quentin Sommerville spent a month with revolutionary forces at jungle bases and on front lines in Myanmar....Two loudspeakers, as big as the men carrying them, are brought to the rocky hilltop. Some 800m below, in the town of Hpasang, lies a sprawling Myanmar army base....

NunavutBirder, avatar

Given we were talking about cracks in the landfast ice, here’s a small one we were figuring where to cross. Two Polar Bears had strolled along it earlier looking for seal.

NunavutBirder, avatar

@mtnmindset it is big country.

NunavutBirder, avatar

@freedom_baird Mom and yearling.

thejapantimes, avatar

South Korea, historically an underdog in the space race, launches its new space agency, KASA, to catch up with global leaders.

plink, avatar
Captain_Jack_Sparrow, avatar

@plink @palestine @israel

What about the 35000 civilian deaths #Netanyahu already caused in Gaza, all the journalists and doctors murdered by the #IDF and the deliberate starvation of Gaza - all part of Netanyahus planned genocide. Is he also calling them "tragic accidents" ?

fuck that evil piece of shit #nazinyahu and anyone who supports him.

#Rafah #Gaza
#Gazagenocide #IsraelterroristState

InternetDev, avatar

@plink @palestine @israel

Il finira par s'étrrangler de ses mensonges.

CelloMomOnCars, avatar

"On May 20th, 2024, an measuring 380 square kilometers (~147 mi2) broke off the Brunt Ice Shelf in .

The ongoing loss of Antarctic ice is one of the clearest indications of rising global temperatures and a dire warning."

bouriquet, avatar

@CelloMomOnCars How many more will break off, with apparently no one in the media noticing or reporting?
Perhaps this would get more public awareness as an alternative to sports betting, the odds in which section of the ice shelf and when it would break off could be subject to betting.
At least then the public would realize that they’re betting on their future by not doing anything about climate change.


@CelloMomOnCars Sea ice stabilizes the land ice behind it. Meaning that collapsing ice shelfs can have dramatic effects on sea level rise when the glaciers behind them mobilize themselves.

thejapantimes, avatar

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have resettled in the United Kingdom since 2021, including prominent pro-democracy activists — and China has not forgotten them. #asiapacific #crimelegal #uk #china #hongkong #espionage

NunavutBirder, avatar

Crossing a bridge at a crack in the sea ice.

One of my favourite photos.

NunavutBirder, avatar

@carolski You can see in this photo. The closer crack comes from the right, the further one comes from the left. The island of ice is almost joined at the upper right and almost at the left foreground.

carolski, avatar

@NunavutBirder Oh, I get it now!

AlaskaWx, avatar

The warmest 12-months in millennia for the Earth as a whole is right now. For the Arctic though, the warmest 12-months was in 2016, with the post-2019 years notably less hot.

I explore the "where" and "why" in the latest Alaska and Arctic Climate newsletter.


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gimulnautti, avatar

If I wanted to avoid escalation by militant Islam in the , I wouldn’t start by making a quarter million able-bodied men homeless & motherless with nothing to lose.

Edelruth, avatar


If you want to keep them violent, so that you have an ongoing excuse to keep killing them, yes you would.

Especially if you are "clearing land".


@gimulnautti surely they will get gainful employment building the soon to be Israeli occupied Gaza apartment blocks with sea views. You know, the ones that Palestinians will never be allowed to visit once built.

thejapantimes, avatar

China on Friday began a second day of joint military drills around Taiwan to test the “seizure of power” and ability to control key areas around the self-ruled island. #asiapacific #taiwan #china #pla #us #usmilitary

thejapantimes, avatar

China's targets to drastically reduce its reliance on overseas buying in line with its push for food security will be exceedingly difficult to meet, experts say.

mathieu_caron, avatar

@thejapantimes they should invade and erase ruSSia. It's the only invasion that would be acceptable and they could grow enough food.

ScienceDesk, avatar

No showers, no privacy: What it’s really like to live in Antarctica.

CNN reports on the experiences of the few thousand humans who can say that they have lived in Antarctica.

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NatureMC, avatar

@RadicalAnthro Thank you for the link - that's so fascinating!
I had to think about the global swap culture of embroidered patches for via social media ... a very ancient behaviour!

grb090423, avatar
enigma, avatar

enough ice for all Whisky on this Island from the last 200 ys 😲😉

grb090423, avatar


😆 👍

arielwaldman, avatar

Lake Bonney hut in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

My personal favorite camp on the continent. Fashioned out of a “jamesway” that was used in the Korean War. It’s a little more gritty and DIY than other camps, which gives it its charm and explains why I love it.

Inside of the jamesway with trash cans and drinking water.
Inside of a jamesway with basic tables, chairs, and kitchen supplies.

thejapantimes, avatar

China began two days of military drills “surrounding the island of Taiwan” on Thursday, state-run media reported, days after the self-ruled island’s new president was sworn into office.

thejapantimes, avatar

The youngest plaintiff in South Korea’s first youth-led climate lawsuit was only a 20-week-year embryo when he first participated. #asiapacific #crimelegal #southkorea #climatechange

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