Climate Change Is Making Winter Ice More Dangerous

A new study has found that cold-weather drownings are increasing sharply in warmer parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

#canada, #drownings, #environment, #global-warming, #ice, #ice-fishing, #japan, #plos-one-journal, #research, #united-states, #winter-season

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Iceberg Headed for Sub-Antarctic Island Could Threaten Wildlife

The iceberg, known as A68a, broke apart from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and has been drifting ever since.

#animal-behavior, #antarctic-regions, #british-antarctic-survey, #ice, #iceberg-a68a, #icebergs, #penguins, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #south-georgia-island, #southern-ocean

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Oklahoma Ice Storms Leave Thousands Without Power on Eve of Early Voting

Tree limbs are breaking under the weight of an unseasonable ice storm, downing power lines and cutting off electricity to nearly 375,000 households and businesses across the state.

#ice, #oge-energy-corporation, #oklahoma, #oklahoma-city-okla, #power-failures-and-blackouts

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There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Once Thought

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

#ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nature-astronomy-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #water

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Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival

Rising temperatures and melting glaciers have changed key aspects of the age-old Peruvian festival of Qoyllur Rit’i. Still, the celebrations persist.

#andes-mountains, #cuzco-peru, #glaciers, #global-warming, #ice, #incas, #peru, #roman-catholic-church, #travel-and-vacations

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Melting Ice Reveals Mummified Penguins in Antarctica

Birds that appeared “freshly dead” near an Italian research base turned out to be centuries old.

#antarctic-regions, #emslie-steven, #geology-journal, #ice, #mummies-and-mummification, #penguins, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Arctic Sea Ice Reaches a Low, Just Missing Record

Only 2012 had less sea ice coverage, scientists say, as climate change takes its toll in the region.

#arctic-ocean, #arctic-regions, #global-warming, #ice, #national-snow-and-ice-data-center, #oceans-and-seas

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How to Ship a Vaccine at –80°C, and Other Obstacles in the Covid Fight

Developing an effective vaccine is the first step. Then comes the question of how to deliver hundreds of millions of doses that may need to be kept at arctic temperatures.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #carbon-dioxide, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #corning-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fedex-corporation, #ice, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #shortages, #united-parcel-service-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Loss of Greenland Ice Sheet Reached a Record Last Year

The ice loss in 2019 was more than twice the annual average since 2003, scientists said.

#communications-and-environment-journal, #global-warming, #greenland, #ice

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Trump admin caves to Harvard and MIT, won’t deport online-only students

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The Trump administration has rescinded a controversial policy that could have forced the deportation of foreign students who attend colleges that aren’t offering in-person classes during the coronavirus pandemic.

As we reported last week, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the Trump administration to block the policy issued by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Under the policy change announced July 6, foreign students with nonimmigrant (F-1 and M-1) visas would have had to leave the United States or transfer to different schools that offer in-person classes.

But US officials agreed to rescind the new policy in a settlement with Harvard and MIT, as revealed today at a hearing on the case at US District Court for the District of Massachusetts. “At a short hearing Tuesday afternoon, US District Judge Allison Burroughs confirmed that a settlement had been reached,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “She said the government would rescind the policy, withdraw an FAQ detailing the rule and return to the status quo of guidance issued in the spring.”

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#harvard, #ice, #mit, #policy, #student-visas, #trump-administration

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The Best Drinks in Life Are Frozen

Slushy, boozy cocktails are perfect year-round. You may not even need to pull out a blender.

#alcoholic-beverages, #cocktails-and-mixed-drinks, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #ice

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Harvard, MIT sue Trump admin to block deportation of online-only students

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Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology today sued the Trump administration to block an action that forces foreign students with nonimmigrant visas to leave the United States or transfer to different schools that offer in-person classes. The schools’ complaint, filed in US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, asks for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction preventing the administration from enforcing the new policy issued by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In the complaint, Harvard and MIT said:

By all appearances, ICE’s decision reflects an effort by the federal government to force universities to reopen in-person classes, which would require housing students in densely packed residential halls, notwithstanding the universities’ judgment that it is neither safe nor educationally advisable to do so, and to force such a reopening when neither the students nor the universities have sufficient time to react to or address the additional risks to the health and safety of their communities. The effect—and perhaps even the goal—is to create as much chaos for universities and international students as possible.

The ICE policy will be especially problematic for Harvard and MIT students from certain countries, such as “Syria, where civil war and an ongoing humanitarian crisis make Internet access and study all but impossible,” the lawsuit said. “Others come from Ethiopia, where the government has a practice of suspending all Internet access for extended periods, including presently, starting on June 30, 2020.”

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#f-1-visas, #harvard, #ice, #mit, #policy, #trump-administration

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Historic Arctic Heat Wave Roasts Siberia

Wildfires are spreading. The mosquitoes are ravenous. People are shielding their windows from the midnight sun with foil and blankets.

#ice, #oceans-and-seas, #russia, #siberia, #temperature, #wildfires

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The Iciest Waters Around Antarctica Are Less Icy

An unusual combination of events caused the Weddell Sea to lose more sea ice than in recent years.

#antarctic-regions, #british-antarctic-survey, #environment, #geophysical-research-letters-journal, #global-warming, #ice

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Antarctica vs. Science

For researchers using delicate, one-of-a-kind equipment, the extreme conditions at the bottom of the planet pose special challenges.

#accidents-and-safety, #antarctic-regions, #engineering-and-engineers, #ice, #meteors-and-meteorites, #research, #science-and-technology, #south-pole, #your-feed-science

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Reisende aus Zug geholt – Corona-Angst im ICE

Reisende aus Zug geholt: Corona-Angst im ICE! Aufregung im IC 2406 von Köln nach Hamburg! Zugbegleiter bemerkten plötzlich eine Reisende mit Corona-Symptomen.
Foto: Sebastian Peters

#coronavirus, #deutsche-bahn, #hamburg, #hamburg-regional-news, #ice, #mers-coronavirus, #viren

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