While visiting the U.S. Antarctic Program’s South Pole station, the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Office of Inspector General investigators found “large quantities of bottled beer stored under a desk and in the refrigerator in the science lab” which violates the program’s policy against having alcohol in work centers. Investigators were also told by a “subcontractor employee that a researcher was brewing the beer at the station” which is, unsurprisingly, also against Antarctic Program policies, according to a recent report by the IG’s office.
Sea ice extent in Antarctica last month set a new record high for the month of May, according to data from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). NSIDC data shows average sea ice extent around Antarctica reached 12.10 million sq. km. in May – some 12 per cent above the long term average for the period from 1981 to 2010 of 10.79 million sq.km. May sea ice extent in Antarctica is growing at a rate of 2.9 per cent per decade, according to NSIDC data. --Reporting Climate Science, 3 June 2015
Dr. Andrew Shepherd, an IPCC author who works at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, said the UOB study used calculations that appeared to have overlooked shifts in snowfall, noting that the "new estimates of ice loss computed (from the thinning of the ice) are far too high, because the glaciers in this sector just haven't speeded up that much."
Geologist: 'Put simply, the planet has not warmed for nearly 19 years, the Antarctic ice sheet has grown for the last 35 years (when satellite record keeping began), only selective Antarctic glaciers atop known active geological systems have melted, the Arctic ice sheet melt of 2001-2007 was related to deep-ocean volcanic eruptions, and NASA has failed to acknowledge the proven existence of Antarctica's vast geothermal heat flow.'
'If Antarctic ice continues to grow, the trickle of refugees may become a stampede, as Antarctic climate scientists, some of whom have been there for years, are forced to leave their traditional habitats.'