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June 23, 2009 |
Edith "Jackie" Ronne, 89, who became the first U.S. woman to set foot on Antarctica when she accompanied her explorer husband there in 1947, died June 14 of cancer and Alzheimer's disease at a Bethesda, Md., nursing home. She was 89. Ronne had never planned to leave her native Maryland, much less go to Antarctica.
February 25, 2009 |
A NASA satellite designed to measure greenhouse gas emissions and pinpoint global warming dangers crashed Tuesday after a protective covering failed to separate from the craft shortly after launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The loss of the $278-million satellite came as a severe blow to NASA's climate monitoring efforts, as well as the builder of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Va.
February 10, 2009 |
A group of militant conservationists embroiled in clashes with Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean have decided to end their campaign for the season, the group's leader said today. The risk had become too great that someone would be seriously injured in the increasingly contentious run-ins on the remote and icy waters, Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ship, said by satellite phone. The ship Steve Irwin left for the southern Australian state of Tasmania.
January 24, 2009 |
Scientists have long believed that Antarctica has been bucking the global warming trend, but that is not the case, new research shows. East Antarctica, as assorted studies have shown, has been cooling recently, but the remainder of the continent is warming at a rate that offsets the cooling, according to satellite and ground data.