Antarctica

EarthFix

New research from the University of Washington provides detailed predictions for the collapse of the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica. When that glacier melts, it could trigger even more extreme sea level rise than scientists previously thought. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

If the icy blast of polar air that's descended upon much of the U.S. over the last couple of days has you reaching for the cookie jar for comfort — and ready to give up on those New Year's resolutions — then seriously? It's time to toughen up. Just think: At least you're not in the Antarctic.

Jynne Martin is a poet who recently served as Antarctica's writer in residence.

If like many East Coasters, you had a miserable commute today through the blinding snow, just remember that it could be worse. You could've been one of the 74 passengers and crew aboard the ship trapped in Antarctica sea ice on Christmas Eve, who waited a week to be rescued, then got stuck again, enduring high winds, freezing cold, and what must have been a painful number of Crazy Eights games.

Conductors on Vacation

Feb 21, 2012

A Northwest Public Radio listener, Dave Ostrom, had a David Letterman-like "Brush with Greatness" while on a boat trip to Antarctica.  Zubin Mehta, Music Director for Life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and his wife were also on the boat.   She had convinced him to bring his concert tails and to wear then while walking out into a group of king penguins numbering well over 100,000.  At one point he made a comment about another conductor conduc