I should be doing something else -- either reading through some the letters and notes of long-dead botanist Alice Eastwood or walking through the woods with the very-much-alive forester Peter Ehrlich, and yet here I am, looking at the news of Antarctica.
First of all, the U.S. is asking for large ships to be banned from bringing in hordes of tourists. Halleluja! Too many people go to the same tiny lip of sand each season and this cannot be a good thing. Stay home, buy Stuart Klipper's, Gretchen Legler's, Frank Worsley's, and my book -- and read your way into that wilderness. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/18/2546434.htm
Secondly, word comes that East Antarctica's ice is expanding. Strange contradiction to the grim news over in the peninsula, where the Wilkins Ice Shelf collapsed into the sea recently. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/04/07/2536755.htm
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