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The steep rise in temperature in Antarctica poses grave risk to the existence of its fauna. Photo: © Maria Stenzel/Corbis

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Climate Alarm in Antarctica

In a shocking development, eastern Antarctica has recorded temperatures 70 degrees Fahrenheit over the normal limit. Generally, at this time of the year, the normal temperature is in the minus 50 to minus 60 range in the icy polar continent. However, in what is a massive heat, Antarctica has recorded temperatures between 0 and 10 degrees. With temperatures warming up all over the world in the past decade, calamitous warming had been predicted earlier by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre. In February this year, the drop in sea ice in Antarctica broke the 2017 record for the previous lowest.

 

 

Pandemic Curbs to be Lifted in India

Marking two years of the nationwide containment measures on outdoor activity, the Home Ministry has decided to do away with all curbs, starting April 1. However, social distancing and masking up in public will continue until further communication. The daily case graph in India has been exhibiting a downward trend in the past few months after a brief spike in cases following the Omicron wave. The country’s active caseload is under 24,000 and the positivity rate is at 0.28%.

 

India’s First Snow Marathon to be Hosted in Lahaul

Winter marathons attract great crowds all over the world, and now India has its own version of the adventure offering. The country’s first snow marathon, organised jointly by Reach India Foundation and the Lahaul and Spiti administration, will be held on March 26. The snow marathon will have four categories—42km, 21km, 10km and 5km. There’s also a one-kilometre Joy Run open to all. More details on the event website.

 

Deltacron on the Rise in the U. S. and the U. K.?

After a reasonably slow spread of the contagion thanks to the amping up of vaccination programmes all over the world, the latest strain of the COVID-19 virus, called the BA.2 subvariant, has been on the rise in the U. S. and the U. K., according to reports. This new variant, also being referred to as the Deltacron, formed by a union of the Delta and Omicron variants. As countries continue to open up and drop a major chunk of their domestic and international travel restrictions, it remains to be seen how concerning a BA.2 wave will be.

 

Srinagar’s Tulip Garden Opens to Visitors

Asia’s largest tulip garden in Jammu & Kashmir’s capital Srinagar, has opened its gates again for the Tulip Festival. The opening is a major draw in the spring season for tourists and residents alike. The garden is said to host over a million tulips, nurtured by over fifty gardeners over months, with the picturesque Zabarwan mountains in the backdrop.

 

 

Also Read | A Guide to Delhi’s Own Festival of Colours

 

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  • Prannay Pathak dreams about living out of a suitcase and retiring to the island of Hamneskär to watch films in solitary confinement. He is Assistant Editor (Digital) at National Geographic Traveller India.

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