TODAY WE SET SAIL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD / Ushuaia, Argentina

We are coming to you live form Ushuaia, Argentina - known as "World's End" - the kicking off point to Antarctica.  We have all arrived safe and sound and the Team Spirit is high.
We met Adila at the airport in tears and smiles.
We cannot thank everyone enough for their generous support and huge effort to get our Ambassador, Garrett & Adila to the bottom of the world to engage in this extraordinary place with 100 people from 30 nations.

Today we board the ship to Antarctica - The White Continent -  also known as the "world's barometer".
In five hours, we will set off through the Beagle Channel and into the notorious Drake Passage, sea sick meds in hand.

We will do our best to post updates while we are on the ship here on the Journal section of our website when we have a signal. As our Team Leaders shared with us this morning, we will have very little internet access on board, so we wanted to share the 2041 Foundation Expedition Blog link, as well as our Ship Tracker.


We are very excited to share our stories and photos upon our return on March 28th. Sending lots of love and excitement from the end of the world!


with love, Team Charleston

EXPEDITION BLOG
http://2041.com/expeditions/blog

SHIP TRACKER
http://tracking.redportglobal.com/Track

 

Countries Rush for Upper Hand in Antarctica

By SIMON ROMERO; Photographs by DANIEL BEREHULAK - December 29, 2015

By SIMON ROMERO; Photographs by DANIEL BEREHULAK - December 29, 2015

On a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia.

Less than an hour away by snowmobile, Chinese laborers have updated the Great Wall Station, a linchpin in China’s plan to operate five bases on Antarctica, complete with an indoor badminton court, domes to protect satellite stations and sleeping quarters for 150 people.

Not to be outdone, India’s futuristic new Bharathi base, built on stilts using 134 interlocking shipping containers, resembles a spaceship. Turkey and Iran have announced plans to build bases, too.

More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining.

But an array of countries are rushing to assert greater influence here, with an eye not just toward the day those protective treaties expire, but also for the strategic and commercial opportunities that exist right now.

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Charleston reveals plan to combat rising sea levels

By Doug Pardue and Tony Bartelme  - Dec 23 2015 4:54 pm

By Doug Pardue and Tony Bartelme  - Dec 23 2015 4:54 pm

Amid rain bombs and relentlessly rising seas, Charleston issued a report calling for a new campaign to fortify the city against threats caused by a warming planet.

The report was the culmination of meetings among city staffers to address sea rise and an increase in routine flooding — a process that gained more urgency when October’s torrents put large swaths of the city under water.

Called “Sea Level Rise Strategy,” the report also comes amid criticism that the city ignored the long-term effects of sea rise. It plugs a gaping hole in the city’s Century V plan, which describes the city’s vision for this century but fails to mention sea rise once.

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A 'Scorcher': 2015 Shatters Record As Warmest Year, NASA And NOAA Say

by Bill Chappell - Published January 20, 201611:10 AM ET

by Bill Chappell - Published January 20, 201611:10 AM ET

It's not rare for a year to break record temperatures. But it's now happened two years in a row — and 2015 was "very, very clearly the warmest year by a long chalk," says Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

NASA is presenting the annual review of global average temperatures in conjunction with NOAA, which says that not only did 2015 finish as the warmest year on record, but it did so by the widest margin ever — nearly a third of 1 degree Fahrenheit warmer than 2014's average.

In 2015, the average temperature on land and ocean surfaces around the world was "1.62° F (0.90° C) above the 20th century average," according to NOAA.

That makes 2015 the hottest since instrument records began being kept in 1880, beating the record set in 2014 by 0.29° F (0.16° C).

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