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chinadaily.com.cn 2023-03-24 15:40


> 'Frozen Planet II' arriving this winter on BBC America

A scene from the previous BBC Planet series that include Planet Earth and Frozen Planet. The BBC has announced a slew of new natural-history shows that'll be broadcast in China. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In this follow-up to 2011’s Frozen Planet, the new six-part series called Frozen Planet II revisits the Arctic and Antarctic.

It also gives a view into the secret wildlife dramas that play out in all the world’s coldest areas, such as high mountains and frozen deserts.

It took the team over three years to make videos of Siberian tigers in Russia walking over great distances to hunt for black bears.

In China’s Wolong National Nature Reserve, the team brought to light giant pandas doing handstands to mark their scent.

While there are lighter moments, the ever-changing frozen planet is a central theme of the documentary.

Mark Brownlow, the series’ executive producer, points out that Frozen Planet II is not just about capturing nice footage, but also “[drawing] attention to changes going on now”.

The series shows the great challenges caused by climate change that many polar animals now face.

For example, pups of harp seals in the Arctic Ocean rely on sea ice for the first six weeks of life.

However, the sea ice of today melts and breaks up sooner in spring. As a result, groups of seal pups fall off the ice into the ocean before they have learned how to swim.

Meanwhile, chinstrap penguin chicks use their fur to stay warm. Due to a warming Antarctica, however, more rainy days have led to them suffering from hypothermia.


Despite this, Frozen Planet II tells us that there is still hope.

Professor Alun Hubbard is a glaciologist from Norway. He has spent over 30 years studying the movement of ice along Greenland’s coastline.

Although there has been much more ice melting there over the last 20 years, he believes that all these processes can still be turned back.

“Consume less ... think more sensibly about the journeys we take and the food we eat. Figure out a lifestyle that is sustainable,” he warns us.

> Mysterious streaks of light seen in the sky over California
美国加州夜空现神秘光点 或为日本太空垃圾


Mysterious streaks of light were seen in the sky in the Sacramento area Friday night, shocking St. Patrick’s Day revelers who then posted videos on social media of the surprising sight.

Jaime Hernandez was at the King Cong Brewing Company in Sacramento for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration when some among the group noticed the lights.
目击者海梅•埃尔南德斯当时正在萨克拉门托的King Cong 酿酒厂参加圣帕特里克节的庆祝活动,当时人群中有人注意到了这些光点。

Hernandez quickly began filming.

It was over in about 40 seconds, he said on Saturday.

The brewery owner posted Hernandez’s video to Instagram, asking if anyone could solve the mystery.

Jonathan McDowell says he can.

McDowell is an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

McDowell said Saturday in an interview with The Associated Press that he’s 99.9% confident the streaks of light were from burning space debris.

McDowell said that a Japanese communications package that relayed information from the International Space Station to a communications satellite and then back to Earth became obsolete in 2017 when the satellite was retired.

The equipment, weighing 310 kilograms, was jettisoned from the space station in 2020 because it was taking up valuable space and would burn up completely upon reentry, McDowell added.

The flaming bits of wreckage created a “spectacular light show in the sky,” McDowell said. He estimated the debris was about 40 miles high, going thousands of miles per hour.
麦克道尔介绍,这些燃烧的太空垃圾在天空中形成了 "壮观的灯光秀"。他估计这些残骸大约有40英里(64千米)高,以每小时数千英里的速度运行。

The U.S. Space Force confirmed the re-entry path over California for the Inter-Orbit Communication System, and the timing is consistent with what people saw in the sky, he added.

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