In news out of Antarctica, global warming is going to ...
No. That is not the news that interests me today. Rather, a local news item about withdrawal of Catholic priests from US Antarctic bases makes the point that this is due to "a decline in church-going".
There have, of course, been signs for a while now that church going in the States is in decline. And there are certainly many signs of social change in the States which bear witness to a dramatic loss of influence by the churches on the citadels of power.
But here, 'Down Under' in the stretched version of the term, stretched all the way to the South Pole, we have an intriguing consequential sign of that decline.