Anorak News | Beyond Parody: Climate Scientists Trapped In Antarctic Ice

Beyond Parody: Climate Scientists Trapped In Antarctic Ice

by | 30th, December 2013

Akademik Shokalskiy

YOU might laugh. The team who headed to Antarcticato seek out evidence of global warming have become at one with the scenery:

Professor Turney and his UNSW colleague Professor Chris Fogwill are leading a team of 60 scientists, including meteorologists, marine ecologists, oceanographers, ice-core and tree-ring specialists. The research stakes are high because the Antarctic is one of the great engines of the world’s oceans, winds and weather, especially in Australia.

Prof. Turney is the Professor of Climate Change at the University of University of New South Wales. He and his colleagues have become stuck in the ice. Why is the Akademik Shokalskiy not moving?

Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up.

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Rescue efforts are being hampered by the ice.

“The southern hemisphere westerly winds encircle Antarctica and over the last 20 or 30 years or so they’ve been pushing further south,” Professor Turney said. “It’s almost like Antarctica is withdrawing itself from the rest of the world.”

The retreating organism feeds on scientists…

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