whats up with Antarctica!

robert swan

I came to know about Robert Swan, during a discussion among a few friends. Robert Swan the founder of polar explorer, environmental leader and public speaker. He is the first person to walk on both North and South Poles. Swan has dedicated his life to the preservation of Antarctica.  Mr. Swan and team 2041 are organizing a 15 day expedition across Antarctica. 10 participants are to be selected, their learning from the expedition is expected to be implemented in their own land. Being one of the applicants, I got inquisitive on how the human effected climate change might affect Antarctica. The place that is said to be one of the purest places on earth.

The first sight that catches a persons attention in 2041.com website is the lock that is ticking in re-negotiation of moratorium on mining in Antarctica. In the year 2041 the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended.

Global change may have effects that impact directly on the Antarctic environment and its fauna and flora. Global warming for example may contribute to break-up ice-shelves causing loss of habitat for animals dependent on the ice-shelf as well as the effect of increasing sea level on low-lying regions in the rest of the world.

Increasing Ultra Violet (UV) radiation due to the ozone hole may cause changes to phytoplankton communities and could have effects up the food chain.

Antarctica is a sensitive indicator of global change. The polar ice cap holds within it a record of past atmospheres that go back tens or even hundreds of thousands of years, allowing study of the earth’s natural climate cycles against which the significance of recent changes can be judged.

According to WWF, some of the visible changes that’s happening in Antarctica is a clear proof of the purest place getting warmer. If this continues the entire southern polar food chain will be affected.

Antarctica the southern most point of the earth; the land of Penguins, Albatross and Sea birds needs to be preserved, Robert leads us by example.

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