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With Penguin Offset, you can calulate your share of the CO2 greenhouse emissions from the
planes & ships in your Antarctic holiday and then offset these emissions so that your
trip to Antarctic is carbon neutral.

Climate Change in Antarctica

Listen to Eric Rignot - Professor of Earth system science at the University of California's - elevator pitch on climate change in Antarctica >>


2 minutes 22 seconds
New scientific research shows that each tonne of CO2 added to the atmosphere by human activities produces enough warming to melt 3 square meters (32 square feet) of polar summer ice.

Observed Arctic sea-ice loss directly follows anthropogenic CO2 emission.
by Dirk Notz and Julienne Stoeve.

The research refers to the northern polar regions (not the Antarctic, but the principle is the same) this science paper suggests that every tonne of CO2 that humans add to the atmosphere has a warming impact enough to melt 3 square meters of summer polar ice.

Thus, the 10-15 tonnes of CO2 emissions from an average Antarctic cruise will melt about 3045 square meters of polar ice...

That's about as much ice as shown in the picture, below.

Graph showing relationship between human greenhouse emissions and Arctic summer sea ice area. If we keep burning fossil fuels, one day, there will be no sea ice left.

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An Antactic cruise can have the equivalent global warming impact to melt this much polar ice.

 

Climate Change and the Antarctic

Scientists predicted that CO2 emissions will melt the West Antarctic Ice Sheets and rise sea levels by over five meters in 1978 !!!

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The 'Holy Shit Moment' of a World Leading Climate Scientist
Interview with Antarctic scientist Eric Rignot.

2 minutes 12 seconds

"This glacier is retreating extremely fast and this is not part of the natural cycle... It's like changing the limit on the freeway from 55 miles an hour to 550 miles an hour."

"Pine Island, Thwaites and its neighbours contain about 1 meter sea level rise. If that whole sector goes down to sea, it will entrain the retreat of the rest of West Antarctica. We're talking about 3 to 5 metres sea level rise."

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Antarctica penguins and climate change.
Anthropogenic climate change is making things hard for the penguins.

3 minutes 33 seconds

"Antarctica contains about 90 percent of the world's freshwater but its all in the form of ice. This freshwater is going to be melting and adding to the ocean. The ocean sea level's is going to be rising. So while the penguins are coping with these changes, humans are also going to have to be coping with the very same changes."

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I am Ice by Liam Neeson
Nature is Speaking


1 minute

I am ice. I move slowly. I keep the world cool. Well, I used to.

But humans keep warming this planet.

I try to warn you. I send pieces of me thundering into the ocean. You do nothing.

I raise sea levels. You do nothing.

It has taken you decades to notice. Perhaps I'm not so slow afterall.

 

Contemporary science papers on Antarctic Climate Change

Antarctic and Climate Change

 

British Antarctic Survey

2009

Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Update

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

2014

Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment Update

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

2015

Potential for Southern Hemisphere Climate Surprises

Journal of Quartenary Science

2015

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Climate Change in Antarctica - Understanding the Facts
by the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators

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Unusual Rain and Foreign Species
Effects of Climate Change More Evident in Antarctica 2009

3 minutes 54 seconds

"It's raining almost every day and ten years or twenty years ago, it never rained here."

"In the Antarctic Peninsula during the last fifty years we estimate that the annual mean temperautre inceased by 2 or 3 degrees so it is a very huge increase in temperature in comparison with what happened in the past."

"A big chunk of ice just disappears in the water in a couple of weeks, it's not there any longer. That is not normal, that didn't happen before. So it means that just half a degree of temperature change leads to big change."

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The White Continent: Climate Change and Antarctica
Introduction to the Source Media Documentary 2011

4 minutes 48 seconds

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James Balog documents climate change in the Antarctic

8 minutes 27 seconds

"Many years ago I thought that it was basically impossible for humans to alter the basic physics and chemisty of the planet. It just never occured to me that that was a concieveable thing for Homo sapiens to do. And once I understood the evidence in the ice and the other parts of the Earth system, I realised that my belief system was wrong. The evidence was saying that the climate was changing, and that I had to change my belief system along with that."

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The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning
Documentary by Al Gore 2009

52 minutes

"To see greenery in a place that has always been considered a desert its very exciting to see new life growing in places where it has never been previously."

 

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Krill

Krill are vulnerable to anthropogenic CO2 becuase about half of what is emitted is absorbed in the ocean. CO2 plus H20 makes carbonic acid and the oceans are becoming acidified. For creatures that make their shells out of calcium carbonate - like the krill - this spells bad news.

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Map of temperature changes in the Antarctic

 

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