Monday, January 15, 2007

More on global warming from Antarctica

I told you awhile ago about a group of guys who are determined to ski to the Pole of Inaccessibility, which is the true South Pole. I've been getting regular email updates of their progress, which they are filing almost every day.

If you haven't been following their daily posts, they're moving right along, more or less on schedule. They're now on Day 41, they've gone 1,350 km and they've got another 357 km to go.

In their latest post, they're stuck again, since the wind that they depend on to fill their kites (that pull them and their sleds along) isn't cooperating. So they've put together a list of 10 reasons why they think global warming is a reality. Coming from some people who are currently in one of the most remote areas of the world, it's an interesting list, given how plugged in they are to what's going on around them.

They even mention the weather here in Victoria! (Although they say we're in Eastern Canada, not the West Coast).

Here are the top four reasons:

1. It is 36°C in our tent and -25°C outside. That proves there is NO Ozone layer down here. Piz Buin need to set up stalls all over the place.

2. For the first time ever in Paul's mothers life there has been no snow in Ottawa. She is 78 years old and says it is so warm she feels like she should be planting her garden.

3. Victor Serov from ALCI (our logistics support out here) had no snow for Christmas at his cabin north of St Petersberg. Another first.

4. Sydney recorded its coldest winter on record.

Check out the post to see the entire list.

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