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Elephant Seals and Ozone


Antarctica protected from global warming by hole in ozone layer - Scotsman.com News

A HUGE hole in the ozone layer has protected Antarctica from the impacts of global warming, according to scientists.
The temperature across Antarctica has not risen over the past 30 years and there has been a 10 per cent increase in the amount of sea ice appearing during winter.
Climate change sceptics regularly cite the lack of warming in Antarctica as evidence global warming is not happening.
However, researchers have now explained the phenomenon – they believe that a hole in the ozone layer above the continent has altered weather patterns and temperatures...

Sea level rise will double due to melting of Antarctica - Telegraph

...new information from satellites, ice cores and innovative studies, including putting temperature gauges on elephant seals, have allowed scientists to model the effects of warming on the Antarctic.
In the long term Antarctica will become more "green" as temperatures rise and mosses and grasses grow and it may even become more suitable for human habitation.

Comments

Whatever next. I thought we had gone to a great deal of trouble and expense to eliminate CFC's that were causing holes in the ozone layer. It now appears they appear 'naturally' and reduce temperatures in the antarctic.

Perhaps if we had more holes in the ozone layer we could get temperatures down and reduce global warming.

Can I have a grant please to produce fridges using CFCs?

I am now waiting for the Swedish report into forests in Scaninavia that informs us that trees are dying because they no longer have enough acid rain to sustain them.

Erm, these temperature guages fitted to elephant seals? That's all very interesting, but I'm more interested in learning how they taught the seals to read thermometers?

More seriously, on the assumption the seals can't read thermometers and the guages record data to be collected later, do they also collect other data? Insignificant stuff like where the seal was when it was gathered, what time of day, how deep under the sea, that sort of thing.

I only ask because if I walked into the geology office and said "I've been wandering round the site for a week carrying an unobtainium meter and it says we've got 100 pennyweights of unobtainium per bushel," the first thing any ensible geologist is going to ask is: "Where the phuque were you?"

It would make a big difference to their excitment levels if I I could tell them I'd spent the week wandering around the veld rather than rolling in the mud next to the final product dispatch.

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