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The Cause of Global Warming Identified

Tourists flooding to Antarctica blamed for global warming - Telegraph

The visitors to the snow-covered landmass are endangering not just the Antarctic region by their actions, but also the rest of the world...

Of course scientists and politicians visiting don't. Do most of these cruises visit the Peninsula which is the bit that is warming?

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Excuse me?

Forty thousand tourists are endangering the world? Forty thousand? The rough equivalent of the population of Bexhill-on-Sea threatens the globe?

I'll agree that, concentrated in one location in Antarctica, they might affect the immediate area like Londoners descending on Ventnor for the weekend, but the whole damned world?

Are the climate boffins determined to make themselves appear thoroughly insane?

(Presumably then, our northern territory of Nunavut here in The Thuggish Petro-State Formerly Known As Canada, with a permanent population of just under 30,000 and an area of 1.9 million square kilometres, must represent an Armageddon-inducing nightmare for Mother Earth.)

Excuse me?

Forty thousand tourists are endangering the world? Forty thousand? The rough equivalent of the population of Bexhill-on-Sea threatens the globe?

I'll agree that, concentrated in one location in Antarctica, they might affect the immediate area like Londoners descending on Ventnor for the weekend, but the whole damned world?

Are the climate boffins determined to make themselves appear thoroughly insane?

(Presumably then, our northern territory of Nunavut here in The Thuggish Petro-State Formerly Known As Canada, with a permanent population of just under 30,000 and an area of 1.9 million square kilometres, must represent an Armageddon-inducing nightmare for Mother Earth.)

Oops! Sorry, posted twice due to laptop OFFP*.

* Operator Fat-Finger Problems

I just did a little maths on this.

According to Wikipedia there are 1,000 scientists resident in Antarctica the whole year round and another 4,000 who only spend the summer there. If we assume that the summer reseacrh season down south lasts about 122 days this means the scientific community spends 853,000 man days proding penguins and looking at snow.

A quick Google seems to show that most Antarctic cruises last between 10 and 21 days port to port. If we accept that the travel time probably occupies between 6 and 10 days this means that people spend about a week "on the ice". 40,000 people times 7 days gives us 280,000 man days. Hell! Even if we double the number of tourists the human impact is still less than that of the scientists living there semi-permenantly.

What's more, while they may tramp about a bit, the tourists undoubtedly eat, crap and dump their garbage back aboard ship where it stays until they return to more normal latitudes. What happens to all the crap etc generated by the penguin botherers?

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