Monday, 18 February 2008

Changing Climate and King Crabs In Antarctica

Two items of news in the last week have once again highlighted how our climate is changing due to global warming.

February 2008 has so far seen much milder day temperatures in the UK than is normal for the time of year. Newspapers have carried stories referring to "hottest February 12 ever" with the Met Office officially confirming that the temperature recorded in Trawsgoed Wales was 18.2 °C - around double what it would normally be. Indeed, this winter in the UK has had hardly any prolonged cold spells and according to the Met Office's Head of Climate Change, Derrick Ryall, we can expect the same each winter from now on.

The earth’s oceans too are warming up and this week concerns have been raised about how the whole ecosystem of Antarctica could be under threat because of this. Apparently, king crabs are poised to invade the shallower waters of the area as they become less cold and if this happens then the soft-bodied and thin-shelled creatures that have lived there for millions of years could be at risk.

Evidence of global warming and the threat it poses not only to our lives but to the earth as a whole seems to be around every corner. The need for us all to act more responsibly in the everyday choices we make is crucial. That’s why it’s heart-warming to know that many people in Britain have resolved this year to ‘become greener’ and improve their lifestyle as reported in a recent Sky Real Lives Survey - see our recent blog posting “New Year Resolution For A Better Lifestyle: Artificial Grass”.