Welsh connection: Bangor University, Sir John Houghton on Arctic sea ice

October 4, 2007 at 6:32 am | Posted in Arctic, Bangor University, Climate change, Houghton, Sea ice, Wales | Leave a comment

Warmer sea ‘slows new Arctic ice’

Good for BBC News for Wales!

Welsh local news draws attention to this, because of the involvement of Dr Tom Rippeth, Dr Phil Wiles, and Ben Powell, originally from Cefn Mawr near Wrexham. All three oceanographers are now with Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences and are part of a multinational team from the UK, USA, Canada and Russia that is measuring water turbulence in the seas off Siberia.

icWales covers the same story, ending with a comment from a famous Welshman from Aberdyfi, who urges action to combat climate change, including EU technological help for carbon capture and storage (as he has said many times before):

Shrinking ice ‘locked into spiral of decline’

Oct 4 2007

by Darren Devine, Western Mail

… Sir John Houghton, a former chair of the United Nations inter-Governmental panel on climate change, said NSIDC’s data, proves urgent action is needed to halt the effects of global warming.Sir John, from Aberdyfi, said, “The polar ice caps are certainly melting faster than they have done in recent history or for a long time.

“It fits in with what we expected to happen whereby the northern regions of the earth will warm up more than the tropics.”

Dr Houghton, a former head of the Met Office, said it’s possible that over centuries the effects of global warming could be reversed, but international policy changes are needed.

“We must stop burning fossil fuels and putting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

“The European Union is working with the Chinese energy industry on building a coal-fired power station with carbon capture and storage.

“The Chinese and the US have lots of cheap coal and they want to use it so we must help them add this technology on to it.”


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