Posted by Exile on July 19, 2008
As if the usual insomnia wasn’t enough. Now I no longer lie awake at night wondering how I am going to pay for both food and petrol, or how I am going to get something done about my overgrown garden, I have discovered another worry factor that will absolutely keep me up for weeks. This is terrible. I am derelict in my contemplation of the awful consequences of this new threat to both myself and my dear ones. Read all about it here, from the Timesonline:
A new global warming threat to the fragile marine ecosystems of Antarctica has been identified, with the discovery that an increasing number of icebergs are tearing up the sea floor and destroying any life in their way.
The shallow habitats of species such as giant sea spiders, Antarctic worms, sea urchins and corals are facing a growing risk from icebergs, according to research that shows more bergs are floating freely in coastal waters as temperatures rise.
A new global warming threat! Doubtlessly, man made and unstoppable. Armageddon is upon us. What is one to do? What will become of us all? Not to mention the giant sea spiders. I thought that the growing crime rate, the destruction of western culture, unchecked immigration, rising food prices and the depletion of our (ever so important) oil reserves and so on were bad enough, but the thought of all those poor sea urchins and submarine worms getting squished to bits by free roving malignant icebergs is just too much to bear. And the rising temperatures? Well, I don’t know. I am crushed. This will change my outlook on life.
Iceberg scour is a natural phenomenon, and while it is destructive on a local level it often adds to broader biodiversity by clearing spaces for new life to populate. Scientists, however, are concerned that a substantial increase in the rate of scouring could have unpredictable consequences, creating swaths of shallow water in which organisms with longer life-cycles cannot become established. “The whole balance of the ecosystem could be affected, with consequences that are very difficult to predict,” said Dan Smale, who led the study.
Oh, well. There you go. A natural phenomenon. Adds to broader biodiversity. Difficult to predict.
Do I detect a little panic mongering in the article? Or should that be fund raising?
The research project had been running for five years. It is now over. What are these eco scientists going to do now? A new project must be created. They have it already.
“The focus of research has all been on rising temperatures, but what has been overlooked is that it isn’t just warming of the water that changes the structure of the ecosystem. The distribution of species is likely to be just as important, and that is going to be affected by iceberg scour.”
Aha. I thought so. Perhaps I don’t need to lie bathed in sweat every night for weeks after all. I wonder just how long it will take for them to ascertain and document the “effects of man made global warming on the distribution of species coupled with iceberg scouring in the Antarctic”? Which is as they mentioned, a natural phenomenon. Shall we estimate another five years? Yeah, that should do it.
And I wonder, just how much “green stuff” that will cost us taxpayers? And just how is it supposed to affect me? Other than footing the bill for another pointless and unnecessary eco-idiotic project? It won’t.
In closing, I have to mention this last piece of information to be found in the article over at the Times:
The research, published in the journal Science , has been dedicated to Kirsty Brown, who died in 2003 while conducting fieldwork at the BAS’s Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. Ms Brown, 28, who drowned when she was attacked by a leopard seal while snorkling.
She was probably distracted by one of those giant sea spiders. They scare the hell out of me!