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Antarctica cracks up

July 1, 2008
Posted in Green News

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This amazing video clip from the BBC was taken from an aircraft flying over the Wilkins Ice Shelf in the Antarctic Peninsula earlier this year. The ice shelf is beginning to disintegrate.

Scientists say this is another indication of the effects of climate change on the Antarctic which has experienced unprecedented warming over the past 50 years.

Satellite images show that the Wilkins Ice Shelf began to collapse on February 28 this year. A huge 41 by 2.5 km iceberg, described as the size of the Isle of Man, broke away. This is not the first ice shelf to break up in the Antartica, six have already collapsed completely (Prince Gustav Channel, Larsen Inlet, Larsen A, Larsen B, Wordie, Muller and the Jones Ice Shelf), according to the British Antarctic Survey website.

If you want to learn more about what’s happened in the Antarctic download Google Earth and play with the interactive animation available on the British Antarctic Survey’s site which shows the retreat of Antarctic ice shelves over time.

Beer made from melting ice caps

February 24, 2008
Posted in Food

Greenland icebergWe all know Greenland’s ice cap is melting and, as it covers an area of about 1,6-million square kilometres and is about 3,000 metres thick, if it all melted, the world’s sea levels could rise by as much as six metres. But Greenland Brewhouse seems to be making the best of the situation, by making beer with the pristine icecap water – it’s guaranteed to be at least 2,000 years old and free of pollutants.

Greenland Brewhouse brown aleThe company stresses that it only uses ice from icebergs, which have already broken off the main inland ice and are floating in the fjords, so they would have melted anyway. “We are very much aware of the global warming, and it is very important to us not to destroy or use the unique inland ice,” the brewery’s website says.

The beer is brewed by hand in a microbrewery in Narsaq, a town in southern Greenland. The small icebergs are said to be specially selected by local fishermen, who tow them to the brewery.

The brewery company was founded in December 2004 and produced its first beer in 2006. It makes two kinds of beer: brown ale, which was originally made by the Vikings, and pale ale, which originates in Britain. Unfortunately, it seems the beer is only available in Denmark.