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PAN report: Global Warming Images owner on his latest photo expedition to the Antarctic

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A Chinstrap Penguin that was probably attacked by a Leopard Seal, and escaped.

Global Warming Images photo agency owner photographer Ashley Cooper has updated PAN this week on his latest Antarctic expedition – in a week the Antarctica recorded its highest ever temperature, 18.3 degrees celsius, T shirt weather in Antarctica and a deeply worrying sign on a rapidly changing climate.

• Ashley Cooper has spent the last 16 years documenting the impacts of climate change and the rise of renewable energy on every continent on the planet, the only living photographer to have done so.

Ashley has just returned from seven weeks working in the Antarctic, his third trip down to the world’s coldest and driest continent. He has returned with some spectacular imagery of the regions iconic wildlife, the scenery, Antarctic tourism, and old Antarctic science bases. As expected most of Ashley’s time was spent documenting the impacts of climate change, as the Antarctic peninsular is one of the most rapidly warming areas of the planet. There were two key sites that Cooper wanted to document. The first, A86, the world’s largest iceberg, and the largest moving object on the planet. The berg broke off the Larson C ice shelf in the Weddell Sea, three years ago, and is now drifting northwards. It is 160 Km long and weighs 1 trillion tonnes, a very obvious sign of the climate emergency playing out in Antarctica. Much further South, on the western side of the peninsular was the second site, in Lallemand Fjord. As Cooper says “We had to push to below the polar circle to reach the fjord. It was home to the Muller ice shelf, which disintegrated and broke up entirely several years ago, due to climate change. As the area had recently been covered by an ice shelf, the boat was operating in completely uncharted waters, which was both exciting and a little nerve racking”.

Until recently this section of the Lallemand Fjord was underneath the Muller ice shelf. It disintegrated completely a few years ago due to rapidly warming temperatures and is now open ocean.
A ytoung Elephant Seal playing with flags placed to mark a path for tourists, Elephant Point, Antarctica.
Icebergs off the Antarctic peninsular.
The Ocean Noca, pulls up alongside A86, the largest iceberg in the world. It broke off the Larson C ice shelf and is now floating northwards. It is 160Km long and weights 1 trillion tonnes. Climate change is causing rapid breakdown on Antarctic ice shelves.
Station W on Detaille Island off the Antarctic Perninsular was abandoned by the British in the late 1950’s and is now a time capsule of working life in the Antarctic.


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