James borrell is a conservation scientist and science communicator, with a particular interest in how species adapt to changing climate.

Do You Believe In Global Warming?


Climate Change

The big ‘climate change debate’ is not something I normally get involved in. At school, it’s best to ignore bullies, and in science I think it might be the best approach too. Fortunately there seems to be more and more scientifically literate people in positions of political power (maybe except Australia recently?). And so the global response to climate change is gathering pace.

At least, that’s my optimistic perspective on the whole situation, whether it’s realistic or not.

With this in mind, it was enlightening to visit Svalbard last month, the canary in the coal mine, and see first hand the environment that is perhaps most vulnerable to climate change: The High Arctic.

This was the view as we flew in over Spitsbergen towards Longyearbyen, with mile upon mile of glaciers and mountains draped in snow.

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