It has been recently said that Antarctic snowfalls have changed little in 50 years. And the reason — Antarctica and the southern hemisphere are surrounded by large oceans that take a long time to heat and therefore act as a buffer to climate change.
But, according to University of Newcastle palaeo-climatologist Dr Ian Goodwin, the effects of climate change in the Southern Hemisphere may be negligible, as we didn’t witness any dramatic changes.
Dr Ian says,
But the frightening thing I think is that we are not yet seeing the full impact of global warming in the southern hemisphere, but it’s just around the corner!
…with the lag time somewhere just around 60 years! He believes,
In all likelihood, we’re about to see in the next couple of decades a very large response to global warming in Antarctic and Southern Ocean regions.
Via: ABC News