The effects of global heating are in evidence everywhere across the islands of Antarctica – from penguin colonies to melting glaciers. The Guardian’s global environment editor Jonathan Watts witnessed how conditions are changing quickly
When you stand on the wild terrain of St George’s Island in Antarctica, many of the world’s problems can feel very far away. For example, Antarctica is the only continent not to have a single case of coronavirus. But it is vulnerable to the other great global crisis: the climate emergency.
Earlier this year the Guardian’s global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, joined a scientific voyage to Antarctica, a journey taking in research on penguin colonies, glaciers and sealife. He tells Anushka Asthana that what he witnessed was both awe-inspiring and terrifying. The speed at which the climate crisis is moving is all too evident, and avoiding its worst consequences will need global cooperation on a larger scale than that working to good effect currently on the continent.