I've been painting this pair of King Penguins this week which I photographed in Antarctica a couple of years ago and some friends, Steve, Ali, Lucy and Ged who I met on the trip came across to visit at the weekend. & so it was a suprise to see the breaking of the Wilkins ice shelf on the news last night. Read more about this story at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7984054.stm
On my trip to Antarctica there were lots of lectures about the effects of global warming on the ice. What really stood out for me was the way in which the Antarctic continent controls the currents and temperature of the oceans. But on the news it is hard to separate out what is sensationalism and what is actual fact.