Challenging Habitat Blog

What? Not enough CO2 ?

There is too much CO2 in the atmosphere. There appears to be not enough CO2 in industry, at the moment. Perhaps the question how to get the suppliers of CO2 back into production, so that carbonated beverages and… Read More

Neo-Astronauts

Really? There is a discussion out there whether some billionaire or other can call themselves an astronaut after getting to the edge of space (or a smidgen beyond) in their own craft. The world is burning. The world… Read More

More Antarctic Science!

The Antarctic Quest 21 expedition is gathering momentum in more than one way: scientific and expedition equipment is being accumulated transport logistics are being arranged the crowd funding effort has exceeded the initial target of £30,000 and new… Read More

How much effort goes into scientific models?

If you want to get an impression of how much work is behind those modelling results we are seeing on the news most days? I’ve started to narrate some of the most recent peer-reviewed publications of the scientists… Read More

Want to reduce uncertainty? Read on…

We all know that life is full of uncertainty and most of the time, we don’t notice it too much, let alone worry about it. We’re used to it.

Antarctic Peninsula Expedition

See and hear what it takes to get scientific data from the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctic Quest 21 team and patrons have published their first story video, and as I guess that Forces Net is not… Read More

World Ocean Day at the University of Plymouth

At the University of Plymouth, we will celebrate World Ocean Day with a conference for schools that showcases our expertise in marine research and technology in the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Our exciting programme of talks covers… Read More

Expedition supports Antarctic Science

The next Austral summer (2021/22) will see a rare man-hauled expedition across the Antarctic Peninsula. The expedition team will be ‘dropped off’ at Portal Point, haul equipment up steep slopes and cross the Forbidden Plateau (my question is:… Read More

At least some good news from (Ant)Arctic

Recent studies, reported in The Conversation, recorded increases in some whale species, including blue and humpback in Antarctic waters and the western Arctic bowhead, fin and minke in the Arctic. One study indicats that a new generation of… Read More

Outdoor Daily

Lilac. Every year I welcome its flowers, not because I particularly like it – I don’t, in spite of their sweet scent – but because it reminds me of my friend Petra’s birthday in mid-May. Only it is… Read More

Sustainable Outdoor Clothing ?!?!

The operators of the tall ship Bark Europa have issued a kit list to voyage crew for the sail from Tierra del Fuego to the Antarctic Peninsula. Now I wonder how much stuff I have already and how… Read More

Carbon footprint

Having booked my flights from Europe to Ushuaia in Argentina, from where my Antarctic adventure will start next year, it is time to look at my carbon footprint for this journey. A search on the internet provides me… Read More