Antarctic trip for Gloucestershire MP
COUNTY MP Neil Carmichael is due home tomorrow after his parliamentary trip to the chilly south pole.
Mr Carmichael was in sub zero Antarctica earlier this week to talk to scientists about their work on climate change.
As the promoter of a private members' bill, the Antarctic Bill, Stroud's House of Commons representative Mr Carmichael is concerned about the huge environmental challenge presented by the world's melting ice-caps.
Mr Carmichael, who was at the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Base, investigated the scientists' work including their long term measurements, surface monitoring and ocean studies.
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"This is essential as more than 40 per cent of the world's CO2 is absorbed by the Southern Ocean," Mr Carmichael said.
"It is noteworthy that the first discovery of significant damage to the ozone layer was over Antarctic," he said.
Mr Carmichael also looked at aerodrome facilities in Antarctica, which are essential for logistics and international co-operation.