Climate change comes with all sorts of ironical twists and turns, but this one’s hard to beat. The salvage company that led the task of refloating the Costa Concordia is now floating the idea that Antarctic icebergs could be towed to South Africa to relieve Cape Town’s severe water shortage. One iceberg could apparently supply the city with fresh water for a year. The iceberg would be wrapped in a ‘fabric skirt’ (a job there for wrapping artist Christo methinks) and sliced up bit by bit. The whole story is here. Meanwhile, as the Guardian reports today, a joint UK/US mission is being sent to explore the impacts of climate change on a rapidly melting glacier in Antarctica, and indeed other reports suggest that icebergs are melting from beneath in a previously unobserved phenomenon. Perhaps we could stop climate change induced sea level rise by drinking the melting glaciers?
P.S. That was a joke.