Global warming plays its part in hampering Greenland trek

Two Greenland adventurers say the effects of global warming definitely hampered their expedition.

Steve Wright and Simon Elmont arrived back in the island last month after their expedition was cut short due to Mr Elmont sustaining an ankle injury.

Mr Wright, from Alderney, told pupils at Melrose School yesterday that because of global warming the snow had been a lot thicker and had made the trek a lot harder.

'When we arrived we were told that this was a global warming year,' he said.

'The temperature was a lot warmer than we were expecting.

'When it's very cold it doesn't snow, so because it was warmer we were experiencing a lot of heavy snow.

'This meant we had to plough through rather then just pulling our sledge along the ice.'

The temperature was around -2C, whereas it normally would have been -15.