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Unpredictable UK weather causes upside down hay fever

Posted on: April 27, 2018

From the bitterly cold, sub-zero temperature snow storms of the Beast from the East to the sweltering, sunny Mediterranean climate of Spring, the last few weeks has been a real lesson in how unpredictable and contrasting the UK’s weather can be. From keeping warm in the icy conditions it changed last week to keeping ice cool in the car under the hot sun!  And now it seems we are entering a period of soggy dampness which pleases no-one except the farmers!

Allergy worsens at wrong times of day
And the changing weather we are having seems to be the cause of a new health phenomenon. Whilst normally you would associate hay fever with warmer, sunnier weather, it appears that a new airborne allergy has been uncovered, that of upside-down hay fever.

Under normal circumstances, you would expect hay fever to calm down when the sunshine disappears and it rains, but for some, it’s actually the reverse.

It seems that sufferers of upside-down hay fever typically experience their symptoms at the wrong time.

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Why researching an Antarctic ice shelf could find Endurance

Posted on: April 12, 2018

Next year, a new expedition to the Antarctic will have an unusual dual objective. On the one hand, its main goal is to visit and study the Larsen C Ice Shelf which, last July, calved one of the biggest icebergs ever recorded in Antarctica. But it is also going to search for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated explorer ship Endurance. 

Role of large ice shelves
The Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 will travel to Larsen C, one of the largest ice shelves in Antarctica, to carry out a series of geophysical measurements to establish if, and when, more icebergs will form from ice break-ups, 

More icebergs in the Antarctic
Larsen C is the floating extension of glaciers that have flowed off the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula and joined together to form one giant buoyant platform. Its northern neighbours, Larsen A and Larsen B, suffered catastrophic break-ups in 1995 and 2002 respectively, that hastened the movement of the glaciers behind, allowing them to dump yet more of their ice into the ocean, rai

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