Global Warming Expedition Stuck in IceJanuary 2, 2014
An Australian expedition researching the effect global warming has on Antarctica’s ice ring is “stuck in our own experiment” as 2014 rolls in.
The Australasian Antarctic Expedition, traveling on the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, has been trapped in ice near Antarctica since last Tuesday, Fox News reports, and members expect to be flown out by helicopter because icebreakers are unable to get through the massive amounts of ice to rescue the stuck ship.
All the tourists and scientists have been airlifted out by helicopter, which will need to be added to their carbon footprint.
And oddly enough, there’s one minor detail being omitted from a lot of the news coverage:
Well, a headline like “Global Warming Scientists Trapped in Polar Ice,” while entirely accurate, would only impede the prevailing narrative. Why, it’d turn the whole thing into a big joke. Can’t have that. Think of the children!
The expedition had pledged to plant about 800 kauri trees in Northland to cover its carbon footprint. Environmentalists believe planting trees helps to offset the impact of burning fuels such as diesel.
But former Act Party leader and Herald on Sunday columnist Rodney Hide said that would have to increase to about 5000 trees to make up for the fossil fuels burned in the rescue.
Expedition leader Chris Turney said more trees would be needed than earlier estimated but he was yet to work out how many.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) has requested the US Coast Guard’s Polar Star icebreaker to assist the vessels MV Akademik Shokalskiy and Xue Long which are beset by ice in Commonwealth Bay.