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The sorry saga continues.

3 Jan 2014 – The Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue “climate change” researchers from a Russian ship trapped in Antarctic ice found itself stuck in heavy ice on Friday.

A helicopter from the Chinese Snow Dragon plucked the passengers from the icebound Russian vessel – the Akademik Shokalskiy – to an Australian icebreaker late on Thursday.

But on Friday afternoon, the crew of the Chinese icebreaker said they were worried about their own ship’s ability to move through the heavy ice, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said.

The Australian icebreaker carrying the rescued passengers, the Aurora Australis, has been instructed to remain on standby in open water in the area “as a precautionary measure”, the rescue agency said.

The Chinese icebreaker got within sight of the Akademik Shokalskiy on Saturday, but turned back after failing to break through the ice, more than 3 meters (10 feet) thick in some places.

A French flagged icebreaker also tried to help, but abandoned its efforts because of strong winds and heavy snow.

The Russian-owned research ship left New Zealand on November 28 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.

The stated goal of the scientists aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy was to “answer questions about how climate change in the frozen continent might be already shifting weather patterns in Australia.”

However, the real goal appears to have been to provide more global warming propaganda.

In his description of the upcoming journey, expedition leader Professor Chris Turney noted that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet “contains enough freshwater to raise the world’s sea level by some 52 metres. Turney also notes that “there is an increasing body of evidence, including by the AAE members, that have identified parts of the East Antarctic which are highly susceptible to melting and collapse from ocean warming.” (See http://www.spiritofmawson.com/the-science-case/)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25585006

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-antarctica-ship-rescue-20140101,0,3430942.story

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/01/03/chinese-icebreaker-faces-trouble-after-helping-in-antarctic-rescue/

Thanks to Dean Koehler for these links

 

10 Responses to Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue global warming researchers now stuck in Antarctic ice

  1. kevin says:

    like the Titanic. The band plays on.

  2. Stephen kelly says:

    According to the BBC reporter on the warmist ship stuck in ice, all that ice had fallen off a iceberg and was not sea ice. Was he a reporter or a spin doctor? You can’t make it up. Correction…unless you work for the BBC that is.

  3. JimS says:

    Since the sea ice around Antartica has been steadily increasing in extent, year after year, for the last 44 years, it is doubtful that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is going to be melting any time soon since increasing sea ice is surely more of a sign that the area is getting colder, and not warmer.

    But alas, these poor global warming climate scientists and friends who were rescued from one ship trapped in the ice, and now their rescue ship may be trapped in the sea ice too? I think Mother Nature is trying to tell them something.

  4. Steven says:

    Well May be it is time to use transport aircraft instead of ships at least untill they figure out when it is safe to use ships. It is also possible that human occupation of Antarctica may be nonviable during a little ice age and certainly in a big ice age.

    John Casey: Myth of Global Warming
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwKtCJIVHK4

  5. Rosco says:

    Science isn’t about continually striving to prove your hypothesis is right by making claims such as “Antarctica is in danger of melting” or “global sea ice is dramatically declining ” and setting out to find examples to support the claims.

    Then,in the face of real evidence which shows your claims are not supported in a particular instance – such as this sorry episode – real science is not about spin and distracting the public to hide the embarrassment.

    The fact is that sea ice in Antarctica is at a higher level than man has ever reliably observed.

    These reliable records are only possible through satellite observations.

    The lead scientist of this expedition should publically acknowledge that this amount of sea ice in Antarctica in the middle of the Antarctic summer is of itself an interesting phenomenon.

    He should forget his stated mission until the memory of this incident fades else he looks like just another half educated zealot who cannot be trusted.

    Stuck in sea ice in summer many kilometres from shore in a steel purpose built ship while Mawson was able to make it to a few metres of the shore line does not suggest any current “devastating” loss of sea ice – or continental ice for that matter !

    Expect the truth from these zealots ?

    I’ll be dodging avian pig droppings before that happens.

    • eco-geek says:

      Stuck in sea ice in summer many kilometres from shore in a steel purpose built ship while Mawson was able to make it to a few metres of the shore line does not suggest any current “devastating” loss of sea ice – or continental ice for that matter !

      Er no! The Akademik Shokalskiy was not purpose built for work in amongst the ice. It is unqualified for this purpose and should not have been taken there. By doing so the vessel, crew and passengers were endangered and doubtless there will be repercussions about this!

  6. Steevo says:

    “identified parts of the East Antarctic which are highly susceptible to melting and collapse from ocean warming.”

    There are a lot of dependencies in that statement no?

    My thoughts:
    There are parts of the world where everyone is highly susceptible to winning the lottery from selecting the right numbers. Think about it [the select corollaries/dependencies vs. the macro]. unbelievable….

  7. Cooper Millman says:

    It’s 39 degrees where I am in Savannah, GA.

  8. kenneth Lund says:

    Serves them right !!! Stay stuck in the ice !!
    I have no symphathy for these ignorant few that are responsible for the dumbing down process and the pure and extreme stupidity going on in this very uneducated country. The U.S. media has become the most super inflated, self deluded trash that ever vomited out from the human gene pool. They are not allowed in my household for even a second. We do not need their disgusting liberal trash spitting out from any loudspeaker anywhere at any time.


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