If only the Global Warming Expedition had sailed 100 years ago

by Datechguy | December 31st, 2013

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If only the Global Warming Expedition had sailed 100 years ago

Then they would have been able to sail into the bay like this

Instead of being stuck like this:

That first video comes from the Aus­tralian Antarc­tic Divi­sion depart­ment of the envi­ron­ment. Here is the YouTube description:

The SY Aurora anchored at Com­mon­wealth Bay in 1912. The expe­di­tion, using the ship SY Aurora com­manded by Cap­tain John King Davis, departed from Hobart on 2 Decem­ber 1911, landed at Cape Deni­son (named after Hugh Deni­son, a major backer of the expe­di­tion) on Com­mon­wealth Bay on 8 Jan­u­ary 1912, and estab­lished the Main Base. Cin­e­matog­ra­phy by Frank Hurley.

Mind you this week­end CNN was cov­er­ing the Chi­nese ice­breaker that couldn’t get to them

The ice­breaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was just six nau­ti­cal miles away from the Russian-​flagged ves­sel when the cap­tain decided the ship could not get any closer, the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Author­ity said Sat­ur­day. The Snow Dragon went back to open water and remains in the vicin­ity of the stuck ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, to pro­vide sup­port, said Andrea Hayward-​Maher, spokes­woman for the AMSA. The Chi­nese ves­sel has a heli­copter on board that could assist in evac­u­a­tion. A French ice­breaker was en route to assist, but AMSA called off that vessel’s mis­sion at mid­day Saturday.

The CNN piece con­cludes with no small bit of Irony thus:

The expe­di­tion to gauge the effects of cli­mate change on the region began Novem­ber 27. The sec­ond, and cur­rent leg of the trip, started Decem­ber 8 and was sched­uled to con­clude with a return to New Zealand on Jan­u­ary 4.

But as What’s up with that notes, this hasn’t stopped these guys from fundrais­ing off of their global warm­ing trip:

Mean­while, in the “Spirit of Maw­son” Spirit of “never let a good cri­sis go to waste”, the folks on-​board have real­ized the world is watch­ing, and decided to make a pitch for money at their web­site, pre­sum­ably to fund next year’s research media junket:

At Michelle Malkin’s site Doug Pow­ers is also hav­ing fun with this:

So, what’s the car­bon out­put of all these res­cue ship and heli­copters? I’m guess­ing they’re not solar pow­ered. Tur­ney runs a com­pany called Car­bon­scape that aims to “fix car­bon from the atmos­phere and make a host of green bi-​products, help­ing reduce green­house gas lev­els.” Well, he’s given him­self a new car­bon har­ness­ing project to work on

and embeds this CNN video that doesn’t seem to get the irony here Nor did they antic­i­pate this when they were tweet­ing on Dec 7th

and mak­ing their case

We are going south to: gain new insights into the cir­cu­la­tion of the South­ern Ocean and its impact on the global car­bon cycle;

explore changes in ocean cir­cu­la­tion caused by the growth of exten­sive fast ice and its impact on life in Com­mon­wealth Bay;

use the sub­antarc­tic islands as ther­mome­ters of cli­matic change by using peats, lakes, trees and remains of the last ice age to explore the past;

inves­ti­gate the impact of chang­ing cli­mate on the ecol­ogy of the sub­antarc­tic islands; dis­cover the envi­ron­men­tal influ­ence on seabird pop­u­la­tions across the South­ern Ocean and in Com­mon­wealth Bay;

under­stand changes in seal pop­u­la­tions and their feed­ing pat­terns in the South­ern Ocean and Com­mon­wealth Bay;

pro­duce the first under­wa­ter sur­veys of life in the sub­antarc­tic islands and Com­mon­wealth Bay;

deter­mine the extent to which humans have had an impact on this remote region of Antarc­tica; and pro­vide base­line data to improve the next gen­er­a­tion of cli­mate mod­els and pre­dic­tions for the future.

At least they would have done these things if cer­tain the­o­ries accepted as gospel about dis­ap­pear­ing Antarc­tic were not shown to be dis­as­trously wrong

Look­ing at Alok Jha’s twit­ter feed he doesn’t seem to get the irony, but there are folks on twit­ter who do:

And the daily mail is hav­ing a grand time with this head­line:

Global warm­ing sci­en­tists forced to admit defeat… because of too much ice: Stranded Antarc­tic ship’s crew will be res­cued by helicopter

Chris Tur­ney, a cli­mate sci­en­tist and leader of the expe­di­tion, was going to doc­u­ment ‘envi­ron­men­tal changes’ at the pole
In an inter­view he said he expected melt­ing ice to play a part in expedition

Final thought, It’s the begin­ning of Sum­mer in the Antarctic.

Update:  The most inter­est­ing thing about this post is the num­ber of com­ments that were pulled. Must be very frus­trat­ing when you can’t hide the decline.

Update 2 Head­line at Michael Graham’s site:

The Same Peo­ple Who Took Away Your Light Bulbs Are Stuck In The Ice

Hilar­i­ous! Except for the fact that these failed cli­mate mod­els are the same ones used to annoy and has­sle peo­ple like you and me. They’re the rea­son we’re get­ting stuck with expen­sive boon­dog­gles like Solyn­dra, Ever­green Solar and wind farms.

And they’re the rea­son why the light­ing in your house sucks so badly. Or will soon:

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Then they would have been able to sail into the bay like this

Instead of being stuck like this:

That first video comes from the Australian Antarctic Division department of the environment. Here is the YouTube description:

The SY Aurora anchored at Commonwealth Bay in 1912. The expedition, using the ship SY Aurora commanded by Captain John King Davis, departed from Hobart on 2 December 1911, landed at Cape Denison (named after Hugh Denison, a major backer of the expedition) on Commonwealth Bay on 8 January 1912, and established the Main Base. Cinematography by Frank Hurley.

Mind you this weekend CNN was covering the Chinese icebreaker that couldn’t get to them

The icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was just six nautical miles away from the Russian-flagged vessel when the captain decided the ship could not get any closer, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Saturday. The Snow Dragon went back to open water and remains in the vicinity of the stuck ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, to provide support, said Andrea Hayward-Maher, spokeswoman for the AMSA. The Chinese vessel has a helicopter on board that could assist in evacuation. A French icebreaker was en route to assist, but AMSA called off that vessel’s mission at midday Saturday.

The CNN piece concludes with no small bit of Irony thus:

The expedition to gauge the effects of climate change on the region began November 27. The second, and current leg of the trip, started December 8 and was scheduled to conclude with a return to New Zealand on January 4.

But as What’s up with that notes, this hasn’t stopped these guys from fundraising off of their global warming trip:

Meanwhile, in the “Spirit of Mawson” Spirit of “never let a good crisis go to waste”, the folks on-board have realized the world is watching, and decided to make a pitch for money at their website, presumably to fund next year’s research media junket:

At Michelle Malkin’s site Doug Powers is also having fun with this:

So, what’s the carbon output of all these rescue ship and helicopters? I’m guessing they’re not solar powered. Turney runs a company called Carbonscape that aims to “fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.” Well, he’s given himself a new carbon harnessing project to work on

and embeds this CNN video that doesn’t seem to get the irony here Nor did they anticipate this when they were tweeting on Dec 7th

and making their case

We are going south to: gain new insights into the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its impact on the global carbon cycle;

explore changes in ocean circulation caused by the growth of extensive fast ice and its impact on life in Commonwealth Bay;

use the subantarctic islands as thermometers of climatic change by using peats, lakes, trees and remains of the last ice age to explore the past;

investigate the impact of changing climate on the ecology of the subantarctic islands; discover the environmental influence on seabird populations across the Southern Ocean and in Commonwealth Bay;

understand changes in seal populations and their feeding patterns in the Southern Ocean and Commonwealth Bay;

produce the first underwater surveys of life in the subantarctic islands and Commonwealth Bay;

determine the extent to which humans have had an impact on this remote region of Antarctica; and provide baseline data to improve the next generation of climate models and predictions for the future.

At least they would have done these things if certain theories accepted as gospel about disappearing Antarctic were not shown to be disastrously wrong

 

Looking at Alok Jha’s twitter feed he doesn’t seem to get the irony, but there are folks on twitter who do:

And the daily mail is having a grand time with this headline:

Global warming scientists forced to admit defeat… because of too much ice: Stranded Antarctic ship’s crew will be rescued by helicopter

Chris Turney, a climate scientist and leader of the expedition, was going to document ‘environmental changes’ at the pole
In an interview he said he expected melting ice to play a part in expedition

Final thought, It’s the beginning of Summer in the Antarctic.

Update:  The most interesting thing about this post is the number of comments that were pulled.  Must be very frustrating when you can’t hide the decline.

Update 2:  Headline at Michael Graham’s site:

The Same People Who Took Away Your Light Bulbs Are Stuck In The Ice

 

Hilarious!  Except for the fact that these failed climate models are the same ones used to annoy and hassle people like you and me.  They’re the reason we’re getting stuck with expensive boondoggles like Solyndra, Evergreen Solar and wind farms.

And they’re the reason why the lighting in your house sucks so badly. Or will soon:

Update 3:  Welcome PowerLine readers make sure you see this graphic.

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