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Antarctic global warming expeditionists trapped in ice may have to be rescued by helicopter; Updated

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By Doug Powers  •  December 29, 2013 03:51 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

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“Irony can be so ironic sometimes…”

Australian climate change professor Chris Turney, passengers and media hoping to get pictures penguins windsurfing where ice should be set out on an expedition to demonstrate the effects of global warming on Antarctica. The ship and all on board have now been trapped in ice for almost a week and counting:

After nearly a week trapped by deep Antarctic ice, the 74 passengers aboard an expedition vessel could soon be freed.

An Australian icebreaker ship Aurora Australis is 28 nautical miles away from the Russian-flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and is waiting for snow showers to pass, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

The Aurora Australis needs better visibility before trying to break through the ice and reach the stranded vessel.

This attempt follows the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, which was just six nautical miles away from the trapped vessel when it couldn’t get any closer due to unusually thick ice.
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The plan is to see whether the Aurora Australis can break through the ice further than the Chinese ship could. If not passengers will have to get ready for an evacuation by helicopter.

The place where the ship is trapped in unusually thick ice is in an area where Mawson was able to move by ship 100 years ago.

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:

Check out this statement: Even as they sit trapped in sea ice, the expedition continues to point out that climate change is causing a disappearance of sea ice.

Update:

Anthony Watts has video of Mawson landing in 1912 in ice free Commonwealth Bay — the same area the current “global warming” expedition sits helplessly trapped in ice. Lots of other interesting stuff at the link as well.

**Written by Doug Powers

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