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Antarctic global warming expedition to plant trees to offset carbon footprint of rescue; Planet saved

By Doug Powers  •  January 5, 2014 01:44 PM

**Written by Doug Powers


The other day I asked, only semi-jokingly, how many trees would have to be planted in order to offset the carbon footprint from the massive rescue effort of the global warming expedition that became trapped in Antarctic ice.

We now have an answer:

The hapless Australasian Antarctic Expedition is finally homeward bound – and thousands of trees will have to be planted to offset the carbon footprint from the prolonged rescue effort.

The Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in thick pack ice some 3000km southwest of Bluff on Christmas Eve.

The 52 passengers, including six New Zealanders, spent eight days trapped before a helicopter from the Chinese ship Xue Long transferred them to Australian vessel Aurora Australis, which will take them to Hobart.

Yesterday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the Xue Long’s attempt to manoeuvre through the ice had been unsuccessful and it was now also beset by ice.

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.
Expedition leader Chris Turney said more trees would be needed than earlier estimated but he was yet to work out how many.

Add a few more trees to the planting list, because now a U.S. Coast Guard ice breaking ship is headed to the area to try and free both the ship the global warming “scientists” were aboard, along with another one that was attempting a rescue.

The effort to stop the effect of global warming caused by this effort to study the effect of global warming continues…

**Written by Doug Powers

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