Surge Summary: A ship full of “climate change warriors” got stuck in ice in September, south of the North Pole. The thickness of the ice was unexpected. The sixteen people had to be rescued.
Stipulated: a transitory cold snap doesn’t automatically refute climate change orthodoxy, just as a warm spell doesn’t necessarily confirm it. Still, this has gotta be inconvenient – and embarrassing — for the sky-is-falling set who insist menacingly rising temperatures are inescapable and imminent …
World Net Daily’s Joe Kovacs writes,
Earlier in September, sixteen “climate-change warriors” on the prowl to document melting ice conditions found themselves in a tricky situation when their ship got trapped … in ice! The incident played out in the Hinlopen Strait, north of Norway, South of the North Pole.
The Maritime Bulletin reports the vessel was the Sweden-flagged MS Malmo. It became stuck Sept. 3 off Longyearbyen, Svalbard Archipelago.
“The ship is on Arctic tour with Climate Change documentary film team, and tourists, concerned with Climate Change and melting Arctic ice,” the report said. “All 16 Climate Change warriors were evacuated by helicopter in challenging conditions, all are safe.”
The author of the story, Erofey Schkvarkin, noted: “Something is very wrong with Arctic ice, instead of melting as ordered by UN/IPCC, it captured the ship with Climate Change Warriors.”
By the way, seems this is the second time this year that unexpectedly thick ice has ruined a craft’s plans.
Electroverse.net tells us in July,
“The Norwegian research vessel and icebreaker Kronprins Haakon (Crown Prince Haakon) was forced to turn back north of Svalbard after meeting considerably thicker ice than expected,”
The report contributes these details:
Thick one-year ice combined with large batches of multi-year ice have merged to form powerful helmets, and several of these are impenetrable to us, said Captain Johnny Peder Hansen.
The ice is still 3m (10ft) thick, in mid-July! Even the researchers’ long special-purpose chainsaws proved hopeless, while the 20,000 horsepower Kronprins Haakon, at a cost of USD $175 million, failed miserably at attempts to push through.
“In the middle of July, we saw a few signs of thawing and [assumed] that spring had come, said Captain Hansen, who for several decades has worked on various vessels in the Arctic. “We had expected more melting.”
A respected left-leaning Norwegian newspaper, Klassekampen, piles on with the uncooperative details:
“Polar bears were seen on Bjørnøya this past winter –located in the middle of the Barents Sea– which shows that the ice edge was very far south.”
The latest trapping from last week got the attention of AmericanThinker ‘s Thomas Lifson noted,
“The conviction that global warming is melting ice in the polar regions has once again led climate warriors into danger and the need for rescue.”
Apparently, getting these “global warming” suppositions wrong can carry externalities beyond being merely befuddling. They can be risky toward those who assume they’re trustworthy and act on those assumptions.
Lifson pungently pointed to yet another climate-change ice trapping – this one from 2014 in the Antarctic. He wrote at the time (warning, words are not minced in the following observation):
Warmist dupes and true believers in the media are having a very hard time with the hilarious spectacle of a ship of literal fools who were so deluded by the warmist cult as to believe it was safe to venture into the Antarctic waters in a vessel that was not an icebreaker. The “scientific expedition” was intended to document the comparative paucity of ice in the area first explored by Douglas Mawson a century ago. As nearly everyone connected to the media on the planet now knows, the Spirit of Mawson voyage, as the organizers dubbed their chartered Russian ship the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, became stuck in ice and needed rescue. Adding to the comedy, the Chinese icebreaker that rescued them is now itself stuck in the ice that was supposed to be melting.
Once more, these incidents by themselves don’t dispositively rebuff current, trendy “climate change” claims. But they sure don’t inspire confidence in their reliability, do they?
H/T: World Net Daily’s Joe Kovacs
Image: Screen Shot: Maritime Bulletin; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xMaa0l_EZM