Global Warming Expedition Stuck In Ice, Again!

Global Warming Expedition Stuck In Ice, Again!

Getting stuck in ice - while trying to prove that the ice in the Arctic sea is shrinking - is happening again.

So, this time, a group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice has been blocked from further travels by ice.

The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey and apparently their objective, as I was saying, was to demonstrate "that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through."

There has been one "minor" issue to deal with though: they are currently stuck in Murmansk, Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage, which according to the team didn’t exist in summer months, as reported by Real Climate Science.

The Polar Ocean Challenge team is not the first global warming expedition to be faced with icy troubles. In 2013, an Antarctic research vessel named Akademik Shokalskiy became trapped in the ice, and the issue they were facing was so severe that they actually had to rescue the 52 crew members. In 2015 a Canadian ice breaking ship, the CCGS Amundsen, was forced to reroute and help a number of supply ships that had become trapped by ice.

As it turns out, this icy blockade comes just over a month after an Oxford climate scientist, Peter Wadhams, said the Arctic would be 'completely ice-free' by September of this year.

Wahdams also says he expects less than one million square kilometers by summer’s end, but the current amount of Arctic sea ice is 10.6 million square kilometers, according to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

So, I guess it’s safe to say that this isn’t going to happen. Besides, the NSIDC puts the rate of ice loss for June at just about 60,ooo square kilometers a day. If that number were to hold, it would take approximately 160 days for the Arctic to dip down to the predicted one million square kilometers.

Let’s just wait and see, time will definitely prove who’s right. ☺

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Source: dailycaller

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