The Catlin Arctic Project is out to prove that Global Warming is melting the Arctic ice sheet and disappearing (when it actually is increasing). And they have the usual High backing – BBC, WWF, Prince Charles etc.
And of course extensive media coverage – but I need not to say that do I.
When they where leaving from Britain the ”Global Warming Trio” last month was hampered by ”an unusually heavy snowfall”.
And then ”they were startled to find how cold it was” when they arrived at the Arctic. ”In temperatures of minus 40 degrees, they were ”battered by wind, bitten by frost and bruised by falls on the ice”.
Of course, if you are a global warming hysteric ANY contact with the real nature and climate MUST be a shock.
And now they are completely out of food because the cold weather prevents the airplanes from dropping food.
And the polar bears, which are supposed to be threatened by extinction ”by global warming” when they are actually increasing (do you see the pattern here?), are going around eying them for food.
Any one but me seeing the wonderful irony here?
”They were disconcerted to see one of those polar bears, threatened with extinction by global warming, wandering around, doubtless eyeing them for its dinner. ”
It’s the Al Gore effect!
The face of a person studying ”Global warming”!
Polar Explorers Run Short of Food; Weather Stops Supply Flights
By Alex Morales
March 18 (Bloomberg) — Three U.K. explorers bound for the North Pole on a scientific expedition to study global warming said they are close to running out of food after ”brutal” weather conditions halted three attempts to fly in supplies.
The support team hopes to decide within hours on when it can send an airplane to land on nearby ice with provisions, Tori Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Catlin Arctic Survey in London, said in an interview today.
”We’re hungry, the cold is relentless, our sleeping bags are full of ice,” expedition leader Pen Hadow said in a statement e-mailed yesterday by his team. ”Waiting is almost the worst part of an expedition as we’re in the lap of the weather gods.”
The severe weather is jeopardizing a journey aimed at projecting when global warming may melt the entire Arctic Ocean cap, a phenomenon that scientists say might trigger further gains in temperature.
Hadow, Ann Daniels and Martin Hartley are 18 days into their 100-day, 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) journey to the pole, during which they planned to use a custom radar to take as many as 13 million ice-thickness measurements. They aim to help scientists gauge how quickly the Arctic sea ice is thinning.
Previous estimates of melting have been based on less reliable depth soundings made by satellites and submarines, which can’t distinguish ice from snow. Scientists have made few surface measurements that are highly accurate because of difficulties in traveling on the ice cap.
”We’ve located a suitable airstrip,” Taylor said. ”We hope the plane will be able to land.”
Last Updated: March 18, 2009 06:07 EDT
The ‘Global Warming Three’ are on thin ice
The ony problem with a project to prove that Arctic ice is disappearing is the fact that it is actually getting thicker, says Christopher Booker.
By Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 4:24PM GMT 21 Mar 2009
What a wonderful parable of our time has been the expedition to the North Pole led by the explorer Pen Hadow. With two companions, he is measuring the thickness of the ice to show how fast it is ”declining”. His expedition is one of a series of events designed to ”raise awareness of the dangers of climate change” before December’s conference in Copenhagen, where the warmists hope to get a new treaty imposing much more drastic cuts on CO2 emissions.
Hadow’s Catlin Arctic Project has top-level backing from the likes of the BBC, the WWF (it could ”make a lasting difference to policy-relevant science”) and Prince Charles (”for the sake of our children and grandchildren, I pray that we will heed the results of the Catlin Arctic Survey and I can only commend this remarkably important project”).
Christopher Booker’s NotebookWith perfect timing, the setting out from Britain of the ”Global Warming Three” last month was hampered by ”an unusually heavy snowfall”. When they were airlifted to the start of their trek by a twin-engine Otter (one hopes a whole forest has been planted to offset its ”carbon footprint”), they were startled to find how cold it was. The BBC dutifully reported how, in temperatures of minus 40 degrees, they were ”battered by wind, bitten by frost and bruised by falls on the ice”.
Thanks to the ice constantly shifting, it was ”disheartening”, reported Hadow, to find that ”when you’ve slogged for a day”, you can wake up next morning to find you have ”drifted back to where you started”. Last week, down to their last scraps of food, they were only saved in the nick of time by the faithful Otter. They were disconcerted to see one of those polar bears, threatened with extinction by global warming, wandering around, doubtless eyeing them for its dinner.
But at least one of the intrepid trio was able to send a birthday message to his mum, via the BBC, and they were able to talk by telephone to ”some of the world’s most influential climate change leaders”, including Development Secretary Douglas Alexander in front of 300 people at ”a conference on world poverty”.
The idea is that the expedition should take regular radar fixes on the ice thickness, to be fed into a computer model in California run by Professor Wieslaw Maslowski, whose team, according to the BBC, ”is well known for producing results that show much faster ice-loss than other modelling teams”. The professor predicts that summer ice could be completely gone as early as next year. It took the Watts Up With That? science blog to point out that there is little point in measuring ice thickness unless you do it several years running, and that, anyway, Arctic ice is being constantly monitored by US Army buoys. The latest reading given by a typical sensor shows that since last March the ice has thickened by ”at least half a metre”.
”In most fields of science,” comments WUWT drily, ”that is considered an ‘increase’ rather than a ‘decline’.”
An unhealthy moral climate
A London employment tribunal has ruled that Tim Nicholson, right, was wrongly dismissed as a property firm’s ”head of sustainability” because of his fervent commitment to ”climate change”. Mr Nicholson had fallen out with his colleagues over his attempts to reduce the company’s ”carbon footprint”. The tribunal chairman David Neath found the company guilty of discriminating against Mr Nicholson under the 2006 Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations, because his faith in global warming was a ”philosophical belief”. Recalling how ”eco-psychologists” at the University of the West of England are pressing for ”climate denial” to be classified as a form of ”mental disorder”, one doubts whether the same legal protection would be given to those who fail to share Mr Nicholson’s ”philosophical belief”.
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