Antarctic ice blocks ice breaker sent to rescue climate researchers trapped in… ice

By |2013-12-29T09:35:42+00:00December 28th, 2013|News|44 Comments

2013 was a big year for ice with global sea ice hitting or nearing record highs.

A dramatic example caught the attention of the world Christmas morning, when a vessel hired by a group of global warming scientists radioed for help after becoming trapped in ice off Antarctica.  The Russian m/v Akademik Shokalskiy has 74 researchers and crew aboard.  They managed to celebrate Christmas despite their frozen predicament.

The Chinese ice breaker Snow Dragon steamed to the rescue and was last reported six nautical miles away, but has now found itself blocked by the ice.  Its captain said, “the current ice conditions is eChris Turney climate scientist trapped in antarctic icexceeding our capability to break through further.”

Chris Turney, who is a professor of climate change at the University of New South Wales, is the leader of the  expedition.  He posted a video to YouTube optimistically predicting that Snow Dragon would reach his position within a few hours, but the ice breaker was forced to turn back.

Other vessels are headed to the scene and  Snow Dragon is waiting and hoping that high winds will push aside some of the ten foot thick ice enabling it to reach the trapped researchers.

The waters around Antarctica experienced remarkable sea ice expansion in 2013 confounding the global warming ice narrative.

Global warming campaigners have been stymied by the lack of any temperature increase in the major temperature data sets since the nineties.  They’ve tried to compensate by feeding the media a steady stream of “extreme weather” stories and with shrill claims about polar ice.  However, historical and scientific data show today’s weather to be normal.  2013 was in fact particularly tame by many standards with no hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. and data on droughts, fires, heat wave, floods, etc. all coming in at or below average.

Al Gore COP 15 iceThe global warming campaign seized on northern sea ice in an attempt to find some evidence to show warming.  Northern ice has had a few sparse years recently.  Al Gore told COP 15, the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, that the North Pole could be “completely ice free” within five to seven years.  However, 2013 did not cooperate with that narrative either, as northern ice expanded over 50 percent above 2012 levels.  Yachts and research vessels attempting to make news by transiting the Northwest Passage became trapped in the ice and their attempts had to be abandoned.  See, Gullible green sailors trapped in the Arctic.  Likewise, alarmist claims about polar bears have run afoul of the facts as polar bear populations continue to expand and thrive.

Climate scientists and pressure groups have enjoyed remarkable success at seeing their press statements about polar bears and polar ice reproduced by a compliant media without balance or question.  The information age, however, has granted the public direct access to the unvarnished facts in unprecedented ways.  Web services, such as CFACT’s Climate Depot and social media, publish the data the media ignores.  Global warming hype can’t hold up under the scrutiny.

When the warming crowd attributes fluctuations in northern ice to human activity without basis, and then turns around and blames southern ice expansion on nature, the unbiased observer can’t help but but wonder whether nature is driving both.

Temperature records compiled by NASA, NOAA and the UK Met Office all show no global warming since the nineties, some cooling and very little warming before that.  Climate computer models call for substantial warming which has not occurred.  Is the unbiased observer truly to conclude that while nature rules the south, summer northern sea ice will be no more because 2008, for example, was 0.4 degrees above average?  This is a classic case of a divorce between correlation and causation, and correlation is no longer looking very good.

Hysterical claims about polar ice are a propaganda talking point aimed to keep the global warming narrative flowing, absent any… well, global warming.  The public continues to catch on.  How long will the legacy media keep reprinting baseless warming claims, without critical examination, when they defy actual data?  Will embarrassing images of yachts and research vessels trapped in ice, which failed to diminish as predicted, help snap the media out of it?


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  1. jenkem5 December 28, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    HAHAHAHAHA! What a bunch of retards. However these people are hardly innocuous, in fact, they are dangerous economic terrorists. They need to be rounded up and prosecuted for their fraud and criminal misrepresentations.

    • Pendy1 December 28, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      So long as they round up that world class grifter Al Gore along with them.

    • Michael Castillo December 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      It’s not about saving the planet. It’s about creating profit opportunities for the Green Energy cronies. Gore railed about Bush’s energy policies while he lived in an extravagant mansion that consumed several times the energy usage of the Bush residence. Obama’s opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline ensures that his crony in the rail transportation industry continues to carry petroleum in rail cars. Definitely not in the best interests of the public!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Poopface123 March 16, 2015 at 7:09 PM

        Poop in your bitt

        • Michael Castillo March 17, 2015 at 1:53 AM

          Really! That is the best you can do?
          Al Gore just bought an oceanfront mansion in CA so he definitely is not worried runaway climatic warming. Except for Donald Trump, you would be hard pressed to find anyone with a larger personal carbon footprint than either Al Gore or Barack Obama. They do not practice what they preach because they do not believe what they preach! They are smooth talking shysters whose main interest is taking money out our pockets and putting into the pockets of their cronies.
          Point two: Several studies important to establishing that we are experiencing global warming have been tainted and therefore have lost credibility. 1930’s recordings of temperature observations at weather stations in Paraguay were adjusted to exaggerate the rise in temperatures since then. Satellite observations of polar ice coverage in 2014 showed Antarctic ice coverage to be the greatest since such observations have been available and the Arctic ice coverage was about the same as in 1984. Are we experiencing global warming? Maybe, but the science has been corrupted by political interests so drawing that conclusion with invalid data is not scientifically sound. Despite the propaganda and arguments to the contrary, the issue is not yet determined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Much more scientific research is STILL needed.
          Point three: Most of the green energy we are investing in is NOT green! This is one of my pet peeves. Wind turbines and solar collection plants are only viable with massive subsidies and are not environmentally friendly. They are expensive, inefficient and hazardous to wildlife, particularly avians. Google (pun intended) the Mojave Desert Project. It has been a massive failure at great cost to all of us. The money we have wasted on going green would have been better spent improving efficiencies(as we have done the past 50years) and making infrastructure changes such as building levees, raising wharves and building desalination plants if the climate change alarmists are correct!!!!

  2. colleenf December 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Oh, my! Is this “global warming” caused?? What a bunch of bozos.

  3. geo brecke December 28, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    so it takes 74 researchers to make observations? Must be a tax payer funded gig!

    • CFACT Ed December 28, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      That it is.

      • geo brecke December 28, 2013 at 3:42 PM

        It would be interesting to know just how many wives, girlfriends, boyfriends are on board, and how it all got paid for….

    • Lisa_Belise December 28, 2013 at 6:09 PM

      Not 74 researchers.

      From The Guardian-

      “Almost 50 people – half of them scientists, half of them paying members
      of the public who volunteer as assistants on the research projects –
      have been sailing through the Southern Ocean on board the Shokalskiy
      research ship, repeating and extending many of Mawson’s wildlife and
      weather observations in order to build a picture of how this part of the
      world had changed in the past 100 years.”

      (There are two journalists on board- Alok Jha and Laurence Topham
      of The Guardian.)

      The rest are of the 74 are members of the crew.

      I think the expedition leaders should be billed for all the time and money and gasoline (bad carbon footprints!) that are spent by the rescue ships AND for the “damage” to the precious ice sheets they keep screaming are being compromised by “ice breakers” and humanity. Don’t you?

      • geo brecke December 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        That ship’s hull, just what was it designed to take? Not likely designed to be frozen in,…. not in this kind of ice.

        Do the warmers take as many risks compiling their data?

        • Lisa_Belise December 29, 2013 at 1:36 AM

          They’re pretty much as cavalier about their research as the conditions in which they do it. 🙂 They really must believe their own crap….because this is NOTHING but horrible proof that they have no clue what they are doing for all the world to see.

  4. Scott Conwell December 28, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Pay backs can be very ugly! Mother nature knows best!

  5. Deseree / Dezsi Russouw December 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    SEND SOUTH AFRICA’S icebreaker, they may then have more of a chance!!

  6. jameshrust December 28, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    When will the alarmists give up carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels has no noticeable effect on global warming (climate)? The costs of their mayhem is more than one billion dollars daily. The Obama Administration wants to increase the losses.
    James H. Rust

  7. Ruth Bard December 28, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    This is poetic justice on steroids. As much as I recoil from wishing harm on anyone, a few digits lost to frostbite might damp their hubris a little.

  8. John Brookes December 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Any self-respecting movement needs a martyr or two. Maybe Chris Turney will go down (or should that be ‘up’) with the Akademik Sholalskiy. But it would be nice if Al Gore would jet out (who cares about the hydrocarbons?) to share his lonely fate. Saint Chris? Saint Al? First martyrs of the Church of Global Warming? Happy 2014!

  9. thebiggreenlie December 28, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    These people should be examined for mental derangement!

  10. Erik Esquerra December 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM


    Show a map of Global Warming-predicted ice levels. Then on that same map put where both ships got stuck.

    Are they both within area that would have been open water, according to their predictions?

    • disqus_tObYqppPWg December 28, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      Apparently they were in open water, but the ice blew in around them, from high winds, and froze them into place… Sort of like Mother Nature, punishing them for their lies!

      • mamapjs December 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

        It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature… 😀

  11. disqus_tObYqppPWg December 28, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Why don’t they pray to their Gaia, to send global warming, and save them from their embarrassment. I would hate to freeze to death, while looking for evidence of warming….sounds like they found evidence, that they were wrong! LOL!

  12. dkludson December 28, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    They have to keep “finding” that there is global warming or else they won’t keep getting their grants. These scientists are people, not robots. They have their own biases.

    • hladkison December 29, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      It is summer time down there. they may froze for a thousand years.

      • Well Done December 29, 2013 at 1:00 AM

        You’re scientifically correct, hlad, if temps continue to decline and the Sun continues to be inactive, these jumped-up nitwits just might have to be flown out of there. What disgusts me about these
        knobs is how they continue their nonsense, no matter what the weather. Anything that happens, they say “climate change theory predicts this”. Yet NONE; ZERO of these jerks’ predictions have ever come true. Not ONE. And their predictions of the effects of “global cooling” were exactly the same as their predictions of “global warming”… so, they’re telling us, no matter what happens, it’s bad and man’s CO2 did it. This despite scientists saying man’s CO2 is not relevant.

  13. mfnator December 28, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Ah, let global warming thaw ’em out!

  14. 4TimesAYear December 28, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    It is ironic, is it not, that those who want to supposedly preserve the ice are the ones that are breaking it up?

    • disqus_tObYqppPWg December 29, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      The irony of it all is….they didn’t believe it was there! LOL!!!

  15. Mervyn December 28, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    This incident involving the Russian m/v Akademik Shokalskiy, with its 74 researchers and crew, may well turn out to be the ultimate tipping point that will force IPCC climate scientists to accept the reality that their greenhouse effect theory of catastrophic man-made global warming is false.

  16. maddaddyssa December 29, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    See? See? This proves globull warming is real! The polar bear population increased five-fold in the last 8 years, this means they’re closer to extinction than ever before.

  17. LewSkannen December 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    I know the word ‘hero’ is overused these days but when a bunch of publicly funded academics remain so divorced from reality that they can spend weeks locked in ice in summer and still remain true to their religious faith….

    • disqus_tObYqppPWg December 29, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      Hero is such a strong word….perhaps, morons?

  18. audieho December 29, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Perhaps we could send Al Gore down to give a speech. That hot air should melt some of the ice.

    • mamapjs December 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      I dunno… whenever Algore shows up to make a speech about global warming, he usually gets snowed in.

      Hey… wait a minute… not a bad idea at that! 🙂

  19. Thomas J.Stratford December 29, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Isn’t it Summer in the Southern Hemisphere? Well anyway, not to worry the ice will dissipate when Al Gore screams “UNCLE!”

  20. Hehehaha December 29, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Impossible. This can’t be happening. Everyone knows there’s no more ice at the poles. Silly science deniers.

    That’s sarcasm, by the way.

  21. Carbonicus December 29, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I hope the ice breaks up that hull like a package of saltine crackers, that these eco-Leftist twits lose that boat at the bottom of the Southern Ocean, and that they have to be rescued by helicopter – while standing out on the ice that doesn’t exist due to human emissions of CO2 from fossil fuel burning – and that when they are so rescued, they are within an inch of their lives from hypothermia.

    For that is likely the only way that these eco-religionists will ever admit that it is not human emissions of CO2 from fossil fuel burning that threatens humanity, but the misanthropic policies eco-Leftists are pushing and Mother Nature itself.

    It should be apparent to all following this story that if Mawson’s party was able to sail this area in the rickety vessels of the day (by comparison to the vessel these twits are on), then the sea ice in that area HAD TO be less during Mawson’s expedition than it is today. NOBODY was called upon to rescue Mawson’s party.

    • Rosco December 29, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      What should be obvious is that Mawson’s party would have died if this had happened to them.

      And can we drop the “left versus right wing insults”.

      Many people who happen to think some socialism is an absolute requirement for a civilised society also think human induced global warming is a con. (Even America required some “socialism” for the revolutionaries to come together in their common interests and overthrow the British.)

      Many right wing people promote the scam for the economic benefits that flow to them from “cap and trade” schemes.

      So, please – can we drop the “left versus right wing insults” and concentrate on the real lunacy – CAGW.

  22. Critical reader December 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    The article leaves me confused.
    It says in one paragraph that there has been no warming since the 90ies and then the next sentence says it was warmer than average in 2008.
    I thought some of the warmest years on record were since 2000.
    Is the writer confused or do they have an agenda rather than just reporting the news?

    • CFACT Ed December 30, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      You’re being confused by warming hype. There was slight warming during the twentieth century, but no further warming since 1998. The warming campaign and media are no longer able to report that the globe is warming, so they substitute the temperature of recent years, generally .1 to .4 degrees above average as a talking point and make empty claims about “warmest ever.” Climate computer models predict that warming should have continued, yet it has not, starkly posing the question whether nature or man is responsible for the small amount of warming last century, Today’s children have lived in a world filled with hype, but have not experienced warming in their lifetimes.

  23. cleanwater2 December 30, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    I have not seen this but it is summer in the Antarctic,According to the AGWs the ice is supposed to be melting not getting thicker and expanding..Mann-made global warming is a total hoax.

    There is an experiment that proves that the Greenhouse gas effect
    does not exist. This experiment which has been technologically
    reviewed by Ph.D physicists . Ph.D. Chemical engineers and others
    Ph. D’s in other fields The experiment is found on the web-site
    click on the blog tab then on page 3 of 12. . It is titled “The
    Experiment that failed which can save the world trillions-Proving the
    greenhouse gas effect does not exist”

    The web-site
    has been changed the new link to many relevent papers is:

    Greenhouse Theory Computer Fail: Real Evidence Slays Carbon

    The Greenhouse Effect Explored
    Written by Carl Brehmer | 26 May 2012
    Is “Water Vapor Feedback” Positive or Negative?

    Exploiting the medium of Youtube
    Carl Brehmer is drawing wider attention to a fascinating
    experiment he performed to test the climatic impacts of water in our atmosphere.
    Carl explains, “An essential element of the “greenhouse
    effect” hypothesis is the positive “water vapor feedback”
    hypothesis. That is, if something causes an increase in the
    temperature this will cause an increase in the evaporation of
    water into water vapor.”
    Another important website is www. The Great Climate -G3
    The Greenhouse gas effect does not exist.

    Dr. Vincent Gray on historical carbon
    dioxide levels
    Posted on June 4, 2013 by Anthony Watts

    4th 2013
    There are two gases in the earth’s
    atmosphere without which living organisms could not exist.

    Oxygen is the most abundant, 21% by
    volume, but without carbon dioxide, which is currently only about
    0.04 percent (400ppm) by volume, both the oxygen itself, and most
    living organisms on earth could not exist at all.

    This happened when the more complex of
    the two living cells (called “eukaryote”) evolved a process
    called a “chloroplast” some 3 billion years ago, which utilized a
    chemical called chlorophyll to capture energy from the sun and
    convert carbon dioxide and nitrogen into a range of chemical
    compounds and structural polymers by photosynthesis. These substances
    provide all the food required by the organisms not endowed with a
    chloroplast organelle in their cells.

    This process also produced all of the
    oxygen in the atmosphere

    The relative proportions of carbon
    dioxide and oxygen have varied very widely over the geological ages.



    It will be seen that there is no
    correlation whatsoever between carbon dioxide concentration and the
    temperature at the earth’s surface.

    During the latter part of the
    Carboniferous, the Permian and the first half of the Triassic period,
    250-320 million years ago, carbon dioxide concentration was half what
    it is today but the temperature was 10ºC higher than today . Oxygen
    in the atmosphere fluctuated from 15 to 35% during this period

    From the Cretaceous to the Eocene 35 to
    100 million years ago, a high temperature went with declining carbon

    The theory that carbon dioxide
    concentration is related to the temperature of the earth’s surface
    is therefore wrong.

  24. geo brecke December 30, 2013 at 5:22 AM

    This story grows more interesting all the time. Is it five Journalists on board? don’t we know they had big plans of showing us all that “we were on thin ice.” But some suggest the ice is between 2 and 3 times as thick as any of the three ice breakers can handle.

    Will this Expedition be called Turney’s Folly?

  25. malcolm7 December 30, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    please don’t blame these poor, disallusioned , over educated ,individuals . Those who deserve the blame for this massive C— up , are the people we elected to govern our countries , who have supplied the funds which allows them to continue .

  26. Robert Holmes December 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM

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