Supreme irony: global warming expert trapped in Antarctic ice

The ice-bound Akademik Shokalskiy, hoisted on its own petard, as it were

The ice-bound Akademik Shokalskiy, hoisted on its own petard, as it were

UPDATE: French polar chief derides Antarctic cruise as a jaunt. (Read here.)

Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales, is leading the scientific expedition to Antarctica that is, ironically, stuck in ice that global warming is allegedly shrinking.

Yet, as Fox News reports

[Turney] said it was “silly” to suggest he and 73 others aboard the MV Akademic Shokalskiy were trapped in ice they’d sought to prove had melted. He remained adamant that sea ice is melting, even as the boat remained trapped in frozen seas.

“We’re stuck in our own experiment,” the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement. We came to Antarctica to study how one of the biggest icebergs in the world has altered the system by trapping ice. We … are now ourselves trapped by ice surrounding our ship.

“Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up,” the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement.

Here is the scientific expedition’s reasons for the exploration, its own words.

Turney, it turns out has a vested interest in proving that global warming is occurring:

The expedition is being led by Chris Turney, “climate scientist”, who has “set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.” The purpose of the expedition is “to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.”

Despite being stuck in the ice, Turney remains adamant that it has nothing to do with the recent “baffling” increase in Antarctic ice. The ice that captured the ship is very old ice that has broken off from the main ice pack, thanks to global warming, he concludes.

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  • Fox news? Ah, your fair and impartial source of all news and commentary. I see. Why bother to go to an objective scientific analysis.

  • You must have missed the part where linked to the expedition's purpose in their own words. Fair and balanced, I am.

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    Shippers and the Navies of the world have noted the melting Arctic ice. It's hardly another silly politically partisan issue. It's happening.

  • The question isn't whether the climate is changing. It always is, whether it is getting warmer or cooler. Stable climate is an oxymoron. The question is whether the change is being caused by human activity, and, if so, how much, and in what direction. Navigators have been noting the floating ice for a long, long time. Ever hear of the Titanic?

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