Ship of Fools II hampered by…ice

Remember the Ship of Fools? The idiotic scientists who travelled to the Antarctic to show the world how the ice has melted catastrophically, only to be trapped in ice that wasn’t supposed to be there. They had to be rescued in the end,

There is now another Ship of Fools, this time trying to circumnavigate the Arctic to show us how much the ice has melted…except they’re trapped in ice…and getting close to having to be rescued themselves.

An Arctic expedition designed to raise awareness of the perils of man-made climate change is being frustrated by unexpectedly large quantities of ice.

The Polar Ocean Challenge, whose aim is to circumnavigate the Arctic in a sailing boat while the summer ice-melt allows, is being led by veteran explorer David Hempleman-Adams. He justifies the expedition thus:

Permanent irreversible change in the sea ice landscape of the Arctic seems inevitable. This will / is already having global economic political, social and environmental implications. A significant change in my lifetime. see this possibility to circumnavigate the Arctic as one I wanted to take despite the risks associated with it in order to increase the worlds attention on the effects of Arctic climate change. There may be a possibility still to curb this progressive warming and melting in the Arctic. But even if this is not possible the next most important thing is to at the very least highlight the need to ‘Navigate the Future of the Arctic responsibly’.

I see this possibility to circumnavigate the Arctic as one I wanted to take despite the risks associated with it in order to increase the worlds attention on the effects of Arctic climate change. There may be a possibility still to curb this progressive warming and melting in the Arctic. But even if this is not possible the next most important thing is to at the very least highlight the need to ‘Navigate the Future of the Arctic responsibly’.

Well, yes, of course, David. That’s just the kind of eco-friendly blah which will have landed your expedition sponsorship from a City of London finance firm. But what if, as the real world evidence increasingly suggests, your prognostications of climate doom are flat out wrong?  

Already the expedition is around 4 to 6 weeks behind schedule having been held up in the Laptev Sea by the kind of ice which experts like Cambridge University’s Peter Wadhams – of whom more in a moment – assure us will soon disappear permanently from the Arctic in summer.

Here, for example, is an entry from their August 18 ship’s log:

Well I came up on watch this morning at 0800.  ice, ice and more b****t ice.

and here

A Stamukha is an iceberg that is touching the bottom.

We had to turn round from the ice by the coast last night and find somewhere safe to moor/anchor. There were strong winds so we needed to find somewhere else to sit them out, and the answer was a stamukha.

We knew it might drift, and it did, so when it had drifted into a more dangerous situation, Ben (who was on anchor watch) woke Nikolay and we’ve moved off it to go and have a look at the ice situation just up ahead again

and here’s one from crew member Ben Edwards, who is 14 years old

We’re still running into ice, aaaagggghhhh!  We’ve had patches of clear water just large enough that you can’t see the other side, just large enough that you start to think maybe we’ve seen the last of the ice, and then it looms out out of the horizon like a piece of homework that you’ve been trying to avoid doing by moving to India only to find that school exists there as well.  Hmpf.  We’ve put in three new tracks today each one further south than the last in the vain hope that we’d finally escape the ice by running away from it.  Unfortunately it seems that ice is a vindictive substance and refuses to leave us alone.

Poor Ben. Like every other 14-year old in Christendom he has never lived in a period of global warming (it hasn’t happened for 18 years) but yet has been assured non-stop by teachers and other experts that it represents a serious threat to the planet’s future.

Far from being free of ice like it was supposed to be by 2012 there is more ice than 9 years ago. Incredibly one so-called climate scientists said this just two months ago:

The Arctic is on track to be free of sea ice this year or next for the first time in more than 100,000 years, a leading scientist has claimed.

Provisional satellite data produced by the US National Snow & Ice Data Centre shows there were just over 11.1 million square kilometres of sea ice on 1 June this year, compared to the average for the last 30 years of nearly 12.7 million square kilometres.

This difference – more than 1.5 million square kilometres – is about the same size as about six United Kingdoms.

Professor Peter Wadhams, head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group at Cambridge University, told The Independent that the latest figures largely bore out a controversial prediction he made four years ago.

“My prediction remains that the Arctic ice may well disappear, that is, have an area of less than one million square kilometres for September of this year,” he said.

“Even if the ice doesn’t completely disappear, it is very likely that this will be a record low year. I’m convinced it will be less than 3.4 million square kilometres [the current record low].

“I think there’s a reasonable chance it could get down to a million this year and if it doesn’t do it this year, it will do it next year.

When the people on the Ship of Fools listen to numpties like that it isn’t hard to believe they are now stuck in ice. The reality of the situation is somewhat different as winter arrives in the Northern hemisphere.

These people are charlatans committing one of the biggest fraud known to mankind. The sad part is they are enabled by the useful idiots of the left-wing.

 

– Breitbart

 

  • Red_NZ

    all they have to do is watch deadliest catch, to know how far from the pole the sea Ice pack travels and that it’s still where it’s “not meant to be”.

  • Bling Bling

    Had they read Captain Cooks journals or biographies they might have figured out that the summer thaw is not exactly best of times to go into the Artic. Of course history and facts have no place in an ideological discourse.

  • biscuit barrel

    Thats a new definition of ‘ice free’
    “Arctic ice may well disappear, that is, have an area of less than one million square kilometres for September of this year.
    A million sq km is defined as ice free!. I can see their problem right there, they are deluded.

    • sheppy

      As ever when the science doesn’t fit they change the definitions so it does

  • cows4me

    Mindless fools lets hope they sail off the edge of the world.

  • biscuit barrel

    They never mention the other end of the globe.
    “Wintertime Antarctic sea ice is increasing at a small rate and with substantial year-to-year variation. …
    However, global climate model projections for sea ice trends around Antarctica are at odds with what is being observed.” hahaha
    http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/faq/#wintertimeantarctic

  • biscuit barrel

    Back in 2012 they came across some historical ice extent maps compiled by a danish Institute ‘Nautisk Meteorologisk Aarbog’ from 1893 to 1961. They use mostly the August month not the September month which is where the maximum melt has occured, but there seems to be large cycles when the ice free portion gets bigger then smaller-this was back in the time ‘before global warming’
    wattsupwiththat.com/2012/05/02/cache-of-historical-arctic-sea-ice-maps-discovered/

    There are other tricks thats used including areas that are covered in ice in winter but are not seen as being ‘arctic ocean’ by the general public, eg down to Gulf of St Lawrence and the same for Bering Sea

  • Chris

    When they get trapped by the non existent ice, they should be forced to winter over there just like explorers a 100 years or so ago used to have to do.

  • Blockhead

    These alarmists have such a short view of geological time they don’t have any perception of the context in which the changes they “observe” (is a computer model an observation?). A few seasonal varitations becomes a major trend, “never seen before”. But that is because we have had satellite observation for such a short time, we don’t have any other data to compare the comprehensive satellite data with.

    Matt Ridley helps put this stuff (particularly Waddams predictions) into a “time” relevant context. Of course, its not so scary then.

    http://www.thegwpf.com/matt-ridley-ice-scares-arent-all-theyre-cracked-up-to-be/

  • Rick H

    “Climate Model” projections – – –
    This stuff pokes out exactly what the maker wants to see; they are designed to do just that.

    These fools, if driving a car noticably in a forward direction, yet the gear selection light is saying “R” – – -would believe they were going backwards.

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