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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

'Having fun doing science in Antarctica, ice cold, cha cha cha,' shirt sleeves rolled up in apparently balmy Antarctica, organizer of global warming expedition stuck in ice leads crew in song

1/2/14, "Antarctic helicopter rescue of trapped ship passengers delayed due to sea ice," Reuters. Stranded ship's New Year's video. " Ice cold, cha cha cha!"


1/1/14, "Ship of Fools," Andrew Bolt, Australia Herald Sun

"Greens Senator-elect Janet Rice on December 7, about to board a ship filled with warmists:

"I’m off to Antarctica tomorrow! It seems appropriate that my last post here before I go is about campaigning for effective action on climate change.
Rice on Christmas Day is stuck in ice: 

"Happy Christmas to the world from the Australasian Antarctic Expedition! We are celebrating Christmas in an amazing place- 66?41’ S, 144?18’ E to be precise. We’ve been here or hereabouts for over a day now, drifting with the pack ice, officially ‘beset’. Our ship the Shokalskiy is ice strengthened, not an ice breaker and the ice around us is currently beyond us."

Comedian Wendy Harmer cannot see the joke of global warmists stuck in ice they assumed would be melted away:

But the embarrassment is so acute that the expedition organisers are pretending they were never that interested in global warming really:

"BAD weather yesterday thwarted a planned helicopter evacuation of 42 scientists, tourists and media trapped aboard a Russian ship in Antarctic sea ice in Commonwealth Bay since Christmas[subscrip.]

Cruise organisers yesterday were attempting to downplay the scientific nature of the voyage following a barrage of negative comments online. Many posts had highlighted the irony of climate change scientists being stuck in the ice

A spokesman for the expedition said it was wrong to describe the voyage as a climate change journey despite there being climate scientists on board."...

[Ed. note: While many reports omit mention that the trip was a global warming mission, so far I haven't found a citation with a spokesman saying it was wrong to describe it as an AGW mission.]

(continuing): "But the website promoting the journey said there were “numerous science questions that need to be urgently addressed ...There is an increasing body of evidence that has identified parts of the East Antarctic which are highly susceptible to melting and collapse from ocean warming.”"

We’ve mentioned before how reporters from the ABC and Fairfax media are covering up these warmists’ embarrassment. Take Nicky Phillips, a warmist reporter from the Sydney Morning Herald.

Here is Phillips a month ago, telling us she’s going to visit the Antarctic (on another ship): warming is an important story, and the trip will give Fairfax Media a rare opportunity to visit the continent most acutely affected by global warming. Antarctica is climate change ground zero.  The data that scientists gather will play a crucial role in future climate models.  

Phillips is now on the icebreaker which tried and failed to free the Shokalskiy and its mortified warmists. Her reports are now free of any mention of global warming now that she’s staring at record ice instead of melted glaciers.

You see, the sea ice around Antarctica isn’t showing any evidence of a warming planet:


When did Harmer tell a joke as good as this one? 

"Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales, 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... 

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


What ice? What cold? Can’t you feel the global warming?

Professor Chis Turney seems so embarrassed by having his global warming alarmism exposed by the ice around his expedition’s ship that he’s taken to wearing just a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, even while the rest of the expedition are in parkas and heavy jumpers:

"Streamed live Dec. 31. 2013"

(Thanks to readers Matt and Leigh, and hat tip to Tim Blair and Watts Up With That for the doctored image of the trapped Russian ship)."  via Tom Nelson


"Ice cold, cha cha cha!" More lyrics of the stranded crew's New Year's video:

12/31/13, "Spirits strong among passengers on ship stuck in Antarctic ice," CNN, Tom Watkins, Ralph Ellis

"It may not be comparable to Gilligan's Island, but the plight of the 74 members of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, aboard a research ship stuck in ice for more than a week at the bottom of the world, appeared anything but grim as 2014 approached. "We're the A, A, E who have traveled far, having fun doing science in Antarctica!" a dozen or so of them sang on a video posted on YouTube. "Lots of snow and lots of ice, lots of penguins, which are very, very nice!"

The rhyme scheme then fell apart, but the festive mood did not: "Really good food and company, but a bloody great shame we are still stuck here! Ice cold, cha cha cha! Ice cold, cha cha cha!"

It was not all fun and games aboard the Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy. After bad weather led the crew of the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis to suspend efforts to reach the expedition Monday, less than 10 nautical miles short of its goal, more than two dozen of those aboard the research vessel ventured onto the surrounding ice, locked arms and proceeded to stomp on the snow to mark a spot where a helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, can land.

The helicopter, which can carry 12 people at a time, is expected to take the ship's 52 passengers -- including the research team and journalists -- to the Xue Long. The Australian icebreaker that tried unsuccessfully to reach the research vessel will send a barge to pick them up from the Xue Long.

The 22 crew members of the Akademik Shokalskiy will stay aboard, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said. But the timing of the rescue remained uncertain as weather Tuesday remained bad....

Chris Turney, an Australian professor of climate change at the University of New South Wales, told CNN that there are regular briefings on the status of rescue attempts, and in the meantime, people are doing what they can to keep busy. That includes yoga and Spanish classes. The expedition to gauge the effects of [man-caused] climate change on the region began on November 27. The second and current leg of the trip started on December 8 and was scheduled to conclude with a return to New Zealand on January 4. The vessel got stuck in the ice 15 days after setting out on the second leg. Turney said the ship was surrounded by ice up to nearly 10 feet (3 meters) thick.
It was about 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont D'Urville, which is about 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Tasmania. On Christmas morning, the ship sent a satellite distress signal. But by New Year's Eve, those aboard were showing few signs of distress. "Up in the air, the Chinese came, flew around once and left again!" they sang. "The French dropped by, but couldn't get near. Bloody great shame we're still stuck here!""



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