THEY went to the Arctic lamenting global warming, but ever since they got there they have been wishing for warmer weather. That was how I started a post earlier this year, about three Brits who set off for the North Pole in February hoping to draw attention to the issue of global warming and take a few measurements of ice thinning along the way.
Still 500 kilometres from the North Pole the team now plan to be “lifted off the ice” by the end of this week because it’s just too cold – too cold to keep going and too cold to get the measurements they intended.
According to Steven Goddard blogging at WUWT, “I believe that they have done a fantastic job educating the public about the Arctic. Their mission has been followed breathlessly by BBC and Guardian reporters, who previously believed that the Arctic had melted and become a place for sunbathing.
“Following the daily reports of ice, cold, frostbite, hypothermia, pain and general misery being endured by the team – even the most daft newspaper reporter must be aware now that the Arctic is a very cold and icy place.”
According to the Catlin website, the three members of the expedition have been reflecting and commenting on how one of the many truly positive aspects of the expedition is the way in which they’ve worked so well together.
Catlin Arctic Ice Survey Packing It Up – What Have They Accomplished?
By Steven Goddard, http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/05/11/catlin-artic-ice-survey-packing-it-up-what-have-they-accomplished/ Above image also from this blog post.
AGW Activists Wishing for Warmer Weather, by Jennifer Marohasy
Catlin Arctic Survey, http://www.catlinarcticsurvey.com/
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