The 75 students waiting to go on the Students on Ice 12-day expedition to Greenland were getting anxious Aug.3, as ice in Frobisher Bay still prevented them from boarding their vessel, the Akademik Ioffe.
If the ice clogging Iqaluit’s harbour doesn’t clear in 24 hours, as of Aug. 4, the trip may be cancelled, expedition leader Geoff Green said.
“Our window to get to Greenland is closing,” Green said.This delayed departure should be an early lesson for these students, however it looks like they are slow learners. Expedition leader Geoff Green:
Originally set to depart Iqaluit Aug. 1, the team has been waiting at Arctic College’s old Ukkivik residence for winds to turn.
“It’s ironic, because globally the sea ice is diminishing. We seem to have what’s left of it in Iqaluit and Frobisher Bay."In July, this blog reported that two supply ships were stuck in the mouth of Frobisher Bay because of "brutal sea ice conditions." (link)
I am lucky enough to be representing WWF on the expedition, along with 3 incredible young women that WWF is sponsoring from Nunuvut, Greenland, and the Northwest Territories. Hailing from Vancouver, and having never ventured north of Edmonton (and in the summer at that), I really can’t begin to know what the real Arctic is going to be like. The only certainty I have is that over the next 2 weeks the Arctic is going to develop new meaning to me. It is going to change from something in my mind, to something that I will live and breathe. It will change to be the place that I saw that animal, where I met those people, and where I ventured into that community. It is going to change my life in a new and unexpected way.
Hopefully, the "three incredible young women" from Greenland are more aware than most at the WWF that Greenland, with it's current temperature is not melting and causing sea level rises.
Carolyn says that she "really can’t begin to know what the real Arctic is going to be like." Having probably been spoon-fed the WWF's bullshit, if she looks at the Arctic with an open mind, she will be amazed to find that she has been bamboozled.
For instance, the WWF's page called
tells us that:
Warming in the Arctic is expected to be two or three times greater than the rest of the world. Even a slight shift in temperature could potentially result in an ice-free Arctic within this century..
|Skate (SSN-578), surfaced at the North Pole, 17 March 1959. |
Image from NAVSOURCE
they might have mis-interpreted NASA's top scientist who predicted ice-free Arctic for 2012.
2012? or 2012 + 30 = 2042?
SO, if the Guardian is now saying that the Arctic should be ice-free in 30 years, what was it saying in 2008?
Tim Flannery (who wrote the flawed tome The Weather Makers) wrote for the Guardian in 2008:
The sea ice that covers the Arctic Ocean has glistened brightly into space for at least 3 million years.....yet by June 2008 signs of a great melt were emerging and a senior adviser to the Norwegian government was warning that this may be the Arctic's first ice-free year.