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The Further Adventures of the Chinese Ice Breaker That Rescued the Global Warming Scientists
Pajamas Media ^ | 01/05/2014 | Rick Moran

Posted on 01/05/2014 11:51:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind

When last we left our heroes, they had successfully evacuated 52 global warming scientists from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian ice breaker that was stranded by ice for 10 days. A Chinese ship, the Xue Long, used a helicopter to ferry the scientists — who still insist the Antarctic ice is melting due to global warming — to an Australian ice breaker that is now on the way back home.

But rather than get the girl and live happily ever after, the Chinese ice breaker itself has now become trapped by sea ice.

BBC reports:

The Chinese ice-breaker that helped rescue passengers stranded on the Akademik Shokalskiy vessel in Antarctica may now itself be stuck.

An Australian ice-breaker carrying the rescued passengers has been placed on standby in case the Chinese ship, Xue Long, needs assistance.

On Thursday, a helicopter from Xue Long transferred 52 passengers from the Shokalskiy to the Aurora Australis.

The Shokalskiy has been trapped by thick floes of ice since 24 December.

“Xue Long notified Amsa [the Australian Maritime Safety Authority]… this afternoon [that] it has concerns about their ability to move through heavy ice in the area,” Amsa said in a statement.

“[Xue Long] will attempt to manoeuvre through the ice when tidal conditions are most suitable during the early hours of 4 January,” Amsa said, adding that there was no immediate danger to the crew on the Xue Long.

The Australian Aurora Australis has been asked to remain in open water nearby as a precautionary measure.

BBC reporter Andrew Luck-Baker is on board the Australian ship: “The irony of the situation is that the Xue Long was originally summoned to break a clear route through the pack ice to the smaller Russian vessel. That was not possible and the large icebreaker is now trapped itself.

“As a precautionary measure, the Australian icebreaker has been put on standby to assist the Xue Long, if needs be. All the vessels involved in this drama are within a sea area of East Antarctica that is claimed by Australia. Hence, the coordinating role lies with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.”

As a political joke, the idea of global warming scientists out to prove the shrinking Antarctic ice sheet becoming trapped is mildly amusing. But as a matter of science, looking at an infinitesimally small part of the ice sheet and basing any conclusions on how thick the ice is at that small section at a given point during a given time of the year is silly. The Antarctic ice sheet covers 4.5 million square miles and the local concentration of ice that covers a few dozen or even hundreds of miles is certainly not indicative of whether the entire ice sheet is growing, shrinking, or remaining constant.

That said, there doesn’t seem to be a good explanation for why part of the Antarctic ice sheet is shrinking and other parts are growing. The explanation for both cannot be global warming so there is obviously some dynamic about ice masses at work of which we are still in dark.

I don’t know whether the rescued scientists were interested in studying the problem with an open mind or whether they had braved the ice in order to advance a cause. We should rejoice that they are safe while, at the same time, allowing ourselves a chuckle at the superficial irony of seeing global warming scientists hoisted on their own petard, so to speak.



TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antarctica; climatechange; globalwarming; glowbullwarming; hoax; shokalskiy

1 posted on 01/05/2014 11:51:32 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
"...rescued scientists"?

I thought it was a bunch of trust fund babies looking for an excuse to keep others from making money and to to party heartily to while trying to make themselves look and feel good, and to make people that work for a living look and feel bad?

2 posted on 01/05/2014 11:58:39 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: SeekAndFind

There is something incredibly human about 52 global-warming scientists being trapped by sea ice and then being rescued by the Chinese - one of the, if not THE, top producers of pollution. Liberals, ever wont to enjoy irony, must be gleeful over this event.


3 posted on 01/05/2014 12:00:33 PM PST by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m sorry, I’m not stopping laughing.


4 posted on 01/05/2014 12:04:45 PM PST by Yaelle
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To: SeekAndFind

Who is PAYING for all this?

I challenge 60 minutes to investigate!


5 posted on 01/05/2014 12:06:21 PM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: P.O.E.

Send in Leslie Stahl, she knows cold.


6 posted on 01/05/2014 12:07:57 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: SeekAndFind

Anybody notice this? While our heros in talk radio offer their schadenfreud sympathies on the on going episodes of the glow-bullshooters. Not one mentioned it’s supposed to be summertime down south. That includes Rush when offering their observations.


7 posted on 01/05/2014 12:15:26 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: SeekAndFind

First Church of the Burning Planet


8 posted on 01/05/2014 12:15:41 PM PST by beebuster2000
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To: SeekAndFind
" BEIJING, Jan. 5 (Xinhuanet) -- The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, has opened an ice breaking track of about a thousand meters, and is now waiting for favorable weather conditions to free itself.

All one hundred and one crew members on board are safe and sound. And the ship is carrying sufficient supplies.

The Xuelong is stuck in pack ice up to four meters thick. It’s 21 kilometers away from clear waters. China’s Oceanic Administration has set up an emergency expert group which is consultation with the crew. The Xuelong is constantly sending back sea ice and tidal data.

(Source: CNTV.cn) "

9 posted on 01/05/2014 12:18:31 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: mosesdapoet
That includes Rush when offering their observations.

Negative. Rush has mnade that point...several times.

10 posted on 01/05/2014 12:19:17 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: NormsRevenge
"she knows cold."

Bbbrrrrrrrrrrrr.

11 posted on 01/05/2014 12:19:20 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

Russian Built...China bought it..


12 posted on 01/05/2014 12:20:15 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Calvin Locke

It was a bunch of trust fund babies/Enviro Nuts looking for an excuse to keep others from making money and to party heartily too while trying to make themselves look and feel good, and to make people that work for a living look and feel bad?


13 posted on 01/05/2014 12:20:40 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: NormsRevenge

14 posted on 01/05/2014 12:21:19 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Sacajaweau
" SHANGHAI, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- China plans to build a new icebreaker for polar expeditions as its veteran Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, remains stuck in Antarctica after rescuing passengers from a Russian vessel.

Qu Tanzhou, director of the State Oceanic Administration's Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration, told Xinhua on Sunday that designs for the vessel were in the process after gaining official approval.

"The new icebreaker will be shorter and be equipped with blades both at the bow and the stern, which will be able to open ice 1.5 meters thick," said Qu.

Designed mainly for field research instead of transporting supplies, the new icebreaker will also have a better power system, larger decks and laboratories. It will be a "mobile research station," said Qu.

Put into use in 1994, the Ukraine-built Xuelong was designed for transporting supplies to China's research stations in the Antarctic. It can break ice that is 1.2 meters thick.

Xueying 12, a helicopter on board Xuelong, on Thursday successfully evacuated all 52 passengers aboard the Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy that had been stranded since Christmas Eve. The passengers were transferred to Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis. The Australian icebreaker had been sent to rescue the Russian ship.

After rescuing the passengers, Xuelong became stuck because of floating ice.

Xuelong is 66.65 degrees south latitude and 144.42 degrees east longitude. It is surrounded by sheets of ice up to four meters thick and is about 21 km away from unfrozen waters, according to the State Oceanic Administration.

China has sent a team to rescue Xuelong. There is no immediate danger to personnel aboard Xuelong, which is well stocked with food supplies and has enough fuel.

Zhang Jiansong, a Xinhua reporter, is aboard Xuelong. She said the blizzard on Sunday left the deck extremely slippery and people could hardly walk on it.

"Despite that, the Xuelong crew stay positive and have carried on experiments on board as scheduled," she said.

The U.S. Coast Guard will send its icebreaker Polar Star to assist Xuelong and the Russian vessel, Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Saturday.

Qu said the planned expedition by Xuelong will be altered once it is out of trouble. "

15 posted on 01/05/2014 12:24:09 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

My pal Sam who was born in Hong Kong, was the best Chinese icebreaker I’d known at the parties we went to together. PARTEEE TIIIIIIME!


16 posted on 01/05/2014 12:24:41 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Dang! They had their choice of global warming or global cooling. I think I would have picked cooling because people seem to remember being extremely cold more than extremely hot. I think they tried climate change which would have given them both sides but it was too late, global warming is stuck in people’s head.


17 posted on 01/05/2014 12:27:55 PM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank God for fossil fuels


18 posted on 01/05/2014 12:31:14 PM PST by woofie
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To: Paladin2

So the snow dragon is stuck in 4 meter thick ice.
4 meters equal 13.12 feet of ice.
In the Chinese logic, they plan to build a new ice breaker with blades able to chew through 1.5 meters of ice. That’s only 4.92 feet!
Looks like a monumental leap backwards.


19 posted on 01/05/2014 12:33:36 PM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: SeekAndFind

“But as a matter of science, looking at an infinitesimally small part of the ice sheet and basing any conclusions on how thick the ice is at that small section at a given point during a given time of the year is silly”

Weellll...’as a matter of science’, Antarctic sea ice extent keeps hitting record highs:

http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/antarctica-sea-ice-extent-all-time-record-maximum-on-sept-14-2013/


20 posted on 01/05/2014 12:41:46 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The SUPERFICIAL irony..?

Picture that - An unrealistically OPTIMISTIC advocate of mm global warming..??


21 posted on 01/05/2014 12:53:14 PM PST by gaijin
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To: SeekAndFind

The Chinese stuck eating Chicken Fried Rice, while the chickens fled the ice ....


22 posted on 01/05/2014 12:58:59 PM PST by mikrofon (Perhaps a few Chechens...)
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To: Revolting cat!

I thought Xuelong was, a few years back, Governor of Louisiana.


23 posted on 01/05/2014 1:01:13 PM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SeekAndFind
...part of the Antarctic ice sheet is shrinking and other parts are growing. The explanation for both cannot be global warming...

Incorrect.
The fact that part is shrinking and part is expanding, taken together with the fact that the ice sheet is now the largest it has been since measurements have been taken, is ABSOLUTE PROOF of Global Warming.

24 posted on 01/05/2014 1:19:53 PM PST by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: sima_yi
They were looking for Absolut proof and they found it...

Earlier reports say they drank it all before they could be rescued.

25 posted on 01/05/2014 1:37:02 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: SeekAndFind
It's more than a PR disaster for the First Church of Algore. According to the head of France's Polar Institute, this collection of journos and touristas have royally screwed up this this summer's supply chain for actual scientific missions down there. Check out some his non-scientific quotes:here

But, but, I thought the Goreites were for "science"!

26 posted on 01/05/2014 1:45:17 PM PST by Riflema
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To: mikrofon
mikrofon wrote: The Chinese stuck eating Chicken Fried Rice, while the chickens fled the ice ....


Thats not chicken fried rice.

27 posted on 01/05/2014 1:57:46 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

General Tsao’s penguin is finger lickin’ good!


28 posted on 01/05/2014 2:00:04 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: mountn man

Leonard: Why are you learning Chinese?

Sheldon: I believe the Szechuan Palace has been passing off orange chicken as tangerine chicken, and I intend to confront them.

Leonard: If I were you, I’d be more concerned with what they’re passing off as chicken.


29 posted on 01/05/2014 2:06:22 PM PST by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: TigersEye
How do we know if penguin tastes like chicken?

Maybe chicken tastes like penquin.

30 posted on 01/05/2014 2:18:10 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh berry berry bad loss off face very bad!


31 posted on 01/05/2014 4:43:58 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh berry berry bad loss off face very bad!


32 posted on 01/05/2014 4:46:44 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: right way right

Double post berry bad loss of face. Jus one berry bad though.


33 posted on 01/05/2014 6:07:39 PM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: SeekAndFind
Meanwhile, on 5 January 2014, USCG Polar Star, an American heavy icebreaker sailed from Sydney to join the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis in Commonwealth Bay or a joint rescue operation? http://www.ibtimes.co.in/articles/532898/20140105/icebreaker-polar-star-antarctica-rescue-rescueships.htm
34 posted on 01/05/2014 7:17:05 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: MasterGunner01

They better free these ships before the Antarctic winter hits because I don’t care who you are it’s cold then and really dark too.


35 posted on 01/05/2014 7:27:42 PM PST by xp38
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To: SeekAndFind
Al Gore is finally a Shining example
Given the inconvenient turn in climate, this version is more fitting than the Jack Nicholson original.
36 posted on 01/06/2014 6:33:41 PM PST by Avoiding_Sulla (How humanitarian are "leaders" who back Malthusian, Utilitarian & Green nutcases?)
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