The search for global warming is put on ice

The “carbon footprint” of the expedition became a “carbon bigfoot print.” Photo: AP Photo/Australasian Antarctic Expedition/Footloose Fotography, Andrew Peacock

MILLINOCKET, Maine, January 5, 2014 – There is poetic justice. A pseudo-scientific expedition into Antarctic waters was supposed to document the effects of global warming on the ice pack there. A funny thing happened on the way … the ship became frozen in Antarctic waters.

The crew and passengers aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy were forced to spend Christmas locked in sea ice some 100 nautical miles from French Antarctic station Dumont D’Urville. The Xue Long, a Chinese icebreaker, attempted to reach them, but also became trapped.

Eventually a helicopter from the Xue Long ferried passengers to the Australian rescue ship Aurora Australis, which carried them to Hobart, Tasmania.

Since the “carbon footprint” of the expedition became a “carbon bigfoot print,” due to rescue attempts, environmentalists involved in the hapless endeavor will have to plant many more than the 800 trees they had originally pledged to offset the impact of their efforts.

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JMB

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