MSM Glosses Over Irony Of Global Warming Scientists Trapped In Antarctic Ice

Posted on Sun 12/29/2013 by


By P.J. Gladnick ~


This is huge news across most of Australia, even though the MSM are attempting to hide the whole story. You see, there are two quite large media crews on board this vessel, now solidly trapped in the Ice. They were attempting to reach the site of Mawson’s Hut, the site of Sir Douglas Mawson’s original Antarctic expedition way back in 1914. Mawson sailed his wooden sailing ship almost to the shore back in 1914. This expedition, 100 years later was carried out in a purpose built steel motorised Icebreaker. It is stranded in thick pack ice, almost 10 Kilometres from the same site, such is the growing extent of ice. This is at the height of the Southern Hemisphere Summer, when ice extent is supposed to be at its minimum, and this ship is stuck fast in ice. There are three other icebreakers on the way in an attempt to free this ship, and one of them is also stuck as well, and another cannot even get close. There is a combined ABC/BBC TV documentary crew on board the stuck ship, as well as a team from The UK Guardian media outlet, as well as a number of Climate Scientists. This is pretty much a huge embarrassment, as the main thrust of the media presence on board the ship was to highlight the effects of Global Warming/Climate Change. Fail – Huge…..TonyfromOz.

icebreaker_0 Somewhere far, far to the south where it is summer, a group of global warming scientists are trapped in the Antarctic ice. If you missed the irony of that situation, it is because much of the mainstream media has glossed over that rather inconvenient bit of hilarity. As an example here is an Associated Press story that avoids mentioning the real mission of the scientists aboard the icebound Russian ship:

The Snow Dragon icebreaker came within 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck since Christmas Eve, but had to retreat after the ice became too thick, said expedition spokesman Alvin Stone.

The Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been on a research expedition to Antarctica, got stuck Tuesday after a blizzard’s whipping winds pushed the sea ice around the ship, freezing it in place. The ship wasn’t in danger of sinking, and there are weeks’ worth of supplies for the 74 scientists, tourists and crew on board, but the vessel cannot move.

So what was the exact mission of these scientists? AP is rather vague about this reporting only:

The scientific team on board the research ship — which left New Zealand on Nov. 28 — had been recreating Australian explorer Douglas Mawson’s century-old voyage to Antarctica when it became trapped. They plan to continue their expedition after they are freed, expedition leader Chris Turney said.

Um, there is a bit more to the expedition than merely following in the footsteps of a century-old voyage. But what that mission really is, AP won’t say. If AP is vague about the mission’s purpose, Reuters provides even less information.

Since the MSM isn’t forthcoming as to the real purpose of those scientists traveling to Antarctica, we turn to Whats Up With That for more insight:

The expedition is being led by Chris Turney, “climate scientist”, who has “set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.” The purpose of the expedition is “to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.”

It seems they found out what the “environmental changes taking place in the south.” are.

Finally, National Geographic bluntly states the mission purpose:

…The current crop of explorers are hoping to document some of the same data and compare them to Mawson’s numbers, “using the twist of modern technology,” Turney told National Geographic earlier this month.

As may be expected, global warming might play a role in this, he suggests, particularly with respect to melted ice in the East Antarctic.

Ah, so now we see why the MSM reluctance to flat out state why the scientists are in the Antarctic. Anything to avoid an inconvenient (but accurate) headline like this:


P.J. Gladnick is a contributor at NewsBusters and is a freelance writer.

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