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BBC In Warmist Fantasyland

January 3, 2014
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By Paul Homewood


h/t Doug Brodie


According to the report yesterday by the BBC on the trapped Akademik Shokalskiy:


An Australian ship also failed to penetrate the dense pack-ice that had fallen from a glacier and had been driven into normally-open ocean by strong winds”.


The report on BBC Radio 4 was filed by their Sydney correspondent, Phil Mercer, and is on BBC i-Player, about 28 minutes in.


There have been various attempts to blame the debacle on global warming, but this one really is nonsensical.

According to the expedition report, filed by the Guardian:

Direct access from the sea has been impossible for the past four years, however, ever since a 75-mile-long iceberg called B09B grounded itself in the entrance to Commonwealth Bay. A thick band of sea ice has since built up around the iceberg, sticking fast to the land and blocking ships from getting to Boat Harbour, where Mawson moored the Aurora in January 1912.”


And Chris Turney, leader of the expedition states that:

The thick chaotic surface we see around the Shokalskiy is consistent with the idea that this ice is several years old and is considerably more difficult to break through by icebreaker than single year ice.”


NSIDC are quite clear just what sea ice is:

Sea ice is frozen seawater that floats on the ocean surface. Blanketing millions of square kilometers, sea ice forms and melts with the polar seasons, affecting both human activity and biological habitat. In the Arctic, some sea ice persists year after year, whereas almost all Southern Ocean or Antarctic sea ice is "seasonal ice," meaning it melts away and reforms annually.


To summarise, the sea ice builds up in winter. The presence of the B09B iceberg has restricted this ice from being swept out to sea, whilst summer temperatures have not been warm enough for significant melting to occur either.

But it is probably too much to expect the BBC to report the truth, particularly when it contradicts their preconceived bias.

  1. John F. Hultquist permalink
    January 3, 2014 6:34 pm

    Seems the BBC gets more things wrong every year. At the rate of decline of truth, by the year 2037 our models project there will be no truth left therein. Our confidence level on this is greater than 95% and 97% of us agree. The problem is considered to be 100% attributable to humans.

    We will not be around in 2037 so if this projection does not come to pass you need not try to contact us to complain.

  2. January 3, 2014 6:53 pm

    Reblogged this on CraigM350.

  3. lolwot permalink
    January 3, 2014 7:04 pm

    It’s funny that two posts back you wrote: “Professor Turkey Expected Less Sea Ice, Not More”

    What was that based on? A BBC reporter claiming that the expedition was to investigate how fast sea ice was being lost. You took that as fact and used it to attribute a belief to Professor TurDEY. What you didn’t do is accuse the BBC of living in a fantasyland and reference the expedition blog to show that the reporter was wrong.

    But here, in this post, it’s a very different story. Suddenly you don’t believe the BBC reporter. You accuse them of living in a fantasyland. Yet you don’t provide adequate evidence they are wrong in my opinion.

    Seems to be a case of if they say what you want to hear, you believe it without checking. If they say something you don’t want to hear you try hard to find a reason to argue against it and accuse them of living in a fantasy-land.


    • January 3, 2014 7:22 pm

      Wake me up when you find out where the BBC reporter got his information from.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      January 3, 2014 10:47 pm

      Poor lolwot.

      Face it, that business down in Antarctica is the biggest PR disaster to hit the CAGW bedwetter industry since Climategate blew COP15 at Copenhagen clean out of the water, a catastrophe from which the annual CAGW promoter’s piss-ups have never recovered, nor are likely to.

      In these troubled times, it’s hard for you true believers to keep the AGW banner flying and the torch burning, isn’t it?

      AGW – It’s All Gone Wrong!

      Meanwhile, in the real world,

  4. January 3, 2014 10:57 pm

    lolwot : Yes. Professor TurDEY will do. If you’re gonna correct a mis-spelling of his name, try not to make it worse with another one.

  5. January 4, 2014 12:31 am

    The icebergs occurred in 2010

    In 2011 ships were having trouble getting into the area.
    Giant iceberg blocks Mawson centenary tours
    December 22, 2011

    • January 4, 2014 12:08 pm

      Interesting that the iceberg originally broke loose in 1987.

  6. Sparks permalink
    January 4, 2014 12:53 pm

    I heard another crazy statement on the news 24 channel, but it was about the snow storms in Canada and the US, at the end of the report, the presenter said “treacherous conditions were expected remain as temperatures continued to rise”.

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