Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Global warming in the Arctic....if only!

Brrrrr......I wish the Earth would warm up a bit, don't you? This is a frostbitten extract from Sail World -

"The Northwest Passage after decades of so-called global warming has a dramatic 60% more Arctic ice this year than at the same time last year. The future dreams of dozens of adventurous sailors are now threatened. A scattering of yachts attempting the legendary Passage are caught by the ice, which has now become blocked at both ends and the transit season may be ending early.....the Passage has become blocked with 5/10 concentrated drifting sea ice at both the eastern and at the western ends of Canada’s Arctic Archipelago. At least 22 yachts and other vessels are in the Arctic at the moment. Some who were less advanced have retreated and others have abandoned their vessels along the way. Still others are caught in the ice in an unfolding, unresolved drama."

So it's very bad news for the team of rowers who were sculling their way through the Northwest Passage, hoping to show that if it wasn't for global warming, they would have had to use sledges and reindeer instead -

"The four men trying to row the Northwest Passage from west to east arrived back in Vancouver this weekend after deciding to end their voyage early when sea ice and winds made their trip too difficult to complete...They were aiming to raise awareness about climate change by rowing through areas previously covered in ice, but in the end, they didn't find what they were expecting....after learning that ice choked much of the route ahead, the group decided to end their trip at Cambridge Bay, about halfway to Pond Inlet."

But they still maintain that the Arctic is heating up really, because of some old wives' tales the Eskimos came out with. Who needs western science when you can consult a shaman puffing away on a pipefull of wacky baccy?

"Elders Billy and Eileen Jacobson of Tuktoyaktuk speak of winters shortened by a fortnight at either end, of grasshoppers in the arctic, of grizzly bears and wolverine further north than ever seen before. Daryl Nasagaluk of Tuktoyaktuk speaks of beavers now appearing in arctic waters.....Hank Wolki in Paulatuk speaks of the thinning sea ice....Marlene Wolki of Paulatuk speaks of a shifting winter season, of picking blueberries in late September.....Joe Ohokannoak tells us of....ravens being common place where once they never ventured.....the arctic is changing and it’s changing dramatically. We know this because the people that live here tell us so."

...as they happily report on their sponsors' website. Which must cheer up Mainstream Renewable Power no end.

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