Global Warming Scientists Forced To Admit Defeat … Because Of Too Much Ice

  • Date: 31/12/13
  • Mia De Graaf and Hayley O’Keeffe, Daily Mail

They went in search evidence of the world’s melting ice caps, but instead a team of climate scientists have been forced to abandon their mission … because the Antarctic ice is thicker than usual at this time of year.

This image, taken by passenger Andrew Peacock, shows the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy still stuck in the ice off East Antarctica, as it waits to be rescued

This image, taken by passenger Andrew Peacock, shows the ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy still stuck in the ice off East Antarctica, as it waits to be rescued

The scientists have been stuck aboard the stricken MV Akademik Schokalskiy since Christmas Day, with repeated sea rescue attempts being abandoned as icebreaking ships failed to reach them.

Now that effort has been ditched, with experts admitting the ice is just too thick. Instead the crew have built an icy helipad, with plans afoot to rescue the 74-strong team by helicopter.

The expedition is being lead by Chris Turney, a climate scientist, who was hoping to reach the base camp of Douglas Mawson, one of the most famous Antarctic explorers, and repeat observations done by him in 1912 to see what impact climate change had made.

It is thought that the group, which includes scientific researchers and a journalist, will now be able to escape by air after two sea rescues failed.

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