Global Warming Freezes Over
When defending a condition that causes everything, it's pretty hard to ever be proved wrong.
It took 2½ years for polar explorers Lonnie Dupre and Eric Larsen to plan their trek across the Arctic Ocean.
But once launched, it took only three weeks for it to fall apart.
Amid a stretch of extraordinarily heavy snowfall, strong winds and broken and shifting ice, the two men from Grand Marais, Minn., who had hoped to become the first adventurers to cross the Arctic Ocean in summer, abandoned their expedition Thursday after advancing only 45 miles in 24 days.
Conditions were so treacherous, in fact, that the men, who had hoped to make the crossing to call attention to global warming and the receding polar ice cap, couldn't be picked up and airlifted out by helicopter until Friday.
"The weather conditions deteriorated so significantly that it was putting them at risk," said Jane Kochersperger, a spokeswoman for the environmental group Greenpeace, which cosponsored the expedition. ...Heavy and consistent snowstorms and strong winds and ocean currents made for difficult travel. ...
Dupre ... said he believed the weather extremes in the Arctic "are directly related to global warming."
From the Strib, with a h/t to Greenie Watch