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Hope Wright
Hope Wright

The United States Coast Guard is on their way right now, on board their ice breaker POLAR STAR, to rescue them but still many days away.  BRAVO ZULU to the USCG and their brave men and women just doing thier jobs!

K C
K C

Dear Ira,


I find it quite fascinating how people such as yourself as so QUICK to jump to CONCLUSIONS.


See photo titled 'On the Job'. (woman sitting in ship cabin)


The theory of "Global Warming" does not imply that there is NO ice in the Antarctic ocean! I mean (lol) come on... If that were the case, we would all currently be (up or down) sh*t creek without a paddle.


It implies that there is a noticeable change in climate and that Polar Ice Caps are melting at an unusual rate. (over a LONG period of time)


It DOES NOT mean that the Antarctic pole is hypothetically set to Auto-Defrost.


Research your topics before starting an argument. 'Nuff said.

Ira Eisenstein
Ira Eisenstein

 I find it quite fascinating that there is NO MENTION of the fact that this expedition was on a mission to study the effects of GLOBAL WARMING, and here they are stuck in ICE.

Seems to obviate the mission, doesn't it?

But nobody mentions it.

Maybe G.W. isn't as much of a "problem" as everyone likes to make out.

Especially considering the weather we're having this week across America.

Ira Eisenstein

Robert Michael
Robert Michael

I was just "down under Down Under" last month. (South Georgia - Antarctic Peninsula). Looks familiar! (PS. One HECK of a lot colder right now in Fort Collins, Colo.!)

David Yott
David Yott


Richard Luppi, Thinking the same. Sounds like a great trip. 

Ana Graepp
Ana Graepp

I am very glad to know that there are safe now!

Beautiful pictures. Congratulations!

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Peggy Clay
Peggy Clay

Happy that they have all been evacuated now, and safely.  Absolutely beautiful pics by Mr. Peacock.  However many people wish to ignore the fact of global warming, just because there is still a lot of ice in the world, we must accept that the scientists who are specialists (rather than us non-specialists) know much more about it than we do.  Global warming is an actuality, and we are a large part of the problem, as humans.  And, we need to do our share to address the problems we are causing.

Tom Arbri
Tom Arbri

Amazing photos and amazing people also.

Richard Luppi
Richard Luppi

I would love to be on a ship in the Antarctic, especially for an historical reenactment or research enterprise. Just think, how many people have ever seen that continent or voyaged those waters? I hope late 2014 will bring me there! Who wants to come with me?


Cheers,


Richard M. Luppi, Ph.D

Bonanza, Oregon

Tammy White
Tammy White

Why can't people just look at these  beautiful breathtaking pictures of animals, nature, and people doing what they enjoy- without making all these political  or hate filled know-it-all comments.  I am enjoying the photographs of places I might not ever be able to visit. Beautiful and interesting. 

Peter Beck
Peter Beck

Great international cooperation and coordination~ wouldn't we all like to see more of it!

W#illiam Taylor
W#illiam Taylor

I suppose that Al Gore has eggs on  his face, concerning his world warming

warning. 

Lorna Amamo
Lorna Amamo

hope all is well with the whole team, this is a amazing story dont give up!

Noh Lee
Noh Lee

Still out there you crews?? Oh my god~ please be safe and stay good.

I hope you guys get rescued pretty soon.~~

Phil Tries
Phil Tries

You have to be kidding - 600x400 views?

Where's the real site with 2500x views? Flickr?

Don't Make me come out there with real camera & lenses. 

No one brought a 300 F2.8 IS?

Donald Bloodworth
Donald Bloodworth

Whether justly reported rightly or wrongly, it's just weather I retort.

clifford Hulme
clifford Hulme

Fantastic Pics, But I hope can get free of the ice soon

Brian Murphy
Brian Murphy

Professor Turney’s University web page says that, “Working with climate models, Chris is using these reconstructions to look into the mechanisms, timing and impact of extreme change in the past and future at regional and global scales.” Knowing that the professor works with models makes me wonder what he thinks the reasons are that the IPCC climate models did not predict the lack of global warming over the past 16 years or so. Perhaps he can weigh in with a tweet or two from his stranded vessel on the subject.


Prof. Turney explained a few days ago that, “We have come south… [to] see just how much change has happened in 100 years and broadcast that live to the public back home.” But the Summer Freeze Continues to Halt the Climate Expedition to Antarctica.


I guess Mother Nature is not as easy to manipulate as the people who have been programmed to believe that all climate change is caused by mankind's activities.

Dustin Green
Dustin Green

'Oh, but there's ice there this week, so none of the 1000s of research papers and the consensus of practically all climate researchers means anything.'  Bernie, if you keep your head in that hole in the sand you won't have to face all of this reality up here.  Michiel's correct - you are too uninformed about the issue and it's obvious from your post (and Rex, it should be clear to you too).   Or, you're trolling, in which case, well done sir.

Bernie Gaynor
Bernie Gaynor

"Recent warming in parts of Antarctica". Riiiiiiight. And where would that be? Apparently not where the ship is at present - stuck fast in ice that wasn't there at this time of year back in Mawson's time, 100 years ago.

Ira Eisenstein
Ira Eisenstein

@Peggy Clay 

Peggy…

Yes, they probably know more about it than we do, but remember, they "stay alive" (economically) by grants and government subsidies….. If they admitted to anything that even suggested that GW was not as much of an issue as they make it out to be, guess what happens to their funding???? and their careers ????

Follow the money.

This mission was to study GW….  AND HERE THEY ARE STUCK IN ICE, and we are having the COLDEST WEATHER we've had in over 30 years.   Does that sound like GW to you?    The scientists may know more than we do, but they don't know it all.   Weather is more unpredictable than scientists would like to admit.

Look at the track record of the TV weather meteorologists!!  Not research, but they're scientists, aren't they?  

If you or I were "right" as often as they are, we'd all be fired from our jobs.    There's a lot these scientists DONT know.

Ira


Anthony London
Anthony London

@Richard Luppi

Don't go there.  It's people like you who will end up destroying the place they deem to love so much.  Let's leave it alone.

Matt Palmer
Matt Palmer

@W#illiam TaylorYes, 1 ship gets trapped in Ice in the coldest place on the planet, and naturally that means that all that stuff about the world temperature rising and nearly every single glacier being in massive decline throughout the world must be incorrect.


You ignorant fool.

Neal Handloser
Neal Handloser

@W#illiam Taylor It's global climate change, not necessarily uniform "warming". This means typically more extreme weather events and events of higher intensity. If you are in denial, you need only to look at the number of records broken this year, or at insurance claims.

Matt Palmer
Matt Palmer

@Brian Murphy1 summer does not make a climate change.


Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere is about 2 times what occurs naturally throughout the world right now and all of it corresponds to human interference. Worldwide polution is even manifesting itself on the Greenland ice as black sludge which is causing the ice there to melt even faster.

Bernie Gaynor
Bernie Gaynor

@Dustin Green  Dustin me old c*** - don't patronise me like the condescending prat you appear to be - mate. You, like most other climate change Chicken Littles, may have decided to cease using your brain as you worship and genuflect before the rigid, authoritarian altar of Global Warming - but sceptics like me hold zealots like you in contempt for your inability to compare reality to what has been predicted by the alleged scientists you hold in such awe and veneration.


This current farce with a bunch of greenies and "climate scientists" trapped by the ice they predict is disappearing is the biggest laugh I have had in a long, long time.


I have listened for years to the likes of what’s-his-name Flannery predict that permanent drought was about to become our lot in life - that's what he stated would occur six or seven years ago, didn't he, with wild and goggled-eyed certainty?


I now look at all the dams in eastern Australia consolingly full - when will jerks like you realise and acknowledge that the likes of Flannery are fools, buffoons and charlatans?


I don't care how many scores of scientific papers 10 or 15 years ago stated that Australia had already fallen into a state of permanent drought - those papers and their authors were wrong. Trouble is, none of those scientists possess either the humility and/or honesty to acknowledge and admit their error.


PhDs in "climate science" are not needed to make valid judgments as to the demonstrated laughability of the theory of global warming (or whatever shifting title is used to describe it today). What is needed is a bit of common sense.


For instance: the overwhelming scientific consensus is that there were warming episodes in the Roman and Medieval periods.


What caused those episodes, Dustin? Roman coal-powered electricity generators? Medieval aluminium smelters and motor vehicles? No, mate - something entirely separate and removed from Evil Man caused those warming instances.


Lesson in Logic No 1: if something other than man caused those warming episodes, the same thing could be causing today’s warming – a warming that has been in play, actually, since the end of the little ice age two or three hundred years ago.


Lesson in logic No 2: if no-one knows what caused those two earlier warming episodes (and they don't), then no-one can say with ANY reliable degree of certainty that AGW is the process driving things today.


Lesson in logic No 3: Given 1 and 2 above, any "scientist" who proclaims that AGW is absolutely certain and confirmed is a fool - regardless of how many other "scientists" nod their heads in furious unison.


Lesson in logic No 4: any gullible dupe who swallows this AGW codswallop is proof that P.T. Barnum was spot on: a sucker, indeed, is born every minute.


Now I'll return to laughing uproariously at this ship of fools getting their well-deserved come-uppance down there in the freezing, icy Antarctic.


What a huge and completely predictable joke - at their absolute expense.


Here’s hoping they can extract their sorry, chilly derrieres out of there intact, with only their reputations and credibility in tatters.

Matt Palmer
Matt Palmer

@Ira Eisenstein Actually follow the glaciers... there is categorical evidence across the entire planet that global warming exists and stupid people look at tiny fluctuations of where things have gotten colder (for instance the polar storms in the USA) as evidence against consistent patterns of warming over many many years. 

Almost every glacier in the world is in massive decline.

Matt Palmer
Matt Palmer

@Anthony London@Richard Luppi Sadly without the value of its beauty Antarctica would become fodder for even more illegal whaling and potential mining if they found stuff down there.

The best way to protect the Antarctic is to value it.

Rex Munday
Rex Munday

@Michiel van der Ros@Bernie Gaynor Is that right, Michiel?  How do you know that?  How do you know what Bernie's qualifications are?  How do you know that Turney and his crew of acolytes aren't as ridiculous as medieval peasants on a religious pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela?

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