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  • Irony alert: Al Gore sues Al Jazeera for fraud

    08/16/2014 3:05:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/16/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Honesty, it’s difficult to know where to begin tracking the irony in this story. Al Gore launched Current TV in large part on the financial and political basis of his global-warming crusade and entrepreneurship, which predictably went nowhere even with high-profile headliners like Keith Olbermann. Gore then improbably convinced Al Jazeera — which is owned by the royal family of the oil-pumping emirate of Qatar — that the channel was worth a half-billion dollars on the basis of its penetration into cable and satellite-TV systems in the US. That deal, by the way, got cinched only after Gore began...
  • PG poll: Scientific consensus on climate change has not permeated the public [lefty whining]

    08/13/2014 8:36:13 AM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 40 replies
    Pitsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | James P. O'Toole
    Despite the scientific consensus that global warming is occurring and caused by human activity, a new survey conducted for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette demonstrates that many Americans remain uncertain about the impact of climate change and the need for government action to address it. This is contrary to some polls suggesting wide support for steps to counter the phenomenon. David W. Moore, director of the iMediaEthics survey, said the results suggest that, because of flaws in methodology or wording, some other surveys have overstated the degree of public knowledge on the issue, and the intensity of support for measures to curb...
  • British scientists stranded in freezing Antarctic research station

    08/10/2014 11:37:26 AM PDT · by citizen · 77 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 8 August 2014 | Dan Bloom
    British scientists are stranded after their Antarctic base lost power in the depths of winter as temperatures plummeted to a record low of minus 55C. There is no way of rescuing the 13 researchers from the Halley VI Research Station - which has been hit by a 19-hour blackout - for months until the hostile winter subsides. The British Antarctic Survey admitted it was a 'serious incident' and has suspended all experiments as the workers heat up emergency accommodation which has not been used for months. Some of the fallout from the power cut, which happened a week ago but...
  • Second look at Al Gore?

    07/05/2014 10:09:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 5, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Allahpundit touched on this idea briefly this week in an article primarily to do with Mitt Romney in specific and the general question of whether or not there are second acts for losing party nominees in the 21st century. But apparently the idea has taken root in a few places, and as he noted in the article, the Daily Caller (or at least Mark Halperin) talked about it without being entirely tongue in cheek. Mark Halperin, the senior political analyst for Time magazine, appeared on MSNBCs Morning Joe Thursday and boldly reiterated his Wednesday Twitter assertion that Al Gore ...
  • 'Bigfoot' hair samples found to be mostly from bears, wolves

    07/01/2014 6:52:14 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 01, 2014 | Associated Press
    LONDON DNA testing is taking a bite out of the Bigfoot legend. After scientists analyzed more than 30 hair samples reportedly left behind by Bigfoot and similar mythical beasts like the Himalayan Yeti, they found all of them came from more mundane creatures like bears, wolves, cows and raccoons.
  • Minnesota's 10% biodiesel mandate starts Tuesday

    06/27/2014 12:45:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-27-14 | tom webb
    fter years of starts and stops, the next frontier has finally arrived for biodiesel. Starting Tuesday, Minnesota will require all diesel fuel sold here to contain at least 10 percent biodiesel -- except during the winter, when the requirement will be 5 percent biodiesel. Currently, state law requires every gallon of diesel fuel to contain at least 5 percent biodiesel -- and 2 percent during the winter -- so supporters are excited to see Minnesota raise the bar to a highest-in-the-nation level.
  • Minnesota ordered to cut carbon emissions 41 percent

    06/03/2014 5:25:09 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-2-14 | Amy Forliti
    emissions by nearly 41 percent over the next 15 years as part of a sweeping plan President Barack Obama announced Monday to reduce pollution from power plants. Obama's plan calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions nationwide by 2030, when compared with 2005 levels. It sets different goals for each state, and some that rely heavily on coal won't have to make as many reductions. Minnesota is one of nine states told to reduce their 2012 levels by more than 40 percent, to help meet the nation's overall reduction goal. Officials with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, utilities...
  • Climate change to result in less nutritional food, report says

    05/22/2014 4:42:08 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 22, 2014 | by EVAN HALPER
    Climate change threatens to undermine not only how much food can be grown but also the quality of that food as altered weather patterns lead to a less desirable harvest, according to a new study. Crops grown by many of the nation's farmers have a lower nutritional content than they once did, according to the report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Research indicates that higher carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have reduced the protein content in wheat.
  • Snow In May In Chicago: This Is Not A Joke

    05/16/2014 9:00:35 PM PDT · by rktman · 48 replies ^ | 5/16/2014 | John Dodge
    Residents of the north suburbs woke up to light snow on Friday, the first time it has snowed in Chicago in May in nearly 10 years. Snow was falling in Hoffman Estates and Deerfield around 7:30 a.m. Snow was also reported on cars in the western suburbs.
  • Americans aversion to science carries a high price (Why are we doubting the AGW 'consensus?')

    05/13/2014 2:43:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2014 | Michael Gerson
    Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about $28 billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that “[m]ost supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” Americans often fear swallowing genetically modified plants (and Vermont recently required labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs), though GMOs have “been consumed by hundreds of millions of people across the world for more than 15 years, with no reported ill effects,” according to the Journal of the Royal Society...
  • Gore blames Koch brothers for GOP position on climate

    05/13/2014 10:34:11 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 29 replies
    Gore blames Koch brothers for GOP position on climate By Mario Trujillo - 05/13/14 01:04 PM EDT Former Vice President Al Gore blamed Republicans fear of crossing the mega-donor Koch brothers for the GOP's skepticism on climate change. Gore, during an interview Monday, said it is not "complicated why they have all been cowed into abandoning" their position on the issue, asserting that Republicans fear facing opponents financed by billionaires Charles and David Koch, who have poured millions into the midterm elections this year. "Anyone who wants to set his or her aspirations on the Republican nomination for the presidency...
  • Democrat Told President Nixon in 1970:

    05/07/2014 4:42:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Rush ^ | May 7, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Well, well, well, looky here. Koko Jr. at just sent me a quick note. "Documents released Friday..." This is from July of 2010, folks, so it's from the archives at "Documents released Friday by the Nixon Presidential Library show members of President Richard Nixon's inner circle discussing the possibilities of global warming more than 30 years ago. "Advisor Daniel Patrick Moynihan, notable as a Democrat in the [Nixon] administration, urged the [Nixon] administration to initiate a worldwide system of monitoring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, decades before the issue of global warming came to the...
  • Global Warming Renamed Again: Now Its Global Climate Disruption

    05/06/2014 9:58:31 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 34 replies
    May 6, 2014 10:42 AM Global Warming Renamed Again: Now It's 'Global Climate Disruption' By Greg Pollowitz President Obamas science adviser, John Holdren, thinks we should change the name of climate change, which was formerly known as global warming, to global climate disruption. Via ScienceInsider: First there was global warming. Then many researchers suggested climate change was a better term. Now, White House science adviser John Holdren is renewing his call for a new nomenclature to describe the end result of dumping vast quantities of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases into Earths atmosphere: global climate disruption. Ive always thought...
  • Scientists race to develop farm animals to survive climate change

    05/04/2014 6:55:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 77 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 3, 2014 | By Evan Halper
    When a team of researchers from the University of Delaware traveled to Africa two years ago to search for exemplary chickens, they weren't looking for plump thighs or delicious eggs. They were seeking out birds that could survive a hotter planet. The researchers were in the vanguard of food scientists, backed by millions of dollars from the federal government, racing to develop new breeds of farm animals that can stand up to the hazards of global warming.
  • Climate Researchers Think We Could Be In For The Most Powerful El Nio In 16 Years

    05/02/2014 3:00:31 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    BI - The Conversation UK ^ | 5-2-2014 | Agus Santoso and Shayne McGregor
    Climate Researchers Think We Could Be In For The Most Powerful El Nio In 16 Years The Conversation UK Agus Santoso and Shayne McGregor, The Conversation UK May 2, 2014, 5:31 PM We have only just moved into May and despite being seven months away from next summer in the southern hemisphere, climate researchers are seeing the beginnings of what could be the most powerful El Nio event since 1997/98. An El Nio is a change in Pacific Ocean and atmosphere that typically causes drought, extreme heat and bushfires in Australia. Last year was a neutral El Nio and we...
  • Al Gore Wont Rule Out 2016 Run for President

    04/30/2014 1:59:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 196 replies
    Rightwing News ^ | April 30, 2014 | Dave Blount
    If you think Washington is scary now, consider this: Al Gore is not ruling out a 2016 run for president. Al Gore 2000 was awful, proving himself willing to divide the country and put it through hell during his attempt to sue his way into the White House. Al Gore 2016 would be many times worse. He would be a single-issue president, and that issue would be the total destruction of the economy in the name of the debunked global warming hoax.
  • Gore Won't Rule Out 2016 Run

    04/25/2014 9:41:22 PM PDT · by This Just In · 70 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 25, 2014 | Truth Revolt
    On Friday, Politico released an interview with former vice president Al Gore, who spoke with reporter Darren Samuelsohn over black coffee at his sleek Nashville offices conference table made from recycled wood salvaged from the bottom of the nearby Tennessee River. That charming setting contrasted sharply with Gores doom-and-gloom predictions of global apocalypse thanks to climate change.
  • Newt Gingrich's Plan to Stave Off the Apocalypse

    03/28/2014 11:49:45 AM PDT · by Svartalfiar · 107 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 28, 2014 | Alex Brown
    Within a year, nine out of 10 Americans could be dead. And whatever causes the national apocalypsebe it North Korean malice or the whims of the sunthe downfall will ultimately be our own fault. That's the fear of Newt Gingrich and other members of a high-profile coalition who are convinced that our fragile electrical grid could be wiped out at any moment. Their concern? Electromagnetic pulses, the short bursts of energycaused by anything from a nuclear blast to a solar flarethat can wreak havoc on electrical systems on a massive scale. And the coalition believes it's coming soon.
  • Spring Is Here.So What Is The "Global Warming Forecast"Regarding Tornadoes&Hurricanes?

    03/21/2014 5:51:07 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 18 replies
    If there was ever a time to question Al Gore regarding how Global Warming will affect the USA this year,anytime before April please!Can you imagine if a cable news anchor asked Al Gore how many Tornadoes and Hurricanes we will likely see this spring and summer?Now this is a complicated "Gotcha Question".Would Al Gore say that because of Global Warming we can expect dozens of F-4/F-5 tornadoes and at least 7 Category 4/5 Hurricanes this year?Or will Al Gore claim that because of Global Warming we will only see two to four F-5 Tornadoes and only one major Hurricane slamming...
  • Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?

    03/18/2014 5:50:07 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 26 replies
    The Conversation ^ | 13 Mar 14 | Lawrence Torcello
    The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding our natural environment and sharing that information can be a matter of life or death. When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organised campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent. The earthquake that rocked L'Aquila Italy in 2009 provides an interesting case study of botched communication. This natural disaster left more than 300 people dead and nearly 66,000 people...
  • Ice Breaking on Great Lakes Could Take Months

    03/12/2014 9:27:57 AM PDT · by crz · 46 replies
    WBAY ^ | Updated: Mar 10, 2014 4:45 PM CDT | By Jeff Alexander
    <p>Ice breakers fear breakdown as a result of heavy ice.</p>
  • 3 Incredible Photos Illustrate Just How Cold It Is at Lake Superior(Ice Greatest in 35 Years)

    03/08/2014 2:09:19 PM PST · by lbryce · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 8, 2014 | Oiver Darcy
    Several stunning images captured by a Minnesota photographer illustrate just how cold it is at Lake Superior. The pictures taken by Andrew Krueger showed large sheets of ice piled up along the shore as temperatures remained below freezing this week. Scientists from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory said ice coverage was at its highest percentage in 35 years, according to USA Today. Persistent cold temperatures in the Midwest this winter have almost completely frozen over many of the Great Lakes, the lab reportedly said in a press release.
  • Chipotle says it could remove guacamole from its menu due to climate change

    03/04/2014 7:31:34 PM PST · by barmag25 · 72 replies
    Wcpo ^ | 3/4/14 | Wcpo staff
    CINCINNATI -- Fans of Chipotle may soon have to say goodbye to their beloved guacamole, the company said in its latest annual report. The Mexican fast food chain announced in recent Securities and Exchange Commission filings it could temporarily suspend sales of guacamole and some salsas due to an increase in food costs. Those increases are being caused by global warming, the Denver-based chain said.
  • Report: DCs green-approved buildings using more energy

    03/04/2014 12:18:49 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    daily caller ^ | 3-4-14 | Sarah Hurtubise
    Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didnt receive this green stamp of approval.LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
  • Climate Change Will Cause Rape and Murder and Assault and Robbery and Larceny and Make People...

    02/27/2014 7:10:06 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    February 27, 2014 10:04 AM Climate Change Will Cause Rape and Murder and Assault and Robbery and Larceny and Make People Steal Your Car By Charles C. W. Cooke This, from Mother Jones, is what people who are losing the argument look like: Study: Global Warming Will Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099 Global warming isnt just going to melt the Arctic and flood our citiesits also going to make Americans more likely to kill each other. Thats the conclusion of a controversial new study that uses historic crime and temperature data to show that hotter weather leads to more...
  • Al Gore brings climate change message to Kansas City

    02/22/2014 8:39:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 23 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | February 22, 2014 | BRIAN BURNES
    Al Gore has been known for his climate change warnings since the 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth. Former vice president Al Gore spoke about climate change Saturday during the Folk Alliance International conference at the Westin Crown Center hotel. But the former vice president, speaking Saturday in Kansas City, cited many more recent examples how heavy use of fossil fuels is contributing to extreme weather events and trends, in his view.
  • Kerry: Climate Change Deniers Believe Earth is Flat

    02/16/2014 12:51:04 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 90 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/16/14 | Aurelius
    John Kerry slammed extreme climate change deniers in Indonesia Sunday, calling them members of the Flat Earth Society. Mr. Kerry, speaking in Jakarta, demonized those who do not believe in climate change, claiming they were hijacking the climate conversation and were being paid by big companies. We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts, he warned. Nor should we allow any room for those who think that the costs associated with doing the right thing outweigh the benefits. Mr. Kerry then exclaimed, The science is unequivocal, and those...
  • Kerry Warns About Global Climate Change

    02/16/2014 7:25:36 AM PST · by Innovative · 40 replies
    Voice of America ^ | FEb 16, 2014 | VOA
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told an audience in Jakarta, Indonesia, that climate change is a threat to the entire world. "When I think about the array of global climate, of the global threats, think about this: terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. All challenges that know no borders. The reality is that climate change ranks right up there with every single one of them." Kerry said the science of climate change is compelling the world to act and that the science is absolutely certain.
  • Bone Chilling: 'Catastrophic' Winter Blast Wipes Out Power in South

    02/12/2014 6:20:19 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 79 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 12, 2014 | BY ALASTAIR JAMIESON AND DANIEL ARKIN
    An army of emergency crews were gearing up for battle Wednesday with a vicious and rare ice storm in Georgia that had already cut off power for thousands of customers and left the streets of Atlanta looking like a sci-fi wasteland. More than 70,000 customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and the Carolinas were without power early Wednesday. But Georgia was bearing the brunt of the wicked weather, with nearly 40,000 customers in the dark Wednesday, while emergency planners urged drivers across the state to stay off deceptively dangerous roads.
  • Al Gore Has A Fever: and a Hangover!

    02/09/2014 10:48:06 AM PST · by xuberalles · 36 replies
    Self | 2/9/14 | Self
    The United States set over 4,000 record low temperatures during the past year, while the artic ice cap has grown by 30% and is now larger than it was in 1990. Ironically, while accepting his Nobel "Pina Colada" Prize in 2007, Al Gore claimed the North Pole would be "ice free" by 2013. Amazingly, he was only off by 920,000 square miles! Apparently Santa Claus burned the memo and bought another diesel Zamboni. Not only does Al suck at climatology, he really sucks at data sets; aka, empirical prognostications. Science fiction theater is a major, no? That's right, kiddies, Global...
  • Great Lakes ice cover spreading rapidly; see which lake set a new record

    02/07/2014 5:13:08 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 38 replies ^ | February 07, 2014 at 7:08 PM | Mark Torregrossa | For
    Ice continued to build this past week on the Great Lakes due to the cold air and temperatures staying below freezing, and Lake Superior's new record shows it.
  • Lake Superior nearing rare ice-over

    02/07/2014 5:01:55 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 44 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-7-14 | John Myers
    DULUTH, Minn. -- A frigid winter is pushing Lake Superior toward a complete ice-over for the first time since 1996, though there's still a ways to go before you can skate from Duluth to the Soo Locks. Lake Superior had at least some ice across an estimated 91 percent of its surface as of Thursday, according to the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. That compares with the 40-year average annual Lake Superior ice coverage for February of just 30 percent. George Leshkevich has been tracking Great Lakes ice for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory...
  • 'Climate change is a fact,' Obama declares

    01/30/2014 2:20:50 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies
    anuary 28, 2014, 09:42 pm 'Climate change is a fact,' Obama declares By Laura Barron-Lopez President Obama said the debate over climate change is settled during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. "The shift to a cleaner energy economy wont happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way," Obama said. "But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact." "And when our childrens children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us...
  • Al Gore once again suggests fertility management to fight global warming

    01/28/2014 4:53:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 27, 2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Former Vice President Al Gore raised eyebrows last week when he suggested that fertility management was the key to fighting global warming and promoting economic development in poor countries. Gores comments drew criticism from free-marketeers who said his remarks amount to eco-imperialism. Gores agenda for saving the world from global warming has always included population control, Myron Ebell, director of global warming and international environmental policy at the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Advocating population control specifically for Africa is just another form of imperialism. Gores eco-imperialism is uncomfortably close to the original racist goals...
  • Polar Vortex 2.0 Arrives.So What Will The Explanation Be This Time?,Product Of Global Warming?

    01/21/2014 3:21:13 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 21 replies
    During the first week of January,we were all laughing and ridiculing "The Usual Global Warming Suspects".And yet since the first Polar Vortex,G.W. Supporters never gave up explaining on various news programs that the first record cold wave was caused by Global Warming.Now,as we all know by now,"Polar Vortex 2.0" is forecast to actually be either colder,and/or longer than the first one from week of Jan.3.So does anyone expect to hear from Al Roker,Al Gore or even "The Weather Channel"?,Maybe at least once this winter someone will declare that G.W. is a hoax? And why wont anyone on the Weather Channel...
  • Here comes polar vortex TWO

    01/13/2014 8:43:11 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 76 replies ^ | 13JAN2014 | Robert Felix
    This is way overdone, says meteorologist Joe Bastardi. The one coming around Jan 25-31 will be much stronger. Another Arctic blast to hit US next week, shouts the Daily Mail. A new cold-front is expected to hit the East Coast on Thursday. The upcoming front of icy temperatures is expected to bring arctic air to southern Canada and then move into the northern plains of the U.S. before moving to the Midwest and East Coast each of which is still recovering from last weeks frigid temperatures. Forecasters expect the first stage of the new arctic blast to hit the...
  • The Wonder Of Al Gore.Not One Peep Throughout This Record Freezing Fall And Winter.

    01/13/2014 4:53:31 AM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 8 replies
    We went through this last winter as well.Record cold weather,especially after January 2013,and again this January.Never a shortage of "New Global Warming Jokes".And now we have global warming scientists stuck in the Antarctica along with the Polar Vortex that has the United States resembling the north pole.Well? Why Hasn't The Leader Of Global Warming Held A Summit? Or at least made an appearance on any cable news outlet to explain another record cold winter? This is almost as bad as Obama going on a five million dollar vacation while complaining about "Income Inequality".
  • More Hot Air On Cold Snaps And Warming Ice: America To The Rescue!

    01/05/2014 10:53:06 AM PST · by absentee · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 1/4/2014` | Caleb howe
    All right stop, collaborate and listen: the universe has chosen in recent weeks to teach everyone a little lesson about the pranks that fate likes to play on we humans. A group of scientists sallied forth into the hinterlands to research climate change, more commonly referred to as global warming, by recreating a 1912 expedition and then comparing findings. The better to show how the ice is melting. But a funny thing happened on the way to the forum: the "missing ice" investigators found ice. Or more accurately, found themselves in ice. Or more humorously, they were hoisted by...
  • US Coast Guard Ice breaker asked to assist Antarctic rescue

    01/04/2014 2:33:13 PM PST · by Third Person · 88 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | January 4th, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The Australian Maritime Safety Authoritys Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) has requested the US Coast Guards Polar Star icebreaker to assist the vessels MV Akademik Shokalskiy and Xue Long which are beset by ice in Commonwealth Bay. The US Coast Guard has accepted this request and will make Polar Star available to assist. The intended mission of the Polar Star is to clear a navigable shipping channel in McMurdo Sound to the National Science Foundations Scientific Research Station. Resupply ships use the channel to bring food, fuel and other goods to the station. The Polar Star will go on to...
  • New Plan for Icebreaker Rescue Ship That Failed to Bust Through Frozen Sea (Rescue Delayed)

    01/01/2014 7:47:57 PM PST · by fso301 · 80 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 1, 2014 9:48pm | Dave Urbanski
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) The latest attempt to rescue passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week was delayed again Thursday after sea ice prevented a barge from reaching one of the rescue vessels. The Australian Maritime Safety Authoritys Rescue Coordination Centre, which is handling the operation, said earlier on Thursday that weather conditions had improved and rescue flights were expected to commence. A helicopter was expected to airlift passengers to a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, and a barge would then ferry them to a nearby Australian vessel. But...
  • Chinese helicopter to airlift passengers on stranded Russian ship in Antarctica

    01/01/2014 6:47:23 AM PST · by fso301 · 49 replies
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2014-01-01 18:51:57 | Editor: An
    ABOARD XUELONG, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese helicopter Xueying (Snow Eagle) on board the icebreaker Xuelong has been prepared for the airlift of trapped passengers on a Russian vessel stuck in sea ice off Antarctica, Xueying captain Jia Shuliang told Xinhua on Wednesday. "The crew members have been readied to transport the 52 scientists and tourists aboard MV Akademik Shokalskiy with their luggage to Xuelong in groups of 12," Jia said. According to the rescue plan, six crew members will be split into three two-person teams, respectively responsible for flying the helicopter and guaranteeing the ground service on board Xuelong...
  • New year on board the Akademik Shokalskiy - video

    12/31/2013 4:28:44 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | Dec 31, 2014 | Laurence Topham
    Here is a video (at the link) of the climate scientists throwing a New Year's party while other risk their ships to drag them to safety.
  • Helicopter rescue plan for passengers stuck onboard the Akademik Shokalskiy

    12/30/2013 7:29:39 PM PST · by fso301 · 112 replies
    The Mercury (AU) ^ | December 31, 2013 1:38PM | DAVID KILLICK
    An 18-person crew will be left aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy for weeks -- or even months -- while tourists and scientists are evacuated. The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis today failed in its second attempt to free the Russian-registered ship -- which has been stuck since Christmas Day with 76 people aboard. "The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Co-ordination Centre was advised this morning by the Aurora Australis that the ship will not be able to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy," AMSA said in a statement. "The Aurora Australis advised RCC Australia it would be at risk of becoming beset by...
  • Australian Icebreaker Rescue Attempts Halted by Weather

    12/30/2013 5:34:33 AM PST · by fso301 · 44 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/30/2013 | Gio Benitez
    We have new detail overnight about the australian ice-breaker trying to make its way to free a ship trapped in the ant ararctic for a week now. Gio benitez is here with the latest. Reporter: Good morning to you, amy. That ship trapped in ice since christmas morning. Hours ago, we learned that that ice breaker has failed to rescue the passengers. At least for now. This morning, 74 passengers on board the stranded ship have no idea if an ice breaker sent to free it will ever get there. The powerful aurora australis had high hopes of getting to...
  • Antarctic passengers ponder logistics of air rescue as second icebreaker closes in

    12/29/2013 1:31:07 PM PST · by fso301 · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/29/2013 | Alok Jha
    In balmy 2C weather the ice has softened in places, posing a hazard for wanderers, but the Akademik Shokalskiy is still stuck Sunday began as the days now always begin on the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with a briefing for the passengers on the status of the rescue effort. The crew and expedition leaders had been poring over weather and ice forecasts and speaking with maritime rescue agencies and other ships' captains since the early morning. At 10am they decided it was time to warn the rest of the passengers to steel themselves for the extreme-case scenario if the icebreakers could...
  • So close, yet so far: Rescue boat waits for better weather 28 miles out.

    12/29/2013 11:43:53 AM PST · by fso301 · 54 replies
    CNN ^ | 12/29/2013, 2:13pm EST | Holly Yan
    (CNN) -- After nearly a week trapped by deep Antarctic ice, the 74 passengers aboard an expedition vessel could soon be freed. An Australian icebreaker ship Aurora Australis is 28 nautical miles away from the Russian-flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and is waiting for snow showers to pass, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The Aurora Australis needs better visibility before trying to break through the ice and reach the stranded vessel. This attempt follows the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, which was just six nautical miles away from the trapped vessel when it couldn't get any closer due...
  • 'Big cracks' appearing in ice around ship stranded in Antarctica

    12/29/2013 10:33:16 AM PST · by fso301 · 56 replies
    ABC News Australia ^ | 12/29/2013 | Staff Writers
    Reports from on board a Russian-flagged ship that has been stranded in Antarctica since Christmas Eve have suggested the ice is cracking around them. The Akademik Shokalskiy had been retracing Sir Douglas Mawson's Antarctic expedition and conducting scientific research when sea ice closed in about 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart. The ship has 74 people on board, including scientists, crew members and paying passengers.A Chinese icebreaker attempted to reach the icebound ship on Friday but failed.Click link to read entire article.
  • Climate change (hoax) debate ready to heat up

    12/29/2013 4:50:45 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/28/13 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    Policies surrounding climate change are poised to heat up in 2014 as major aspects of President Obama's climate plan come to fruition. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce historic final standards aimed at curbing carbon emissions from the nation's power plants in June, but not before lawmakers and industry groups give their two cents on the issue. Next year, Republicans are expected to continue the crusade against the administration's climate regulations, which they have dubbed the "war on coal." Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who sits on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), and Rep. Lamar Smith...
  • Will Earth Be Unlivable by 2050? New Study Reveals Global Warming Increasing at Alarming Rate...

    12/27/2013 6:13:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 102 replies
    Woman Citizen ^ | 12/27/13
    Earth may be unlivable by 2050 or 2100 because of the rapid increase in global warming and climate change. According to, an article by Dahr Jamail makes it clear that climate change is accelerating so much that eartch will probably be unlivable by 2100, if not 2050. "The global warming that was previously predicted to occur within 2,000 years, is now predicted to occur within the lifetimes of some people who are alive even today," the website said. It continued:
  • Climate change warning: Killer winter storms for next THIRTY years

    12/08/2013 6:11:53 AM PST · by IbJensen · 109 replies
    Daily Star ^ | 12/8/2013 | Matthew Young
    KILLER freezes, floods and heatwaves will devastate Britain during the next 30 years, climate experts have warned. Many people could die as extreme weather becomes common. There will be more freak winds like the October storm, which killed four people. Heatwaves will be lethal and the sea level will rise, leaving coastal towns at risk of being swamped by storm surges. Sir Brian Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, said he felt obliged to issue the warning after a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It comes on the back of Typhoon Haiyan in...