Sailing to North Pole to show effects of global warming cancelled due to too much ice

Pen Hadow, the British explorer, is today due to start a sailing expedition across the Arctic Ocean to highlight the effects of climate change, including an attempt to reach the North Pole.

The voyage will see Hadow’s Arctic Mission expedition, which will involve two yachts, traverse regions of open water that were once permanently blocked by pack ice.

This weekend, however, scientists said satellite images suggested the North Pole would remain inaccessible except by an icebreaker.

This summer has already seen the Arctic sea ice reach its fifth-lowest recorded area in July, falling to 3.2m square miles, about 610,000 square miles below the long-term average. Since then it has declined even further, reaching 2.3m square miles last week.

Scientists warned, though, that despite the rapid melting of the ice there was unlikely to be access to the North Pole via open water for some years.

Professor Mark Serreze, director of America’s National Snow and Ice Data Centre, said the North Pole was still surrounded by nearly 800 miles of solid pack ice as of last week.

Read more at The Times

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    Al Shelton

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    It is incredible how stupid these people are.
    One look at the map will tell you it’s a “no-go”.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    These idiots will do anything for attention to get americans to beleive this Global Warming/Climate Change poppycock if it was’nt those from Greenpeace messing up Mt Rushmore and the Nazca Plains with their stupid messages or Al Bore making two fake documenties and i wonder what ever happened to the idiot who was sailing around on the iceberg anyway

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      Al Shelton

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      The starving polar bears ate him…..

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    Old44

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    They should have tried for the Magnetic North Pole at least they know you can drive there.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Too bad for the fool this is as funny as hearing about those Climate Change Global Warming wackos getting their ships trapped in the ice they survived with some humiliating results

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