Antarctica: Carbon racketeer’s ship stuck in record sea ice
From the delicious irony department:
The Falmouth MRCC received a distress message via satellite from a Russian flagged vessel, MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people about 7.20am (AEDT)…
RCC Australia assumed coordination of the incident and issued a broadcast to icebreaking vessels in the area…
The expedition is being led by Chris Turney, “climate scientist”, who has “set up a carbon refining company called Carbonscape which has developed technology to fix carbon from the atmosphere and make a host of green bi-products, helping reduce greenhouse gas levels.” The purpose of the expedition is “to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.”
Update: after squandering thousands of dollars attempting to reach the stranded ship by sea, passengers are now going to be taken off by helicopter. Please send the bill to Chris Turney.
Update: the farce is — if you’ll pardon the expression — snowballing, with another ship stuck in the ice and a third one making its way slowly back with the rescued evangelists — sorry, scientists. And the blogosphere is having a field day.