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This just in: Arctic cold in winter

06 Mar 2024 | News Roundup

In an excited story about the recovery of artefacts from the doomed Franklin expedition’s shipwrecked Erebus and Terror, the Canadian Press slipped in the claim that “Climate change, however, is shifting the terms of the work. Less sea ice means the wrecks are more vulnerable to waves and currents generated by winter storms”. It is one more example of the way in which the climate cult can’t be bothered with mere facts, since Arctic ice has been rebounding of late and is higher than it’s been at this time of year for about 20 years. Meanwhile since the ships were lost in 1848 off King William Island in Nunavut, the Arctic has been navigable on at least two occasions, once in the very early 20th century and once in the mid-20th century. So are the waves and currents worse, being climatey, than the ones in the 1940s or 1900s that were just weather?

If you actually look at a map, the area in question is among the most ice-locked in the entire Arctic. No wonder it took more than 30 expeditions to find the ships at all, and it took until 2014 (Erebus) and 2016 (Terror). The team retrieving artefacts last summer was only able to make multiple dives, 68 in total, because of “Heated diving suits with air pumped from the surface” that “allowed some of those dives to last for hours.” But did anyone actually look at a map, and check just how solidly frozen this region was, before believing climate change was coming for Franklin’s ships?

2 comments on “This just in: Arctic cold in winter”

  1. Oh John, stop cluttering these climate fantasies with facts and science....it gives the climate goofa a headache!

  2. Hysteria sells. When no one else will buy it, there's always the Canadian government.... who also buys the media.

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