In port. Can’t demonstrate exceptional ice melt. Too much ice.
The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey that will see them go from Bristol, Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then ultimately back to Bristol. Their objective, as laid out by their website, was to demonstrate “that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through.”
There has been one small hiccup thus-far though: they are currently stuck in Murmansk, Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage the team said didn’t exist in summer months…
It may very well be that there has been a Global Climate Change, cooler or warmer. It might even be true that mankind has had a part in it. But everything I read from both sides indicates that nobody knows how many factors affect climate. It’s a system which has shifted and adjusted to greenhouse gas levels, sun activity and cloud cover for eons.
I don’t think I’ll ever be smart enough to take it all in. But even I’m smart enough to check the ice before going to Russia to navigate an iced over passage. Not much of a passage if it’s iced over, eh?