I hope they've been doing their chest presses. A four-man crew is embarking today to row through the Northwest Passage in about 80 days. The feat has been made possible by global warming, which has freed Arctic waterways of more ice than ever.
The rowers hope to draw attention to the effects of climate change, the Ottawa Citizen reported. A filmmaker is one of the crew. The Guardian's reporting on the stunt includes a couple of lines about how climate change has affected local communities' ability to hunt and fish. Perhaps the crew will show those people.
You may have heard of the "Northwest Passage" that Lewis and Clark sought for American ships to sail between the Missouri and Columbia Rivers. That waterway doesn't actually exist, of course, but a few true water passages between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans do wind between Canada's Arctic islands, Greenland and Russia.
Since Roald Amundsen's first successful boat trip through an Arctic Northwest Passage in 1906, navigating the area has required icebreakers, large ships built for plowing through solid sheets of ocean ice. In 2007, however, U.S. scientists reported that the Northwest Passage was completely free of ice for the first time since satellite tracking began in 1978.
Now, the team of explorers from Ireland and Canada is hoping current conditions will allow them to row through the Northwest Passage in a single season. Others have actually rowed the entire way (!), but not in a single season. Check out the Ottawa Citizen for details on previous Northwest Passage attempts, as well as information on each member of the current expedition.
If they succeed, the latest crew will have paddled for about 1,900 miles in a 25-foot-long boat. They want to row continuously the entire time. Storms, ice jams and polar bears are among the threats they'll encounter, the Guardian reports.
You can follow their adventures on their blog with the Vancouver Sun. You can get a quick tour of their boat from this video by CBC News (In the video, the men wear caps bearing the name of their sponsor, Mainstream Renewable Power):
The thinning of Arctic ice has fueled some speculation about the Northwest Passage becoming a major world shipping route in the future. That may not happen for some time. As National Geographic reported in 2007, there are no ports along the way and there may be some debate about which country has jurisdiction over the route.
In a choice between a cooling climate or a warming climate, warmer is better.
The Earths magnetic field is lowering and magnetic north has been moving for 300 years. It is still to early in the big scheme of things to know if this is a massive magnetic polar shift. In another 300 years it may correct itself,..... maybe. Currently the dropping of the magnetic field is accelerating. It does cause a great cause migrating birds, animals and sea life to get lost, hence the common occurrence we see on the media.
What does this mean for us? More solar radiation to hit animal life, but it will not cause any type of massive extinction, though the added radiation will increase cancer in general. The decreasing magnetic field surrounding Earth will allow more solar radiation to warm our atmosphere,(GLOBAL WARMING)
. If this happens or not, has nothing to do with humanity causing it or being able to stop it. We are basically helpless to its effects.
1.) Sun cycles effect global warming. Humans can't change influence that.
2.) Human induced industrial revolution pollution making does effect global warming. Yes we humans can effect increase\descrease that.
3.) Earths magnetic field reducing. Human can't change influence that.
But the ice is still thick enough to drive from Russia to Canada over the north pole in a truck:
You call this journalism?
Find me one single IPCC warning that says anything more than “could”.
For 28 years science has agreed a "crisis" "COULD" happen and have NEVER agreed it "WOULD" happen. Now who's the fear mongering neocon?
All science has to do to "save the planet" and end this "costly debate" is just say their crisis is as real they love to say comet hits are............eventual!
So, just what has to happen NOW for science to say their crisis WILL happen not just might and could and possibly happen...............complete and "irreversible heating of the planet"? How close to the edge will the lab coats take us before they say their crisis is "inevitable" not just "possible" for another 28 years?
The below noted reduction in Earth magnetic field, also parallels human induced industrial revolution and production to Earth pollution. So which is the cause of global warming, the reduction of the Earth’s magnetic field or the human induced industrial revolution or both?
While it is still with much debate if the Earth is doing magnetic pole flop, ( which may take 1000s of years to do ), still we have had a reduction of magnetic field in the last 150 years and little scientific media speaks about his and its effects on atomspheric weather. Instead all the media is about what humans are doing.
"... At present, the overall geomagnetic field is becoming weaker; the present strong deterioration corresponds to a 10–15% decline over the last 150 years and has accelerated in the past several years; geomagnetic intensity has declined almost continuously from a maximum 35% above the modern value achieved approximately 2,000 years ago. The rate of decrease and the current strength are within the normal range of variation, as shown by the record of past magnetic fields recorded in rocks (figure on right).
The nature of Earth's magnetic field is one of heteroscedastic fluctuation. An instantaneous measurement of it, or several measurements of it across the span of decades or centuries, are not sufficient to extrapolate an overall trend in the field strength. It has gone up and down in the past for no apparent reason. Also, noting the local intensity of the dipole field (or its fluctuation) is insufficient to characterize Earth's magnetic field as a whole, as it is not strictly a dipole field. The dipole component of Earth's field can diminish even while the total magnetic field remains the same or increases.
The Earth's magnetic north pole is drifting from northern Canada towards Siberia with a presently accelerating rate—10 km per year at the beginning of the 20th century, up to 40 km per year in 2003, and since then has only accelerated... "
1) 1,500 miles from Inuvik to Pond Inlet is NOT anywhere close to one of the seven Northwest Passage routes the shortest being 3,500 miles. Pacific Arctic Circle to Atlantic Arctic Circle depending on direction of travel.
2) If it was not for the generous $250,000 from Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) the four lads would still be sitting on a park bench wishing and hoping for an expenses paid vacation to go do a dare devil stunt - rowing in the Arctic. Do you really think anyone is going to be more aware or change because four men rowed in the Arctic? Climate change is already a Media circus. MRP should offer incentives for solar systems which would benefit everyone including the environment for 20+ years - not a one time dare devil stunt.
3) Mathieu Bonnier in 2010-2011 already rowed SOLO between Greenland and Cambridge Bay. TheLastFirst is not the first to row in the Arctic. Charles Hedrich understand the concept of start and finish lines and could become the first to ever row the NW Passage this year. You cannot say you climbed Mt. Everest from hiking to base camp - you must summit to the top of Mt. Everest. Start and Finish lines are not changeable. 135 boats have 185 times completed a NW Passage in the last 107 years.
4) The ARCTIC JOULE rowboat failed its capsize test and TheLastFirst covered up the fact and removed the video footage from their previously publized announcement.
5) The lads are not very sea savy - not once have they wore Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) (lifejackets) when operating the rowboat. Likewise, they typically fail to close the cabin hatch during operations which is a serious safety concern should the rowboat roll over it would rapidly fill with water and sink. a GOOD SHELTER is the first rule of survival.
6) The kayak designer and builder of the ARCTIC JOULE failed to ensure stability and overlooked simple cabin insulation to prevent water condensation which unchecked will likely require respiratory medical problems requiring rescue or medical evacuation.
Ronald Amundsen's definition for "Adventure is just bad planning."
GOD SPEED THE ARCTIC JOULE AND HER CREW!
These guys doing this trip do bring attention to global warming right? So yes it would be ok to comment about global warming!
So PoPSCi commentors do your venting!
Kudos to the guys in a fancy canoe! ;)
Willy de Roos navigated the Northwest Passage from Belgium to the Bering Strait in a 45 foot sailboat in 1977. It was strengthened to handle the possibility of encounters with ice but it wasn't an icebreaker.
We don't know if the Northwest Passage was ice-free enough to pass through before the 1970's without an ice breaker, although Medieval Warm Period temperatures between 950 and 1100 AD were comparable to those of the late 20th century, so it's possible it was; and it may have been ice free during several interglacial periods hundreds of thousands of years prior.
Oh pshaww. Jack Lalane would swim it.
Your are right a rooney!
Isn't it AMAZING what our sun can do?
A reporter asked the first crew to row the Atlantic what they had done for training.
"Training?" one exploded "The first week's the training!"