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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Ironiskt fastfrusna ekoturister

Anthony Watts skriver om ekoturister, som i en isbrytare med en 24000-hästkrafters dieselmotor åkte för att erfara Arktis öppna nordostpassage men blev besvikna.

Ur en rapport häromdan i The Globe and Mail:

"What irony. I am a passenger on one of the most powerful icebreakers in the world, travelling through the Northwest Passage - which is supposed to become almost ice-free in a time of global warming, the next shipping route across the top of the world - and here we are, stuck in the ice, engines shut down, bridge deserted. Only time and tide can free us.

The first day or two are a novelty. We take photos and enjoy the adventure. After all, isn't this what many polar explorers went through?

In the distance, a polar bear, puzzled by this huge intruder in its territory, provides a welcome diversion for an hour.

By the third day, the novelty wears off and conversation at the dinner table is strained. On the fourth day, when the crew tells us we may not be able to complete the entire Northwest Passage journey to Resolute in time, most passengers are deeply disappointed. The Khlebnikov sails to both polar regions but not necessarily via the same routes each season.

By days five and six, the tension is rising. The situation is getting serious. ..."

Bättre lär det inte bli för dessa ekoresor om lägre solaktivitet och nedkylningsfas i AMO sänker temperaturen kommande decennier.

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