Anorak | The Guardian’s Reporting On The Akademik Shokalskiy Is Selective, Biased And Hilarious

The Guardian’s Reporting On The Akademik Shokalskiy Is Selective, Biased And Hilarious

by | 3rd, January 2014

Dr Douglas Mawson, an Australian explorer with fellow Antarctic explorer, Dr Ernest Shackleton. Date: 01/01/1907

GUARDIAN journalists  Alok Jha  and Laurence Topham were onboard the trapped Akademik Shokalskiy , the ship occupied by University of New South Wales climate scientists looking for signs of global warming but found only ice.

How did the paper report on the laugh-in?

January 3 2013:  Bridle Jabour makes not one mention of global warming nor climate change in his article. We hard from Jha: “To the crew of Aurora Australis and Xue Long heartfelt thanks from all on the Shokalskiy. We know how far out of your way you all went.”

On the “Antarctica Live” blog, Jha had breaking  news: The Antarctic is cold!

Antarctica is not just cold, windy and wet. It is the extreme of all those things. Leave a hole in your armour – a glove not tucked into a sleeve, a gap around your neck where you forgot your scarf – and the weather will find and punish you fast. The cold starts off as stabbing, then it sears the skin and eventually sends the nerve-endings into a symphony of confusion. I took a glove off to type an email outside at one point and, after my fingers turned white and I lost the ability to move them, I swear they felt hot. Painful, boiling hot, as though I had just plunged them into a cup of coffee.

This is supported by Oliver Milman who tells Guardian readers:

Five basic Antarctic facts for climate change sceptics

1. It is large and cold

You want more? OK:

2. It is not the same as the Arctic

On December 11, Jha makes a breakthrough:

Realising that the multiple-layer specially-chosen technical fabrics all did what they said on the label. I was warm and windproof for a long time out on deck, even as the wind and rain raged.

Humanity is great. Let’s hear it for plastics . Things like :

HyVent™ fabric is used by The North Face in many of its winter garments. It’s an applied PU (PolyUrethane) coating which adds durability and comfort, while also providing dependable waterproof fortification in cold and wet

Technology is marvellous. Notes Topham:

It’s an amazing feeling. The helicopter ride was quite thrilling … I had this amazing view. We shot up and it it was just extraordinary. The scene was so beautiful. There was beautiful light across the ice. Having been trapped in this boat for the past 10 days or so and then suddenly be hoisted out of it … was mesmerising.

Oliver Milman  explains that the truth is not that simple.

To some climate change contrarians, repeated attempts to free the

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