Gorbal Worming


More than two dozen cargo vessels are stuck in Russia’s Arctic ice, waiting for ice-breakers to come to their rescue, after an inaccurate forecast from the country’s Met Office.

Maritime traffic in the Northern Sea Route has been on the rise in recent years as rapidly warming winters reduce ice cover, and Russia invests in its Arctic ports in preparation for a further boom.

But this year several segments of the Northern Sea Route froze up about a fortnight earlier than usual, catching many ships unawares.

I once met a bloke who’d rowed that route.

Still, no doubt this can usefully be explained by “climate change” now that we no longer call it global warming.

12 thoughts on “Gorbal Worming”

  1. The advantage of the term “Climate Change” is that it is never defined. Without any specific definition it can never be disproved.

  2. Stoney, hence the need to continually use the term ‘global warming’ (and add Catastrophic Anthropogenic too if it’s appropriate).
    It’s their term after all and it would be rude to mis – label them.

  3. @Stonyground

    The advantage of the term “Climate Change” is that it is that its true. It always has and so is truth used to disguise the lies they spout after that.

    When they try to complain at me that its MMCC co2 theory for whatever wild eyed doomsday scenario they get excited about I ask if they are a climate change denier since the fact is it changes naturally. Amazing how it upsets them

  4. Today, parts of the Artic are showing temperature anomalies at 4, 5 or even 6 degrees above average for this time of year. However, the average is around -30C so the temps are not exactly balmy.

    Of course, other parts are 4,5 or 6 degrees below average – central Greenland is around -45C at the moment so today the Artic is 1.3C below average.

    Some scientists argue that global warming due to rising CO2 is happening in the higher latitudes, in winter, at night and the measurements seem to agree with that theory.

    So rapidly warming winters in the artic appear to be not that rapid and not that warm.

  5. “Climate crisis” and “climate emergency” seem to be fashionable now, though I’d bet there’s bitter division between lefties over which is prime.

  6. “Since the mid-1930s the Northern Sea Route has been an officially managed and administered shipping route along the northern/Arctic coast of Russia.” Wiki

    Climate change is just now making it passable my southern passage. First passage was 1879.

  7. Any one else notice this isn’t the first time this has happened? Two or three years back there was exactly the same story. Ships stuck in ice due to unseasonally early freezing. Yet we’re told by those ever reliable “experts” that the Arctic climate is warming. It is indeed a puzzle, is it not?

  8. BIS do you remember that activist who tried to paddle to the North Pole to make some kind of statement but had to give up because there was ice in the way?

    From wiki:
    “In September 2008, Pugh, accompanied by a team aboard a ship where he slept, attempted to kayak the 1,200 km from Svalbard, across the Arctic Ocean, to the North Pole, but the team abandoned the effort 135 km from the start.[30] The aim was to further highlight the melting sea ice. The expedition coincided with some scientists predicting that the North Pole could be free of sea-ice in the summer of 2008, for the first time in thousands of years.”

    As always, global warming was to blame!

    “Ironically, global warming played no small part in undermining the entire expedition. We believed that the greater melting of summer ice would open up large areas of sea and allow us to paddle north at good speed. What we did not fully appreciate was that to the north of us there was a widespread melting of sea ice off the coast of Alaska and the New Siberian Islands and the ice was being pushed south towards us … The evidence of climate change was stark. Fourteen months before I’d sailed north and I’d seen a preponderance of multi-year ice about three metres thick north of Spitsbergen, but this time most of the ice was just a metre thick.”

  9. Isn’t this the same region that’s seen “record highs” past summer?
    With articles having the added observation that this usually means that winters tend to be harsh and early in a “rebound” effect?

    No surprise there then..

  10. @BiS
    Spot on, also the Oz cruise to melting Antarctica

    For me the two most memorable are:
    1 – 2003: UK children will never see snow
    2010 4ft of snow in Edinburgh imo 2021 again will be snowy like 2020
    2 – London will be under water by 2020

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