Friday, 15 May 2009
The Hadow-BBC Mission
A hilariously over-excited report on the BBC news last night about the triumphant(?) conclusion of Pen Hadow's mission (and mission's the word, rather than expedition - a warmist mission, of course) to the Arctic. The story that was actually being told by the pictures and most of the words was completely at variance with the intended message. We saw and heard about the team suffering such extreme cold that their high-tech instruments wouldn't work and frostbite struck in temperatures of minus 30 - inside the tents. We saw Hadow manfully drilling into the ice with a brace and bit - and of course we saw plenty of images of melting ice (this is, after all, the time of year when the Arctic ice does melt around the edges - and the time of year when it's usually perilous to lift anyone off the ice - this year it seemed to be strangely firm). The 'message', in the end, was suspiciously vague and hurried - the ice cap was 'thinner than expected'. Well, we'll see... For a decidedly non-BBC perspective on these matters, see here.