Clitantic scientists trapped in Antarctic ice claim expanding sea ice caused by ‘global warming’ — But data and studies refute claims

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The leader of the Antarctic global warming expedition that has been mired in thick Antarctic ice for more than a week and is finally facing a helicopter rescue attempt, is claiming that expanding sea ice is consistent with man-made global warming theory. [Update: Rescue of ship has happened.)

Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales ([email protected]) “remained adamant that sea ice is melting, even as the boat remained trapped in frozen seas,” according to a Fox News interview.

“Sea ice is disappearing due to climate change, but here ice is building up,” the Australasian Antarctic Expedition said in a statement. Turney explained that “climate change may have prompted the iceberg to shatter and float into the previously open sea where the mostly Australian team finds itself stranded.” “The ice was swept across to this area by the South-East wind, its pieces creating a knock-on domino effect,” Turney said. “We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Turney expected to see melting ice. See: ClitanicDisaster: ‘Global warming scientists forced to admit defeat…because of too much ice’ in Antarctica – Will be rescued by helicopter — Chris Turney, a climate scientist and leader of the expedition, was going to document ‘environmental changes’ at the pole – In an interview he said he expected melting ice to play a part in expedition

Even the media resorted to blaming expanding ice on “global warming.”  See: The Economist mag: Maybe global warming caused Antarctic sea ice to grow to a record extent two years in a row — Economist Says Antarctic Ice Is Being Compressed, Causing It To Expand (via website Real Science): ‘In 2007 winds compressed Arctic ice into a thick mass with record low extent, not record high extent. How stupid are these people?’

Update: Clitantic Expedition Communication Director Alvin Stone: ‘Climate Warming Led To The Vessel’s Awkward Predicament’!

So we are to believe, as Real Science quipped: ‘Scientists Trapped In Record Antarctic Sea Ice Announce That It Is Disappearing

Anyone familiar with Antarctic sea ice would knows that it has been at or near record expansion the past several years and global warming models have mostly predicted reduced Antarctic sea ice allegedly due to global warming.

See: Less ice, more ice, whatever. It’s global warming! — Flashback 2007: Global warming means LESS ice around