When Douglas Mawson led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition from 1911 to 1914 it was the first major scientific study of Antarctica, with a focus on geology and meteorology. Climate change was not part of Mawson’s expedition – he had no concern for topics that do not lend themselves to scientific inquiry.
In a re-creation of that expedition, The Spirit of Mawson (the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 2013-14), however, the focus is almost exclusively on the climate change chimera.
So it is perhaps punishment for hubris that the expedition’s ship, M.S. Akademik Shokalskiy, is stranded in ice and several ice-breaking ships, including China’s Snow Dragon, have been unable to free her. The Chinese ship was only able to reach 6.5 nautical miles (12 km) from the stranded ship before being threatened herself.
A French icebreaker, L’Astrolabe, and Australia’s Aurora Australis, are en route, but if they are unable to break through there is a chance that the crew of Akademik Shokalskiy will be rescued by helicopter and the ship abandoned to her fate.
No doubt this folly is costing the poor taxpayers a small fortune, with a ton of free media from the leftie luvvies.