The Polar Race Against Time

A group of brave explorers, led by Warwick university explorer-in-residence Mark Wood, has now arrived in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, after months of training for a 470 nautical mile dash from the geographic North Pole across the Arctic to the Canadian Arctic coast in just 35 days.

They had planned to begin this journey from the Canadian Arctic coast, but after the ice was found too unstable for their helicopter to land on, they were forced to change plans.

Take a look at the their website www.northpole16.com. amongst other things it says:

Scientists believe that by 2058 the journey from any arctic coast will be impossible due to melting ice caused by climate change.

Dr Stephan Harrison, an adviser to the Government on climate change, spoke about why global warming has made Mark’s trip more dangerous and his route inaccessible.

He said:

“This already hazardous expedition is being made much more dangerous by climate change which continues to melt Arctic glaciers and sea ice, and this January unusually high air temperatures over the Arctic Ocean meant that sea ice extent was the lowest in the satellite record.
“Mark’s expedition will serve to draw attention to climate change in the region and the global impact this will have in the future.”

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