The researchers, journalists and others currently trapped on the Shokalskiy face a different environment from the one encountered by Mawson. In 2013, for the second year in a row, Antarctic sea ice grew to a record extent: the continent’s ice reached more than 19.5m square kilometres (12m square miles) in September. Those sceptical about climate change claim the fate of the Shokalskiy is an embarrassment to scientists worried about global warming. Nay-sayers should not crow too loudly. The world’s changing climate may be altering polar winds, which in turn could be affecting the volume of Antarctic ice. As wind pushes sea ice together, it forces ridging, leading to thicker and longer-lasting ice formations. Stronger winds also drive ice to move more quickly. Antarctica’s blustery weather, and the thicker ice it creates, therefore may be signs of climate change in themselves.
In 2007 winds compressed Arctic ice into a thick mass with record low extent, not record high extent. How stupid are these people?