Hmm the icebound Chinese icebreaker Snow-Dragon said earlier that it was ok and could move, and now it seems that it could be stuck again and the AMSA (they are the body responsible for maritime safety in the area) has apparently requested the US icebreaker Polar-Star http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/04/22180695-us-icebreaker-polar-star-to-help-chinese-russian-ships-stuck-in-antarctic-ice
to see if it can help but it’s about a week away, meanwhile the Australian icebreaker Aurora-Australis is resuming what it was doing before acquiring a new bunch of passengers, supplying the Casey station, and not going to risk taking the passengers back into the ice in an attempt to free the Snow Dragon it seems.
NBC seems to have trouble getting their facts straight, announcing the passengers were on the Snow Dragon was not quite on the money.
Maybe in future the ship industry could do what the car designers are doing, build a battery powered ice breaker, they could put a couple of thousand tons of lithium batteries in it and put solar panels and wind turbines all over it, there’s not much solar light down there but plenty of wind so it could work, as long as that pesky global warming doesn’t freeze the wind turbines over that is, they recently discovered the coldest place on Earth not far from there, minus 93.3⁰C which is up from a couple of years ago where it was -93.8⁰C that would indicate the globe is definitely heating up.
Anyway if the Russian icebreaker is crushed by the ice and lost how many trees would they have to plant if they had to replace it? You can’t make steel using battery power, wind turbine power or solar energy, you need a base load or coal fired furnace to make steel.
And another little puzzle that I’ve always marveled at is how do those green battery powered cars get the amps to recharge all those batteries, they aren’t plugging them into the nasty old carbon polluting electric grid…are they? I read that they were going to have recharging stations dotted around the place like we have gas stations now but they didn’t say where those were going to draw their power from.