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so now Pugh wants to top his swim at the North Pole last year :

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LONDON (AFP) — A British explorer unveiled plans Tuesday to kayak all the way to the North Pole to expose just how quickly the ice cap is melting.

But renowned extreme swimmer Lewis Gordon Pugh, dubbed the human polar bear, is hoping his bid will fail -- and not because of the lethal conditions or a walrus attack.

The climate change campaigner said the mission ought to be impossible -- but some scientists predict that due to global warming, this year might be the first when someone could do so.

Pugh is due to paddle out from Norway's Svalbard islands on August 29, heading 1,200 kilometres (some 750 miles) north across the Arctic Ocean to the North Pole, kayaking up cracks in the ice.

The journey should take a minimum of two weeks.

"I'm going to try and get all the way to the North Pole to show the world what is happening," the 38-year-old told AFP after launching his Polar Defense Project expedition on the River Thames in London.

"It shouldn't be possible. But this might be the year that it could be. I hope I can't go all the way.

"Failure would equal success in this expedition," he said.

Pugh said he had spent the last six years in the Arctic, during which time he had "seen it change dramatically.

"What upsets me is that we could see this coming. Our leaders have known about this for a long time and they have dithered and failed to take action.

"We now must insist they take action because when the Arctic melts it will affect each and every one of us."

Pugh wants legislation such as the Antarctic Treaty, which froze territorial claims and prevented the exploitation of resources, to be duplicated in a similar treaty for the Arctic.

"I love the Arctic so much. I worry about it. It is the last beautiful, pristine place on Earth.

"We need to protect it, not because of polar bears but because our very survival depends on it. Not for our grandchildren; it's happening so quickly we need to protect it to save ourselves."

video of last years swim at the north pole:

north pole melt report with tony blair interview :

does tony blair know that war warms the planet?

Originally posted to Pattern Math on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 01:39 PM PDT.


When the Arctic Melts, Will Humanity React?

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  •  Excellent (3+ / 0-)
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    SallyCat, HoundDog, forgore

    By far, the coolest diary I have read all day. Literally and figuratively.

    Love this stuff. You're the best for posting it.

    "I drank what?" -Socrates

    by BraveheartDC on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 01:43:05 PM PDT

  •  Time for a break I read that title funny (0+ / 0-)

    I thought it said "Explorer birds kayak"

    I think this is great but I also hope that we stop the polar ice cap melt in time.

    Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices. Voltaire 1694-1778

    by SallyCat on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 01:46:01 PM PDT

    •  there is no stopping the arctic ice cap melting (1+ / 0-)
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      the question is, how high will the sea levels rise before we stop flying to visit the "3rd world" children who pick our cotton and coffee for real cheap!

      maybe if world hunger increase enough, and our "3rd world" child slaves start working harder, the stock market wont have to crash much further. (so we can enjoy global warming before it kills billions).

      What would John Yoo do?

      Answer : Ask if the kids had organ failure.

  •  Thank you for posting this (0+ / 0-)

    But reading about how we are ruining the beautiful earth breaks my heart.

  •  Excellent diary. You should add to your (0+ / 0-)

    poll some of the more likly responses by Humanity such as:

    1. Buying up new beach front property in Nevada.
    1. Investing in air-condition companies.
    1. Builting new 'Saraha Club' tropical resorts in Iceland.

    Good luck.  

    The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

    by HoundDog on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 01:47:43 PM PDT

  •  Reminds me of the voyages described in (0+ / 0-)

    the recent book Artic Spectacles.  A fascinating history of 19th-century British voyages to the Arctic to try to find navegable passages through the ice mass.

  •  The last time this area was "kayakable" (3+ / 0-)
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    Hastur, smellybeast, BraveheartDC

    there were no humans around to kayak there.  

    Having credibility when making an argument is the straightest path to persuasion.

    by SpamNunn on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 01:51:15 PM PDT

  •  Great diary (0+ / 0-)

    A picture is worth a thousand words.  I'm pretty pessimistic about the ability of humanity to act before a weather related catastrophe of huge proportions forces the issue.  However, publicity like this might help people recognize the problem.

  •  Hey I have a poll choice (0+ / 0-)

    Planning that non-stop Los Angeles to London cruise.

    Obama people! The other dude is McCain!

    by Adept2u on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 02:10:08 PM PDT

  •  Wrong starting point (1+ / 0-)
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    the fan man

    Going from Svalbard to the Pole is going against the prevailing current. He'd do much better starting from the Bering Strait region, somewhere like Point Barrow. Note also that it was the Siberian side of the Arctic Ocean that melted most last year.

    If you don't stand for something, you'll stand for anything.

    by Keith Pickering on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 02:31:46 PM PDT

  •  Leaders have been dithering since... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Stalin's smokestacks spewed noxious fumes during WWII...but of course it was Truman/ Eisenhower/ Kennedy/ Johnson/ Nixon/ Ford/ Carter/ Reagan/ Bush.1/ Clinton/ and Bush.2 who REALLY dithered... not to mention the dithering U.S. Congress, and leaders of Europe and Asia...but then this all happened in the last 10 years...right?

  •  I hope he brings a beach ball for symbolic effect (0+ / 0-)

    Some sunglasses and a pina colada would fit the surreal occasion too.

    "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." Mark Twain, as quoted by Barack Obama 6/30/08 Independence, MO.

    by SunWolf78 on Wed Jul 16, 2008 at 04:27:08 PM PDT

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