Man Tries to Draw Attention to Global Warming by Going to Antarctica, Suffers Frostbite

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


The icebergs… they aren’t melting fast enough.

Ranulph Fiennes, the explorer, not to be confused with the actor, had hoped to cross Antarctica during the winter making the coldest journey on earth.

Fiennes claimed that this would “make a significant contribution to our understanding of the true effects of global warming on the Antarctic continent”.

Apparently global warming hadn’t quite gotten there yet, because the trip has imploded due to frostbite on four of the fingers on his left hand, when he removed a glove to fix some ski equipment.

Attempts to evacuate Fiennes from the warmed polar region, where there are reportedly tropical forests rising out of the icebergs and everyone wears bathing suits, have been hampered by… of all things … a blizzard.

Finally a break in the snow storm, perhaps caused by global warming, allowed Fiennes to be evacuated back to South Africa, where it’s easier to try and sell people on global warming.

  • EamonnDublin

    Nice one, Ranulph,
    Nice one, Son,
    Nice one Ranulph,
    Let's have another one!

    Éamonn, Dublin, Ireland. (It's RAINING in Ireland – must be that damned Global Warming!)

  • http://twitter.com/quark1912 @quark1912

    Mother Nature 1, the Goracle 0.

  • JacksonPearson

    I'm convinced, Ranulph Fiennes froze his butt off, and is a genuine moron!

    • Mary Sue

      when he froze his butt he lost what little brains he had ;)

  • Ar'nun

    I see this as God sending us a sign about Global Climate Change.

    • anor277

      Interestingly there is no debate about global warming, whereas there is still a debate about anthropogenic climate change. Global warming is a real phenomenon. Mountains of data attest to a rise in Earth's surface temperature of about 1 degree C over the last century, with the most rapid rise occurring in the last 30 years. You can ignore these data or not; ignorance is hardly the scientific course.

      • Mary Sue

        yeah but we all know that a 1 degree change in a place where it gets down to -70 means it'll only get down to -69. Six of one, half a dozen of the other.

      • Ar'nun

        Talk about ignoring data. anor277, simple question; Was there a time in our world's history called the "Ice Age"???

        See logic dictates this and all the other scientific evidence of major climate changes occuring every few thousand years since our tiny little planet started rotating around the sun points to one logical conclusion; our climate has changed before, is changing again, and will change again in the distant future weather we have SUV's and Coal Power Plants or not.

        • anor277

          The last ice age ended some 20000 years ago. Global warming has occurred at an unprecedented rate for the last 100 years and you want to ignore or disregard its probable causes? Please feel free to do so.

          • Toni_Pereira

            If you are reffering to the Hockey stick Graph, it's something that came out of Goracle's ass. Why all the obsession?(with the graphic, with Gore's ass i really don't wanna know)

      • Drakken

        You do know that the Vikings during that period called Greenland for a reason right? Useless idiots of the left, what will you brainless wonders say next?

        • anor277

          Please don't be personal; I don't know you. That Greenland was green or full of vines is immaterial to the overall, average surface temperature.

  • Richard

    If you even bothered to pull your thumb out of your lazy backside you would be able to read scientific study after scientific study which shows that average temperatures are rising, that mountain glaciers and polar ice caps are retreating at an unprecedented rate.
    There is a very noticeable correlation between rising greenhouses gas levels since the 19th century and the noticeable retreat of ice and rising temperatures which has actually accelerated in the past 30 years.

    • Mary Sue

      one degree isn't going to cause -70 to go to +2 degrees. It's going to make it -69 which won't melt ice any faster.

      • Richard

        Scientists are now predicting that the Arctic ice will in a a few years be so thin that ocean going vessels will be able to sail through from the Pacific to the Atlantic without the assistance of icebreakers. The ice caps of Greenland and the Antarctic as well as mountain glaciers worldwide are retreating dramatically.Year on year storms and hurricanes and tornadoes are becoming more frequent and more intense. Desertification is accelerating. A few degrees of temperature difference has a massive effect. Why don't you actually read the scientific literature? A moron like you knows more than thousands of scientists around the world who have been studying this for years?

    • Mary Sue

      btw glaciers have been retreating since before the greenhouse gases started going up.

      • Richard

        Have you looked at the data showing the retreat of glaciers in the past 30 years? Look at the visual evidence from photography of both mountain glaciers and polar ice caps and you tell me that we are not experiencing an unprecedented melt back of ice? I am not a scientist but when THOUSANDS of scientists worldwide who are all INDEPENDENTLY studying this phenomenon produce report after report after report that they have found a link a between rising temperatures, dramatic climate changes and human production of CO2 then I go with what they have to say.
        I bet you are going to tell me next that all the all the doctors are lying about the links between fast food and morbid obesity?

        • Mary Sue

          Did you hear about the leaked UN report on Climate Change which acknowledges that… dun dun dun…THE SUN, is more of an influence in "global warming" than they previously admitted?

          Thousands of other scientists say the exact opposite of the ones you are listening to. And the ones you are listening to are doing it for government grant money. Or, like Dr. Andrew Weaver of UVic, they're just a wacked out commie.

        • Mary Sue

          also please explain, if the glaciers are all melting so fast, how a WW II plane was found under 50 feet of ice?

    • Ar'nun

      Richard- Please explain how human beings caused the Ice Age…

      If you pulled your head out of Al Gore's back side you would be able to read scientific theories from less than 500 years ago that claimed the Earth is flat and if you sail off into the ocean, eventually you would fall off. People like you believe we are at the pinacle of enlightenment. We are still thousands of years away from that point as a species. 200 years from now when (yes the climate will be different just as it was 200 years ago and 200 years before that…) people are going to look back at silly people who thought they could control the planet's climate.

    • UCSPanther

      Yeah, so? Glaciers have advanced and retreated for eons and only recently, we have been tracking that.

      Try again, pal.

    • Raymond in DC

      Correlation doesn't equate to causality. Didn't you learn that at some point in your education?

    • Clark Banner

      Hey Richard you're completely right. Daniel Greenfield is lying to his audience by misrepresenting and telling the partial stories of his reporting on Climate Change. Anybody with access to google can tell you this article completely misrepresents what the Explorer actually thought about the region and what he was doing there.

      Greenfield can not report on Climate Change and disprove it based on scientific data because he knows he can't. All he can do is name drop Al Gore (as if that man has written one peer reviewed journal on Climate Science ever).

      It's sad. Because conservatives are so anti-science in general, people consider them lying zealots and will completely ignore them on Islam.

      • Mary Sue

        bull puckey.

        Conservatives are not anti-science. THey are actually pretty pro-science. Leftists on the other hand are pro-ideology, and don't let the facts get in the way.

  • Arthur Goldberg

    Richard, even if temperatures are rising, which by the way is another matter we may have to talk about (see the removal of the hockey stick graph) what about all the studies which show that throughout history climate changes naturally and warmer periods are associated with growth of human civilisation. For example the Renaissance, the Roman warm period, the Medieval warm period etc. In Britain the climate used to be warm enough to grow wine in London, hence "Vine Street", "Grower Street" etc and this was a period of growth and expansion for Britain. As for "unprecedented" rate of glacial retreat how do you account for long periods of Earth's history when temperature has been much warmer than today, as well as the drop in average global temperature from 2000 onwards? Please also look into the motivations of people who produce these studies, many have funding which they will lose if they do not continue to push the global warming myth. Others have ego at risk, see the so called climategate scandal.

    • anor277

      It seems an excellent job has been done in poisoning the well of climate research. Given the severity the original Climategate allegations (e.g. academic misconduct, falsification of data, conspiracy to deceive the public) one might have expected that severe, even criminal sanctions would be imposed on individual researchers. The reality is rather different. A series of enquiries found that the researchers had no case to answer with respect to academic misconduct (what was revealed in the emails was that their data were manipulated – and data are always manipulated by research). Further studies and repeated analyses confirmed that the disputed data (including the now infamous hockey stick graph) were sound and robust. According to these and other data, the Earth's surface has warmed by 1 degree C over the last century, with the most rapid change occurring within the last 30 years. This represents an unprecedented rate of change that is likely attributable to the burning of fossil fuels. And yet many still believe that the individual researchers in the Climategate 'scandal' are guilty of something underhand and that there is no substance to the huge amounts of data that are evidence confirming global warming. One is reminded of the egregious beliefs of those conspiracy theorists who insist that Pres. Bush had foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks on NY, and somehow finessed the collapse of the towers. I think both conspiracy theories verge on the absurd; they certainly are ridiculous. 9/11 conspiracy theories seemed to have (reasonably) died a death, but if someone here still thinks that the individual climate researchers whose candid emails were hacked ARE conspirators, it might be worthwhile to check out the current positions of those same researchers. They are still tenured professors at prestigious universities, they still take students (maybe your children!), and they still draw a salary (maybe even handsome salaries) from the public purse. The conspiracy seems to get bigger and bigger! We live in perilous times.

      • Mary Sue

        I think the scientists that measured the ice core CO2 didn't know what they were doing. CO2 is a permeable gas, meaning it doesn't stay locked in a medium such as ice. Ice within itself is not a static solid. Liquid water can exist in ice. CO2 can combine with compounds in the ice to form something called Clathrates. Since it is no longer free CO2, ice core drillers will not find the original amount of CO2 that may have been trapped during the initial snowfall. Therefore you get seriously depleted CO2 levels that people assume were historic CO2 levels when in fact they are not.

  • Edward Cline

    Amen, Mr. Goldberg. Not only must we get the government out of education, which gives the government a venue in which to brainwash helpless children and lobotomized college students, but also out of science and funding "scienfitic" research. As the government has a vested interest in advancing AGW or "climate change" to better justify controls on everyone and everything, state-funded scientists have a vested interest in perpetuating that largesse. We won't see the end of hockey sticks and cricket bats until then.

  • John Svengali

    If he kept his hand where he's been keeping his head, he should not have gotten frostbite.

  • tagalog

    Ranulf Fiennes wrote a good book on Robert F. Scott. He's an impressive Antarctic explorer. However, he's wrong if he thinks Antarctica is suffering from global warming. This past winter was particularly cold in Antarctica, with the ice shelves expanding.

    Of course, the Antarctic summer is ending now.

    • klem

      I'll bet he's been listening to his rich aristocratic friends tell him the Antarctic would be melted away in a year or two, so he had better do his South Pole adventure before it becomes a sunny tourist spot. I mean, how much warmer did he think the Antarctic would be at this time of year anyway? Lol!

  • richard johnston

    Definitely a candidate for the Darwin award,

  • Edward Cline

    This article could be subtitled, "Adventures in Frostbite Falls, or, Rocky Almost Doesn't Rescue Bullwinkle."

  • Drakken

    Darwin has another winner! You have to laugh at the utter stupidity of these people.

  • klem

    Something similar happens in Canada every summer. Because the media has been telling people all over the world that Canada's Arctic is melting and will be ice free any day now, people fly to the Arctic circle and expect to walk to the North Pole on dry ground. They show up wearing high heels, sunglasses and t-shirts, and in about 3 days they have to be flown out by helicopter before they die. Happens every summer. Makes me laugh every time. Welcome to the real world losers.

    The media continue to tell everyone its warm in the Canadian Arctic.

    • figment newton

      I like that Canadian town that leaves cars doors unlocked on main street, in case someone is chased and attacked by an "endangered" polar bear.

  • Rob

    I think it's only fair that Canada gets to grow bananas for a while.

  • Clark Banner

    Knock Knock?

    Who's there?

    Lazy Reporting.

    Lazy Reporting by who

    By you.

    Debate a climate scientist. Oh wait. You're too afraid.

    • Toni_Pereira

      I've already debated two Jeovah Witnesses in the morning. Three freaks in one day it's too much for me, sorry.

  • Clark Banner

    I find it so funny that you mislead the audience about the explorer's intentions… as if he was thinking it would be a tropical paradise. The Explorer's expedition was even going to be called "The Coldest Journey." From his website:

    "The 2000-mile journey across the continent has for many years been considered too perilous to try and the expedition's five-man* "Ice Team" will have to overcome one of earth's most hostile environments if they are to succeed, exposing themselves to temperatures dropping close to -90c and operating in near permanent darkness."

    Did you even go into what he was going to do there? You deceive your audience just as much as the left.

  • Toni_Pereira

    It turned out to be a lovely oportunity to draw attention to Global Cooling. Thank you!!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Or Global Frostbite.

  • james

    i hope his wiener fell off

  • Trevor

    Why is there no mention of the charity he was doing this in aid of?

  • laiyth

    mn