Sept. 4 News: Sailboat Becomes First To Sail Through Northwest Passage, Becoming ‘Visual Of Declining Polar Ice’

Warming global temperatures and melting polar ice caps have helped a trio of explorers go where few men have gone before. [Los Angeles Times]

The crew, which also includes Edvin Buregren, a Swede, and Nicolas Peissel, a Canadian, set out on the quest to bring awareness to the changing climate that has radically reshaped the planet’s North Pole.

“Our approach to sail across a historical stretch of water that has traditionally been frozen is meant to be a clear visual example of the extent of declining polar ice,” the group said in a statement.

The Democrats’ official platform expected to be approved at the party’s national convention on Tuesday calls for an international deal to limit greenhouse gas emissions. [The Hill]

If you look on a much grander scale, the disparity of record highs in the U.S. vs. record lows has grown wider every decade since the 1970s. [Climate Central]

It could take a week to wrestle the fire churning through the Angeles National Forest into submission, authorities said Monday as the blaze grew to 3,600 acres and injured four people, including at least two of the 500-plus firefighters who had swarmed into the hills above Azusa. [Los Angeles Times]

International pledges to reduce greenhouse gases may fail to stop global warming from rising to twice the level deemed safe by United Nations scientists, Climate Action Tracker said. [Businessweek]

Vilas Dinkar Mukane lives halfway around the world from the corn farmers of Iowa, but the Indian sharecropper is at risk of losing his livelihood for the same reason: not enough rain. [New York Times]

The last decade saw the end of cheap oil, the magic growth ingredient for the global economy after the second world war. This summer’s increase in maize, wheat and soya bean prices – the third spike in the past five years – suggests the era of cheap food is also over. [Guardian]

The drought is an ill portent for the snack food world. All across the Midwest, where rows of popcorn normally thrive alongside fields of soybeans, U.S. popcorn farmers have watched in horror as stifling, triple-digit temperatures and weeks without rain withered crops. [Reuters]

Israel has developed some of the world’s most advanced solar energy equipment and enjoys a nearly endless supply of sunshine, but when it comes to deploying large-scale solar technology at home, the country remains in the dark ages. [Daily Herald]

6 Responses to Sept. 4 News: Sailboat Becomes First To Sail Through Northwest Passage, Becoming ‘Visual Of Declining Polar Ice’

  1. Delmar Stone says:

    New slogan. Save the humans

  2. Esko Pettay says:

    Several other sailing boats sailed Northwest passage already in 2010.

  3. Douglas Pohl says:

    Lop sided reporting… the rest of the story is… BELZEBUB’s crew using stealth radar locating master mariner David Scott Cowper, age 70, navigating solo on his seventh world circumnavigation aboard his 45′ aluminum single motor vessel POLAR BOUND when he approached from the east through Parry Channel and FOLLOWED him through the ice choked McClure Strait… David Scott Cowper was first to achieved what no other man in the 161 year history since discovery of the original Northwest Passage by Captain Robert McClure in 1851 aboard HMS INVESTIGATOR had done – navigated ‘over-the-top’ of Banks Island through the ice choked McClure Strait solo.
    Yes, BELZEBUB and crew were the first sailboat to navigate in McClure Strait (no gps evidence they made it through) but WITHOUT so much as acknowledging David Scott Cowper or his assistance in their “sanitized” press release is a shame. Voyage regarding Climate change? Not a bit of evidence, data collections etc but plenty of nice travel pictures… yabetcha!
    CONGRATULATION Captain Cowper on your record achievement! Thank you for your assistance to BELZEBUB and her ungrateful daredevil crew – we truly understand who you are, what your five solo Northwest Passages and seven solo world cirumnavigations mean regarding your character the likes of Franklin, McClure, Amundsen, Nansen and and Bellot.

  4. Toby Thorleifsson says:

    Several sailboats have sailed the NW passage. Thorleif Thorleifsson and Borge Ousland sailed both the Northeast and the Northwest passage in one season in 2010. Please see this link:
    It is, however, very interesting that the passage is now sailed on a yearly basis.

  5. Merrelyn Emery says:

    Leadership on an international agreement? I guess you can fool some of the people some of the time, ME