North Pole trek to spotlight global warming called off due to frostbite

In a classic example of what has come to be known as the Gore effect, a North Pole expedition meant to bring attention to global warming was called off after one of the explorers got frostbite.

The explorers, Ann Bancroft and Liv Arnesen, on Saturday called off what was intended to be a 530-mile trek across the Arctic Ocean after Arnesen suffered frostbite in three of her toes, and extreme cold temperatures drained the batteries in some of their electronic equipment.

One person who helped organize the event admitted there was some irony that a trip to call attention to global warming was scuttled in part by extreme cold temperatures.

“They were experiencing temperatures that weren’t expected with global warming,” Atwood said. “But one of the things we see with global warming is unpredictability.”

The Gore effect is so named because it seems that when Al Gore schedules a talk or seminar on global warming, invariably the event will be cancelled due to cold and wintery weather.

More info:  Associated Press article

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