I was a bit disgusted to see the editorial cartoon in the Wednesday Bee, making fun of global warming theory because of the recent trapping in the Antarctic ice of a Russian research ship. The cartoon panders to the more ignorant souls who refuse to believe that global warming is real.
I have been lucky to have sailed to the Antarctic three times. Sailing in the Antarctic is a dangerous business. Ice conditions change yearly and the weather is very unpredictable. We barely outran a force 10 storm off Cape Horn, and a ship I was on in the 1990s had a hole put in her bottom. Such events have nothing to do with global warming. What is true in the Antarctic is that many parts of the continent are warming, ice shelves are calving and ships are penetrating farther south than before.
Maybe if the cartoonist had done a bit of research, she would have found the record of many vessels, both tourist and scientific, that have been caught in the ice. The location and strength of the ice varies from year to year. That's the reality of sailing in the Antarctic.