Go North, young man


You may have heard that the Arctic is disappearing. Sea ice is at the lowest level ever recorded. Last month, a chunk of ice the size of Florida (!) disappeared in the span of six days. Polar bears are officially screwed. The no-longer-fabled Northwest Passage has opened up several decades ahead of schedule.

I mention all of this depressing news so that I can bring your attention to the exploits of Ben Jervey, a friend of TerraPass and author of the much-loved Big Green Apple guide to eco-friendly living in New York. Ben right now is on a small boat somewhere north of Greenland, exploring firsthand the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

The trip is part of Cape Farewell, a project that “brings artists, scientists and educators together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change.” Cape Farewell has a pretty amazingly slick web site that ties together a ton of video and written content, including Ben’s personal blog charting his trip to Greenland and beyond by sailing vessel.

It’s got polar bears, ice bergs, Northern Lights — the whole Arctic enchilada. Check it out.

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  1. Francis Benveniste - October 10, 2007

    Check out http://www.babouche-expe.eu/accueil.html First ever sucessful NW passage sailing only (no engine whatsoever). This is a tiny catamaran that can even be sailed ON ice. They just made it. It’s in French though, but still, scroll down and click “Galerie” for a fine collection of pictures that speak for themselves. Interested in more? Use their “contact” link, I believe someone speaks English.

  2. sailorgirlgreen - October 10, 2007

    GE is advertising on television, that they are taking 4 billion gallons of sea water yearly and changing it into drinking water. Am I the only one who questions how much damage this is doing?

  3. Francis Benveniste - October 12, 2007

    Sailorgirlgreen: I haven’t seen the add. I ran a Google search: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&rlz=1T4GZAZ_enUS229US230&sa=X&oi=spell&resnum=0&ct=result&cd=1&q=GE+4+billion+gallons+of+sea+water&spell=1
    I’m sure someone will tell it’s a way limit the rising of sea level due to GW.
    But seriously, any known study on this? Does anyone know what they do with the residue? (salt, bio and phyto plancton…)