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Over 200 People Rescued From Drifting Ice Floe

LATVIA: One of the ice floes was washed as far as 4 kilometers away from shore. At one point it could not be reached by rescue boats, so the operation was continued by helicopter.

“219 people have been rescued from the two ice floes. The evacuation is over.”

 Latvian emergency officials

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Over 200 people, including women and children, have been rescued from two ice floes that drifted away from the shores of Latvia, the country’s emergency ministry has reported. The massive rescue operation in the Gulf of Riga involved helicopters and Navy ships. Bad weather conditions and high waves hampered rescue efforts at times, but the operation was completed successfully.

“219 people have been rescued from the two ice floes. The evacuation is over,” Latvian emergency officials told RIA Novosti.

There were 180 people on an ice floe near Vakarbulli beach, and another 39 on one near Majori beach. Initial reports suggested that there were over 500 people on both ice floes, RT.com reports.

One of the ice floes was washed as far as 4 kilometers away from shore. At one point it could not be reached by rescue boats, so the operation was continued by helicopter.

The situation was critical, as winds are very strong and the boats involved in the rescue operation were suitable for inland waters, not the sea, State Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Victoria Sembele said, according to TVNET website.

The Latvian Emergency Ministry has once again urged people not to walk on ice.

A similar incident occurred in Russia`s Kaliningrad region, the country`s most western territory, where 80 fishermen had to be rescued from a drifting ice floe as it washed away one kilometer off shore.

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"Mini Ice Age" Underway?

The bitter winter afflicting much of the Northern Hemisphere is only the start of a global trend towards cooler weather that is likely to last for 20 or 30 years, say some of the world’s most eminent climate scientists. Their predictions, based on an analysis of natural cycles in water temperatures in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans,  challenge some of the global warming orthodoxy’s most deeply cherished beliefs, such as the claim that the North Pole will be free of ice in summer by 2013.

‘This isn’t just a blip. We can expect colder winters for quite a while. Perhaps we will see talk of an ice age again by the early 2030’s”

Anastasios Tsonis

(Article in English)

According to the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 per cent, since 2007 – and even the most committed global warming activists do not dispute this, David Rose writes in a post published by the British Daily Mail, monday.

“The scientists’ predictions also undermine the standard climate computer models, which assert that the warming of the Earth since 1900 has been driven solely by man-made greenhouse gas emissions and will continue as long as carbon dioxide levels rise.”


Mr.Rose writes: Last week, as Britain froze, Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband maintained in a parliamentary answer that the science of global warming was ‘settled’. Among the most prominent of the scientists is Professor Mojib Latif, a leading member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which has been pushing the issue of man-made global warming on to the international political agenda since it was formed 22 years ago.

Prof Latif, who leads a research team at the renowned Leibniz Institute at Germany’s Kiel University, has developed new methods for measuring ocean temperatures 3,000ft beneath the surface, where the cooling and warming cycles start.

He and his colleagues predicted the new cooling trend in a paper published in 2008 and warned of it again at an IPCC conference in Geneva last September.

Last night he told The Mail on Sunday: ‘A significant share of the warming we saw from 1980 to 2000 and at earlier periods in the 20th Century was due to these cycles – perhaps as much as 50 per cent.

‘They have now gone into reverse, so winters like this one will become much more likely. Summers will also probably be cooler, and all this may well last two decades or longer.

‘The extreme retreats that we have seen in glaciers and sea ice will come to a halt. For the time being, global warming has paused, and there may well be some cooling.”

Read the full article here.

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