Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wind and solar rescued by oil

Fill in the missing words in the headline: Three men attempting a voyage from England to Greenland and back in a 40-foot yacht powered only by wind and solar power were rescued last week by an oil tanker when their vessel received irreparable storm damage.

This was intended to be an educational voyage: "Carbon Neutral Expeditions, the organisation behind the crossing, is also working with 40 schools to promote climate change education in classrooms. Pupils will be following the team's progress on daily blogs from the ice cap with web broadcasts on… Raoul, who is based in London, said: 'Expeditions often achieve impressive objectives and carry out vital research, but few take into account their environmental impacts. By making our expedition carbon neutral, we wanted to show that it is possible to visit incredible places and preserve them for future generations.'" It may have turned out to be even more educational than planned.

Somebody tell Jon Wellinghoff about this.

Related: Here, earlier, Windjammer round Cape Horn. "[A] a modern vessel needs far fewer crewmen, and the crewmen are much more likely to come home." And at Chicago Boyz, Oil Tanker Saves Environmentalists.

Via Andrew Stuttaford at The Corner.

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