Monday Mirthiness – ‘Adrift – living on an iceberg for a year’ guy Alex Bellini drives an SUV to highlight his ‘concern about climate change’

You really can’t make this stuff up. The guy actually uses an SUV to advertise this climate stunt. See the photo below.

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The Guardian reported in 2003:

“We want the SUV to epitomise greed, waste and global climate change. We feel that if we galvanise a movement and keep a discussion going, if we make it uncool to drive SUVs then we are doing our part in the fight.”

Today, WUWT reader Phil Westerman writes:

You featured a blog story regarding Alex Bellini who is, apparently, going
to live on a melting iceberg.  I live in Thame (near Oxford) in England and
have seen the 4 x 4 vehicle in the attached photograph parked or being used
in the town over the last couple of months.

Yes, yes we did: Climate craziness of the week: Man to live on melting iceberg for one year to highlight climate change

And in that post, I mentioned that making fake CGI icebergs (like the one in the Treehugger article photo above) to promote his cause wasn’t a good way to get it started. Neither is driving an SUV advertising your ‘concern’ about climate change.

Bellini, on his personal website describes himself as (bold his):

“Alex Bellini is an adventurer, professional speaker, mental coach and an award-winning book author.

Well, with this stunt, you could also label him as a “performance artist”. I say that, because surely there’s no science involved here (he hasn’t even thought through what he’ll do it the iceberg rolls over, as they often do), and artists tend to “feel” rather than think, which is why he probably hasn’t realized how stupid he looks driving a fossil fueled SUV to promote his climate change stunt.

A picture is worth 1000 days on an iceberg, me thinks:

adrift_on_an_iceberg_guy_drives_SUVI’m pretty sure that’s Alex Bellini picking his nose in the driver’s seat (click to enlarge) since according to his Facebook page, his location is indeed in Thame, UK where Phil Westerman snapped this photo.

He even poses with it:

Alex-Bellini-iceberg2[1]Source: Motherboard

Here is how I see it.

I’ll be concerned about climate change when the people who are claiming they are more concerned than me start acting like it.

 

 

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206 thoughts on “Monday Mirthiness – ‘Adrift – living on an iceberg for a year’ guy Alex Bellini drives an SUV to highlight his ‘concern about climate change’

    • It has been a profession for a long while. The first and main illusion has always been to delay public acknowledgment of the breed….

    • Climate Illusionist!
      It’s perfect. Or possibly Climate delusionist. A good label to use when they use the “denier” label.

    • My first thought was whether the CAGW fraudster journo’s and academics were all ashamed or amused by this man.
      But, after seeing his signed up 4WD and the requisite beard i concluded he was already well entrenched in the fraudsters camp. Now if he is endangered during this ridiculous stunt, who pays to rescue this mug lair?

  1. I can’t wait to see this guy freeze his butt off on an iceberg for an entire year. And he’d better choose his burg carefully, they roll over sometimes.

    • There is absolutely no way this guy intends spending winter on an iceberg, unless he is clinically insane.

      Circa October, there will be some kind of “it’s worse than we thought” supposed emergency and he will pack it in and immediately set off on a well remunerated and an all expenses paid lecture tour.

      This is just an empty alarmist stunt and should be treated with the contempt it deserves, the SUV is just futher confirmation of this.

      • I really don’t understand the “one year” claim. If it’s supposed to melt – before it refreezes – then his stay won’t last a year. Let’s say he starts in January. If his iceberg doesn’t melt prior to mid-September, then he hasn’t really proven anything. In other words: (1) one-year success = fails to demonstrate global warming; and (2) one-year failure = demonstrates global warming. This is backwards, right?

      • Another scenario. Let’s say he starts in late September, then his iceberg should grow in size for another 6 months – unless he’s planning to live on one that he knows is drifting southward. But how does this demonstrate anything?

      • If I was doing this stunt, how would I design it? The important thing will be to get the publicity while everyone still remembers who I am. So, pick an isolated iceberg, photos on the iceberg, photos of water (the iceberg has melted already), and then home. Winter on an iceberg? How daft do you think I am?

    • I hope he takes lessons from the Laplanders or Eskimos on proper protocol. Dropping trousers in -50 requires dexterity and speed.

    • Since he had an iceberg CG’d into his promo, I wouldn’t be surprised if he greenscreens the whole iceberg stay from the lap of luxury.

  2. Is he never going to be caught smiling? He needs an image consultant. I understand the UK has a surfeit of them as CAGW winds down.

  3. Just stick him on Iceland the Island that’s turning into Volcano Land. That’ll fix his butt.

    Or put him on that ICE FLOW with any modern conveniences or notoriety or fan fare or computer. That’ll fix his butt. I’ll take his unwanted SUV off his hands for a year. ;-)

  4. One might reasonably ask for the rationale of sitting on a melting iceberg. Icebergs have been melting
    since time began – that’s what they do. Remember the Titantic, circa 1912? It hit a melting iceberg
    (uninhabited, I believe). It also had recently flipped over, so was water colored and much harder for the Titantic lookouts to see from a distance (yes there were lookouts, and the lights of the ship’s deck had been doused to enable better lookout visibility. Simply going too fast – couldn’t stop in time or turn fast enough to avoid scraping the berg. If the helmsman had simply run dead into the berg, the Titantic would never have sunk. Bad luck all around.)

      • In other news Scientists find REAL cause of increasing atmospheric CO2.

        It seems, as the planet warms, normally and naturally, large volumes of sequestered METHANE in both formerly frozen solid higher latitudes, along with sequestered methane in methane hydrate deposits in the oceans, is released. Now in the atmosphere, methane turns, by natural processes, in to water vapor and… wait for it…

        CO2!

        This explains why the increasing temperatures tend to lead the increasing atmospheric CO2.

        The climate alarmists have the cause/effect relationship backwards.

        Human CO2 doesn’t cause global warming. Global warming drives atmospheric CO2 levels!

  5. Funny, “performance artist” isn’t what came to my mind. More like con artist. He’s using his fake concern for a fake issue to garner fame and bucks.

  6. @Robin H et al. He’s acclimatizing in Siberia. Check out the reflection in the middle window of his truck in the first photo. Its clearly Russian.

  7. I wonder if he’s picked the iceberg that will be starring in this little play. A really big one that won’t melt for a whole year? Or a smaller one that will melt in less than a year so he can show that icebergs melt. Oh wait, icebergs DO melt. That’s never been in doubt. So what the heck is this stunt supposed to prove? Ice melts when it gets warm? He must be on the hunt for another book to author, or something. This makes no sense at all.

  8. “I’m pretty sure that’s Alex Bellini picking his nose in the driver’s seat…”
    ==========
    If this was supposed to be some kind of inside joke, I missed it.
    Tell me it was a joke !!

  9. The second photo shows a q-code – another vehicle or added later? The person in the first photo is wearing glasses (not sunglasses) – someone else?

    Do we know which beach he is on? Clearly not too cold based on bare feet and not warm clothing. Looks like a pier in the background. The sand and little shells in the beach might give it away too.

  10. Is that a Styrofoam iceberg in the “video screen capture” picture? With something like 90% of an iceberg below the surface, there would have to be one heck of a sudden deep drop-off to have that iceberg that close to shore.

    Of course seeing how clearly the iceberg is reflected in the choppy water… Post-production!

  11. eating his own boogers ? with no fuel, the daft fellow might end up having to drink his own urine. But I admire him so much, I’ll send him some of mine

  12. Where will he be disposing of his human waste during his year long stay?
    Will he galvanize a movement and keep a discussion going on how to make it uncool to defecate on an iceberg or dump your human waste into the sea?
    Or will he have regular, carbon fueled, potty service on the berg?

  13. Who knows. Perhaps sitting on an iceberg for a year may become the basis for an alternative hemorrhoid therapy commercial.

  14. SUV hate bugs me. I drove an SUV for 11 years, but gave it up because long commutes and the rising price of gas made it impractical. Now I drive very little and I miss the hauling capability, so my next vehicle will be an SUV once again. People should get whatever meets their needs and budget. We should be grateful we have such a large choice of vehicles.

  15. This is actually very tame hypocrisy compared to Al Gore and other celebrities who circle their world in their private jets while trying to save the planet. I’m sure that one flight of a jet uses more energy than I do in a year. (Not to mention the power consumption of their huge mansions.)

  16. Watch the pea…..

    In the previous post, the report was Bellini plans to find a suitable iceberg in the northwest region of Greenland, where he will remain for up to a year as it slowly melts.

    According to his video, his goal is to draw attention to Global Warming and rising sea levels, through the melting of an iceberg, He “want to tell the story of… how an iceberg becomes water.” He says in the video that he “wants to live on an iceberg for 12 months”, but if he is only able to live on one for 12 weeks, so much the better for the story he wants to tell.

    Suppose he really does want an iceberg that will last 12 months. That means he needs to find a berg in the late spring, summer of 2015 that looks like it will last until the freeze up in November. He must then survive the long winter until March breakup, then rock and roll with the berg until his anniversary date.

    That long winter freeze up is going to be lonely. What blogger or journalist is going to visit him in his Kevlar cave when it is dark for 20+ hours per day and sub zero for months? Come to think of it, how will anyone know he is still there through the winter freeze?

  17. He’s giving one of my favourite composers a bad name. But one of Bellini’s operas might fit – The Puritans – ideal for this modern sub-species of righteous climate nutters.

    I suggest landing a polar bear on the other side of the iceberg and betting on how long he avoids being eaten.

  18. I think he will actually be living on a hidden boat under a fiberglass camouflage shell. He’ll pop up like a groundhog, if he sees a camera it will be six more weeks of shivering for his fans and sponsors. Once a week he’ll lower the shell in the mounts an inch so we can see it “melting into the ocean”.

  19. CoastGuard -‘good morning. how can we help’
    Bellendi – ‘Hi. Listen, I was driving my ‘berg up through the passage, and it kind of flipped out on me there.
    Coastguard -‘You were driving what ??’
    Bellendi -‘my iceberg’
    Coastguard -‘your iceberg. ok. whats the registration of your iceberg please’
    Bellendi -‘registration ?? it doesnt have one. its an iceberg’
    Coastguard – ‘sailing an unregistered vessel ? ok whats your position ?’
    Bellendi -‘I oppose fossil fuels. and will do till my dying day’
    Coastguard – ‘i mean, where are you’
    Bellendi – ‘Oh. right. I’m in the water’
    Coastguard – ‘ok. can you describe the iceberg. make , model, color, year ?’
    Bellendi – ‘Yes. made of ice, five years old, white’
    Coastguard – ‘we will send help to try to find you’
    Bellendi – ‘Its ok. I can see someone. 7 foot tall guy wearing a white fur coat’

  20. Didn’t the hapless Iain Stewart of the BBC’s Climate Wars fame, drive a large fossil fuel vehicle with a hocky stick on the side around the streets of London to publicise AGW!!!!

  21. Hi everyone, thank you for this article. Yes, this is me in Thame. I thought many time to change my old Land Cruiser for a newer one but I did some math and I ended up by saying that is more sustainable to keep it rather than dispose it. I drive my 2001 Land Cruiser no more than 10.000 km every year, I do MOT regularly and I don’t drive faster than 60 miles/hour (I would love to, actually) If I wanted to dispose it, the process itself will create as much CO2 as driving it for 6 years. Buying a new car would be great but manufacturing vehicles is harmful to the environment as well. The average vehicles (in 2007) required 4273 liter of gas to produce. That’s equivalent to 38.000 km, which is about four years driving.
    Being sustainable doesn’t mean buying new stuff, you can respect the environment being aware of simple things like pro and con.

    Cheers.
    Alex Bellini

    • I believe what people were rightfully expecting from a committed global warming activist is something like this:

      Segway – The leader in personal, green transportation
      http://www.segway.com

      Company developing and manufacturing Dean Kamen’s invention, the Segway Human Transporter – an electric scooter for use in pedestrian areas, not on the road.

      • You can buy a car for what a Segway costs. They were farsighted in getting it approved in the same classification as a wheelchair. Thus it is authorized for use on pedestrian walkways. However the price is still a problem. Back in 2007 I recall them costing $5,000-8,000. So they’re only used by police departments or for tourist rentals.

      • These ladies should be walking. BTW The Amazing Jonathon uses, or used to use a Segway in his magic show, at least back when he was at the Golden Nugget.

    • Alex: if you want to live an iceberg, then by all means go live on one. If you are able to do it for a year, that will certainly be admirable proof of your endurance, just as would be climbing K2, sailing solo around the world, or any other accomplishment in the world of extreme adventure sports.

      What I don’t understand is how this has anything to do with climate change. The fact that the climate changes over time and that many icebergs melt is undisputed. Please help me understand the connection between these natural phenomenon (other than of course you need a melting iceberg) and your project.

      Good luck in/on your new home.

      Tom Crozier
      Granada, Nicaragua

      • He rally needs quite good deal of good luck. Just in case of a hearty tooth-ache: is he going to call the coast guard to get him out??? We had a ship of fools in the antarctic ice, now we have a berg with an idiot on top somewhere else.

      • I come from a family whose members seem to be attracted to dangerous sports. Several have died over the generations and I imagine more will die in the future. But we don’t do it for a cause, we’re just adrenaline junkies.

    • Hi Alex,
      Please read all the comments here. You try to justify the use of your SUV with mileage while not mentioning bicycles. I have been to Oxford and cycles are everywhere. Why not a motor bike? The fact is just before you acquired your SUV you should have thought twice. You didn’t.

      Look Alex, I know you like your SUV because of it’s convenience. THAT is why stunts like yours will fail. There are others just like you who also like convenience.

    • Alex

      Well done for having the courage to show up here. You are aware that the current warming is by no means unprecedented? In Thame and the immediate area there is a great variety of material from earlier inhabitants loving in warmer times than today, including the roman warm period and the even warmer Bronze age.

      Here is a paper on local places showing the earlier civilisations

      http://thehumanjourney.net/pdf_store/sthames/phase3/County/Late%20Bronze%20Age%20&%20Iron%20Age/Late%20Bronze%20Age%20&%20Iron%20Age%20Oxfordshire.pdf

      You are going to embark on a dangerous expedition which has no purpose to it as you will merely be highlighting that climate constantly changes from warmer than today through to cooler than today. Why not put your talents and bravery to better use?

      Tonyb

    • Well Alex, you certainly are a pro at the con !

      But heck, if there are people even dumber than you, willing to pay to watch you; well they deserve to be separated from their wealth.

      So you have my blessing to stiff them as much as you can.

    • you can respect the environment being aware of simple things like pro and con.

      Ciao, Alex.

      You truly sound like a skeptic.

      I ended up by saying that is more sustainable to keep it rather than dispose it.

      This is only true if you use math and common sense.

      I drive my 2001 Land Cruiser no more than 10.000 km every year

      This doesn’t matter to many eco-nuts. They’d rather see you drive a Prius 40,000 km every year.

      my old Land Cruiser

      How does someone that’s trying to make the SUV to “epitomise greed, waste and global climate change” end up with a Land Cruiser in the first place?

      All this being said, you’re right, of course. Do you approve of such a rational, scientific approach to all environmental matters? Do you think that economics/calculations should trump emotional perception?

    • The average vehicles (in 2007) required 4273 liter of gas to produce. That’s equivalent to 38.000 km, which is about four years driving.

      Good on you for doing the math Alex.

      Now, have you done the math on how many liters of gas will be required to transport you, your equipment, and a year’s worth of supplies to the iceberg and back? I imagine it might be a rather large amount. Much larger in fact than building a new fuel efficient car to replace your SUV? Wouldn’t that be a better demonstration of your commitment to the environment?

      You don’t have to answer…. but I do suggest you read carefully the comments about icebergs flipping over from time to time. You’re taking life into your hands with this stunt.

    • Don’t drive at all; walk &/or take the train.

      The last lunatics to leave on an iceberg were depicted in the film, ” Rapa Nui”..

      ” Before anything is decided about the fate of Ramana or Make, an iceberg is spotted off the coast. Ariki-mau believes that the iceberg is the great white canoe sent to take him to the gods and goes out to it with some of his followers. After the iceberg has carried Ariki-mau away, the advisor attempts to seize control of the island, but Make kills him and the Short Ears stage a rebellion, ”

      1 hour 23 minutes 49 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-tgpzixe3M

      Travelling by iceberg? Priceless!

    • The average human exhales between 252 Kg/yr and 525Kg/yr, or just for grins 1000 lbs/year of CO2, or 72,000 lbs in 72 years of life. Since it is plant food and natural, maybe rethink your admonishment of generating CO2. Take note of how much life is at the equator as apposed to the poles.

    • Weasel (stoat) words at best. Al Gore and other climate extremists use similar rationales to explain away their carbon footprints. Nobody doesn’t expect weasel words from climate extremists – thank you for not disappointing.

    • “Buying a new car would be great but manufacturing vehicles is harmful to the environment as well.”

      Well, our society has reached an extreme where life-sustaining activity only can be categorized as harmful to the environment. Consequently, nothing is harmful.

      “If I wanted to dispose it, the process itself will create as much CO2 as driving it for 6 years. Buying a new car would be great but manufacturing vehicles is harmful to the environment as well. The average vehicles (in 2007) required 4273 liter of gas to produce. That’s equivalent to 38.000 km, which is about four years driving.”

      Good point Alex. My SUV guzzles also about 11 liters/100 km at 130 km/h, but that it’s the only practical means to transport mountain dogs. That’s why all of them get green light in my household.

      PS. Once your project approaches the conclusion, mind iceberg tipping killer whale mobs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPge_0lea3o.

  22. WUWT says, “Here is how I see it.
    I’ll be concerned about climate change when the people who are claiming they are more concerned than me start acting like it.”

    Yes that can be arranged. (;

    Trudeau took a sabbatical from “Doonesbury” last summer to launch the show, which was inspired by the true-life living arrangements of four prominent Democrats…Rep. George Miller, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Sen.Charles E. Schumer and Rep. Bill Delahunt, who were sharing a two-bedroom house in the southeastern shadow of the Capitol Dome. (Schumer tweeted just last month that he was looking for a new roommie after Miller announced his retirement.)

    http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/01/18/garden/18roomies.3.ready.html

    And look, they don’t even clean it up before a journalist comes over, so you know for sure they really do live there, and are true penitents living in a MICRO SPACE, coming to a city near you:

    http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/01/17/garden/18roomies.2.ready.html

    • It must be stuntin’ season supposedly Chicago’s very own Rahm Emanuel is going to “live” on $80/week for a week to demonstrate the plight of minimum wage workers. The lib-Dems, they’re so down with the little guy. /sarc

  23. This whole stunt was a means to the end of seducing young bubble-headed adoring girls. Alex ain’t so dumb. He’s just a liar. It is just like the guys in the 1960s and 70s who were “feminists”. They didn’t care one bit about the women’s movement except that it produced a whole lotta rebellious young women who wanted to prove that they weren’t “up-tight” daddy’s-girls so they slept with anyone.

    Now we have green Alex Bellini. All he wanted was some celebrity and name recognition in the church of green so that he can exploit his cache to shag as many groupies as humanly possible before his iceberg melts…rather his ice cube.

    The SUV is his shaggin’ Wagon. Big rear seats!! In the 1970s it would have been either a Westfalia or a Chevy Van. Sincere he is not. Devious he is.

      • Just think of how many people died after acquiring HIV in the 70s. No thanks! And nobody, NOBODY used a razor on anything but beards and underarms. No thanks! And judging by the historical film and video of the era, all “getting it” in the 70s involved really annoying funk music with lots of Wahwah pedal.

  24. Here is a comment with an image of seated airline passengers from his Facebook page. What does this mean.

    Alex Bellini
    Malpensa-Londra Gatwick
    Partiamo con 40 minuti di ritardo. L’aereo non ha riscaldamento in cabina. La temperatura è di 10 gradi e ci hanno consigliato “di tenere addosso sciarpe cappelli e quant’altro”

    http://tinyurl.com/mhhpj9t

    By the looks of his photo stream he sure has the travel bug…………………..by plane.

    https://www.facebook.com/bellini.alex.1/photos_stream?ref=page_internal

    • WE took off with 40 min. delay. The plane has no heating in the cabin. The temperature is 10 degrees and we were advised ” to keep him scarves hats and anything else.”

      He’d obviously convinced the captain to reduce the carbon footprint of the flight. He probably thinks 10 degrees luxuriously warm.

  25. “Being sustainable doesn’t mean buying new stuff, you can respect the environment being aware of simple things like pro and con.”

    Why not get rid of the vehicle and use public transport? Wouldn’t that be better for the environment?

  26. I like Alex’s comment about his SUV. That’s nice and above-board. I feel exactly the same way about my 1988 Mercedes 300SE.

    As for the stunt itself: I think this is the only thing I have ever heard about that is more boring than watching solar panels produce energy. It’s bad radio, even worse television, will definitely not end up as a feature film. It’s even a rotten blog.

    How can someone who professes to some media savvy, pick something quite as inert and static for a publicity stunt? Does Alex think anyone is going to feel sorry for the iceberg? Or for him? (“Day 29: I am so cooooold….but my poor iceberg is too warm.” “Really, Mr. Bellini? How about getting off your damn iceberg? Go have a cappuccino or something.”

    Meh.

    • sorry, but I do not like his comments. He has lots of reasons for keeping the SUV, but no explanation as to why he got it in the first place.
      The man is a trimmer. an exploiter. a band wagon rider. a sponge.

      he is trying to maximise his profits. Am I right Alex ?

  27. Don’t worry, with modern diesel shipping by air, truck, and container carrier, he will be able to eat oranges from Florida and not get scurvy.

    But it better be an organic local-only sustainable orange juice. Oh wait…

  28. My god, what a jerk. He’s got a whole fleet of personalised SUVs he’s posing in, he flies all over the place and he wants to highlight global warming.

    Who does he think he is, Al Gore?

  29. Besides the steering wheel being on the wrong side for England it still looks awful big for Europe. It wouldn’t surprise me if he’s making a point about the US since I’ll bet that’s where that SUV comes from.

  30. I think that Senor Bellini thought that this was a greenpeace or friends of the earth
    blog. That explanation complete with the amazing statistics displays the true charactor
    of the man. The explanation would only be plausible to those already converted to the
    cause.
    We need you to be honest and tell us that you love your SUV. Nothing wrong with that.

  31. Something else funny, brought to you by the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California (of course).

    http://www.phys-astro.sonoma.edu/wpd/wpdfall2014.pdf

    “A Series of Lectures, Demonstrations, and Films
    What Physicists Do


    Fall 2014

    Sep 08 THE EFFECTS OF SOLAR ACTIVITY ON OUR EARTH
    Dr. Leif Svalgaard of Stanford University will talk about how the Sun’s magnetic activity influences our environment, for better and for worse.

    Sep 15 TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION FORECASTING
    Dr. Robert Van Buskirk of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will discuss the formulation of a “Moore’s Law” for green energy (and other) technologies.

    Moore’s Law for Green energy? The worthlessness of wind turbines will double every five years, perhaps?

  32. You do realise, don’t you, that so far we sceptics are the only people that have noticed him? Even the BBC don’t give a f*&^%.

  33. Is megalomania scientific.
    It’s common for megalomaniacs to demand people must do as they say but because they believe that they are special and super intelligent, they can do as they like.

  34. Well with any kind of luck, the duffer will be exactly right on runaway global warming, and, perhaps his iceberg will remain solid for at least six months, out of that year that he plans to spend on it. And of course please no outside resources, from off that iceberg; we wouldn’t want to muddy the experiment in any way, by using carboniferous resources, to augment his free clean green renewable life style on the ice. He will have plenty of water and salt. Not sure what living on those two is like.

  35. alex bellini
    September 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm
    ===
    Alex, I hope you realize that by the time you’re finished….it will be almost two decades with no temperature change.

    ….but hey, if it gives your career a boost…of gets you laid……have at it!

  36. “””””…..Watch the pea…..

    In the previous post, the report was Bellini plans to find a suitable iceberg in the northwest region of Greenland, where he will remain for up to a year as it slowly melts.

    According to his video, his goal is to draw attention to Global Warming and rising sea levels, through the melting of an iceberg, He “want to tell the story of… how an iceberg becomes water.” …..”””””

    Well riding an iceberg, is not a good sea level reference from which to observe rising sea levels. But you surely will observe the sea level rising; at least relative to your perch. It will of course be an optical illusion, as it will be your Burg that is slowly sinking.

    I particularly like the way that iceburgs have of suddenly flipping, as the cp and cm slowly change, until another orientation is preferred as more hydrodynamically stable.

    So be a good chap and don’t rock the burg, as it might flip you off, so to speak.

  37. One time my boss put us all through a day with a bunch of “motivational speakers”. It was without a doubt the most excruciating 8 hours of total bullshit I have ever had to suffer.

  38. So the “Artist” will soon be homeless.

    One might wonder if his approaching homelessness is caused by ‘Global Warming’ or just being a cheap and not paying the monthly rent, i.e. no job!

    Thus a need to change to new digs, and get a few quid from KickStarter.

    Sure the landlord has an idea about the “kick”.

    Hey, Islamic State is hiring! Now there is a career for our “Artist”! And what a “BOOMING” career.

    Ha ha :-)

  39. We should start a pool for how many days he lives on it, (regardless of the reason he stops living on it…).

  40. What really annoys me is the potential extraction costs if things turn into a Charlie Foxtrot….
    he should put up a bond…

    • Go for it Alex. Now you have international attention like you wanted. Hurry up before all the ice melts. Hurry before winter sets in as that will help keep your berg from melting. You’ll be famous! The entire world will know about you. Go for it now! If you don’t spend a year on a berg now the world will think you are just some kind of fruitcake and a publicity hound. Go for it! It’s the right thing for you to do!

  41. I hope he has $2.7 million in his bank to pay for the rescue at the end – that’s what the last one cost

  42. Alex, don’t listen to them. Go for it. Just one thing. Please make sure you use a floating camera. I’d like to think that years from now it will wash up on some southern shore showing us what it looks like when an iceberg flips over.
    -Mike

    • I suspect Alex is getting really worried now. He can’t have missed the flipping and cracking iceberg references. He may cancel.

  43. So he gets on the iceberg for 3 or 4 months and then calls for an emergency evacuation because the berg is melting 5 times faster than anticipated and becoming unstable due to global warming….

    The green zombies will lap that s@#$ up like gravy,

    sad really

  44. I really he hope he doesn’t die – mostly for his own sake but partly because such a delusional weirdo might try to drown himself as some sort of publicity hoax for Gaia or some crap which the retarded media would run with for 12 hours or so.

  45. Now, guys, don’t be so hard on the poor fella. I for one look forward to much entertainment during this stunt, should he actually pull it off. I especially look forward to the day he runs out of peanut butter/banana milkshakes. :-)

  46. I bet most of the people ridiculing him here will wind up watching to see what he actually does. I’ll watch his little stunt because it’ll probably be something horrifying you can’t take your eyes from, like a car wreck or a house burning down….

  47. Well, maybe I won’t kayak to the North Pole this month. I don’t want to be overshadowed by this guy.

  48. If I can get sponsorship I will be napalming penguin rookeries in South Georgia to ‘raise awareness’.
    If anyone wants to donate please do so.
    A sum of $500 might not seem like much to you but it could make the difference between me flying business class or first class on my next international bender.
    If you want to help but cannot afford even a few grand then maybe YOU can do something yourself locally.
    You might superglue yourself to a pedestrian crossing near a remote beauty spot or perhaps you hide in a drainage ditch for a weekend. Perhaps encourage some friends to wrap you up in aluminum foil and suspend you from a church roof. The possibilities of pointless self indulgent displays of narcissism are endless and we have only just scratched the surface of the deep well of futility.
    Every little bit helps.

  49. Little polar bear to its mother: ‘Ooh, look, Mummy – lunch..!’

    ‘Yes. dear – but make sure you remove the wrapper first…’

  50. Living on an iceberg is nothing. He’s nowhere as rugged and brave as the survivalists dealing with PMS and menopause in our house every day for several years.

  51. You mean he hasn’t already *completed* his stunt, this is only the *pre-folly* hype? Can we demand he purchase a completion bond for this stunt? This places some kind of obligation on the rest of us to start a pool about how long he lasts before having to be helicoptered off do to unexpectedly cold weather. In case of Mr. Bellini’s unfortunate demise I propose all winnings go to his car dealer. Quatloos anyone? Who’s going to pay for the rescue helicopter? probably us.

    W^3

    • I agree with this 100%. Anthony, how about a pool? £3 equates to $5. Winner gets to write an article for WUWT, with all proceeds going to International Red Cross. The Pool could be based on how many days he lasts before he is rescued. C’mon Anthony, what do you say?

      • Having been in the business of magical possibilities and magical thinking, I believe that it is important that no real money change hands, keep it in Quatloos like Lucia. This effort stands about a 98% chance of never making it so far as the iceberg – simple reality here.

  52. Bellini promotes himself as a “mental coach”.

    That’s like the publicized arrests of prostitutes who claim their occupation as “model”.

  53. My second question is: While living on the iceberg, is he going to stay warm only using solar and wind power? Or is he (gasp) going to burn something? Enquiring minds like to know. Because anyplace that an iceberg is going to last for a full year is going to get a wee bit cold in the wintertime, however “balmy” it may be on the ice in the summer. Humans don’t do very well at below-zero F temperatures in the wind, for days, without a fuel source, even if they are wearing their woolies. In fact, they pretty much die. Of course, solar power doesn’t work very well at latitudes where an iceberg might last a year either.

    I’ll bet his plan is to take up residence on an iceberg that won’t last a year (because it is a current taking it towards warmer waters) so that he can generate lots of publicity when it (gasp!) melts, forcing him to abandon his quest well before winter.

    rgb

    • One year on polar ice means more than 50% of the time will be spent in darkness. Congestive snow and ice accumulations limit both solar and wind. Most if not all his warmth will have to come from what he eats. If his berg is adrift on the sea headed south then the iceberg will roll several times, trashing all his possessions. He needs to practice climbing out of a churning sea in the dark onto a newly rolled iceberg that will offer no shelves to settle on and which has a surface that is slick as snot. I can’t imagine wielding an ice axe in the open sea in the vicinity of a sloshing, rolling iceberg. After only a matter of hours all this and more will become apparent to him and he will call for rescue. I hope he has a sponsor with deep pockets.

      • OK here it is Alex Bellini. Don’t say you have not been warned. The choice is yours.

        Two adventurers who scaled an iceberg moored in the ocean just off St. John’s say what they did is risky, and shouldn’t be attempted by people who don’t know exactly what they’re doing…….

        “I would probably say not to do it,” Emberley said.

        Le Morzadec added, “I wouldn’t tell to anybody, ‘Oh you should come with us.’ … Yes, it is dangerous.”

        An iceberg can roll at any time, throwing tonnes of ice underwater in a matter of seconds. Icebergs are popular draws in many Newfoundland communities during the spring and summer, but tour boats often keep a respectful distance for the safety of their passengers.

        http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/daring-duo-climb-iceberg-near-st-john-s-1.1207666

        ======================

        What should I watch for when looking at an iceberg?
        … Even more spectacular is the occasion of an iceberg calving and rolling which can often be heard from a good distance….

        How close can you get to an iceberg?
        …It is dangerous to approach an iceberg because it can calve or roll creating a huge disturbance in the water which can upset a boat….

        Are icebergs unstable?
        …Often icebergs are very unstable
        . The highly random shape and non-uniform melting and breakup of an iceberg leads to frequent shifts in orientation….

        http://www.icebergfinder.com/iceberg-guide/iceberg-faq.aspx

        Stick to running mate.

  54. There is something about this kind of attention whore,that brings out the worst in me.
    I would love to see this one attempt to live up to his big talk.
    As many have already noted the hypocrisy is astronomical.
    I do not wish him well, I am sickened by this level of deceit, stupidity and arrogance.
    The Taxpayers should not have to pay for rescue of self absorbed twits who put themselves up for a Darwin Award.
    Given the efficiency of a Polar Bears nose, how on earth does he expect to avoid contact with these carnivores?
    So Mr Bellini, are you going to be armed, while visiting the realm of the “endangered” Polar bear?
    I doubt this person has any intention of setting up camp on an “suitable” iceberg for a month, never mind a year.
    Excuse #1, No suitable berg.
    Mind you he has succeeded in getting his free publicity here.

    • If he don’t do it he will be remembered as a puss*. He’s too mannly to use a firearm for self defense. He’ll just call the cops and file a report of bear bullying.

      • When does he intend to board an iceberg? I think someone in the know should keep a track of this man’s challenge.

  55. So what? Aren’t most of these alarmists in it for some expected gain? It’s all about cashing in on the hysteria before it dies.

  56. If sleeping on a steam grate helps the homeless, then surely sleeping on an iceberg is good for the icebergs.

    Hey wait a minute — If the activists are sleeping on the steam grates, where the heck are the homeless sleeping?

  57. Maybe I should live for one year on a beach in Hawaii to raise awareness of climate data. My message would be that if you look at climate data, not adjusted data like NCDC temperature “data sets”, you will see that our climate is not going through any unprecedented changes, and the trends are nothing to be alarmed about. As for the beach in Hawaii its a heck of a lot better place to spend a winter than on a glacier, which by the way sure won’t be melting for 12 months straight.

  58. Maybe he can get Pen Hadow, Lewis Pugh and Bear Grylls to join him so they can collect a quadruple Darwin Award in a few months time………

  59. And those empty roof bars add about 15% to the fuel burn of an average car; probably only 10% on this because of its already-elevated use.

  60. The Russians have stopped their annual research camps on the ice because of the lack of suitable floes to site them on. They still do the Barneo camp though but that’s a shorter term venture.
    Jimbo September 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm
    I hear some icebergs split in two. Let’s hope he’s not camped over the crack. Jokes aside, I think this man should be warned very seriously about the dangers of this stunt.

    Indeed, Camp Barneo had an unexpected split a few years ago:

    • The Russians have stopped their annual research camps on the ice because of the lack of suitable floes to site them on. They still do the Barneo camp though but that’s a shorter term venture.

      Ah, research.

      http://rt.com/news/arctic-council-north-pole-131/

      Russian drifting arctic base Barneo reopens with political agenda
      Published time: April 01, 2013 06:03

      Russia’s drifting polar station Barneo re-opens this year just some 110 kilometers away from the North Pole. Before it closes on April 25 the facility is expected to host talks of the Arctic Council envoys for the first time.

      Barneo station has been established annually since 2000, at 89 degrees north latitude, becoming the center of research, sports and tourism in the Arctic.

      The base, sponsored by the Russian Geographical Society, is operational for only around a month, with the closing of this year’s project scheduled for April 25.

      The Barneo complex consist of an ice camp and a runway – and has to be built from scratch every year as it’s impossible to keep a landing field on drifting ice for more than one season.

      The station’s name – Barneo – is nothing, but a joke by the Russian polar explorers as the weather conditions at the base are the complete opposite of the ones at the tropical island of Borneo in South East Asia.

      The Ice Camp is the heart and the main infrastructure component of the expedition as the staff and guests are housed in specially designed heated tents, in which the temperature is kept between 15 and 18 Celsius.

      Barneo has been an ultimate attraction for thrill-seekers from all over the globe since 2008.

      Around 250 tourists visit the station every year in order to perform a ski or a helicopter trip to the North Pole and experience other extreme amusements such as dog sled riding, parachuting, diving in the Arctic Ocean and ballooning.

      But Arctic adventure comes at a price, with the offers ranging from around €16,000 for a three-day visit, which includes a helicopter trip to the Pole, to over €40,000 for a 21-day ski expedition to the top of the world.

      With waning interest in the Arctic and global warming alarmism in general, plus the global financial situation, perhaps the Russians need less “research” stations due to lack of “researchers” willing to pay the stiff fees.

  61. Rather than setting up on an iceberg, he should be making a camp right at the North Pole. When a melt pond forms there, he could paddle around in his speedo while waving at the camera. And then, when the big finale of all-of-the-ice-melting-off happens, someone can just motor up to his raft and pick him out of the ocean. Much better graphics.

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