The Arctic is on thin ice. And explorer Lonnie Dupre has harrowing firsthand stories to prove it.
Dupre, 44, of Grand Marais, Minn., attempted the first summer crossing of the Arctic Ocean in May to highlight the dangers of global warming. Working with Greenpeace, a nonprofit organization focused on solving environmental problems, Dupre and explorer Eric Larsen, 34, also of Grand Marais, left Siberia for the North Pole on May 12 with two canoe-sleds.
But their expedition was cut short because of heavy rainfall and other conditions they did not expect until mid-July: Temperatures reached 40 degrees, breaking the ice, and strong currents flowed south, making it difficult to walk, paddle, or ski. On good days, they would travel eight to 12 miles, but when they slept, drifting ice pushed them back the same distance or more. The team, which finally had to be airlifted out, plans to try again next spring.
Until then, Dupre plans to tour the United States to share details of his voyage, stress the threat of global warming, and show support for nature as a primary energy source. (He's a fan of the proposed Cape Cod wind farm.)Click here to read this article in the Boston Globe