“Boaty McBoatface?” Actually, This is a Serious Ship with an Important Climate-Related Mission

As for "Boaty McBoatface," that's actually "the UK's next world-class polar research ship," slated to sail in 2019 and to "help put the UK at the forefront of ocean research for years to come." That includes "the latest technology and onboard laboratories to help understand the effect of climate change on the Antarctic’s climate and ecosystems, as well as the world’s ocean circulation and sea levels."
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Hottest Year on Record Highlights Need for Urgent Transition from Dirty to Clean Energy

So that's the good news. Now the challenge: as Michael Liebreich puts it, "the fossil fuel industry isn’t going to give up the magic ring without a bit of Götterdämmerung!" Or, to put it another way, Bill McKibben writes that "the fossil fuel industry is leading its own zombie apocalypse," and that "[n]o matter how many head shots it takes, it simply refuses to die."
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