The USS Polar Star is being sent to the Antarctic to rescue the ship trapped in the ice sheet and the Chinese icebreaker that was sent to rescue them. The Polar Star burns 49.5 gallons of fuel a nautical mile. (Based on a carrying capacity of 1.4 millions gallons and a cruising range of 28,275 nautical miles).
The scientists that believe that the planet is irreversibly warming are now four ships and a helicopter in to fossil fuel use trying to extract themselves and their ships from the expanding ice sheet at the bottom of the world. I don’t have enough information about the other ships to even estimate the total amount of carbon being released in the process, but the irony being released is off the charts.