Thursday, September 10, 2009

How the press lies by misleading emphasis


Arctic meltdown above average again

By RANDY BOSWELL, Canwest News ServiceSeptember 10, 2009 4:06 AM

The Arctic sea ice has retreated to the third-lowest level in recorded history - the fourth time in the past five years that the annual summer meltdown has been far greater than average.

Since satellite measurements began in 1979, the summer thaw has left an average of about 7 million square kilometres of the polar ice cover by mid-September.

But the ice has already diminished this year to less than 5.3 million square kilometres, with a week or two of melting left to go.

"While this year's minimum ice extent will probably not reach the record low of 2007, it remains well below normal," the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Centre reports in its latest summary of Arctic ice conditions.

The all-time biggest retreat was recorded in 2007 at 4.13 million square kilometres, and the 2008 retreat fell just short of that record.

The disappearing Arctic ice was named the No. 1 weather story of 2007 by Environment Canada, and ranked No. 2 last year.

The consistently severe retreats in recent years have prompted dire warnings from some scientists, who say ice-free Arctic summers may be just years away. That phenomenon, they say, would accelerate global warming and threaten the survival of polar bears.

© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette


Note that yesterday the area of ice in the arctic was 605,000 square kilometers greater than the same day in 2008.  It was 913,282 square kilometers greater than 2007.  It would appear that there is a MAJOR trend developing for MORE ice, not LESS.


Anonymous said...

Yes, well it's a "Story" the chicken littles love it, sad really. Wasen't Buy-into the UN fantasy there screeching from an ice-floe the other day, lying NGO's
Cheers Bubba

rabbit said...

Without doubt, 2007 was the most extensive melt in recorded history (which is about 50 years for accurate data.)

What would be the reasonable aftermath of such a melt? One would expect that the 2008 melt would also be extensive due to the loss of multi-year ice the year before, but not as much as 2007. One would also expect that the 2009 melt would be extensive but not as much as 2008, for the same reasons.

In other words, it takes a couple of years to "recover" from an unusual melt. And this is exactly what we see...

The 2008/9 winter freeze-up, however, was quite normal compared to the last five years. Again this is what we expect. Freeze-up is less dependent on multi-year ice, and more dependent on temperature, winds, and currents.

So here we have "news that isn't news."

Polarbear said...

When you look down from space both poles are growing, not shrinking, like what's been widely reported. Both caps have grown over 75% in the last year and may soon reach the USA. Eventually they may encapsulate mother earth. The time has come to warm this planet with as much pollution as possible so we can somehow reverse this process. Both the American and the Canuck way of life depend on it. Warm this planet or feel it's fury. Lets just hope the powers that be choose correctly.

Phillip Huggan said...

You RCMP/CPC faggots raided my THC supply....
Media is focused upon lung receptors in addressing flu pandemics. But this Swine Flu should be causing cytokine storm according to this flawed reasoning. The reason it isn't is that 1918 activated our immune system into overdrive somehow. Most of our immune system is localized in intestine tract. Bird Flu attacks intestinal tract. Is mostly harmless for birds though, but once in a while wipes out birds. Now that my weed is delayed/lost, I might spend the next few weeks discovering just what specifically causes flu to target our lungs like an allergy. I think Bird Fancier's Lung might offer a clue.

Bioterror is the logical conclusion of your small town ethics; really expect the poor to take it forever??