Networks Wrong On Global Warming Again; Arctic Ice Still There
So much for the media hype about Arctic ice disappearing this summer.
Less than three months ago, NBCâs Anne Thompson was warning ominously of ice loss. âBut this summer, some scientists say that ice could retreat so dramatically that open water covers the North Pole, so much so that you could sail across it.â
NSIDC reported ice loss was less than in 2007. âOn September 12, 2008, sea ice extent dropped to 4.52 million square kilometers (1.74 million square miles). This appears to have been the lowest point of the year, as sea has now begun its annual cycle of growth in response to autumn cooling,â according to the organization.
Two days after Thompsonâs report, on July 30, ABC weatherman Sam Champion told the âGood Morning Americaâ audience that Arctic ice loss was on a record pace. âEvery summer we're on a record pace for losing it last summer and this summer we're at the exact same pace.â
The NSIDC assessment makes it clear that claim was also wrong, calling it âabove the record minimum set on September 16, 2007.â âThe Arctic sea ice cover appears to have reached its minimum extent for the year, the second-lowest extent recorded since the dawn of the satellite era. â
Earlier in the summer, media outlets warned ominously that the ice could melt away. âTodayâ host Lester Holt described the story as âsurprising and, frankly, alarming news from the scientific community, a new report that says the North Pole could soon be ice-free.â
Thompson, NBC's chief environmental affairs correspondent, went on to interview two scientists who said the ice loss was ahead of schedule and had potential dangerous impact on
She quoted Mark Serreze, from NSIDC, warning of the decline in ice cover. âIf we compare the rate of loss of Arctic sea ice that we see now with what our computer simulations were telling us, we're probably 20 to 30 years ahead of schedule,â he explained.
Thompson added that more ice loss was coming. âThis is what happened last year. Satellite images show the record melt with big patches of open water where ice should be. This year the ice loss is already the size of
This fits an ongoing pattern of media hype about climate change where networks no longer report the issue with any sense of objectivity. A study published by the Business & Media Institute earlier this year showed how rarely dissenting voices were included in the climate debate. The study found that global warming proponents overwhelmingly outnumbered those with dissenting opinions. On average for every skeptic there were nearly 13 proponents featured. ABC did a slightly better job with a 7-to-1 ratio, while CBSâs ratio was abysmal at nearly 38-to-1.