Accuracy in Media

A study found that more ice formed in the Arctic in 2017 than in all but four of the last 37 years, challenging the recent media narrative that the earth is warming and seas are rising because of manmade activity.

Instead of reporting this study, media outlets focused on another report that more closely matched its chosen narrative.

The Polar Portal, which publishes climate research from the Danish Meteorological Institute, the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and the National Space Institute, and is funded by the Danish Cooperation for Environment in the Arctic, according to its website, published its annual surface mass budget summary in September.

The report looks at how much ice Arctic glaciers gain compared with how much ice they lose from warmer temperatures, a difference referred to by scientists as the Surface Mass Budget.

This year’s report found that the amount of ice on the Greenland ice sheet in 2017 was “the fifth highest out of the 37-year record.” The highest on record, according to Polar Portal, was between 1995 and 1996. The lowest amount of ice on record was between 2011 and 2012.

“This year, we estimate the total mass budget to be close to zero and possibly even positive,” the summary on Polar Portal read.

The explanation added how exactly scientists came to their conclusion: “Greenland on average loses around 500 Gt of ice each year from calving and submarine melt processes. If we subtract this from our figure of 544 Gt [Gross tonnage] for the SMB it would suggest Greenland gained a small amount of ice this year.

“However, compared to the approximately 3600 Gt of ice, corresponding to 1cm of global average sea level rise that Greenland has lost since 2002, this year’s slightly positive balance does not add much extra,” it said.

But instead of report on these facts, the mainstream media instead covered other recent studies that focused on massive chunks of ice breaking away from glaciers at the opposite tip of the globe.

“A key Antarctic glacier just lost a huge piece of ice — the latest sign of its worrying retreat,” the Washington Post’s Chris Mooney wrote in a piece published Sept. 25. Mooney, who cited researchers at NASA, said the break was caused by “warmer ocean waters reaching the base of the glacier and weakening it.”

The Washington Post published the report 13 days after the Polar Portal summary, but the article did not report that in other parts of the world, there is more ice.

Similarly, Quartz environment report Zoe Schlanger wrote an article published on Sept. 27, two weeks after the Polar Portal summary’s publication, which focused on the size of the Antarctic glacier that broke off into the ocean.

“It’s a problem that an iceberg over twice the size of Paris just broke off Antarctica,” the Quartz headline read. The article noted that it was “the second major ice-loss event for that glacier in the last two years,” citing a similar event that occurred in 2015. And, of course, in keeping with the mainstream media’s narrative, the author quoted Glaciologist Peter Neff as calling it “concerning for future sea level rise.”

Like the Washington Post piece, Quartz failed to report the Polar Portal summary that reported more ice on the Greenland ice glacier. To the Quartz author’s credit, though, the report did cite a Verge article, which stated that the broken glacier would not cause a rise in sea levels, likening the effect to how an ice cube in a glass of water does not raise the water level in the glass after it melts.

And, in another article headline, USA Today’s Doyle Rice asked, “should we be worried?”

“Yes and no. While iceberg formation is a natural process — thousands break off each year — the warming waters in Antarctica are cause for concern,” Rice wrote.

Citing British Antarctic researcher Adrian Luckman, Rice added, “the most recent iceberg is a part of an ongoing retreat of the glacier resulting from warmer ocean waters eroding the base of the floating ice tongue.” Again, nowhere did Rice or USA Today cover the Polar Portal summary finding that, in the Arctic, the amount of new ice that formed in that part of the world in 2017 was the fifth-most to form a single year since the early 1980s.





Ready to fight back against media bias?
Join us by donating to AIM today.

Comments

  • NERDWORLD PROBLEMS

    The adding or the melting of arctic ice has no effect at all on the rise or fall of ocean levels. Arctic ice melts and refreezes every year. The ones that affect the ocean water levels are Antarctica, Greenland and the glacial melt from all the worlds glaciers. That is the biggest lie of all, all these things are gaining ice, not losing it like the government has been telling us.

  • samo war
  • Peter

    I floated my rubber duckie on the ocean and observed that the ocean had not risen or sunken because my rubber duckie was still floating at the same level. Was not Gonguanaland floating and parting into continents?
    Just because a boat sinks doesn’t mean the ocean rose. I have not seen concerned fish wearing aero-gills due to sinking ocean levels. I have not seen troubled fish wearing sinkers due to rising seas neither.
    I think these global warming climate change propagandists must be ego driven simpletons filled with their own self importance.
    Also Paris only has area. Ice involves volume. To get the volume of Paris what is its height please? Then double that.
    The moon is what causes ocean levels to rise and fall called the tides.
    The seas have a commanded boundary they may not pass. Commanded by God and though without intelligence they obey. Jeremiah 5:22 / Proverbs 8:29. Seas cannot rise or fall beyond tidal limits.
    Tsunamis are only local and temporary exemptions, but – not due to ice.
    Maybe the seas can swell and bulge instead, but cannot exceed their boundaries.

  • samo war
  • Mark Wynn

    Why do you irrationally post videos that have nothing to do with the issue being discussed? You’ve done this several times. If you’re interesting in something and want to share it, please find the appropriate forum. Just google it. Thanks

  • Leftshot

    “It’s a problem that an iceberg over twice the size of Paris just broke off Antarctica,”

    …and the problem is? Notice they never say.

    Also for over two decades ice has been accumulating in Antarctica while eroding in the arctic north. So all the focus was on the Arctic. Now that local conditions are reversed all the attention is on Antarctica. Pretty obvious what’s going on and it’s not science.

  • regulus30

    no matter only dumbassces believe the hoax…….

  • Larry Broom

    Can’t be bothered with reporting the facts or an inconvenient truth. Both weather and climate tend to follow cycles. Both are driven by factors outside of humans control. So stop worrying and enjoy the ride.

  • Jerry Del Vecchio

    Reporting both sides of the story is a lost art for the MSM. They’ve become the propaganda arm for, and get their daily talking points from, the DNC.

  • Mike S.

    At the Concordia Station in Antarctica a couple months ago, the daily high temperatures were 60 degrees F. below zero. The temperature there has warmed as the continent approaches its summer but still remains well below zero with daily highs of minus 30 degrees F. You can check out the readings at the link below.

    https://m.accuweather.com/en/aq/concordia-station/2273692/weather-forecast/2273692