WaPo's Ice Cap Report Is Snow Job

Record ice cap growth in Antarctica doesn’t stop the global warming alarmists from manufacturing hysteria.

The purple shaded area shows the record ice cap growth this year in Antarctica. (The Cryosphere Today)

Doug Struck at The Washington Post wrote about the melting polar ice caps this morning:

At the Poles, Melting Occurring at Alarming Rate

…At the South Pole, ancient ice shelves have abruptly crumbled. The air over the western Antarctic peninsula has warmed by nearly 6 degrees since 1950. The sea there is heating as well, further melting edges of the ice cap. Green grass and beech trees are taking root on the ice fringes.

Antarctica’s signature Adelie penguins are moving inland, seeking the cold of their ancestors, replaced by chinstrap and Gentoo penguins, which prefer open water. Krill, the massive smorgasbord for a food chain reaching to the whales, are disappearing from traditional spawning grounds.

…The scenario is not new. What is most alarming to the scientists is the speed at which it is unfolding. A decade ago, melting at the poles was predicted to play out over 100 years. Instead, it is happening on a scale scientists describe as overnight.

It was a nice hysterical piece with the Adelie penguins and all, but a bit short on facts…
This is what the University of Illinois reported just 10 days ago:


The Southern Hemisphere sea ice area narrowly surpassed the previous historic maximum of 16.03 million sq. km to 16.17 million sq. km. The observed sea ice record in the Southern Hemisphere (1979-present) is not as long as the Northern Hemisphere. (meaning it has not been tracked as long as the North Pole) Prior to the satellite era, direct observations of the Southern Hemisphere sea ice edge were sporadic.

In fact, ice cap growth in the Antarctic is at its highest level in recorded history!
Somehow that did not make it into the WaPo article by Doug Struck.
Somebody is incorrect in their reporting- The Washington Post or the University of Illinois.
It’s your guess.

The Heartland Institute has much more.

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