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Arctic Fake News Update

May 23, 2017

By Paul Homewood




Climate fraudsters would not be able to get away with their scam without the active support of the media.

Almost everyday there is some apocalyptic piece about the melting Arctic. If journalists bothered to check the facts, their headlines would be somewhat different.





As we have been following all year, Arctic sea ice has been tracking close to other recent years. In the last few weeks, the ice has has been melting much more slowly then usual, and is at its highest extent since 2013.


The Arctic is chock full of ice, except for a couple of tiny areas.



Arctic temperatures have been a long way below freezing all year, and have actually been below average all of this month.




And the Greenland ice cap has been growing at record rates since last October.




But you won’t read any of this in the press.

  1. May 23, 2017 12:29 pm

    The BBC only reports alarmist predictions and it never reports the actual facts.

    • May 23, 2017 4:01 pm

      Even the oh-so-smug “More or Less” on radio 4, which purports to give the “facts” behind headlines, gave us Arctic Ice vanishing propaganda this week. They pretended to be factual, debunking the ice-free predictions of Wadhams, but then gave a platform to someone who claimed that the ice was certainly vanishing, the trend is certainly down according to the presenter, but that “scientists” can only predict the vanishing time to within the very useful uncertainty of 25 years:

  2. Broadlands permalink
    May 23, 2017 12:33 pm

    Leaving the “warm” Arctic behind, the media has done the same thing with the “demise” of the Great Barrier Reef. Latest scientific report? “The Great Barrier Reef is probably doomed no matter what.” Global warming will “devastate Australia…etc.

  3. Gerry, England permalink
    May 23, 2017 12:54 pm

    The legacy media are not fit for purpose and haven’t been for sometime. Since nobody is likely to hand them a press release to use as an article on the truth in the Arctic it won’t happen. They rarely do their own journalism anymore.

    And just to show how irrelevant they are, look at all the empty seats at the EU conference where they were setting out the negotiating position that will guide how the UK operates after 29 March 2019. How can anything be more important than this?

  4. Tom O permalink
    May 23, 2017 1:00 pm

    The media is “selling a product.” As in any advertising campaign, you can’t vary your message, or you won’t sell your product. The product they are selling is depopulation wrapped up in a hypothermia blanket. If the poor can afford the energy, they will try to stay warm, and if they can’t, they will probably die from hypothermia.

    In a cooling world, that is how you depopulate. If you change the advertising campaign for the “boiling planet, got to save it” crowd that is well aware that the world is going into a cooling trend, then you can’t get rid of cheap energy that will keep people alive.

    They will still be saying “melting Arctic” even if the open water between Greenland and Iceland freezes over, and they will be showing pictures of a sick polar bear digging in a garbage can for food.

  5. May 23, 2017 1:12 pm

    There’s no money in news so their only recourse is to accept payments for placing adverts (or fake climate news) it’s all the same to them, print some news, print some climate propaganda, get paid.

    Tim Spence

    • bea permalink
      May 25, 2017 11:33 am

      “…print some news…”

      And if the news does not fit the propaganda objective, do not report it.


      Did anyone see the recent newspaper headline that said

      “Named Met Office Storms for UK and Ireland fell from eleven in 2015-16 winter to just five in 2016-17 winter, as forecasts of ever-increasing extreme weather were shown up as laughing-stock rubbish”


      No,because it was never written.

      Wankers, all of them.

  6. May 23, 2017 1:49 pm

    I presume that Polar bears, like our black bears, are omnivores and opportunists. Thus when they come across bird eggs, it’s breakfast time! And, those are a lot easier than catching a seal–they just sit in the nest waiting. Fast food.

  7. Terbreugghen permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:16 pm

    Iv’e been watching the Greenland Ice site since it was posted by Paul at least since last year. The following quote is unchanged:

    “Over the year, it snows more than it melts, but calving of icebergs also adds to the total mass budget of the ice sheet. Satellite observations over the last decade show that the ice sheet is not in balance. The calving loss is greater than the gain from surface mass balance, and Greenland is losing mass at about 200 Gt/yr.”

    Aside from the fact that 200Gt/yr is likely a rounding error , not sure how to think about the issue. I was wondering how much total ice mass we were talking about, because a Gton is a lot of ice. (It’s one cubic kilometer of ice . . . wow.) Only it turns out that the greenland ice sheet is 1.7 million square kilometer, with an average thickness of between 2 and 3 kilometers. Which would make the low end of the estimate of the total mass of the Greenland ice sheet as 3.4 million cubic kilometers. 200 cubic kilometers would be 5.9e-5

    • AndyG55 permalink
      May 23, 2017 7:40 pm

      A graph of Greenland total ice mass since 1900.

      And the area over the last 10,000 years

      Greenland ice mass and area are currently HIGHER than they have been for 90% or so of the last 7000-8000 years. The ONLY time they have been higher, was during the LIA and the freeze and thaw at either ends. LIA was the coldest period in 10,000 years, and we are only just a small bump above that coldest period.

  8. Terbreugghen permalink
    May 23, 2017 4:17 pm

    Additionally, while they have recently shifted their sample period from 19890-2000 to 1980-2010, one wonders why they haven’t updated the claim about ice mass loss.

  9. CheshireRed permalink
    May 23, 2017 8:15 pm

    ‘Arctic sea ice bang average: catastrophe averted’.

    Not a headline to sell papers or secure grant funding, so you don’t see it. Simple as that.

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      May 24, 2017 11:53 am

      Maybe they should be reporting that incompetent scientists and opportunistic fraudsters (supported by “emperors new suit” politicians) are robbing the EU of trillions of Euros that could be spent usefully rather than on follies.

    • bea permalink
      May 25, 2017 8:18 am

      The Indo-European languages have a richer and clearer system of tenses and verbal aspects than many other groups of languages. To properly use this powerful apparatus is to discover logical thinking, and this is certainly one reason for why speakers of these languages have dominated older cultures, so easily and so often, in the last few thousand years. And why any science of any worth stems from a Greek person, or French, or English, or Sanskrit Indian… who puzzled away and suddenly said “Oh! That is how to resolve my vague intuition into knowledge.”

      Most recently, the English language has – for no apparent reason* – regressed to an almost primitive confusion in which “past,” “present,”,” future,” “infinitive verb,” “finite verb,” “completed,” “not completed,” “”conditional,” “stated,””insinuated,”…
      are all run together!

      And yet, the people babbling this mush are so deluded as to think they are sufficiently educated.

      *Although it was pointed out to me forty years ago by a linguist that the influential, academic refugees of the 1930s into England – and especially into the USA – had introduced a sort of pidgin, a German/English jumble. Then you had the droning gobbledygook of dangerous and devious men like Henry Kissinger. Add to this business jargon, military acronyms, and management-speak, and you have our world, not so much of fake news as of no-news and magicians’ misdirection – given with portentous, fake authority.

      • dave permalink
        May 25, 2017 8:36 am

        What could be simpler than to occasionally click on a real source of information – like this one?

        It is truly a complete mystery to me why people PREFER to get their information second-hand and f***ed-up.

      • dave permalink
        May 25, 2017 8:44 am

        I suppose that one has to remember that 99% of people will not even understand what “Median ice-edge, 1981-2010” means, or think to consult the Dictionary.

        A recent study reveals that almost half of people in the USA with post-graduate degrees, no less, could not place North Korea on a map of the world!!

  10. May 24, 2017 7:58 am

    Reblogged this on ajmarciniak.

    • bea permalink
      May 25, 2017 8:50 am

      I always assumed that as I got older and stupider I would find myself admiring the smarts of the younger generation. With the possible exceptions of marvelling at their use of two thumbs on tiny keyboards, and their enormous, white teeth, I am still waiting to be impressed.

      • bea permalink
        May 25, 2017 4:38 pm

        “…the younger generation…”

        For me, that includes the likes of Gore, Santer, Jones, Nye…


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