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Daily Mirror’s Pack Of Lies About Greenland Meltdown

August 28, 2019

By Paul Homewood


The Daily Mirror is probably the worst newspaper in Britain, an achievement given the competition!

Today it features a climate breakdown spread across the opening pages, led by this three page fake news story about Greenland. (The following two pages are devoted to the wildfires in Brazil).


A heatwave is gripping The Arctic, melting away Greenland’s ice sheet on an unprecedented scale and threatening a global rise in sea levels – an urgent reminder of the climate crisis we are now all facing.

Kids splashing each other in the sea and locals wearing t-shirts were unheard of here in August 10 years ago.

But now, alongside teenage girls wearing skirts to school and increasing mosquitoes, it is a common occurrence for the residents of Qaanaaq, in north-west Greenland, one of the world’s most northerly cities situated 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle.

Greenland, the world’s largest island at almost three times the size of France, is now living with extreme environmental changes which could see the Arctic Sea free of ice by 2030 if no action is taken.

I travelled to Greenland, home to just 56,000 people, last week to see first hand the drastic changes to conditions and to understand why it matters to us all.

Away from headlines about melting ice caps and pictures of underfed polar bears unable to stalk seals on flimsy ice forced to invade towns for food, I found a community battling to adjust.

Living alongside a backdrop of eerily beautiful icebergs and utterly terrifying melting sea ice and retreating glaciers is having a devastating impact on species, habitats and human life.

This is the frontline of climate change…..

The country is also experiencing record-breaking temperatures. In mid-June, along the eastern coast it was 9C warmer than the 1981-2010 average.

Just as western Europe has baked in a heatwave with record temperatures at the end of July, the hot air moved as far north as Greenland with the gauge hitting 22C on August 1. The average high is around 7C….

Fourth fifths of Greenland is buried under an ice sheet two miles thick, much of it three million years old.

But in the blink of an eye in geological terms it has begun melting – and much faster than climate change models predicted.

Around 60% is affected, including higher elevations that only rarely see temperatures climb above freezing.

In July alone 200 billion tonnes of meltwater poured into the Atlantic – enough to raise sea levels by 0.5mm.


It is a story we have seen and debunked many times before, but still dishonest journalists peddle it.

Let’s start with this supposed heatwave last week at Qaanaaq, which the reporter said she visited last week.

According to Weather Underground, the temperatures at Qaanaaq, aka Thule, peaked at only 63F this month, on the 1st. Temperatures last week never made it above 47F. even though the average daily maximum for August is 44F:





The reporter, Environmental Editor Nada Farhoud apparently can’t distinguish between sunshine and heatwaves.

Temperatures at Thule regularly get close to 20C, and show little long term trends since 1950:

time series


And at the closest long running station of Upernavik, annual temperatures were just as high in the 1930s and 40s:



And according to DMI, nearly all of Greenland was much colder than normal during the last five days:




But what about that 200 billion tonnes that has supposedly melted from the ice sheet? That must sound a scary number to Mirror readers!

Well, the Greenland ice sheet typically loses that much every summer, but also puts it all back again every winter when it snows.


It is true that mass gain has been less than normal this year, mainly due to dry conditions in winter. However in 2017 and 2018, the ice sheet added much more ice than usual, more than offsetting this year’s shortfall. (As usual, for a full explanation of the surface mass balance, see here, as it explains the role of calving which is not included ).




And the utterly terrifying melting sea ice?

Just another Mirror lie:

I have left a comment on the Mirror page, which rather dismantles the whole silly story. So far it has not passed moderation.

What’s the betting it won’t be?

  1. john cooknell permalink
    August 28, 2019 9:34 pm

    CH 4 have been plugging the same story, why let the truth interfere.

    Politicians jump on any passing bandwagon, journalists know nothing and just want a scary story.

    Its always been that way, nothing new, even the school fed kids “climate crisis” is just a variation on the theme I was sold in the 60’s, with the “Polpulation Bomb” by Paul R Ehrlich being fed to us gullible kids.

    I think they made Ehrlich a fellow of the Royal Society so that just makes it official that there is always a ready market for Bullsh*t.

    • Sheri permalink
      August 28, 2019 11:35 pm

      I don’t remember the Population Bomb—our boogeyman was the Cold War with Russia. There’s one in every generation, sometimes more. Why do we treat our children so very, very badly?

  2. Joe Public permalink
    August 28, 2019 9:54 pm

    “Kids splashing each other in the sea and locals wearing t-shirts were unheard of here in August 10 years ago.”

  3. Broadlands permalink
    August 28, 2019 10:29 pm

    “Greenland, the world’s largest island at almost three times the size of France, is now living with extreme environmental changes which could see the Arctic Sea free of ice by 2030 if no action is taken.”

    NEVER a discussion of what possible action could be taken that would make a difference in the next 100 years…if ever? Keep ’em frightened, keep ’em scared. Let the funds keep rolling in? Then move on to the next scare…Diversity loss…mass extinction anyone?

    Fraudulent science and journalism.

  4. August 28, 2019 10:43 pm

    Another scheme to transfere wealth and control over the common people.

  5. Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
    August 28, 2019 10:46 pm

    We need a study of practitioners of journalism. >>>

    We have been reading these scary stories for years — only the writers change.
    This time is Nada Farhoud. Next year, who?
    What happens to such folks when, 5 or 10 years from now, nothing has happened and they switch to writing about diaper rash? That’s important — to one with a rash — and likely a good writer could improve the world by writing about it.

    >>> A list of 97 writers of such trash from 10 years ago, with a follow up as to their career trajectory would be a fun read.

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 28, 2019 10:51 pm

    The BBC announced today that Greta just arrived on a ‘solar powered yacht’.

    In yet another disgraceful example of BBC climate bias:-

    BBC R5Live last night had an expert on (kept calling him Lom or Lum?) to discuss the drought/water shortages in Australia. Two BBC presenters tag-teamed loaded questions expecting him to obediently confirm climate change was making everything worse. To his credit he stated it was normal in Australia to go from flood to drought all the time, that the drought status was currently at the lowest alert level, and that population pressures and lack of planning were the main issue. But the presenters still managed to ride roughshod and give the impression Australia was currently in a dire situation caused by climate change. They were convinced they knew the truth (from BBC reality check!) and the guest was just there to back them up, if he wanted to or not.

  7. Graeme No.3 permalink
    August 28, 2019 10:59 pm

    To quote the author “Fourth fifths of Greenland is buried under an ice sheet two miles thick, much of it three million years old”
    125,000 years ago the Earth was 2 to 2.5℃ warmer for most of 7-8,000 years.
    From 10,000 years ago, through the Holocene Optimum, the Minoan warming & the Roman there was around 7,000 years of (mostly) higher temperatures than now.

    So a month of possibly warmer days is melting all that old ice?

    • Chaswarnertoo permalink
      August 29, 2019 7:41 am

      There’s a big lake in the middle of an ice free Greenland. 3 ft of sea level rise, tops.

  8. August 28, 2019 11:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Climate Collections.

  9. Sheri permalink
    August 28, 2019 11:41 pm

    I seriously doubt there were not people in shorts and tshirts out 10 years ago. I watched a TV clip a few years back where the reporter was talking to a woman wearing a just a sweater for a “coat” in sub-zero weather. These people LIVE in the cold and they are that cold-sensitive?
    Also, at 45F, I used to run around in shorts as a kid. My husband doesn’t even wear a heavy coat until it’s close to 0F. It’s common to see shoppers in 45F weather wearing shorts and a tshirt. Journalists must live in a bubble and never see the real world.

    • bobn permalink
      August 29, 2019 1:33 am

      In colder countries you still get warm in the sunshine. Ive been shirt off sunbathing in Tromso nth Norway and also sunbathed in Fairbanks Alaska. Ive also been shirt off sunbathing on the ski fields of the alps. Notice all the people sitting on sundecks and sunloungers sunbathing on alpine ski slopes. Just that when the sun goes down it gets cold bloody quick and the shirt and jacket comes back on.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        August 29, 2019 10:51 am

        Yep, been in a T shirt in March in the Rockies many times, and the snow on the North face of the slopes wasn’t melting at all!

        Journalists these days have zero idea of context, or of a wider knowledge. They coutdoor e standing in driving rain and if a climate scientist said it was sunny, that’s what they’d report.

      • Rowland P permalink
        August 29, 2019 12:26 pm

        It gets cold bloody quick because there is a lack of the main “greenhouse” gas, water vapour as in desert conditions.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        August 29, 2019 1:05 pm

        And all those postmen running round in shorts in a UK winter are a sure sign that UK is experiencing unprecedented warming!

    • Tom O permalink
      August 29, 2019 4:03 pm

      First of all, these aren’t “journalists,” really, they are story tellers. They are given a story idea, or dream one up, and flesh it out into a story that reads like reporting. Doesn’t change the fact that it is a story line that fits a need, not actually reporting on events as they see them. People should stop “dignifying” these people by calling the journalists.

      • Gamecock permalink
        August 29, 2019 11:09 pm

        Or you should stop thinking journalism is a noble profession.

  10. Philip Mulholland permalink
    August 28, 2019 11:43 pm

    Fourth fifths of Greenland is buried under an ice sheet two miles thick, much of it three million years old

    Much of it 3 million years old? Total nonsense, the oldest known basal ice is about one million years old, so all the ice above the base must be younger than that. This is the first principle of stratigraphy.

    The oldest average age of replicates measured at various depths is 970 ka (+/- 140 ka) for the GRIP ice core and 400 ka (+/- 170 ka) for Dye-3. Delta 17 data from Dye-3 also argue strongly that basal ice in this core predates the Eemian. This confirms that the Greenland Ice Sheet did not completely melt at Southern Greenland during the last interglacial, nor did it completely melt at Summit Greenland during the unusually long interglacial ∼430 kyr before present.

    Yau, A.M., Bender, M.L., Blunier, T. and Jouzel, J., 2016. Setting a chronology for the basal ice at Dye-3 and GRIP: implications for the long-term stability of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 451, pp.1-9.

  11. Ian Johnson permalink
    August 28, 2019 11:59 pm

    I suggest that the people are superimposed on the photograph. The photo does not look right.

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      August 29, 2019 10:46 am

      Good point. Compare it with the Telegraph photo. (Link below)

  12. dfhunter permalink
    August 29, 2019 12:00 am


    AAAHH not the “BBC reality check” where fake news gets the cummfy chair treatment 😦

  13. bobn permalink
    August 29, 2019 1:39 am

    When my dad went to the Antarctic (as an engineer to restore buildings) he sent a photo of working in a T shirt in the sun and the snow. As long as you’re in the sun you are warm. Oops so is the earth!

  14. August 29, 2019 7:54 am

    Reblogged this on Climate-

  15. Athelstan. permalink
    August 29, 2019 8:18 am

    daily mirror, kevin maguire writes in that rag and he’s nearly as bonkers as paul mason/rebecca mong bailey.

    nuff said.

  16. August 29, 2019 8:43 am

    According to Weather Underground, the temperatures at Qaanaaq, aka Thule, peaked at only 63F this month

    So more like 17C than this claim:
    the hot air moved as far north as Greenland with the gauge hitting 22C on August 1.

    The hot air is only from the Dozy Mirror.

  17. donald penman permalink
    August 29, 2019 9:11 am

    This is an interesting graph on arctic sea ice area which shows we may end up with a extent in early September higher than the last couple of years, we have had northern blocking all this Summer so this would be impressive.

  18. Gerry, England permalink
    August 29, 2019 10:08 am

    Is there another UN climate jolly being held soon? LOL

  19. Mike Jackson permalink
    August 29, 2019 10:41 am

    Telegraph has the same story. Obviously a press release.

  20. dennisambler permalink
    August 29, 2019 12:11 pm

    “alongside teenage girls wearing skirts to school and increasing mosquitoes”

    They should go back to wearing trousers and keep the mozzies away.

    The story may have something to with this,, ready for the UN climate summit, which is to prepare the ground for the next COP in December, which is to prepare the ground, and the politicians, for ratification of the Paris Agreement in a triumphal COP in 2020, to be held jointly in the UK and for some reason in Italy. Maybe the Pope is being enlisted for that one.

    As the lies over the Amazon fires show, journalists couldn’t care less, they know what sells and they are all signed up to the catastrophe narrative. The objective is global governance via the UN and has been a long term objective, now coming nearer to fruition, unless we get more politicians like Trump, for all his faults. I don’t include Boris, the family will keep him in line and if he is still around, will grandstand as host of the 2020 COP.

    Click to access 2018-UK-Climate-Finance-Results.pdf

    “The threat that climate change poses to development is recognised globally and highlighted by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs call for ‘urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’ (SDG 13) and promote action to mitigate and become more resilient to the effects of climate change.

    At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal global climate deal that is due to come into force in 2020. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts towards 1.5°C.

    As part of the agreement, developed countries committed to mobilise $100 billion a year by 2020 to support developing countries to adapt to and mitigate climate change.”

    This $100 billion goes back to Copenhagen COP in 2009,
    Lord Stern, Chris Huhne, George Soros, Christine Lagarde, (now of the ECB) a few dictators, and a few bankers were on a UN panel to look for ways, including carbon taxation, to pull that sum together.

    The Mirror story is just part of the on-going propaganda narrative. There will be much more to come.

  21. Rowland P permalink
    August 29, 2019 12:39 pm

    It gets bloody cold quick at night (post by bobn) because of a lack of the main “greenhouse” gas, water vapour as in desert conditions.

  22. August 29, 2019 12:44 pm

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    And now the Telegraph are at it

    Climate change melts 12.5bn tons of ice in Greenland 50 years earlier than predicted

    Earlier this month, in the town of Qaanaaq in northwestern Greenland, children were seen splashing around in the sea and wearing t-shirts, which would have been unheard of ten years ago.

    Some schoolgirls have reportedly even started wearing skirts as part of their uniform. Climate experts said the sudden increase in melting ice was caused by greenhouse gas emissions over the past century and the so-called Albedo effect, where falling ice levels means that heat is absorbed by the planet instead of being reflected back into space, piling on yet more heat.

    It was a weather event, defined by its temporary nature.

  23. A C Osborn permalink
    August 29, 2019 1:26 pm

    Then there is little gem “Around 60% is affected, including higher elevations that only rarely see temperatures climb above freezing.”
    As far as I know the highest elevations never see temps sbove zero, ie it is currently below -20C.
    But they hint that the higher elevation are also above zero.

  24. dave permalink
    August 29, 2019 2:24 pm

    “…22 C heatwave grips North Pole [sic]…”

    I did not know that the geographic North Pole recently travelled 1,392 km south to Quaanaaq. Strong stuff that CO2!

  25. theguvnor permalink
    August 29, 2019 5:39 pm

    Doesn’t the pigment on the boys skin and on photos of other individuals above give a little clue as to the intense effect that the sun has and does ave on these indigenous people?

  26. August 29, 2019 6:04 pm

    Qaanaaq is 105 Km from Thule Air Base, which is an American air base that was first established as a weather station, in the 1940’s. The base was built starting in 1953. In order to build the base they had to move the people living there. They were relocate to what is now Qaanaaq. There were no people living in Qaanaaq prior to that. The former settlement where Thule Air Base is now was called Pituffik.

  27. Gamecock permalink
    August 29, 2019 11:12 pm

    ‘Greenland, the world’s largest island’

    Australia and Antarctica seem like islands to me.

  28. Gamecock permalink
    August 30, 2019 10:44 pm

    Why are those kids smiling?

  29. cornishstu permalink
    August 31, 2019 3:45 pm

    The lad in middle looks cold to me and is saying hurry up and take the bloody photo

  30. September 2, 2019 1:14 am

    The town does have a beach volleyball club
    In the photo one brave person is wearing shorts, most in T-shirts

    Another blog has a few photos of Greenland kids wearing T-shirts on the beach in 2008
    It’s another town I think


    Elsewhere I can see a kid in a T-shirt in a canoe in one Quaanaq photo

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