Mainstream Journalism Remains Catatonic As Antarctica Sees Year-Long Series Of Record High Sea Ice Extents

Here’s proof that mainstream media journalism is either sloppy and just too lazy to check the data themselves, or is catatonically stuck in their now 18-year long illusion of global warming.

Recently a number of leading media outlets trumpeted (loudly) scary claims of “accelerating polar ice melt”. For example last May Germany’s leading online financial daily Handelsblatt cited a NASA study appearing in the Geophysical Research Letters and reported: “Polar ice melting much faster than assumed“, and warned of sea levels rising more than a meter.


Antarctica sets satellite-era all time record high sea ice extent. Source:

It’s obvious that neither journalists and nor NASA scientists have been looking at what is really happening. Antarctica has spent much of the current year smashing one daily maximum sea ice record after another. Today we see that Antarctic sea ice has totally smashed the all-time satellite-era record (see chart above). So far not a peep on that from the German mainstream media.

Instead it’s been all about meltdown. Citing the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Bremerhaven, German news weekly Stern wrote: “The ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at record speed, according to satellite measurements.

Let’s wait and see if the reality-disconnected Stern will report on the record Antarctic sea ice in the days and weeks ahead. In the meantime we just have to think they and the AWI are really reporting on a different planet, one perhaps made of cheese.

Last month Spiegel here cited a study by Heinrich Miller of the AWI and reported that “both polar caps are melting more rapidly than originally thought“.

Obviously the record high ice extent at the South Pole hasn’t made an impression on Spiegel. To be fair, when the reader wades deeper into the Spiegel article, we find out that the rapid south polar melting they write ABOUT is actually restricted to the West Antarctic Ice Shelf, an area that is only 1% of Antarctica’s total surface area and not representative of the South Pole.

As the chart above indicates, we can expect to see more smashed all-time records in the days ahead. It will be interesting to see if the media and scientists remain in their 18-year long catatonic state of a melting and warming planet illusion.


17 responses to “Mainstream Journalism Remains Catatonic As Antarctica Sees Year-Long Series Of Record High Sea Ice Extents”

  1. DirkH

    “Let’s wait and see if the reality-disconnected Stern will report on the record Antarctic sea ice in the days and weeks ahead.”

    I remember childhood days in the 70ies where I read Stern monthly and it was a good paper. My mother still has it – she gets used ones from a neighbour – and it’s a sad joke now.

    So I looked. Stern was created by Henri Nannen and after his death it began its long downfall.
    Spiegel was created by Rudolf Augstein – not a Leftist; but a businessman who discovered that selling a weekly to leftists is a good trade to be in. So he had to hire leftist writers. After some in house revolutions he gave them shares in the company, that’s the origin of todays Spiegel Borg commune. He kept the authority though. Since his death in 2003, the sold circulation of Spiegel declines … today it is reduced to a simple outlet for NATO’s wisdoms.

  2. DirkH

    Spiegel reports about new electrostatic motor/generator.
    German article, english video.

    1. John F. Hultquist

      Thanks. English text here:

      Mentioned are application to wind energy.

  3. Graeme No.3

    In Australia the media reported the Antarctic sea ice as expanding due to global warming. Supposedly the ice on the mainland is melting* and all the resulting water is getting into polynyas where it freezes due to the strong winds, which then blow the new ice away (keeping the polynyas open).

    Quite how the ice sheet melts at minus 30C was not mentioned.

    * rapidly of course; for some reason polar ice nevertheless melts slowly.

    PS it should be said that the national newspaper, The Australian, is being rather less gullible these days. Has been running a series of articles on misdeeds of the Bureau of Meteorology.

    1. DirkH

      No signs of such mea culpas from German journalists. Most of them are Greens.

  4. Martin

    Nah, the msm IS part of the agenda. This aganda could not have gone this far with the very minimum journalistic integrety. In fact they used/ still use propaganda techniques.
    Ad hominem? check.
    Appeal to authority? check.
    Appeal to fear? check.
    Famous people? check.
    Outright lies? check.
    Cherry picking? check.

    Not sure how well known this is, but to me quite significant (and funded by shell anong others.)

    Facts are not important, but perception is (for propanganda purpose).

    1. Martin

      Few english error in my post (sorry):should read msm (mainstream media) and among insted of anong.

    2. DirkH

      Given that warmism has basically imploded since that IPPR paper was written, it reads all the more amusing. Oh how smug they were! If these guys with their track record now work for NATO preparing the war, I know that we will get peace!

      1. Martin

        In french Canada (Quebec) I assure you that they have not imploded here at all!
        As far as i know most major french news paper havn’t got the message yet.
        For people who can read English, its easier (and harder to put under the rug) singe people can read for them selfs the climategate emails, for example.
        They pretty much mirror the new york time and guardian line…

        1. DirkH

          Hey, just elect Shiny Pony.

          1. Martin

            Funny, i had to look who you refer to…
            On a slightly different note, I think the democratic process as been taken over a long time ago. IMO the solution reside elsewhere than hoping to vote for the party/or politician that have a slightly favorable rhetoric.

  5. John F. Hultquist

    The ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at record speed, according to satellite measurements.”

    Anymore, I seldom bother to completely read these news-by-press-release statements. [our small local paper – part of a national chain – often prints these things] “Ice sheets” usually means ice on land, but sometimes it isn’t clear (this one seems okay). Then there is the question of what is being measured by a satellite. Is it melting? Is it ice mass? Perhaps ice surface elevation? Is there sublimation from the surface and melting from geothermal activity at the base? If land ice is melting at “record speed” then sea level should be rising at record speed. Is it? If not, where is the water going? More snow some place else? Are energy companies now “fracking” with water from the ocean? If there is ice loss over a small part of either Greenland or Antarctica what are the sizes of each? These are very large places with very thick ice and neither can change at catastrophic speed.

    “. . . reporting on a different planet . . .” Good call.

    1. richard

      “AUSTIN, Texas — Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it’s being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”

      1. John F. Hultquist

        The relationship to humanity’s CO2 production seems a bit tenuous.

  6. John Page

    In England at least, most environment journalists are environment enthusiasts using journalism to promote their cause by selective reporting. David Rose of the Mail is an (the?) honorable exception.

  7. handjive

    Swedes discover rare Antarctic fossils

    Researchers believe the animals lived on the ice-covered continent between 65 and 35 million years ago, when the climate was much warmer than it is today.

    “This exciting discovery pushes forward our knowledge about the previous inhabitants of the Antarctic,” said Mörs.

  8. Ed Caryl

    Have you noticed that everything that CAN melt is “melting more rapidly than originally thought“? There is never any citation of the original “thinker”, so there is no way to falsify the statement. When you dig down into the work you find that the error bars often include a “no melting” value. They are usually talking about a limited area that may have an area of increasing ice next door, in other words, they are “cherry-picking” the area of interest. Examples include Greenland margins melting when the interior is increasing, which is of course completely natural, because the margins are at sea level and the interior is at 3000 meters, and parts of West Antarctica ice streams increasing in flow when East Antarctica is increasing in thickness. The increase in flow may just be BECAUSE the interior is increasing in thickness. All these phenomena may be cyclic and the observations are over just the last few years. These people must have grown up frightened of the boogyman in the closet or under the bed.

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