On Global Warming, Denial, Ice, and The MV Akademik Shokalskiy
People who find it politically inconvenient to believe that global warming is real are taking glee at the suffering on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a boat filled with climatologists that’s stuck in frozen waters near Antarctica. They’re writing articles suggesting that the existence of thick ice near Antarctica somehow suggests that global warming is a hoax.
Ice deniers on Antarctic mission find themselves in an unexpected jam is the headline in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Australian published an article entitled, Stuck on a ship of (cold) fools.
Readers of the Daily Telegraph see the In the icy grip of fear that global warming is claptrap.
The Salem News writes under the heading Global warming expedition stuck in ice … hmmmm.
Get the idea? These articles intimate, without producing scientific evidence, that global warming can’t possibly be a genuine climatological trend as long as some places on earth get cold sometimes. It’s the sort of logic that might lead a person to deny the existence of floods, after seeing a television news reporter talking about floods while standing on dry land.
A cold, hard fact that none of these articles bothered to mention is that the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows that the extent of arctic sea ice is now at a record low level for this date – about two standard deviations below the average arctic sea ice extent for this date over the last three decades.