NYT Arctic Ice Reporting Not On Solid Ground
In the August 8th New York Times, John Broder reports:
Arctic melting also presents new problems for the military. The shrinking of the ice cap, which is proceeding faster than anticipated only a few years ago, opens a shipping channel that must be defended and undersea resources that are already the focus of international competition.
Considering that this paragraph comes under an article titled “Climate Change Seen as Threat to U.S. security”, one would hope Broder knew he was on solid ground here. Unfortunately he is not. The Arctic ice cap – which principally, and as referenced in this story, is sea ice – is not “shrinking faster than anticipated only a few years ago”, as the latest data continue to affirm.
This is a talking point, if a very common one, but one premised in conventional or received wisdom, not observational evidence.