Thursday, June 26, 2008

"North Polar Ice is Melting" - Story is just Ice Station Hysteria

Here we go again. The Arctic Ocean is clearing just in time for Canada Day and the media is encouraging us to freak out. We Canadians have seen this story before. I think we won't let it rain tears on our July 1st festivities. We news junkies deserve the indigestion we endure from consuming crap news. Why did take a last look at the Net before bidding adieu to my day? My reward was stumbling over this stinker from the INDEPENDENT.

"Exclusive: No ice at the North Pole Independent, UK By Steve Connor, Science Editor. It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole ..."

I also checked for news contagion on the Web and I see that the story is proliferating. Even Mr. Bourque of Ottawa, Canada's favorite news blogger, immediately jumped on the bandwagon, ranking it his top story tonight. Bollocks!

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum - shown early September 2007 (NASA Graphic). NASA has been posting these Polar Minimum shots for years, and also offers sophisticated animations of the event as an online service.

If you can spare ten minutes, the mystery of Ice Station Hysteria is solved for you in an excellent science article entitled THE TOP OF THE WORLD.

Open water at the North Pole is nothing new. Among contributing factors to consider, the sun shines 24 hours a day in the summertime. British and American submarines wash their bowplanes in the North Arctic puddle every summer.

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