More Spectacular Arctic Fraud At The New York Times

The New York Times just published another fake climate article – this time about the Arctic.  They start the article with the claim that satellites were first used to study the Arctic in 1979.

We Charted Arctic Sea Ice for Nearly Every Day Since 1979. You’ll See a Trend. – The New York Times

Given that we traveled to the moon in 1969, it is absurd to suggest that satellites weren’t used to study the Arctic before 1979. Here is a 1964 satellite image of the Arctic which was published in National Geographic in 1965.

The National Geographic Archive | February 1965 | page 1

Here is a detailed National Geographic Arctic sea ice map from 1971.


Here is a detailed satellite image of Antarctica from 1976, also published in National Geographic.

The National Geographic Archive | November 1976 | page 1

The 1990 IPCC report included NOAA Arctic satellite data back to 1973, when it was much lower than 1979.

1990 IPCC Report

In a spectacular display of scientific malpractice,  NOAA now hides all of the pre-1979 peak Arctic sea ice data. By starting right at the peak, they produce a fake linear downwards trend.

This 1985 DOE climate change report had Arctic data back to 1925, which showed little ice from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Projecting the climatic effects of increasing carbon dioxide (Technical Report) | SciTech Connect

So why did the New York Times cherry pick 1979 as their start date? Because it came at the end of three of the coldest US winters on record , and Arctic sea ice was at a century peak. The graph below combines the 1985 DOE graph with the 1990 IPCC graph.

If the New York Times authors had bothered to research their own paper, they could have found this out for themselves. It was very warm in the Arctic in 1958

The Changing Face of the Arctic; The Changing Face of the Arctic – The New York Times

Three years later, the New York Times reported a unanimous consensus that earth was cooling.

January 30, 1961 – NYTimes

By 1970, the Arctic climate was becoming more frigid, the ice was getting “ominously thicker” – and scientists were worried about a new ice age.

U.S. and Soviet Press Studies of a Colder Arctic – The New York Times

The polar ice cap had expanded 12% by 1975, after shrinking 12% before 1958. Icelandic ports were blocked with ice for the first time in the 20th century.

March 2, 1975 – B-r-r-r-r: New Ice Age on way soon? | Chicago Tribune Archive

National Geographic : 1976 Nov, Page 575

By hiding all the data before the 1979 peak, the New York Times is defrauding its readers. Arctic climate is cyclical – not linear.

Ninety-five years ago, the Arctic was having a meltdown.

2 Nov 1922, Page 1 – Great Bend Tribune at

Eighty years ago, the Arctic was having a meltdown.

17 Dec 1939, Page 15 – Harrisburg Sunday Courier

Sixty five years ago, the Arctic was having a meltdown.


Then the New York Times  went on to obscure their graph (below) to hide the fact that there has been a large increase in minimum extent since 2012. Note the “End of summer minimum” label is at the 2012 minimum – not the 2017 minimum.


The Arctic minimum extent has been increasing for a decade. The New York Times doesn’t want their readers to know this.


The New York Times is defrauding their readers at many levels. It is the fake news we have learned to expect from them.

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9 Responses to More Spectacular Arctic Fraud At The New York Times

  1. sunsettommy says:

    Great post Tony!

  2. gator69 says:

    Facts, like our Constitution and Bill of rights, are living breathing entities that have needs and lives of their own. Some facts die, and new facts are born. Celebrate life!

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Some facts don’t die but become deeply ashamed of themselves. They know that what they’ve done was misogynistic and racist, and they don’t like to talk about it. Some other facts are stubborn but life goes on without them.

  3. AndyG55 says:

    It really is one MASSIVE, DECEITFUL, CON-JOB.

    the late 1970’s was a time of EXTREME sea ice. Of course it has recovered a bit from that freezing time.. and thank goodness, too !!!

    But the extent is STILL in the top decile of the last 10,000 years.

    The ONLY time it has been higher was during the Little Ice Age and the late 1970’s.

    I repeat, this is one MASSIVE, DECEITFUL, CON-JOB.

    • Andy DC says:

      It is hard to believe that with NORAD and the vital military importance of Arctic sea ice during the 1950’s, 1960’s and 1970’s, that both the US and USSR did not have excellent maps of sea ice conditions during those years. To contend that we had no such records until the record high sea ice conditions of 1979 is completely ludicrous.

  4. Gail Combs says:

    The history would not be complete without the 1974 CIA report:
    “A Study of Climatological Research as it Pertains to Intelligence Problems”

    Nigel Calder a science reporter at that time writes about how Kukla warned President Nixon

    ….Those who rewrite the history of climate science to suit the man-made global warming hypothesis hate to be reminded that global cooling and the threat of a new ice age rang alarm bells in the 1960s and 1970s. In the Orwellian manner they try to airbrush out the distinguished experts involved, and to say it was just a scare story dreamed up by stupid reporters like me.

    No, we didn’t make it up. I was present in Rome in 1961 when global cooling was already the main concern at a conference of the World Meteorological Organization and Unesco (see the Unesco reference). The discussions were led by Hubert Lamb of the UK Met Office, who went on to found the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia.

    A persistent concern of Lamb and others was that the world might return to a Little Ice Age like that of 300 years ago. But the improving knowledge of glacial history, and especially the apparent brevity of warm interglacials, prompted anxiety about a full-blown ice age. George Kukla, together with Robert Matthews of Brown University, convened a conference in 1972 entitled “The Present Interglacial: How and When will it End?”, and reported it in Science magazine.

    Kukla and Matthews alerted President Richard Nixon, and as a result the US Administration set up a Panel on the Present Interglacial involving the State Department and other agencies.….

    Excerpts from that CIA report.

    Pg 7
    … Since 1972 the grain crisis has intensified…. Since 1969 the storage of grain has decreased from 600 million metric tons to less than 100 million metric tons – a 30 day supply… many governments have gone to great lengths to hide their agricultural predicaments from other countries as well as from their own people…

    pg 9
    The archaeologists and climatotologists document a rather grim history… There is considerable evidence that these empires may not have been undone by barbarian invaders but by climatic change…. has tied several of these declines to specific global cool periods, major and minor, that affected global atmospheric circulation and brought wave upon wave of drought to formerly rich agricultural lands.

    Refugees from these collapsing civilizations were often able to migrate to better lands… This would be of little comfort however,… The world is too densely populated and politically divided to accommodate mass migration.

    Page 18
    Scientists are confident that unless man is able to effectively modify the climate, the northern regions… will again be covered with 100 to 200 feet of ice and snow. That this will occur within the nexy 2,500 years they are quite positive; that it may occur sooner is open to speculation.

    page 22 states:
    The climate of the 1800s was far less favorable for agriculture in most areas of the world. In the United States during that century, the midwest grain-producing areas were cooler and wetter and snow lines of the Russian steppes lasted for longer periods of time. More extended periods of drought were noted in the areas of the Soviet Union now known as the new lands. More extensive monsoon failures were common around the world, affecting in particular China, the Philippines and the Indian Subcontinent.

    The Wisconsin analysis questions whether a return to these climate conditions could support a population that has grown from 1.1 billion in 1850 to 3.75 billion in 1970. The Wisconsin group predicted that the climate could not support the world’s population since technology offers no immediate solution. Further world grain reserves currently amount to less than one month; thus any delay in supplies implies mass starvation. They also contended that new crop strains could not be developed over night… Moreover they observed that agriculture would become even more energy dependent in a world of declining resources.…..

    And Alarmists wonder why we think they are trying to blow smoke. Especially those of us who remember the global cooling scare and suffered through minus 30 F and frost bite.

    Global warming??? — Bring it on!

  5. Keith says:

    Very cool (pun intended) compilation – full marks.

  6. Mark Fife says:

    Don’t you people realize our statistical mastery has grown to such unprecedented heights we are now able to go back in time and actually correct measurements made in the field by pure computation. We can actually derive the true extent of instantaneous deviation from measured to true at any time and in any place, regardless of specific instrumentation originally used or potential bias either then or now. We literally don’t care! We can actually correct for unwanted bias before any measurements are made, thus eliminating the need for measurements entirely. Because we have the “now” and the instantaneous magnitude of change so insanely well calibrated it isn’t necessary to validate the “then”. It goes without saying the “then” conditions are necessitated by the “now” conditions. Only a science hating idiot could fail to see the logic of that. Similarly, future state conditions are entirely dependent, predetermined even, by the “now”. Because of our complete mastery of now and the unprecedented accuracy, infallibility even, of our statistical methods, the now is all we need.

    Now is everything. Now is all. Now is complete intersectionality between past and future. Embrace it or be left behind.

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