The New York Times says satellite images were first used to study sea ice in 1979, and that ice is disappearing due to global warming.
Here is a beautiful photo of Arctic sea ice taken by Apollo 16 in 1972, seven years before 1979.
In 1965, National Geographic published Arctic satellite imagery – fourteen years before the fake New York Times start date of 1979.
Here is a detailed satellite image of Antarctic sea ice from 1976, also published in National Geographic.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change (1990 IPCC report) – NOAA has sea ice satellite data going back to the early 1970s. You can see why the New York Times cherry picked the 1979 start date, because it was the high point. By starting at the top of the mountain, all directions go down. They lied to their readers about the 1979 start of satellite records, and it is clear why they did that.
“in 1972-1975 sea-ice extent was significantly less”
In 1971, National Geographic published a very detailed map of Arctic sea ice. Extent this year is not terribly different from 1971.
At the time, the New York Times was worried about expanding Arctic ice and a new ice age.
Forty-nine of the world’s leading climate scientists sent a letter to President Nixon warning of a new ice age within a century.
This 1985 DOE climate change report had Arctic sea ice data back to 1925, which showed little ice from the 1930s to the 1950s.
If we combine the 1985 DOE graph with the 1990 IPCC graph, it becomes even more apparent why the New York Times cherry picked the 1979 start date. It was the century high point in Arctic ice extent.
In 1958, the ice was disappearing rapidly, and the New York Times predicted the Arctic would be ice-free soon.
But three years later, there was unanimous consensus for global cooling, as reported by the New York Times.
The polar ice cap expanded 12% by 1975, after shrinking 12% before 1958. Icelandic ports were blocked with ice for the first time in the 20th century. The New York Times doesn’t want their readers to know about this.
Looking at a graph of Icelandic temperatures, it again becomes clear why the New York Times cherry-picked their start date of 1979 – it was the coldest year on record in Iceland and the highest ice extent. Temperatures are no warmer in Iceland now than the were in the 1940s.
From the 1920s through the 1950s, the Arctic was having a meltdown.
Actual scientists understand that these swings in Arctic temperature sea ice are controlled by ocean currents, not CO2. If the New York Times was an actual newspaper, they would have reported on this.
NOAA data shows September 30 Arctic sea ice extent trending upwards since the start of MASIE records in 2006. This year will continue the upwards trend. The New York Times claim that summer sea is is declining is patently false.
It is not surprising that end of summer sea ice extent is increasing. Summers have been running consistently below normal temperatures in the Arctic for years. That is the only time the ice can melt.
According to the our top experts, the Arctic was supposed to be ice-free by now, but instead sea ice is increasing.
The New York Times is hiding data, cheating with their graphs, lying about history, lying about the future, lying about science, contradicting themselves, ignoring history, ignoring the past failures of climate scientists, and intentionally defrauding their readers about Arctic sea ice. This appears to be standard operating procedure for New York Times journalists.