Twelve Years Of Endless Summer At The New York Times

Twelve years ago, the New York Times announced the “Endless Summer” and said “It goes hand in hand with polar bears dying in the Arctic as the sea ice shrinks.”

With Warmer Weather, Different Decisions to Make – The New York Times

The New York Times endless summer looks more like a long-term deep freeze.

10-Day Temperature Outlook for the Conterminous U.S.

There has been no trend in Arctic sea ice extent since the New York Times wrote that article.

Spreadsheet    Data

Polar bear populations are larger than they were 40 years ago.

Twenty good reasons not to worry about polar bears | polarbearscience

Nothing in the New York Times article had anything to do with reality.  But why should it it be different than any of their other reporting?

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2 Responses to Twelve Years Of Endless Summer At The New York Times

  1. Ludwig Müller says:

    Tony, you are aware of the fact that MASIE consistently under-reports sea ice extent. One reason is that MASIE masks-out the arctic coastlines – which are around 200.000 kilometers long (please check at link: and cover an area – my unscientific estimate – of around 300.000 to 500.000 square kilometers and the other reason is that MASIE does often NOT report sea ice extent of 15% or more – even sea ice concentrations of more than 80% are reported as “open water” – how do I know it? Please see yourself:
    Take Google Earth desktop, load the KMZ map Arctic from U.S. National Ice Center NAVAL ICE CENTER (link: and then laod the MASIE KMZ map (link: click “download data” and then load additionally the .kmz file to Google Earth. You will see thousands of red spots, the masked-out coastline and – on any given date – a lot of read areas marked as 80-100% sea ice by the U.S.NIC map. If you want further proof that MASIE under-reports sea ice extent check the Norwegian Meteorologic Institute (link: and compare with MASIE for any given date. The Norwegian maps are for the East Arctic and are navigation grade, very precise and detailed. The MASIE and the National Snow& Ice Data Center numbers are consistently much lower (around 500.000 square kilometers) than the DMI numbers (Danish Meteorologic Institute, link: and this is by design and intent! If anyone doubts the DMI numbers, talk to them, they are in this business since the discovery of Greenland.

  2. Gamecock says:

    ‘Nothing in the New York Times article had anything to do with reality.’

    It’s called “journalism.”

    One of my favorite oxymorons: journalistic standards.

    Polls rand journalists just above telemarketers.

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