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CNN Features Dishonest Story
Huge Antarctic ice chunk collapses
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26 Mar 08 - My friend Dan Hammer at ClimatePatrol.com has addressed this breathless story about gullible warming in a wonderful manner, so I'll let you read his words.

Bob,

I am honestly disgusted with CNN.com. On their home page right now their big story is the collapse of a huge chunk of ice in Antarctica as a result of worsening global warming. That is exactly how they play this story out. But lets look at the reality of the situation.

It has been proven already that the planet has been cooling for a number of years now. It is the very southern most part of the planet that is leading the charge. Over the last three months the very southern most part of the planet (as observed by satellite) has been no warmer than -0.780 degrees c BELOW normal.

What about the size of this huge chunk? I mean if you listen to CNN.com you'd think that something the size of Manhattan or 160 square miles was significant. To a little tiny person it might be significant. But in reality it is a non story. Antarctic ice covers 5,297,000 square miles. This represents at most a loss of 0.00415% Huge? Not at all. If I were to lose four one-thousandth of a percent of anything I'd pretty much consider it to be a non existent loss.

Dan

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I (Robert) would like to point out that much of that 5,297,000 square miles of ice that Dan talks about is one- to two-miles thick, whereas the chunk that broke off was only a few hundred feet thick, which reduces the percentage to an even greater absurdity.

I'd also like to mention that the CNN article said "It was the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf and has been there for hundreds, maybe 1,500 years." 

Doesn’t that imply that the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf wasn’t there earlier thana few hundred years ago? Or 1,500 years ago? Wouldn’t that imply that it must have been even warmer back then than it is today? Did we humans cause that warming, too?

You can view the full article here:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/03/25/antartica.collapse.ap/index.html?eref=rss_topstories
Thanks Dan. Thanks also to Marion Terrell for this link

See also:
Misleading Reports about Antarctic Melting

Most articles make it sound as if all of Antarctica is melting, when 
it's primarily the ice on  the Antarctic Peninsula that's melting. 
Here's a map of Antarctica to show you what I mean.
See Misleading Reports about Antarctic Melting
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Did earthquake trigger Antarctic ice collapse?

27 Mar 08 - There's been little or no publicity about an earthquake 
on the Pacific-Antarctic ridge 3930 km (2440 miles) SE of Wellington, 
New Zealand on 17 March 08.
See Did earthquake trigger Antarctic ice collapse?
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Antarctic ice grows to record levels

13 Sep 07 - While the Antarctic Peninsula area has warmed 
in recent years and ice near it diminished during the Southern 
Hemisphere summer, the interior of Antarctica has been colder 
and ice elsewhere has been more extensive and longer lasting,
See Antarctic ice grows to record levels
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Antarctic Ice Disappearing? Don’t you believe it
27 Mar 08 - "It’s a naturally occurring event," says Hans Schreuder, 
"a MINOR event in world or Antarctic terms. 
Here’s a map showing just how small an area it is."
http://www.ilovemycarbondioxide.com/Antarctic.html
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