Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Global Warming Watch

The headline says it all, without apparent irony:

Antarctica ice cap growing, another sign of warming

The LA Times really needs to get a new headline editor. But it gets better:

The vast East Antarctic Ice Sheet — a 2-mile-thick wasteland of ice larger than Australia, drier than the Sahara and as cold as a Martian spring — increased in mass every year between 1992 and 2003 because of additional annual snowfall, an analysis of satellite radar measurements showed.

Now, last I checked, ice is water in a solid state instead of a liquid, so a sheet of water 2 miles thick isn't exactly dry. And the 'annual snowfall' they are talking about? How much does the Sahara get? But wait! There's more!:

"It is an effect that has been predicted as a likely result of climate change," said David Vaughan, an independent expert on the ice sheets at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge, England.

"Predicted"? I remember more about ice caps melting than growing. In fact, the BBC reports that the Antarctic caps are melting in a sign of global warming. So, which is it? The only way you can have your cake and eat it too is if global warming immediately leads to an ice age. Perhaps they should change the headline to reflect the current Hollywood gospel: "Antarctica ice cap growing, another sign of warming leading to cooling".

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