NYT reporter Justin Gillis Antarctic ice claims called ‘a joke’ by climatologist — Gillis’ polar sea ice claims called ‘a total irrelevancy’ & ‘ludicrous’

Antarctic sea ice has expanded in 2012 to record levels since satellite monitoring began in 1979. [See: ‘Antarctica has quietly set a new record for the greatest sea ice extent ever measured at either pole’]

The New York Times has finally decided to report on the record South Pole ice expansion. But Times global warming reporter Justin Gillis’ attempt downplay the South Pole sea ice record is being challenged by Climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels.

Gillis, in a October 3, 2012 New York Times article titled “Running the Numbers on Antarctic Sea Ice”, claimed that Arctic sea ice was being lost 25 times faster than Antarctic sea ice was being expanded. Gillis is now under fire for his polar ice claims.

Climatologist Dr. Patrick Michaels told Climate Depot that Gillis was engaging “a ludicrous gaming of the cruel facts of geography, a total irrelevancy” in order to make the claim that Arctic ice was being lost “25 times” faster than Antarctic ice was being gained. Michaels corrects Gillis by noting ‘the Arctic net loss is about twice the gain in Antarctica.”

Gillis wrote: “Let’s average the first five years of the satellite record, from 1979 to 1983. In that period, the sea ice left at the end of the summer melt season covered about 13.8 percent of the surface of the Southern Ocean. In the most recent five years, the average rose to 14.6 percent of the ocean. So, expressed as a percentage of ocean cover, the decline going on in the Arctic is almost 25 times the increase going on in the Antarctic.”

Dr. Patrick Michaels full statement on NYT’s Justin Gillis: “Taking five year averages from the beginning and the end of the records is a joke. An actual scientist would regression-fit the linear increase in Antarctic ice anomalies (in square km) and second-order fit (because it is obviously a curve) the decline in Arctic ice using the similar metric (data are from Cryosphere Today). The trended gain in Antarctic ice is about 0.9 million square kilometers, while the (second order) trended decline in the Arctic is about 1.7. The Arctic net loss is about twice the gain in Antarctica.

Gillis’ ’25 times’ figure is a ludicrous gaming of the cruel facts of geography, a total irrelevancy.”

End Michaels statement.


Gillis has been repeatedly under fire his global warming reporting from scientists