No Reporting of Slowing Greenland Glaciers: Shame on the MSM
SUCH has been the fear of Greenland’s melting glaciers that well known Australian science journalist Robyn Williams has claimed sea levels could rise by 100 metres within the next 100 years.  Mr Williams, and other journalists, have been quick to report on what has become known as the “Greenland Ice Armageddon”.
Last Friday there was an article in one of the most read science journals, Science, entitled “Galloping Glaciers of Greenland have Reined Themselves In” by Richard A. Kerr.
Yes, as the title suggests, the article explains that a wide-ranging survey of glacier conditions across south eastern Greenland, indicates that glacier melt has slowed significantly and that it would be wrong to attribute the higher rates of melt prior to 2005 to global warming or to extrapolate the higher melt rates of a few years ago into the future. 
Mr Kerr was reporting on a presentation by glaciologist Tavi Murray at the American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco last December.  The paper by Dr Murray was co-authored by many other members of the group at Swansea University in the UK, a team often quoted by Al Gore and others.
When I read the article last Friday I wondered how Robyn “100 metres” Williams and other journalists in the mainstream media (MSM) might report the story. To my amazement they have simply ignored it. 
It seems that the mainstream media is a shameless exaggerator of global warming, and unable to report anything really significant that contradicts the established storyline.
Perhaps I should not be surprised, as a lecturer in journalism explained to me some time ago: journalists only add to narratives, as one might add to a large tapestry.  Yep, so, the mainstream media’s news has to all fit together like a picture. What is reported tomorrow is expected to accord with what was reported yesterday. But the real world is so much more complicated.
Notes and Links
1. Andrew Bolt quoting Robyn Williams: It is possible, yes. The increase of melting that they’ve noticed in Greenland and the amount that we’ve seen from the western part of Antarctica, if those increases of three times the expected rate continue, it will be huge. http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/warming_williams_exaggerates_again/
2. Richard A. Kerr, Galloping Glaciers of Greenland Have Reined Themselves In, Science 23 January 2009: Vol. 323. no. 5913, p. 458
3. Murray, T. 2008, Has dynamic thinning switched off in south-east Greenland,Eos Trans. AGU, 89 (53), Fall Meeting. Suppl.
4. I’ve scanned my rss feeds from the BBC News Science/Nature, MSNBC.com:Environment and ABC Environment Online for the period September 22, 2009 to September 28, 2009, and not found any mention of the report in Science.
5. Why You Should Support Independent Media (Part 1, For Koalas), November 8, 2008. http://jennifermarohasy.com/blog/2008/11/why-you-should-support-independent-media-part-1-for-koalas/
Photograph of the Shuksan Horn, NOT in Greenland, from Don Easterbrook, http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~dbunny/photos.htm