When I read about the unprecedented melting of the Greenland ice sheet I had an inkling what the response fo the denial bloggerati would be…
Sure enough, like clock work, Anthony Watt’s cherry picks the very quote I thought the deniers would zero in on:
“Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data…”
Watt’s most likely scanned this article and left out the important aspects that qualify the above. I’ve highlighted what Watt’s chopped off:
“If you look at the 8 July image that might be the maximum extent of warming you would see in the summer,” Zwally noted. “There have been periods when melting might have occurred at higher elevations briefly – maybe for a day or so – but to have it cover the whole of Greenland like this is unknown, certainly in the time of satellite records.”
Lora Koenig, another Goddard glaciologist, told Nasa similar rapid melting occurs about every 150 years. But she warned there were wide-ranging potential implications from this year’s thaw.
“If we continue to observe melting events like this in upcoming years, it will be worrisome.” she told Nasa.
And here is the amusing, ever so tricksy thing deniers love to do: Watt’s does not link or reference the original article, but cherry picks part of the quote.
Context is everything: Watts is no fool, his is a deliberate choice to edit out information. That’s not honest scepticism, its a malicious form of misinformation.
Denial is easy: just hunt for itsy-bitsy pieces of information that confirm your bias and magnify their importance.