NYT claims ‘that the melting of glaciers is accelerating’ – Reality Check: ‘Most of the retreat since 1941 actually took place by 1951’
Lying Accelerates At The NYT
By Paul Homewood
In an article that the BBC would be proud of, the New York Times claims that the melting of glaciers is accelerating. To emphasise the point, they headline with comparison photos of the Muir Glacier, Alaska.
These are often reproduced, to show the effects of “global warming”, and contrast images in 1941 and 2004. The message is clear, and we all know whose fault it is!
What the NYT, and all the other purveyors of doom never show you is the other picture in the series from 1950. All three photos are on the USGS page here.
Let’s look at all three together.
Clearly, most of the retreat since 1941 actually took place by 1951.
But even this is not the whole story. In this USGS report. they state :
The glacier that filled Glacier Bay during the Little Ice Age began its retreat from the mouth of the bay more than 200 years ago and has exposed a magnificent fjord system about 100 km long. The massive glacier retreated past Sitakaday Narrows ~190 years ago, retreated past Whidbey Passage ~160 years ago, and reached the upper end of the main bay by 1860 (~140 years ago).
And they even provide this convenient map.
Apparently the first 100km of retreat was natural, but your SUV caused that last mile or two.