Letter to the Editor: Think as you read

Think as you read.

The information you absorb can be factually accurate but used to manipulate you.

Here is an example. On March 22, 2022 NASA published an article on the web under the heading of NASA, Global Climate Change, Vital signs of the planet. The title of the article was, Arctic Sea Ice Maximum at Tenth Lowest in Satellite Record. Oh NO! Well, think about it.

How long have they had satellite records? It appears the satellite record used to determine the average maximum arctic sea ice extent was from 1981 through 2010 (29yrs). Another article by the National Snow and Ice Data Center claims a 44-year satellite record. Why weren’t all 44 years used? Where there years that were less that may shift the average maximum extent?


The article’s title, “Arctic Sea Ice Maximum at Tenth Lowest”, suggest, this is something of concern. Between 1981 – 2010 there have been 9 instances where the sea ice maximum has been less than this year’s maximum. In fact, in 2006 and 2007 the maximum was less. There is a table (link referenced below) that shows that the maximum sea ice has grown and has been increasing for the last 3 years. Nevertheless, it is smaller than its maximum extent between 1981 and 2010. Is it smaller than the maximum extent between the years 1979-2022 (43yrs)?

What we know for sure is that the Arctic Sea Ice maximum extent fluctuates from year to year. By stating that the size of the shrinkage is, “…equivalent to missing an area of ice slightly larger than Texas and Maine combined, the author (under the guise of NASA) appears to be leading you to believe that the fact that this year’s Arctic Sea ice’s extent is something exceptional and is either caused by climate change or an indicator of climate change. I read it differently. I see an increase over the last 3 years. What say you?

My point being that the information you absorb can be factually accurate but used to manipulate you.

NASA Article https://climate.nasa.gov/news/3155/arctic-sea-ice-maximum-at-tenth-lowest-in-satellite-record/
National Snow and Ice Data Center (chart) (https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2022/03/arctic-sea-ice-max-tenth-lowest/


The Washing Post published an article that is sharing the idea that ocean currents in the Atlantic “may” be slowing down due to “…Human-caused warming”. In the first paragraph the author makes it clear that they have accepted without question that global warming is man caused (oops to be fully woke it is human caused). In the article they even state, “Researchers who study ancient climate change have also uncovered evidence that the AMOC (Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation my note) can turn off abruptly, causing wild temperature swings and other dramatic shifts in global weather systems.” Humm, sounds like they may have found another reason for climate change.

The article is full of misleading and presumptive insinuations to guide you (the reader) to come to the same conclusions as the author. It is a good read to see how a basic theory of some scientist is being used to manipulate the non-thinking reader. Look for terms like, not directly observed, new analyses, centuries of ocean temperature data, significant changes, indirect measures of, indicators suggest, and there are more. If thought through the article is scientifically useless but does continue to feed fuel to the idea that you are the cause of global warming.

Washing Post article, https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/08/05/change-ocean-collapse-atlantic-meridional/

Phil Shafer
Quincy, CA