Can we appreciate the bluntness of Seth Borenstein’s reporting for the AP on this?
I can…note the factual but alarming phrases he uses, such as "suddenly" "collapses" "risk" "runaway" "global warming" and "British scientist."
No false balance in this story.
WASHINGTON — A chunk of Antarctic ice about seven times the size of
Manhattan suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of
glacial ice at risk, scientists said Tuesday.
Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a
160-square-mile chunk in western Antarctica, which started Feb. 28. It
was the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf and has been there for hundreds,
maybe 1,500 years.
This is the result of global warming, said British Antarctic Survey scientist David Vaughan.
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I was shocked at what a piece of waffling this story was, as reported by NPR. “Possibly caused by the action of waves… perhaps a warm current…” I thought maybe I had accidentally switched to Rush Limbaugh.
Thanks for the catch. I noticed that the Knight Science Journalism Tracker site looked unusually critically at an NPR story about Panama under the “risky” headline “Do Trees Worsen Drought?” which does seem potentially misleading.