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John on March 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

NPR does a story on new research into ice loss in Antarctica. Lead scientist Jane Ferrigno had this to say:

[audio:http://www.verumserum.com/media/2010/03/NPR-interview.mp3|titles=npr reports on Antarctic ice loss]

RAZ: Give us a sense of how much ice has been lost over the past, say, 10 years.

Ms. FERRIGNO: I think I’ll go back 20 years, and in the last 20 years, I would say at least 20,000 square kilometers of ice has been lost, and that’s comparable to an area somewhere between the state of Texas and the state of Alaska.

RAZ: So about the size of the state of Texas in terms of ice has been lost in the past 20 years.

Ms. FERRIGNO: Yeah, that’s true.

Watts Up With That notices a Texas-sized problem with this claim. Oops…

Ah, well, just another mistake designed to terrify the voting public. She’s really sorry:

I want to apologize to NPR and the listening audience for my misstatement last Sunday, February 28. During the last 20 years, an area more than 20,000 sq. km. (comparable to the size of New Jersey) has broken off the ice shelves of the Antarctic Peninsula. It is the Antarctic Peninsula, the source of the ice loss, that I meant to say was larger than the state of Texas but smaller than the state of Alaska.

Mistakes happen of course, but all the climate change mistakes seem to happen in one direction, i.e. toward more extreme claims of danger and future destruction. Why is that?

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