by Ellie Gardey
did not fit
the media's narrative...
Arctic ice coverage reaches its lowest extent in mid- to late-September following the melting season.
Upon news of the greater ice coverage, scientists noted that weather patterns fluctuate and pointed to a zone of colder-than-usual air pressure over the Beaufort Sea.
He added that this year is a,
Scientists have tracked ice coverage in the Arctic since 1979.
The past 15 years have shown a lower extent of Arctic ice coverage compared to the previous 27 years.
The decreasing trend in the north pole's ice cap has been one of the biggest headline generators in 'climate change' (aka global warming) news coverage.
Every year in March and September, the Arctic ice's annual highs and lows generate grave warnings and calls to action across media outlets (sometimes accompanied by pictures of 'sad polar' bears on precarious floating ice).
The March 2017 news of the Arctic ice sheet's greatest extent garnered this headline in the Washington Post:
In March of 2018, MSNBC published an article on the semi-annual update titled:
For 2020's second update, Vox published this headline:
The Antarctic ice sheet does not generate the same headlines.
NASA published a study in 2015 that showed that the Antarctic ice sheet had,
That included a net gain of 82 billion tons of ice per year between 2003 and 2008.
The NASA study contradicted the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2013 report, which stated:
Following the NASA study and further research, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reversed its position on Antarctic ice coverage.
The Antarctic ice sheet is much larger than the Arctic ice sheet.
According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center,
While the Antarctic Ice Sheet's greater size means it is more impactful on the climate, the media focus has remained on the downward-trending Arctic.
Though the National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is often the source for the media buzz over the 'shrinking Arctic', bills itself as a center on polar research and as "advancing knowledge of Earth's frozen regions," its website emphasizes one pole over the other.
"Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis" features prominently on the site, while there is no equivalent page for the Antarctic.
In July 2021, Antarctic sea ice covered 6.32 million square miles, which was 160,000 square miles above average in the 43-year record of the ice sheet, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This year's news that Arctic sea ice coverage is up over last year garnered fewer headlines than last year's news that ice coverage had decreased year-over-year.
In September 2020, Reuters reacted to the ice coverage decrease with this headline:
The news organization has yet to publish news of this year's larger ice sheet...