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AFA Newsroom Article [NASA "Hot Air" ABout Greenland] 8-1-12 Atr8
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Skeptics Put the Freeze on NASA "Hot Air" About Greenland Ice

NASA's claim that Greenland is experiencing "unprecedented" melting is nothing but a bunch of hot air, according to scientists who say the country's ice sheets melt with some regularity.

A heat dome over the icy country melted a whopping 97 percent of Greenland's ice sheet in mid-July, NASA said, calling it evidence of the effect man is having on the planet.

But the unusual-seeming event had nothing to do with hot air, according to glaciologists. It was actually to be expected based on historical data.

"Ice cores from Summit Station (Greenland's coldest and highest) show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time," said Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and member of the research team analyzing the satellite data.

Climate skeptics said the NASA report itself was the only “unprecedented” item.

“NASA should start distributing dictionaries to the authors of its press releases,” joked Patrick J. Michaels, a climatologist and the author of the World Climate Report blog.

“It’s somewhat like the rush to blame severe weather and drought on global warming,” Anthony Watts, a noted climate skeptic and the author of the Watts Up With That blog, told “Yet when you look into the past, you find precedence for what is being described today as unprecedented.”

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