A Newsweek article posted Monday called "How Global Warming Threatens Antarctic Animals" falsely claims global warming is causing a dramatic decline in Antarctic sea ice and that the decline might hurt the animals living in the seabed, hurting ecosystems across the world. That report is nothing short of a lie. Antarctic sea ice continues to be at record levels and at least one recent peer-reviewed study projects that increasing Antarctic ice levels may cause sea levels to fall:
In a Current Biology paper published Monday, scientists argue that this increase in scouring might negatively alter how species on the shallow portion of Antarctica’s seabed interact with one another—and they worry this is a harbinger of climate change–linked ecosystem changes around the globe.
According to the U.S. government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), as of June 17th, Antarctic sea ice extent is 1,281,000 sq km above the 1981-2010 mean. That is also the 100th daily record in 2014 out of 167 days. The records set this year are topping sea ice records set last year. In other words the sea ice is expanding, not melting.
A peer-reviewed paper published Wednesday projects that Antarctic sea ice is going to grow so much that sea levels are going to decrease:
A paper published today in The Cryosphere studies one of the largest ice shelves in East Antarctica and predicts increased accumulation of ice on the surface of the ice shelf will have a net contribution of decreasing sea levels over the 21st and 22nd centuries. According to the authors,
"Overall, the increased accumulation computed by the atmosphere models outweighs ice stream acceleration so that the net contribution to sea level rise is negative."
Furthermore, the authors predict the grounding line of this ice shelf system will have "little grounding line retreat" and thus it very unlikely this ice sheet will break off from the continent.
It appears that the Newsweek editors are so wrapped up in selling the global warming theory they forgot one of the key components of good journalism...the truth.