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Climate Change-Deniers Pounce on Inaccurate NASA Press Release Headline About Greenland's Ice Sheet Melting

| by Michael Allen

A recent press release from NASA, claiming that Greenland is experiencing "unprecedented" melting, has come under fire from climate change-deniers.

The title of the NASA press release was "Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt.”

Technically speaking, "unprecedented" means “never done or known before.”

However, the news release beneath the headline says that the melting is rare, as the last wide surface melt was in 1889. 

The inaccurate headline has already provided fodder for climate change-deniers. Fox News blasted the headline "NASA Greenland Melting Claim a Bunch of 'Hot Air."

The rest of the press release is scientifically-accurate, and alarming:

“Ice cores from Summit 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,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data. “But if we continue to observe melting events like this in upcoming years, it will be worrisome.”

Seperate from the press release, a video shot (below) on July 21 by scientists in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland shows water from a melted glacier knocking out the Watson River bridge.