Last Sunday (Earth Day, no less), the Discovery Channel aired the final episode of its Frozen Planet series. Titled “On Thin Ice,” the episode captures the staggering changes in our polar regions being wrought by global warming — shrinking glaciers, rising seas, and disappearing habitats. But there was one thing missing: in 45 minutes, not a word was uttered about why all that Arctic ice is melting. In an impressive feat of journalistic malpractice, Discovery completely avoided the fact that the burning of fossil fuels causes climate change, and thanks to a New York Times article, now we know why. Discovery has admitted to censoring itself because it wanted to avoid criticism from climate change deniers.
Arctic sea ice area is almost one standard deviation above normal.