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NY Times Deletes Controversial Climate Article from the Web

by JL Morin

A controversial New York Times article on ‘unstoppable’ melting polar ice has disappeared from the web. Only other newspapers quoting the front page article and the physical newspaper released in Europe remain:

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Why did the New York Times scrub the article from the web? Below is the text of the International New York Times article by Justin Gillis and Kenneth Chang of May 13, 2014:


Sea levels poised to rise as Antarctica melts faster


‘Unstoppable’ ice collapse makes increase of 10 feet probable, scientists say


The collapse of large parts of the ice sheet in West Antarctica appears to have begun and is almost certainly unstoppable, with global warming accelerating the pace of the disintegration, two groups of scientists reported Monday.

The finding, which had been feared by some scientists for decades, means that a rise in global sea level of at least 10 feet may now be inevitable. The rise may continue to be relatively slow for at least the next century or so, the scientists said, but sometime after that it will probably speed up so sharply as to become a crisis.

“This is really happening,: said Thomas P. Wagner, who runs NASA’s programs on polar ice and helped oversee some of the research. “There’s nothing to stop it now. But you are still limited by the physics of how fast the ice can flow.”

Two papers scheduled for publication this week, in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, attempt to make sense of an accelerated flow of glaciers seen in parts of West Antarctica in recent decades….


Newspapers that republished the deleted article:

Houston Chronicle

The Irish Times

The Daily Kos

The Globe and Mail

New Republic quotes several paragraphs

The American Conservative quotes several paragraphs

Express News

The link the newspapers above refered to no longer leads to the International New York Times May 13th article. The New York Times has replaced that article with a tamer New York Times article from the preceding day, May 12, 2014—oops! Is the New York Times trying to go backward in time?

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