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Mont Blanc glacier almost doubles in size 
in four years

Headlines blame global warming

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9 Aug 11 - Although I ran this article back in 2007, I think it's worth running again. Thanks to Dr Mirco Poletto in Italy for reminding me of it.

15 Oct 07 - "Mont Blanc glacier almost doubles in size in four years." That’s what the headline should have said. Instead, it shouted "Global warming makes Mont Blanc grow," in what I consider a blatant attempt to hide the truth.

A different paper entitled the story "Climate change making Mont Blanc even higher."

Here’s how the stories went:

"Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in France and western Europe, has grown more than two metres in two years ... ironically as a result of global warming."

"Generations of French schoolchildren were taught the famous peak was 4,807 metres tall, but it has been growing since 2003 and at a faster rate in recent months.

"The volume of ice on Mont Blanc's slopes over 4800 metres high was first calculated at 14,600 cubic metres in 2003. It dropped to 14,300 cubic metres two years later, but then almost doubled to 24,100 cubic metres in 2007.

The volume of ice has almost doubled in size in four years!

Such "growth" in mountains is specific to higher Alpine peaks, said Yan Giezendanner, a meteorologist. "Glaciers at high altitude seem to be growing, while those situated at mid or low altitude are melting, shrinking and threatened with extinction," he said.

You decide. Were those headlines dishonest? 

See entire articles:
Thanks to Justin Davies for this link
Thanks to Karel Van den Abbeele and Mirco Poletto for this link

See also: Mt Blanc Glaciers Refuse to Shrink



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