Snooze button on ‘global warming’ alarm?

Written by Chris Woodward

A decade has passed since TIME magazine published a famous cover and report on “global warming,” and even though one organization says TIME got it right, another says it couldn’t be further from the truth.


In 2006, TIME published a “special report” on global warming. The cover showed a polar bear standing on a patch of ice and snow while gazing down at a large span of water. TIME went on to argue that, among other things, “climate change” is not some vague future problem, claiming that it is already damaging the planet at an alarming pace.

Over the past week, hailed the cover and said the main story was an accurate portrayal.

“[The TIME story presents a] very solid, even prescient, piece of reporting – warning about polar ice loss, sea level rise, severe drought, and other extreme weather,” ThinkProgress stated.

Meanwhile, Marc Morano of Climate Depot says TIME’s 10-year-old was mere doom and gloom.

“It’s amazing because in that ten years, the global warming pause continues in the satellite data for a full 10 years at least — and it may or may not end this year, but only briefly because of the El Nino,” Morano told OneNewsNow. “Sea levels failed to accelerate, polar bear estimates of actual populations actually went up in the last 10 years, and on a whole host of issues, Antarctic sea ice hit record levels since satellite monitoring began after the TIME magazine cover.”

But Morano acknowledges that TIME got its assertion about Arctic sea ice right.

“The Arctic summer sea ice did diminish, but we also had studies and other satellite data showing us that there may have been as little or less ice in the Arctic even in previous decades —and certainly back in the 1930s and 1940s,” Morano added.