This is an article summarizing an interview with NASA's ice expert - Thorsten Markus.
However, this paragraph is unbelievable
Actually, sea water freezes at 29 degrees Fahrenheit (-1.8 degrees Celsius).
In fact, if the water was more than 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it would melt the ice.
Most people know that distilled water freezes at about 32 degrees Fahrenheit (zero degrees Celsius) ... but apparently some people don't know that adding salt to the water lowers the freezing point. (That's why you need salt to make ice cream.)
Fahrenheit temperature scale contains a translation of Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit's 1724 article explaining his method of determining zero and 96 degrees. This article explicitly states that zero degrees is defined by placing a thermometer in a mixture of ice, water, and sea salt. (I presume a saturated solution ... but it does not say.) It goes on to say that 32 degrees is a mixture of ice, water, and no salt! (96 degrees is body temperature.)
Now, it is possible that the water under the ice is fresh (in which case the Reuters article would still be wrong), but I really doubt it. There must be SOME salt. In that case, the water temperature can easily go below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
Either way, basic science says that if the water temperature is above 32 degrees Fahrenheit, then there should be no ice. (Well, it will take a while for it to melt ... but it will melt.)
I also have a problem with this statement
If obvious mistakes like these don't convince you to question everything in the popular press, I don't know what will.
What I think it should have said is