Updated data from NASA satellite instruments reveal the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded at all since the satellite instruments began measuring the ice caps in 1979. Since the end of 2012, moreover, total polar ice extent has largely remained above the post-1979 average. The updated data contradict one of the most frequently asserted global warming claims – that global warming is causing the polar ice caps to recede. The timing of the 1979 NASA satellite instrument launch could not have been better for global warming alarmists. The late 1970s marked the end of a 30-year cooling trend. As a result, the polar ice caps were quite likely more extensive than they had been since at least the 1920s. Nevertheless, this abnormally extensive 1979 polar ice extent would appear to be the “normal” baseline when comparing post-1979 polar ice extent.
Updated NASA satellite data
show the polar ice caps remained at approximately their 1979 extent
until the middle of the last decade. Beginning in 2005, however, polar
ice modestly receded for several years. By 2012, polar sea ice had
receded by approximately 10 percent from 1979 measurements. (Total
polar ice area – factoring in both sea and land ice – had receded by
much less than 10 percent, but alarmists focused on the sea ice loss as
“proof” of a global warming crisis.)
A 10-percent decline in polar sea ice is not very remarkable,
especially considering the 1979 baseline was abnormally high anyway.
Regardless, global warming activists and a compliant news media
frequently and vociferously claimed the modest polar ice cap retreat was
a sign of impending catastrophe. Al Gore even predicted the Arctic ice cap could completely disappear by 2014.
In late 2012, however, polar ice dramatically rebounded and quickly
surpassed the post-1979 average. Ever since, the polar ice caps have
been at a greater average extent than the post-1979 mean.
Now, in May 2015, the updated NASA data show polar sea ice is approximately 5 percent above the post-1979 average.
During the modest decline in 2005 through 2012, the media presented a
daily barrage of melting ice cap stories. Since the ice caps rebounded –
and then some – how have the media reported the issue? Continue reading