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How about those melting polar ice caps?

The doomsayers have been predicting for years that the ice caps are melting, that we’d be ice free at the North Pole years ago…and none of it has been true.

Forbes reports on the latest NASA report that shows there is no such thing happening.

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.) ? Read more »

Aussie warmists on missions to prove global warming exists have a habit of needing to be rescued

With the rescue of the Ship of Fools underway it is perhaps timely to re-visit the story of another warmist who needed rescuing from the ice.

Back in 2010 it was Tom Smitheringale who needed rescuing as global warming bit him on the arse. Along with a few others.

TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he’s another alarmist with frostbite.

The 40-year-old from Perth planned to be the first Australian to trek unassisted to the North Pole, but announced he’d raise some consciousness along the way.

As he wrote on his website: “Part of the reason Tom’s One Man Epic is taking place now is because of the effect that global warming is having on the polar ice caps.”

Indeed, he wanted to see the North Pole while it was still there: “Some scientists have even estimated that the polar ice cap will have entirely melted away by 2014!”

But Antarctica isn’t melting away, and Arctic ice has slowly increased since its big low in 1997.

But no one seems to have told Tom, who soon found his extremities freezing.

Two weeks ago he nearly called off his trek after suffering excruciating pain in his fingers and thumbs, forcing him to call in emergency help.? Read more »

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