We’ve all been indirectly aware of the “ozone crisis”, and its affect on one of Earth’s most fragile and essential eco-systems, the polar ice caps. With irrefutable evidence from countless scientists and political figures, how was anybody supposed to deny that this was indeed happening to our planet?
Recently, as of this month, NASA satellite instruments have failed to detect a decrease in the overall size of the ice caps, and are surprisingly above the post-1979 recorded levels as of 2012.
Following the NASA satellite instrument launch in 1979, the polar ice caps had just experienced the end of a 30 year cooling trend, setting the first observable and measurable surface area of ice caps larger than they would be at a normal level. This could possibly be to blame for the environmental panic and media extravaganza on abnormally low and receding ice caps.
Beginning in 2005, ice caps began to “modestly” recede for several years, almost retreating 10% when compared to the extensive measurements of 1979. However, environmental scientists cast a cloud of doubt over these approximations, as people tend to misconstrue the difference between receding ice caps on land and sea, leading scientists to believe that the ice had retreated much less than the 10% propagated by environmental alarmists.
As of 2012, NASA’s instruments projected a clear image of the polar ice caps, which provides proof of the ice, “Dramatically rebound[ing] and quickly surpass[ing] the post-1979 average.”
Currently, in May of 2015, the polar ice levels are presumed to have returned to nearly 5% above the post-1979 average, and are steadily reconstructing themselves.
Image via NASA