Remember all the panic and hoopla about “The world is going to end” because “the Polar Ice Caps are Melting”? All those cuddly polar bears were gonna die off and the oceans were gonna rise, blah blah blah?

I love when mother nature goes and shows us we don’t know what we’re talking about. We’re getting better at predicting some things, but climate has a tendency to thumb it’s nose at all those pretty computer models.

The grey area in the graph below is a 2% standard deviation from the 1979-2000 mean. “1979 on because that’s when satellites began measuring the Arctic and Antarctic Sea Ice Extent”. Not sure why they stop in 2000. The thing to notice is that the current Arctic sea ice extent is working itself back into the “normal” range. Normal being a couple of decades worth of data only. A blink in the eye of the history of man really, let alone the earth.

Sea Ice extent

Arctic Sea Ice

Does this mean all those green peace loving freaks are going to shut the hell up about the poor polar bears? Ya, I didn’t think so. I’m sure they’ll come up with a “new” reason why we’re all going to die if we don’t jump on their freak wagon of anti humanity.Oh well. As long as I have a smaller carbon footprint than “The Al Goracle” I’m not going to worry about it. FYI, I can even increase my CO2 (oh that dirty word) footprint by ten fold and still be less than Mr Greenlover himself.

Oh, and before you believe we’re all going to die because the Antarctic is melting. Well, here’s the graph for that. Again, not quite equal to the 1979-2000 mean, but pretty darn close. Oh wait, that’s actually slightly “More” ice than normal. hmmm… My bad. (-:

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

You can research some of this right from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.