Updated NASA Data: Global Warming Not Causing Any Polar Ice Retreat

5/19/2015 @ 9:53AM

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?

The frequency of polar ice cap stories may have abated, but the tone and content has not changed at all. Here are some of the titles of news items I pulled yesterday from the front two pages of a Google News search for “polar ice caps”:

Climate change is melting more than just the polar ice caps

2020: Antarctic ice shelf could collapse

An Arctic ice cap’s shockingly rapid slide into the sea

New satellite maps show polar ice caps melting at ‘unprecedented rate’

The only Google News items even hinting that the polar ice caps may not have melted so much (indeed not at all) came from overtly conservative websites. The “mainstream” media is alternating between maintaining radio silence on the extended run of above-average polar ice and falsely asserting the polar ice caps are receding at an alarming rate.

To be sure, receding polar ice caps are an expected result of the modest global warming we can expect in the years ahead. In and of themselves, receding polar ice caps have little if any negative impact on human health and welfare, and likely a positive benefit by opening up previously ice-entombed land to human, animal, and plant life. Nevertheless, polar ice cap extent will likely be a measuring stick for how much the planet is or is not warming.

The Earth has warmed modestly since the Little Ice Age ended a little over 100 years ago, and the Earth will likely continue to warm modestly as a result of natural and human factors. As a result, at some point in time, NASA satellite instruments should begin to report a modest retreat of polar ice caps. The modest retreat – like that which happened briefly from 2005 through 2012 – would not be proof or evidence of a global warming crisis. Such a retreat would merely illustrate that global temperatures are continuing their gradual recovery from the Little Ice Age. Such a recovery – despite alarmist claims to the contrary – would not be uniformly or even on balance detrimental to human health and welfare. Instead, an avalanche of scientific evidence indicates recently warming temperatures have significantly improved human health and welfare, just as warming temperatures have always done.


James Taylor

Ruckus at King Louie



Interview with Annabeth Surbaugh and Ruckus Round Table discussion on King Louie.

Recently we became aware of and shared with you a communal involving Johnson County, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri governments conducting greenhouse gas surveys. At the end of the posting dated February 8, 2015 http://nolathe.net/2015/02/08/secret-meetings-hidden-documents-and-spooky-votes/  we noted the need for more discovery via Kansas Open Record Act (KORA) requests.

Now accomplished we have a better understanding for why we are hated by JoCo Staff and feared by JoCo Commissioners. Our simple and dates specific request resulted in hundreds and hundreds of documents. We received three emails, each with attachment containing the maximum amount of data transferable electronically.

The order in which we share this information is not in order of importance, events or dates.

With todays post we must start with a brief introduction to   http://www.icleiusa.org/networks/networks-1/heartland-local-government-sustainability-network

Heartland Local Government Sustainability Network

Dubuque, Iowa by Pete Zarria on flickr

Dubuque, Iowa. Photo credit: Pete Zarria on flickr.

September 17, 2010 marked the inaugural meeting of the Heartland Local Government Sustainability Network (HLGSN). HLGSN is an independent peer forum of municipal professionals in sustainability, energy, planning, environment, and allied disciplines. The geographic scope of the network includes Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas—aligning decidedly with U.S. EPA Region 7. The network allows some participation from South Dakota and North Dakota, which reside within U.S. EPA Region 8. The impetus for HLGSN is to help member local governments with the administration of federal initiatives, build capacity for members to improve sustainability performance locally, and provide a forum to exchange ideas and information with regional peers who share a common economy, culture, and climate.

HLGSN is self-governing, and membership is invite-only through peer review. The only requirement is that members are local government professionals. Current members include top-level managers from 14 cities and counties. Thus far, the network is comprised of mostly ICLEI USA communities, but ICLEI USA affiliation is not a requirement.  Kansas City, Missouri, is the founding member of HLGSN.


The 3 page document reviewed today may be viewed here Heartland CALL_2014_01_24

Portions shared and commented on below in order:


  • NOlathe note: All past (?) and current ICLEI members.



  • NOlathe note: Brendle is the recommended ICLEI contractor.



  • NOlathe note: As hard as we have tried, that makes no sense.



  • NOlathe note: We concede that corn is not the crop of choice in Oklahoma nor is cotton in Nebraska. But lets get another grant to study this?



  •  NOlathe note: ICLEI has already concluded there is Global Warming Climate Change but hasn’t any data to support that. Heartland group founded in 2010 and atleast partially responsible for massive mandates/spending is just now talking about acquiring data.



  • NOlathe noteGlobal Warming Climate Change Climate Resiliency.



  • NOlathe note: Global Warming Climate Change Climate Resiliency Climate Adaptation.


Conclusion– As recently as January 24, 2014 participants in ICLEI aka Agenda 21 have no data to support their mandates. Our elected have once again been duped with Chicken Little hysteria http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henny_Penny .

Commissioners– This is the time of year to hatch and add new chicks to ones flock. Henpecked Acres currently has 18 under a heat lamp. Please tell Henny Penny we’ll keep the light on for her, it’s time to come home.

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                GOD
Henpecked Acres            One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062

To reverse the negitive bond rating impact of having used ca$h to purchase King Louie in December 2011, Johnson County leased to and leased back this political favor from a bank on February 9, 2012 8788metcalfleaseagreement  with termination date of September 1, 2015. Base Rentals

With this date rapidly approaching we find on March 12, 2015 our SPEEDO BOYZ are scheduled to discuss this Outstanding highlighted with: Outstanding

Problem: SPEEDO BOYZ have already spent $870,576 on a $3,650,000 debt that has an appraised value of $450,000.

  1. Can’t outright sell King Louie without first paying bank $2,900,000.
  2. Can’t extend lease because bank now knows of appraisal.

Solution: SPEEDO BOYZ will pretend this wasn’t their fault and convince us they’ll fix it by spending $22,230,000 and call it something else!! (NOlathe Note: “Costs of Issuance” equals appraised value.)

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                      GOD
Henpecked Acres                                    
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062


On February 26, 2015 our Johnson County Board of County Commissioners will view the latest proposal to make King Louie a purdier pig. This make-over presentation only cost $150,000 that the Commissioners said was old money, already approved money, saved up to move the old moldy museum sometime long ago money. Funny no one asked how to pay for moving the museum if that money was spent finding a place to move it. Duh? Oh well, simple solution. Give the museum its own taxing authority and call it a park! More like a Merry-go-round cuz it seems we are going in circles.

Here is the $150,000 lipstick King_Wrecks all 62 pages. Mostly pictures so even our Commissioners can participate. But here is only little tidbit White HavenNext Steps

This is where it really gets neat (nutty can be neat). Merge the museum into the Parks and Wreck District so that both functions can administratively work under the direction of that District in a building they are not responsible for so that the county can sell $22,000,000 Bonds to pay for the renovations necessary while not affecting the District’s ability to also sell an additional $22,000,000 Bonds to pay for more parks only separated by new voting booths no one asked for while children play a sketch inside a building that has asbestos remembering when someone stayed at a hotel before bowling on an ice rink. Wasn’t that simple.

Degrees of separation between DC and JC is immeasurable. Stupid is as stupid does (when it is someone elses money).

“Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                          GOD
Henpecked Acres                                         
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062

Bridge under troubled Waters

NOlathe has always attempted to hold the “work 40 hour employees of Johnson County” in the highest regard. For the most part, they work as directed and not necessarily responsible for the really stupid things they do or say. No truer words could be said about Bureau Chief Joe Waters “and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you”.

http://www.jocogov.org/press-release/johnson-county-announces-new-director-facilities-management ” Johnson County Government’s new Director of Facilities Management has a 30-year career that includes related industry experience at Sprint Corporation and HCA Midwest Health. Brad Reinhardt joined the County on January 12, 2015. Joe Waters, who previously held the position, advanced to the County Manager’s Office, becoming the County’s full time Bureau Chief in November 2014 where he is responsible for central services departments.”

The typical Bureau Chief is use to deadlines so a reasonable person would have to ask why the often trembling voice and lack of conviction in this 1/8/15 presentation: 

In Context or Out of Context that is the question. The 100 page report is full of interpretation if one wants 201408FormerKingLouieAppraisalReportwithPIV but NOlathe stands by our previous position. This bridge is wore out and useless. On page 28 highlights a sequel to “A Bridge Too Far”.

Age / Life
Year Built: 1959
Actual Age: 55 years
Effective Age: 40 years
Typical Building Life: 40 years
Remaining Economic Life: 0 years

 For now we wait to evaluate what the approved $150,000 study will produce to market  “and if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you”.

 “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Anyone Who Threatens It”
Ken Dunwoody                                        GOD
Henpecked Acres                                      
One Nation
14850 W. 159th St.
Olathe, Ks. 66062


Two things you do not ask a United States Marine to do:
* Abandon their post to the enemy
* Abandon their weapon to the enemy

Yet that is exactly what happened yesterday in Yemen. Quite intentionally NOlathe posted this just a few months ago http://nolathe.net/2014/09/22/yemen-capital-falls-after-obama-cites-strategy-for-isis/ to document 9/11/14 events and because we saw this moment in time was coming. Yemen went from the model of success to diplomatic failure not yesterday, but from the months and years of failed leadership.

Originally posted on NOlathe's Blog:


(CNN) — When President Barack Obama said that U.S. strategy to combat the terror group ISIS could follow the models of strikes in Yemen and Somalia, it drew a swift rebuttal from some top Republicans.

Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took to the Senate floor Thursday to say the administration’s tactics in both of those countries had not succeeded and would be even less effective when used against ISIS.

“That is so disturbing, to think that a strategy against ISIS would be the same as against al Qaeda in Somalia and Yemen,” said McCain. “Yes, we have been killing with drones. But we have by no means defeated them,” he said.

He was responding to Obama’s speech Wednesday night: “This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for…

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