As a man of science, I know that we need to measure the entire planet over a set period of time when it comes to ice coverage to support or refute the idea of global warming. Isolating one particular region at one particular point in time is entirely disingenuous, misleading and unethical. Of course, behaving unethically seems to be the norm for those who want you to believe in MMGW. However, fact is that global ice coverage was as high in 2008 as it has been since satellites started tracking the data in 1979. DailyTech - Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979 Rapid growth spurt leaves amount of ice at levels seen 29 years ago. Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.