At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-12/uv-eov121514.php ... the discovery of Viking activity in northern Canada is not exactly something new. However, the latest finds have hit the archaeological headlines as it involves metallurgy - fragments of bronze and small spherules of glass that form when rock is heated to a high temperature. Basically, they have discovered a crucible for melting bronze in order to convert it into something different - tools or ornaments. It is long known the Vikings were in northern Canada to obtain furs and walrus ivory and other items of trade and bartering.
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Humour is a useful tool, especially when outnumbered. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/12/05/friday-funny-over-a-centurys-worth... ... this is a guest post (not by Anthony) and is mostly a light hearted look at some of the things doomsayers have been proclaiming through the early 20th century (1920s, 1930s warming), the mid 20th century (ice ages and global cooling) and the late 20th century (1980s, 1990s warming) up to the great shut-off around 2005.
Benny Peiser is a former council member of SIS and organised the SIS second Cambridge Conference (1997) which was perhaps the apogee of our achievements, so far. Since then he has gone on to be a professor at Liverpool John Moores University and in more recent years, has worked on policy with the Global Warming Policy Forum, much hated by the Green Blob. He was invited to address a US senate committee on the subject and you can see a short video of his presentation at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/12/2/benny-at-the-senate.html ... which appears to have gone down well.
Polar Bears have been out of it recently - or mostly so. They are in fact thriving. However, environmentalists have found something else to latch on - something with a sting. Bees. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/11/26/claim-a-warming-world-may-spell-ba... ... is one of those stories you can't really say anything about - without being rude. Bees are in the news, it seems, and threaten our food supplies. I seem to have seen a lot of bees in the garden and elsewhere during 2014 - but there was a shortage of wasps. Very noticeable in August.
At https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2014/11/climate-scams-melt... ... a marine biologist and environmentalist disagrees with the Green Blob - see also http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/walter-starck-the-climate-scam... ..... which is lifted from Quadrant. An interesting perspective, not unlike that of the sceptics - but destined, I would think, for oblivion, drowned out by the media and the politicos who are convinced they have a holy like crusade to keep down temperatures.
Several stories on the recent finding that plants suck up lots of co2 and when the crops are grown and then cut a lot of co2 is exhaled. However, CAGW is never as simple as it really should be as climate scientists have been searching for a fair number of years now for the missing heat. Is it in the clouds, in the oceans, or have plants been feeding on it - like a tonic. See for example http://phys.org/print335624889.html ... and http://phys.org/print335625192.html
A new paper by John McLean of the James Cook University (Australia), a professor of physics, has appeared in the open access journal Atmospheric and Climate Sciences - see www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/10/30/mclean-on-clouds.html
at www.geocurrents.info/physical-geography/eco-authoritarian-catastrophism-... ... which is a review of a book written by some bigwigs in the Climate Change community and a geography teacher is left stunned by what he read. The book has the title, 'The Collapse of Western Civilisation' and is a quite an astonishing work to be sponsored by academia - but we live in strange times. I don't need to say anything - the reviewer says it all.
Currently, in 2014, there are active volcanoes in Iceland, Japan. Hawaii, Indonesia and Mexico. In addition the search for the lost Malaysian airliner has revealed new volcanoes on the floor of the Indian Ocean. Dr Robin Wylie of University College in London broaches on the subject at https://theconversation.com. His argument seems to revolve around small changes in the the speed of rotation or the pull of the Sun and the Moon which create stress in the crust of the Earth.
At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/29/magnetism-and-weather-interconnect... ... is a post by another retired scientist that has upset the Green Blob on a number of occasions, Tim Ball of Canada. He says that a couple of decades ago, in his prime, he had predicted water resources would become an issue, and magnetism in science would be another focus of interest - and this has come to pass. Both are emerging after a long period of being buried beneath the hype of global warming (aka climate change).