Climate change news

Sustaining the consensus

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/02/24/rock-strata-dating-suggests-plane... ... this story is all over the internet but I have chosen this link as the comments are worth scanning. It was published in the journal Nature (Feb 23rd 2017) and it appears to contradict the co2 meme in as far as it is not mentioned as a factor in palaeo-climate change. This is not surprising as it is dealing with great chunks of time - and cycles of thousands of years.

Judith Curry

Climate scientist Judith Curry has produced a new study that has been published at www.thegwpf.com and basically she says that computer predictions of climate claims are flawed - fundamentally. Most people have intuitively understood this - without a climate scientist telling them. Now it is explained in easy language by a scientist well versed in how the climate works, the author and co-author of many papers on climate, and a university lecturer on the subject to boot.

Bees

At https://risk-monger.com/issues/agriculture/beegate/ ... we have an exposure on the great bee catastrophe - colony collapse disorder amongst honey bee populations. It has long since been attributed to beekeepers taking too much honey and substituting sugar syrup solution but you would never think this if you relied on the media for your information. Environmentalists of the activist persuasion saw colony collapse disorder as an opportunity to throw a spike in the spokes of agriculture by claiming to be concerned about agriculture, and the lack of honey bees.

anthropocene mathematics

New paper by a couple of academic climate scientists from Australia and Sweden is given a going over at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/02/13/claim-0-7c-century-is-exceptional/ ... but read the comments below to find out more about how it was done - smoothing the data over the last 7000 years (obliterating highs and lows of temperature spikes). One guy compares this to comparing the speed of sea level rise as the tide comes in twice a day with the average rise over the last year or more. What is the purpose of the smoothing? That is all you need to ask.

Bluebells and Garlic Mustard

This sounds very much like a regurgitation of a post from a couple of years ago - a bit of botanical doom mongering by the alarmists. At https://phys.org/print405944353.html ... a study in Global Change Biology (which sounds very much like an environmentalists bean feast sort of magazine) has come out with the same old (same old) witterings of the past decade or so - plants are flowering earlier because it is getting warmer (and this just must be detrimental to life on the planet and we are all going to die).

More Fake News

Continuing the theme of today, Wikipedia having the hubris to accuse another fake news outlet of ... faking the news, we have another example (sure to drive Guardian readers bonkers) at the Daily Telegraph 7th February edition (but behind a pay wall so there is not a link). It has had the temerity to post an article on the CAGW extravaganza which describes it in lurid terms, 'a hot mess of politics and big money'. Seems like the swamp is being drained quicker than anyone thought.

co2 and sea levels

At http://notrickszone.com/2017/02/06/35-scientific-papers-global-sea-level... ... in this post the blog author seeks to show rising co2 levels will not cause glaciers to melt and therefore sea levels to rise. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell us much about falling sea levels - only the ones that rise long before humans began industrialising. The assumption is that the earth system was the same in the past as it s nowadays - which may be a major impediment to the point he is making.

1930s Ice Cores

At http://notrickszone.com/2017/02/02/could-a-new-global-temperature-recons... ... which poses an unusual question - are ice cores useful in reconstructing 20th century temperature? I've always imagined it takes quite a few years for snow to compress into ice and become thin enough to create an ice core. Pierre Gosselin appears to be serious as he says ice cores show temperature in the 1930s was warmer than they were in the 1990s and 2000s.

Nickers in a Twist

Scientists sometimes don't do humour. Or at least the author of an article at 'The Conversation' displays a lack of humour - see https://phys.org/print405073075.html ... but does display a witless superiority complex when discussing a rather excruciatingly ludicrous claim that a rogue asteroid is on course to crash into the earth. I suppose it makes them feel good to quote conspiracy theories and then accuse the lower orders of being mentally unable to grasp the reality of real science.

homogenisation

Homogenisation of temperature data is a sore point with climate sceptics as it air brushes out the warmth of the 1930s and the 1870s. In other words, the warmest decades of the 60 to 70 year solar cycle do not show up as they should. Philip Lloyd, writing at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/01/28/homogenization-of-temperature-dat... ...