Climate change news

Dyaks

At https://phys.org/print461583534.html ... the Antarctic Circumpolar Current helps keep the southern continent frozen we are told. It is the strongest ocean current on the planet - stretching from the surface all the way down to the sea bed and entirely encircling Antarctica. It does however have a major bottleneck where it has to funnel its water between the West Antarctic peninsular and Tierra del Fuego.

Cobalt

So much of CAGW hype is hot air and pointless waffle. The idea we are going to switch to electric cars is one of the biggest of the lot. Any so called boom in electric car use is fantasy as it would require more cobalt than is currently available. Cobalt is essential for the production of lithium ion batteries. If there was a claimed uptick in demand and then market forces would come into operation and the price of the limited cobalt would rocket. The uptick is projected to occur as early as 2020 so we don't have long to wait - and that is without the rare earth minerals.

Volcanic co2

This story popped up at https://climatechangedispatch.com/massive-volcano-emissions-warming/ ... which was then picked up at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/discovery-of-massive-volcanic... ... which claims previous measurements show that sub glacial volcanoes have been greatly underestimated in climate model, and by CAGW adherents in general, as a source of carbon dioxide emissions.

Living in a Flat Earth

This is the title of an interesting post by climate scientists Tim Ball at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/11/04/most-people-live-in-a-flat-earth-... ... most people live in a flat earth and struggle to visualise climate and a three dimensional atmosphere. John Dee, science advisor to Elizabeth I, gave Francis Drake sailing and scientific instructions on his voyage to find a northern passage. One of those instructions was to accurately determine the longitude of the west coast of North America.

9000 years of sun spot data

At https://principia-scientific.org/arctic-antarctic-sea-ice-now-at-histori... ... this is in reference to the Holocene as a whole. Apparently, scientists are discovering via biomarker proxies that modern sea ice changes are not as doom laden as we have been led to believe. There has been more and extensive sea ice extremes in both the Arctic and Antarctic in the last four decades than has been detected over the last 10,000 years.

IPCC Report Again

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/10/14/ipcc-achieves-net-zero-credibility/ ... is a guest essay by Barry Brill. We are told that between 2032 and 2050 there will be species extinctions, weather extremes, and food shortages etc (more of the same old CAGW doom mongering). The good news is we have another twelve years before the crunch. In other words, the disciples of CAGW have pushed back the date - after their previous dates for the end of the world proved to be too optimistic (having passed by without incident).

IPCC Report, cost

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/10/11/ipcc-sr15-report-lacks-cost-b... ... the 2018 IPCC Report lacks cost analysis according to Bjorn Lomborg. He says the costs involved are not worth it - a theme he has repeated endlessly for several years.

CAGW data riddled with errors

Not much to say about this one as it will be ignored by the great and the good, our masters. At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/10/07/bombshell-audit-of-global-warming... ... John McLean, PhD, has produced a detailed audit that shows surface temperature datas is unfit for purpose (in the words of Anthony). This mostly concerns HadCRUT4 data sets from the Univeristy of East Anglia climate centre in Norwich. This report supports some of the sceptic arguments from over the years on data manipulation.

Puffins

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/10/05/the-problem-with-puffins/ ... we have an article on the decline of the puffins. In a nutshell we have a fine example of how alarmism works. It constructs a narrative that is based on doom and gloom - an entirely false case that can easily be refuted (but which the media are loathe to do for reasons only they understand). This is achieved by being economical with the truth - or in this case with actual reality.

Arrhenius

Svante Arrhenius was a Swedish chemist (they didn't have climate scientists in his day) and he investigated the effect of doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide and how it may affect the global climate. This was read as a paper at an 1895 conference in Stockholm (and duly published). It was a defining moment for modern climate scientists of a certain persuasion that believe greenhouse gases are capable of causing catastrophic global warming. However, Arrhenius wrote his paper in an effort to understand the swings and roundabouts of the Ice Age.