Climate change news

The book that shook the German speaking world

This is Fritz Vahrenholt and Sebastian Luning, 'Die Kalte Sonne' (the cold Sun). It has now been published in English under the title 'The Neglected Sun'. In this, two formerly staunch CAGW scientists took a breath and decided climate models have been hopelessly distorted by the IPCC and their environmentalist bedfellows. Interestingly, they do not dispute that co2 causes warming - it is the degree of that warming that concerns them (and the way climate science virtually ignores the role of the Sun).

Hospitals and Power Cuts

With the closure of some coal and nuclear power stations the fear of power cuts is getting some politicos worried - civils disorder in prospect. Perhaps. Richard North puts it into perspective - in reality its all a bit different to the MSM hype - see www.eureferendum.com/blogview.aspx?blogno=84073

Allan Chapman

I picked up a book in a hospital second hand shop (proceeds used to finance the bits and pieces around the wards) by Allan Chapman. Scanning through the first few pages I decided it was well worth £2 of my money. When I got home the Introduction was even better. He claims humans are instinctively religious and if one lives in a culture in which public religious belief is absent, or derided, much as the modern Western world, then people will make up their own mythologies from whatever is at hand.

Peter Warlow said it - confirmed by Chiefio

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/the-fallacy-of-trapped-heat/ ... this post is reminiscent of a talk Peter Warlow gave to the SIS at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill in April 2009, concerning greenhouse gases, greenhouses, and the atmosphere (that leaks). Warlow was a research physicist and EM Smith (chiefio) has his fingers in a lot of pies - but they both reach a similar conclusion. The atmosphere cannot contain the heat.

Soggy British Weather

At http://phys.org/news/2013-06-meteorologists-mull-weird-british-weather.html ... climate scientists and meteorologists from the Met Office had a meeting a couple of days ago. They were somewhat bemused by all the soggy weather it would seem, last year and the year before. Too early to say what it is going to be like this year but by the looks of things the Jet Stream is so far south that we are above and beyond its wet reach. Basically, the weather over the last few years has not conformed with the models - I wonder why that is?

Cracks in CAGW

A survey of Antarctic ice shelves has discovered that ice dissolving from underneath accounted for 55 per cent of shelf loss from 2003 to 2008. Ice shelves fringe 75 per cent of Antarctica (Science, June 14th 2013). It turns out that it is sea water, even if it is just above freezing point, that drives ice melt - not the temperature. Ice shelves melt from the bottom before they form ice bergs -see http://phys.org/print290348882.html

Dr Strangelove science

The mad scientist is active and kicking at the boundaries of reason. Dr Strangelove is interferring in nature - for the human good. Of course. At http://phys.org/print290263210.html ... we learn that large scale experiments where scientists spray iron into the waters around Antarctica, literally fertilising phytoplankton, have instead, as a side effect, created man-made algal blooms.

Fretting about cattle drinking water, fretting about water falling out of the sky

At http://geoffchambers.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/emmotts-big-wet-mac/ ... is a guest post by one Alex Cull, based on Stephen Emmott's odd book, Ten Billion, where reference is made to the amount of water required to produce food. In this instance, beef from cattle (or in easy logistics, per beefburger, on the assumption lots of the population eat lots of beefburgers, although why that should be so is not disclosed). It claims 3000 litres of water are consumed to make a single beefburger - and incredibly, 27,00 litres are required to make a bar of chocolate.

Men Made Earthquakes

For some reason the ladies get away without blame - but then again, its only a word. Alfred de Grazia's web site has a post on men made earthquakes - due to mining and extraction - go to www.q-mag.org/men-madeearthqua/index.html