Climate change news

How is the ice free Arctic getting on?

At http://phys.org/print287936452.html ... a Russian expedition has driven across the Arctic Ocean in buses fitted with bloated tyres that make them capable of crossing watery gaps in the ice. They used pick axes to chip a way through ice banks making their way at just over 6 mph but carrying a load of diesel fuel and other supplies, travelling 485 miles in 70 days. However, the Arctic route across the N Pole was not solid ice as they encountered gaps on occasion, with some patches of open sea.

Environmentalists object to the deforestation of the environment by environmentalists in order to save the environment

Aha. The green economic miracle in genuine full blown working order. For a sample, go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/5/28/environmentalism-brings-you-forest-cl... which was predicted somewhat earlier - see http://sunshinehours.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/save-the-coal-burn-a-forest/

Meanwhile, environmental activists have taken over the zoo in Germany - go and have a look at http://notrickszone.com/2013/05/28/german-association-of-journalists-dem... (and the previous post on the day before).

Day of Rest

I was going to have a weekend of rest from  posting to catch up on a few jobs and socialising but here we are, 10.00pm or so and I must relay this link - Doug Keenan, somebody we appreciate here at SIS because of his work on C14 dating anomalies, has also an interest in statistical models as used in climate science. Lord Donoghue has tabled six questions in the House of Lords and been fobbed off by the relevant minister - who simply responded with the Met Office take.

Green green the bashings grow ...

Lovely riposte to a pompous green academic at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/5/25/lilleys-reply-to-anderson.html ... and the comments are all one sided. Not a lot of sympathy.

Meanwhile, in Germany another academic gets a mauling, hiding behind a bureaucratic agency - see http://notrickszone.com/2013/05/25/vahrenholt-hits-back-at-german-govern...

Rossi and Cold Fusion ... is the fat lady singing in the background?

The Rossi E-cat machine has been tested and came up positive - twice. A paper has been written on the results - but all are not happy (such as Lubos Motl). I'm sure Tony Haynes will inform us of all the updates on cold fusion at the forthcoming Study Group meeting (see latest SIS journal for details) but EM Smith appears to be quite excited by it all - go to http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2013/05/23/e-cat-found-to-work-by-independe... ... He thinks he might hear the fat lady singing in the background.

Oh Dearie Me, the Climate is a Changing

The New York Times (the American version of the Guardian) has conceded that global warming is not happening yet assures its readers co2 levels are still a threat to the global well being - see http://notrickszone.com/2013/05/14/new-york-times-conceding-low-sensitiv...

co2 and shrinking Arctic sea ice

The assumption that higher levels of co2 causes major climate change is apparent on many fronts, not least in a new paper in Science (May 11th 2013) - see http://phys.org/print287314821.html

The assumption not only lies at the heart of funding the research but the view scientists have on early geological epochs. If the Greenhouse theory is overrated what will all these geologists do?

Might co2 respond to temperature?

At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/paper-gives-new-clue-to-the-de... ... reposted from http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/new-paper-demonstrates-tempe... and the abstract to the paper is at www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v3/n5/full/nclimate1817.html where the question is posed - does co2 cause temperature to rise or does rising temperature cause co2 levels to rise? In other words, have climate scientists and their baggage train been telling porkies, pulling the wool over the eyes of the average joe.

Dumb Farmer Syndrome

Interesting post at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/4/11/crop-yields-and-dumb-farmers.html ... where it is assumed in an academic paper that rising co2 levels would have an adverse effect on crop yields - and they are bemused that it has not (or something like that).

The commenters are the best part of the story and they concentrate on last summer - cool and wet, and the coolish spring - and the way these two seasons have affected their gardens, allottments and farms. Julia Sligo from the Met Office puts the cold weather down to CAGW - is she burying her head in the soggy ground?

More on March weather

Keeping our feet on the ground and trying not to get hyped up by the cold weather this Easter, and snow in April, it is always good to have a read of Weather Eye in the Times, but we may also have a look at that blog with the catchy name, too - see http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2013/04/05/philip-eden-on-e... ... which is a blinder, and some proper perspective.