Climate change news

Maize

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/december-2012/article/maize-was-a-k... ... it is claimed that maize was the key to the first civilisations known from Peru, in the third millennium BC. This discovery, by painstaking probing of the ground, seems to overturn the otherwise popular assumption that civilisation started on the coast in cultures where marine resources were the prime focus, and only later adopted farming, which caused their populations to escalate.

It's the Weather not the Climate

If you think it has been cold in the UK, or in the Mid West, over the last week or so, and then grab a load of this at http://notrickszone.com/2013/02/23/northern-hemisphere-sets-new-all-time... .... which is a reference to Oymyakon in Siberia where a temperature reading of minus -71 degrees Celsius has been recorded. Meanwhile, the BBC, with its insistence on chilly rather than freezing cold has yet to mention the IPCC chairman has admitted there has been no warming over recent years (from whatever variant from 17 to 0).

Breaking Wind

At http://phys.org/print279904761.html ... farting cows are the target of a cattle feed company hoping to make a few pennies from CAGW. Carbon credits to punish farmers, or reward them with higher costing feedstuff, as a result of cows breaking wind. Instead, they aim to sell them a product made of corn, soy, lupin, and linseed designed to make them less windy under the tail. Needless to say the company hopes to make a blast - but what about the cows and their bellies. Nature is.

Volcanoes and cold weather

At http://phys.org/print279440535.html ... volcanoes may be a key to the Ice Ages, is being suggested in a new paper in the journal Geosphere. Actually, they feel that Earth's repeated flip flops between warmth and cold over millions of years may be driven by episodic flare-ups of volcanoes at key locations where enormous amounts of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere. Hence, the hypothesis has the requisite reference to global warming but it is interesting if volcanoes really were triggered at particular times in the past.

You've heard of mad scientists - how about mad ... (well, have a look for yourself)

Over at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/02/06/well-worth-a-read-self-damning-wor... ... we have the wise words of CAGW adherents; mainly Malthusians, politicians and environmentalists - and the good chappie Sir John Houghton (much maligned by the late Peter Warlow). One strand of global warming hysterics has always been about redistribution of wealth from developed countries to undeveloped countries.

Beenstock and the giant in the ointment

A paper a few weeks ago has rattled the troughers as George the Man and fellow sharp cronies have funded a sharp rebuke - not so much a rebuke but an illustration of the problem itself, an assumption that a paper written in 1896 was in all ways correct when it made no mention of water vapour or clouds, or the amtospheric shift between the equatorial and the polar, yet is considered gospel - as in the bees knees.

Snowing on Antarctica

Two posts on a German blog today are interesting. In the first we have a Swedish climate scientist say that global warming has been so insignificant over the last 100 years nobody would have noticed if it wasn't for the meteorologists.

Ozone and Jet Streams

At http://phys.org/print278861188.html ... apparently, ozone levels influence the southern hemisphere jet stream - but not the northern hemisphere jet stream. This rather strange finding is even more bizarre when one realises they have ignored the role of the solar wind and how it effects jet stream movement. Piers Corbyn, for example, seems to think the jet stream is affected by solar and lunar cycles, closer to the Arctic circle in some circumstances, and somewhat below at others.

Funny Thing Happened in India

Here is a bit of humour from the pen of a journalist in India - go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/1/28/its-cold-in-india.html ... and comes from Jug Suraiya writing for The Times of India. If you like your humour in cartoons and pictures and having a laugh at the Met is up your street - go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/1/28/we-told-you-so-josh-197.html

Doric columns

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/24/of-doric-columns-and-climate-change/ ... the thoughts of Moncton on Doric columns and their relationship with climate change should not be missed if you like a touch of humour with your science. In another post at the site a paper on temperatures during the Eemian, the last interglacial period, around 128,000 years ago, as they are discerned from Greenland ice cores, is worth reading - and most especially some of the comments that follow.