Climate change news

The Sun and the climate

At www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/sep/6/global-warming-fanatics-take-note/ ... the Chinese have kept detailed records of sun spots, it is claimed, and they noticed that more sun spots = warmer weather, it is alleged. William Herschel, the 18th/19th century astonomer, who lived in Slough for a time, famously noted that when there were fewer sun spots the price of wheat went up. In recent times, Eichard Muller, as an example of modern climate science, claimed solar activity did not drive global temperatures - but co2 did.

Warmer Arctic

A paper published in Nature Geoscience claims the Arctic Ocean was 1 to 2 degrees Centigrade warmer between 50,000 and 11,000 years ago - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/29/new-paper-finds-deep-arctic-ocean-... ... at the height of the Late Glacial Maximum. In other words, it doesn't contradict the idea of Pole Shift. There are of course other reasons why the Arctic Ocean may have warmed, in spite of being covered by a massive ice sheet, and these are explored in the paper.

Arctic Ice decline

At http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/08/29/noaa-showing-18-more-ice-t... ... is a story of two methods of measuring the ice at the Arctic. NOAA is the traditional methodology and it shows ice is above 2007 levels. However, the other method, by satellite measurement, is showing less ice than in 2007. Guess which method the alarmists are getting excited about. It seems a storm in the Arctic has broken up the ice into small pieces and the satellites are apparently failing to pick up all the redistributed ice.

Jet Stream

It seems the Jet Stream was first discovered in the 1920s by a Japanese scientist. He sent weather balloons high into the atmosphere but found they were blown away by powerful high altitude winds sweeping eastwards. The rest of the world only learnt about the Jet Stream after the war when there were close ties with Japan. The jet stream is a river of wind 6 miles high and it course varies with the seasons. Cold Arctic air in the winter moves it further to the south while war tropical air pushes it back north in the spring.

On the Button

Dr Martin Hoerling of NOAA, not at all a sceptic organisation, has formulated an on the button response to recent doomsaying by James Hansen - go to http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/13/martin-hoerling-on-james-hansens-g...

Backslider

Greenpeace founder, or one of them, Patrick Moore, was interviewed by the Washington Times recently - see www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/8/11/moore-realist.html ... and had some interesting things to say about climate change, as expected, and some even more interesting things to say about the people so keen to push it into the face of the general public in such an accusatory fashion (see also http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conscience-realist/2...

Tropical climes in the Antarctic

We've had tropical weather in the Arctic and it follows the same must have occurred in the Antarctic. Now, a rock core on the sea bed off the cold continent has revealed, from pollen grains therein, that palm trees and baobabs once grew upwind of the South Pole - 50 million years ago. However, the study, steeped in uniformitarian clogs to slow things down, even the brain, says the explanation is that it was an intensive warming phase in global climate - see http://phys.org/print263041092.html.

Trees, and Food

The global warming controversy has travelled down some funny lanes to nowhere but surely it has taken a wrong turn when it encourages planting trees instead of food crops. In order to reduce co2 emissions the European Union is suggesting farmers and landowners plant trees. This has caused some criticism at www.woodlands.co.uk but not solely for sceptic reasons. Planting trees, they say, will force up food prices, by as much as 25 per cent in Britain.

The Hiding of the Decline

Stevie Goddard is on something of a roll. He now has a post that is simple and easy for anyone to understand - as long as they have an open mind (but how many of us have that). The title, 'History of How the Hockey Stick was Manufactured' probably says it all - and will cause large numbers of people to give it a miss. I don't want to know. It's something we all might say when faced by something unpalatable - see http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/history-of-how-this-fraud-...

El Nino and La Nina, but what is in the models

A revealing post at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/23/tisdale-on-the-problems-with-enso-... ... is a good post by Bob Tisdale on his favourite topic, the ocean circulation system. He has written a book, Who tuned on the Heat? El Nino - Southern Oscillation, the Unsuspected Global Warming Culprit, which basically says that El Ninos take warm water from the tropical Pacific to mid latitudes, where the global warming is noticed.