Climate change news

Thoughts on Rio and new findings with implications for climate science, and the Ice Ages

Jennifer Marohasy (see http://jennifermarohasy.com) reports on Rio and says the West and Western science was largely ignored at the United Nations talkfest in Rio - a sign of the times. It seems the Chinese are now in the driving seat, not only economically but scientifically - as far as climate science is concerned. This was inevitable of course as the West is mesmerised in looking at it's navel, fighting old battles which should have been reconciled years ago. Marohasy has had a paper published in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, a journal with heavy Chinese input.

Foibles of Climate

At http://judithcurry.com/2012/06/22/science-held-hostage-in-climate-debate/ is something for those sitting on the fence in the climate debate. Which side is scientific and which side is not so.

Ocean acidification

Ocean acidification is another environmentalist manufactured scare story. There is extremely little likelihood the ocean could possibly become acidified - or ever has, and yet the hype is being wound up like clockwork and the subject is due to feature in the latest IPCC report as well as the Rio bean feast. A paper at www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/341465 ... claims ocean acidification was responsible for an extinction event that took place 252 million years ago.

Temperature Modelling

David Whitehouse has a pop at climate modelling at GWPF (where Benny Peiser and Nigel Lawson are the stars) - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/17/the-very-model-of-a-modern-major-p... but the really interesting re-modelling exercise went on in Australia - see http://joannenova.com.au/2012/06/threat-of-anao-audit-means-australias-b... ... a team of authors, bloggers and scientists went through the BOM dataset and found significant errors, omissions, and inexplicable adjustments.

Climate Change ... still a bother

At http://phys.org/print258900362.html ... a paper in Science is now claiming humans had little effect on the Amazon rainforest before Columbus and the media have got it all out of proportion. This appears to up-end recent archaeology that has shown pretty conclusively large parts of the jungle environment were being farmed by people in the centuries prior to Europeans arriving on the scene. In the new study human encroachment is minimal, it is alleged, and most of the rainforest remained intact.

Climate Swings

As the Met Office got it wrong again - twice as much rain fell as they predicted (a day or two prior to the flooding) our old friend Piers Corbyn at www.weatheraction.com June News section is raucously claiming he had it right (and predicted it weeks ahead). The anti-AGW blaster is now saying the reason the Jet Stream is so far south is because the Earth is cooling - quite different from the Met Office line on the low lying Jet Stream.

Broken hockey sticks

Andrew Montford outlines what some recent activity at Climate Audit might mean - see www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/6/7/another-hockey-stick-broken.html (and the comments to these kind of posts are just as important as the few paragraphs that set up the response). The Mann made hockey stick was a northern hemisphere affair. We now seem to have a southern hemisphere concoction. Some 27 proxy records were used, and another 35 were looked at and rejected as unsuitable.

Baby, it's cold outside

It may be the coldest June weekend for 80 + years as far as Sweden is concerned (see yesterday) but it's getting warmer on the propaganda side as we approach the Rio summit  - a rash of scare stories from the journals. They are blooming ... you know, just like before the last summit. Was it Copenhagen or Acapulco. No, it was Durban. Nearly forgot that one as it was nearly off the radar. Just another sunny spot out of the ill winds of the climate chill - and all that water pouring out of the sky.

Pterosaurs

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/02/so-dinosaurs-could-fly-part-i/ ... an unusual post as far as subject is concerned. Andi Cockroft wonders aloud about paleo-climate as it seems Theresa Cole (see ColeTheresaN2011MSc.pdf) recently produced a graph that purports to depict an observed fall in global annual mean atmospheric pressure since 1916. This led to the dinosaurs and the idea they would not be able to fly nowadays as they are too heavy to get lift off from the ground. Were they helped by denser air? Denser air probably means a higher air pressure than today.

Joan Feynman

Joan Feynman is the sister of the better known Richard Feynman and she works at NASA JPL, the space research centre - see http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/hope-for-nasa-climatology-joan-f....