Climate change news

Volcanoes

It seems that volcanic aerosols may be under-estimated when it comes to global temperatures. Research in France has just been published by PNAS (July 2011) (see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/11/new-study-suggests-that-the-volcan... ). What caught my attention in this post is the possibility that aerosols may play a role in the cool weather of the Little Ice Age (but unsaid).

Two Times Mann

It seems we have two climate scientists with the monicker of Michael Mann (but with different middle names). This emerged with the publication of a paper where the 'other' Michael Mann was a co-author of the Kaufmann et al release that has admitted, for the first time, that global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008 (ignoring the last couple of years) (see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/04/a-peer-reviewed-admission-that-glo... ).

Soon and Baliunas

As Willie Soon and Sally Baliunas have again come in for some high octane criticism from the doomsaying community as alarmist quarters scratch around waving their arms in all directions looking for conservatives under their beds - and for some reason to explain why their once unassailable position is repeatedly being challenged. The accusation against Soon and Baliunas is that they were partly funded by Big Oil - via their university.

Laughing at the climate news

A nice piece of humour in the form of a letter written to a prominent AGW journalist, here just named Fiona (a spoof or otherwise) - see http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2011/6/29/letter-to-a-climate-cor...  ...

 .... while at www.wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/29/the-log-in-the-eye-of-greenpeace/ is a short piece on AGW funding. Not quite funny but useful to know for those unaware of the $ and £ involved in the oh so saintly we know what is good for you brigandage. 

Dr Strangelove ... and scary AGW solutions

At www.physorg.com/print228124344.html .... ideas to combat the rise in levels of co2 in the atmosphere and in the oceans are beginning to feature some Dr Strangelove kind of ideas - and one of them is adding iron filings to the oceans. The threat of global warming, they think, is good reason to tinker with ecological systems - in the air we breathe and the water that feeds us with its bounty. Luckily, a few other scientists are getting worried something crazy will be set in motion, and a bit of research into the oceans is in order.

Ocean life - richness and decline

t www.physorg.com/print227957170.html ... a parcel of marine scientists, or rather, a collection of environmentalists, is warning us the world's oceans are at risk of entering a period of extinction as a result of, wait for it - a hit including pollution, acidification, ocean warming, overfishing and deoxygenation. The findings are shocking said an Oxford University chap who happens to be the scientific director of the International Programme on the State of the Oceans (oodles of tax money then).

Steam rising as the sea level hockey stick is published, in pronto timescales

Over at http://climateaudit.org/2011/06/22/pnas-reviews-preferential-standards-f... ... Steve McIntyre is critical not just at the ease at which the Team paper went through peer review at PNAS, in stark contrast to their treatment of Lindzen (see post a week ago) but the contents itself - which he thinks are misleading. For example, the proxy data has been smoothed by Bayesian methodology - in a way statisticians would not encourage. It seems they also exclude sea level data before AD1000 yet claims it is a seal level record over the last 2000+ years.

Palaeo-climate change

A story at www.physorg.com/print227772631.html ... scientists are taking samples of soil that formed up to 20,000 years ago to find out what was growing in the Hackensack Basin from then until now. The basin was formed by a glacier in the last Ice Age and when it shrank back a lake formed there. It seems that the 20,000 years figure might be somewhat loaded as the lake itself did not drain away or dry up until some point between 10,000 and 7,000 years ago, possibly at the onset of the Mid Holocene Warm Period - 8,000 years ago.

Giving birth to the sea level hockey stick

Amazingly, after the mess the AGW 'Team' got themselves into over the temperature hockey stick model, climate scientists have produced another progeny - this time with sea levels (see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/20/manns-new-sea-level-hockey-stick-p... ).

Points of Climate view

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/6/16/ideological-money-laundering.html ... this story is based on some muddling around and genuine research by Steve McIntyre over at www.climateaudit.org and a reaction to it by Mark Lynas, the author of several pro-AGW books and a climate change blogger still insisting the science is right. Obviously, he reads the McIntyre blog - and also Bishop Hill as he made a comment. Lots of people who are not sceptic must read the blogs just to see where the other side is at - and Steve McIntyre hit the needle on its head.