Climate change news

Iron in the Oceans

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120313103853.htm ... news that the Thera volcano (Santorini) is filling up with fresh magma - is it about to blow?

Isostasy and Mean Sea Level

An interesting guest post at Anthony's site - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/03/new-questions-on-isostacy-and-mean... ... a look at all the things that might affect global sea level - and whether or not it has been rising in the recent warming period. For the moment, sea levels appear to have settled down, possibly due to cooler sea surface temperatures as a result of two years of La Nina dominancy. However, there is more to it than simply thermal expansion of sea water. Lots more.

More Cotton Wool

The forthcoming IPCC AR5 report, it is being suggested, will not look at the Sun as the main driver of the climate, and has omitted reference to a number of papers and research that has done otherwise. There is no surprise in this as IPCC are committed to the idea co2 is the principle driver of climate - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/02/22/omitted-variable-fraud-vast-eviden... (a guest post by Alec Rawls).

Sailing ships in the Arctic Ocean

There has been some speculation on sailing ships traversing the Arctic Ocean in the late 18th/early 19th centuries - see http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/the-arctic-voyages-of-william-... which is a stir of the broth as at this time the earth was supposed to be in the embrace of very cold weather. Surely the Arctic Ocean would have been thick with ice and a flimsy wooden boat with sails could never have got further north than the rowing team last year. After all, modern global warming is supposed to be unprecedented.

Doom sayings and End-times

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120201181220.htm we learn that global jelly fish populations might not be exploding after all - another doom saying proved to be a shallow piece of environmentalist hype. It's getting to be too much of an occurrence - green doom sayings that go awry when some serious investigation is applied to the message (but meanwhile a false concept is out there floating around the media and being recycled by the unwary).

God and Climate Change

The idea of God becoming involved in climate change is not new as the CAGW public relations propaganda people have attempted to embrace every sector of society - or is that brain wash every sector of society. They appear about as successful among church communities as they have been with the rest of the population - some have fallen for the meme and others have resisted the temptation to be swallowed up in the giant bean feast. In fact, notable sceptic churchmen roll off the tongue quite easily - the Bishop of Chester for example.

Met Office out on a limb ... again

At www.physorg.com/print246626517.html we learn that new research by the University of Reading and the Met Office admit that solar output is in decline - and will stay in decline over the next 90 years (how do they know that?) More guesswork on top of even more guesswork is added to the brew, using that super computer they have which gobbles up stuff like this like a hungry toddler devouring a banana yogurt. In saying that low activity on the Sun will not affect near-surface temperatures on Earth appears to be rather adventurous - or somewhat hopeful.

A cooling lump of water

SIS member William Thompson suggested I look at this story - a huge pool of Arctic fresh water could cool Europe (see also www.physorg.com/print246526036.html). The ocean circulation system brings warm water from the tropics into the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, as we have seen in the last few years. Warm ocean currents with an origin in the El Nino system have been on the ascendancy in the last few decades but the system seems to have switched into a situation whereby cooling La Nina events are more common.

The co2 blanket

Another gem at http://chiefio.wordpress.com January 19th 2012, 'Stratopause Emissions' following close on the heels of his investigation of water vapour in the atmosphere. In this instance he targets back radiation from co2 - but see also http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/29/unified-theory-of-climate/ and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/13/a-matter-of-some-gravity/ which also deal with the same basic subject matter.