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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.

Windmills bursting into flames

This is meant to be tongue in cheek as it seems those dratted windmills don't like it too windy. Generally, they are switched off when the wind starts blowing too hard, but electricity consumers still have to pay the operators of the windmills whether they are working or not, which is a nice little earner, or subsidy, if you can grab a piece of the pie.

Is water vapour really a greenhouse gas?

A post at http://chiefio.wordpress.com January 15th 'Outgoing vs Land vs Water Vapour' makes you wonder if it is all a hall of mirrors and the greenhouse effect is science that has underrated the role of the Solar Wind and how it interacts with the atmosphere of the Earth. The post by EM Smith is an attempt to understand how water vapour, and other greenhouse gases, might cause warming. What he found was actual surface temperatures are in rough equilibrium with actual solar input - something denied categorically by the Team of climate scientists at the core of CAGW. 

Lamb on Ice

HH Lamb on the Ice Age, from chapter 6 of 'Climate History and the Modern World' made some interesting points on the landscape and the fauna illustrated on cave paintings, which as far as Europe was concerned was quite different to what thrived there during the Holocene (since 9500BC). There were mammoths, rhinoceros and horse for example, all mammals that were herbivores and relied on vegetation for sustenance. How much vegetation is a contentious point, and can tie people up in knots - but usually the subject is simply ignored.

What a lot of That

On January 7th Anthony Watts passed a significant milestone, the number of visits to his site reached 100,000,000 - yes, that was 100 million hits - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/07/a-small-milestone/ and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/07/hurrah-for-8-orders-of-magnitude/

Velikovsky gets a mention ...

Velikovsky gets a mention in a climate change post at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/1/6/cosmos-and-consensus.html (see also the comments) not so much for his hypothesis but for the way he was slapped down by the 'consensus' scientists of the day. This is then compared to the attitude of modern science, a generalisation, has for anyone stepping out of the group line on CAGW.