Climate change news

A volcano, tropics under the ice, and Ice Age vegetation - under the sea

At ... the Java volcano, Merapi,  is about to blow, it seems, and the countryside is on high alert. Meanwhile an earthquake of the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami a day ago. There were 500 volcanic related earthquakes in the region over the weekend.

The Eemian again - same article, different take

At there is a post with the title '2 Degrees' - the amount our Canute like EU and US leaders think they are able to limit C02 to, a measly 2 degrees. Of course, it isn't anywhere near that figure - but that depends how it is calculated. In a paper in Journal of Quaternary Science this small increase is said to be dangerous - but why?

Solar Cycle - How is it doing?

At August 16th is a post gleaned from Ria Novosti the Russian news agency, which reported there were five clusters of sunspots on the Sun, leading some scientists to think the lull was over and the Sun was coming back to life. However, recent sunspots have been fairly weak affairs - and this week the Sun has returned to being inactive. So what is going on?

Back to Kola

Pierre Gosselin, on his blog August 7th ... discusses a series of tree ring proxies near the Arctic shores of Euroasia which includes the Kola peninusular proxy mentioned on a post last week. Only one of these proxies actually showed any evidence of a hockey stick - but it's inclusion in the series gave shape to the multiplication of proxies (some four or five).

Demise of rainforests once again, and a paper in Conservation Letters says 45 per cent of plants and animals making up the rainforest habitat will remain intact over the next 100 years - but they add the caveat that may be as low as 18 per cent (to make it more scary). However, the rest of it will disappear, they say, but fear not this is a computer simulation based on an assumption that temperatures will continue to rise over the same period.

Svensmark - an exoneration? is a report on a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research 142 (2010) which comes out in support of Henrik Svenmark's hypothesis. The Passive Atmospheric Sounding instrument onboard Enviset (MIPAS-E) from July 2002 to March 2004 were used to investigate a possible link between galactic cosmic rays and mid altitude to high altitude clouds.

Sea Levels and Sprott

At the same web address and the same piece Sprott says the barycentric orbit affecting the weather also effects sea levels. It is illogical to ascribe a rise in sea levels as being due to an increased volume of water, he siad. The level of the world's oceans are affected by the location of the barycentre - and this alters due to planetary influences. Hnece, the rise and fall of sea levels has an oscillation tuned into the solar system = the wave theory.

A Sprott on the Landscape

At ... a press release from the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition on November 11th 2008 can be found at this web address, with the title, How Barycentric Orbits Influence Climate and was made by Dr Jim Sprott, OBE, MSc., PhD., FNZIC, a chemist and forensic scientist in Auckland. He warned the new minister for Climate Change (an AGW advocate) that projections by the IPCC are simplistic, superficial, and wrong etc etc.

July Sea Ice Melt

At July 2010 ... is this the slowest melting July since AMSR-E satellite data was recorded (referring to summer ice melt). It has stopped melting he says, and AGWs have their bets on that not happening. They think maximum melt will come in August - still some weeks of counter claim to come. Pierre Gosselin asks why when June was full of media reports about melting ice in the Arctic there is a studied silence on the July figures - or numbers only mentioning the first week of July.

Land and Water, heat and not so heated Frank Lansner has been tinkering with the NASA GISS dataset - trying to understand how it works, or rather, how arch AGW adherent James Hansen gets his numbers. The northern hemisphere has a ratio of 40 per cent land to 60 pere cent ocean, which is used by Hadley CRU in the UK (HadCRU at UEA).