Climate change news

Bananas and radiation

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/02/16/going-bananas-over-radiation/ there is a nice post from Anthony Watts on bananas containing radiation. Apparently, several foods are naturally radioactive and bananas in particular due to potassium-40. The point is that fear of radiation leaking from nucleur power stations has been over-hyped as there is a lot of radiation out there in the human world - especially if you live somewhere like Cornwall.

Random Walks

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/02/14/pielk-sr-on-the-30-year-random-walk-in-surface-temperature-record/ ... this is a guest post by lukewarmer Roger Pielke Senior with an amusing title on a paper by Fraudrich, Kirk, Schubert and Zhu (2011), 'Random Walk lengths of about 30 years in global climate'. They examine the choice of 30 year data sets which goes back to the early 20th century.

The Revision of History

AGW proponents not only adjust temperature readings from the recent past in order to draw a more prominent warming trend they are now revising history itself in order to saddle the wicked human race with further angst. According to the new history of the world the Roman Empire, the Black Death, and the colonisation of the Americas had a significant impact on climate - largely it seems by chopping down trees.

Tree Ring Study

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/1/14/new-tree-ring-paper.html there is a post on an article in New Scientist of January 14th commenting on a paper by Buntgen et al that was actually published in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1197175.htm ).

Iceland Volcanoes

At the Modern Survival blog it is being suggested the Katla volcano on Iceland, the really big one, is displaying signs of activity. A ring of earthquakes on the western rim of the Myrdalsjokull glacier may indicate Katla is rumbling underneath. This subject has not reached the ears of mainstream media and the continuing problems that Russian ice breakers have been having in trying to rescue fishing boats and factory ships in the Arctic is also ignored - in spite of the fact that 500 lives are at risk.

The Quelccaya Glacier

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/ January 3rd ... we learn that freezing weather is also affecting the tropics - in this instance, the high mountain zones of the tropics. Ecuador is both tropical but also the Andes heights harbour glaciers - most noteably the famous Quelccaya glacier that environmentalists have been so fond of telling us over the last 20 years or so, is receding. In other words, it has been melting. It has melted to such a degree that plants that were buried under ice thousands of years ago have been found, relatively intact.

Oz and the weather

At www.physorg.com/print2120041103.html ... we have some nice pictures of snow in Australia - in December. It's supposed to be summer down under but some icy gusts have swept up from the Southern Ocean and tickled the east coast states of NSW and Victoria. Ski resorts have benefited - so we are talking about high ground, the Snowy Mountains perhaps. Still, even in Sydney the temperatures are said to have fallen.

Integrity?

At http://johnosullivan.livejournal.com/26669.html ... Kevin Trenberth, IPCC lead author and matey boy with Phil Jones of UEA notoriety, has rushed to defend a peculiar study that contradicts not just a lot of earlier research but the fact that market gardeners pump C02 into growing houses in order to make their crops produce bumper yields. An Australian biologist claims otherwise - and John O Sullivan is on the case.

Solar flares -- and solar activity

The NASA website and various blogs such as http://wattsupwiththat.com December 7th have video clips of a massive flare on the surface of the Sun (see below). This follows the malfunction of one of NOAAs weather satellites a day or so ago - also as a result of solar activity.

Roman Sea Level ... and a paper blasting climate models

There are currently a succession of very good posts at http://chiefio.wordpress.com. EM Smith (December 6th) begins by bemoaning the constant bleating about the hottest year ever - before it has reached its end. As many other people have looked at the medieval warming he thought it might be interesting to look at what is called the Roman Optimum.