Climate change news

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.

O'Donnell, Lewis, Condon and McIntyre

The big news on sceptic blogs is the acceptance in Journal of Climate of a paper by O'Donnell, Lewis, Condon and McIntyre that refutes a 2009 paper in Nature that claimed that not just the peninsular but western Antarctica itself was warming. There are good grounds for the warming of the peninsular that juts out into the Southern Ocean in the direction of the tip of South America and that is tectonic activity and a propensity for warm water from the central Pacific to flow in that direction on its way into the South Atlantic.

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

At www.physorg.com/print207197358.html ... 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  http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/10/01/ 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 http://notrickszone.com/2010/08/16/lebedev-physics- 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 http://pgosselin.wordpress.com 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

www.physorg.com/print200224571.html 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?

http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2010/08/paper-cosmoclimatology-is-real.html 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.