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16 Aug 2019
Jet Stream Antics

At https://phys.org/news/2019-08-jet-stream-aircraft-turbulence-climate.html ... climate change is according to a new study having an impact on the jet stream. Mind you, our August weather patterns seem to confirm this as it is wet in the UK and Ireland at the moment (and across a band of northern Europe). However, in the study in Nature (Aug 2019) the jet stream is said to be 15 per cent more skewed. In other words, it is further south than it was in the 1990s nd 2000s.

15 Aug 2019
Jehu and Jehoram

Important paper ar AOSIS (ISSN: 2072-8050 or go to https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5326 ... from the department of Old Testament Studies, faculty of theology and religion, University of Pretoria in South Africa. Authors given are Lerato Mokoena and Esias Meyer.

14 Aug 2019
magnetic flips

Gary sent in a cluster of links. For example, at www.space.com/lava-flows-earth-magnetic-field-reversal.html ... which concerns magnetic pole flips and associated volcanism. We are informed the process was much slower then previously envisaged. To arrive at this conclusion they used data from fossil lava flows.

14 Aug 2019
Tardigrades

Garys also sent in this link to www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/06/tardigrades-may-have-survived-sp... ... which appears to be another manifestation of journalistic alarmism - humans setting loose life on the moon (and perhaps not a desirable form of life). The Israeli Beresheet probe, a lander, crash landed on the moon's surface - and it was carrying a cargo of tardigrades.

14 Aug 2019
Ice cores and volcanoes

An interesting and informative study that explains how ice cores have a volcanic signature and how it is possible to pinpoint specific eruptions - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/synchronization-of-i... ... during a volcanic eruption, gases, lava, rocks and tiny ash particles are ejected into the atmosphere. The smallest particles are carried by the wind and transported for miles until they drop out on to the surface of the earth - including over the ice sheet on Greenland.

14 Aug 2019
Smoke and Bombs

At https://cosmosmagazine.com/earth-sciences/wildfire-smoke-supports-nuclea... ... we learn that scientists studying wildfire triggered thunderstorms have confirmed an important element of a nuclear winter theory as championed by Carl Sagan back in the 1980s. This was a big deal at the time and all part of the alarmism that surrounded a 'nuclear missile exchange' - a pre-climate change version of the end of the world. Using Carl Sagan's name in the press release may serve to date the teens of the author as the idea of a nuclear winter goes back before him. I think.

14 Aug 2019
Plankton and Climate

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/07/ancient-plankton-hel... ... it seems that co2 levels of 400 parts per million are not unprecedented as the same thing occurred during the Pliocene (without the benefit of coal fired power stations or fossil fuel transport). The Pliocene is dated between 2 and 5 million years ago but that was not always the case. When Agassiz came up with the theory of glacial advance an accommodation for the subsequent Ice Ages was required. The geological age of the Pleistocene came into being.

13 Aug 2019
Boyne to Brodgar

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/archaeologists-disco... ... the 'Boyne to Brodgar' project has come up with around 40 previously unknown monuments in the vicinity of Newgrange - including one that aligns with water solstice sun rise and predates Newgrange. The sites range from the early Neolithic, around 4000BC, until the Bronze and Iron Ages, even as late as the early medieval period. The survey made use of satellite baseed remote sensing, drones, airborne laser scanning and geophysics.

13 Aug 2019
Success! We Have ...

Success! We have just decarbonised a large part of Britain's national grid. This was a comment at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/black-friday-did-wind-farm-fa... ... the electricity blackout last week came as wind speeds increased to gale force in some places, becoming so strong they seem to have tripped a large offshore wind farm to shut down - and its back up gas generated power station was on idling mode and unable to instantly supply the necessary power. Indeed, the gas plant seems also to have failed in some manner.

13 Aug 2019
Giant Parrot

New Zealand is known for some unusual birds, from flightless (such as the kiwi) to over large (such as the Moa). It once harboured giant geese and a giant eagle. Now, it has a giant parrot - see https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/meet-herculesthe-gia... ... the fossil remains are said to go back 19 million years - to the Miocene period. In fact, the site has offered up a rich assemblage of fossil birds. One may wonder how birds come to be fossilised intach and buried in the earth. Why don't they just fly away.