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24 June 2015
Climate change

The Royal Society, that august body that is fond of admiring itself in the window and bending the forelock towards the upper echelons, mouthing platitudes and disregarding anything scientifically novel, has come up with an absolute classic. A professor of note doesn't know where Nepal, India and Pakistan get their drinking water. He assumes it originates in Himalayan glaciers rather than in the monsoon rains – see www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/6/22/the-royal-society-does-glacier-melt.html However, the same professor was caught up in a controversy as a co-author of a paper on a Little Ice Age glacier in the Cairngorms – see www.dundee.ac.uk/geography/events/caringorms/

  and may be the subject of a further post.

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/06/23/a-shift-in-climate-forcing-led-to-… … is about a claim that co2 is powerful enough to be able to push the earth out of an ice age into the holocene (the climate we enjoy today), although it should be added that they are only saying that the final heave ho happened around 9000BC (preceded by a long process as the end of the Ice Age was not an abrupt in and out of scenario).

I was flicking through the comments and somebody at 8.37am said. 'how does anybody know in detail what happened 9000 years ago' and tongue in cheek adds the line, 'besides, the earth is only 6000 years old'. This bit of dry humour was followed at 9.29am, 'no, the earth is only 36 years old. Nothing happened before 1979. There were no super storms, flooding events, drought or massive snowstorms, tornados, heatwaves, or hurricanes (they were all just small ones) …. (he gets a bit carried away after that).

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/06/22/the-hubbard-glacier-defies-climate… …. the Hubbard glacier is located in Alaska and is gradually expanding into Disenchantment Bay (I like the name) while other glaciers in the region are thinning.

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