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That Man Again

26 August 2022
Climate change

Sir David King, Tony Blair’s government scientist, has popped himself out of his box after a long period out of the earshot of normal people. He famously informed his posh buddies and their offspring that driving around in sports cars was no longer something they should do. He is of course a doom monger. One that got short shrift when he popped up at a Russian conference to remonstrate with them about fossil fuels, the life blood of their economy. He is at it again. Interfering in Nature and Mother Earth. This time he wants to create clouds that sit over the polar region during the summer months in order to inhibit sunlight from melting the Arctic sea ice. Obviously, he is not up to date, as Arctic sea ice has been increasing over recent years. You only have to look at the sea ice graphs. Has he been nibbling at the magic mushrooms one may wonder. The idea of humans interfering in the weather has the smack of Dr Strangelove. He was clever in comparison to our chum.See https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2022/08/25/refreeze-the-arctic-says-former-chief-scientific-advisor/ … all brought on by a new climate article that claims the average summer, as early as 2035,  will all be like our 2022 summer. Do they think the high pressure system will be a permanent fixture – and where do they think the jet stream and the Atlantic Lows are going to dump all the rain?

Back in the day when he was just a professor, he thought humans would have to cram into Antarctica because the rest of the planet would be uninhabitable. See https://www.independent.co.uk/climate-change/news/why-antarctica-will-soon-be-the-only-place-to-live-literally-58574.html … but not to be outdone, it seems some other scientists are contemplating earth cooling strategies too, thankfully for the moment only as computer simulations. Cornell University is involved – see https://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2202230119 … the idea is to make the stratosphere a little brighter in order to theoretically reflect sunlight. Whereas David King thought of using clouds, which is amusing in a way as clouds don’t figure much in climate models, these scientists have gone way up into the outer atmosphere. What are they going to use to get the sulphur particles upstairs? Rockets, one imagines, and lots of fossil fuel use. Aircraft are out of the question at that height, one imagines. This idea has of course come up before on the basis that volcanoes spew out gases including sulphur and they are thought to cool the climate, as per spikes in ice cores. It seems whacky ideas such as climate change cause professors to become whacky, and they invent whacky solutions to solve a whacky idea that remains whacky whichever way you look at it.

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