Climate change news

The Drought and the Atmospheric River

William sent in the link ... a massive storm strikes northern California, which it was claimed, was suffering from a drought induced by climate change. It seems somebody upstairs didn't think too kindly of the porkies being told by the alarmists and duly went and drenched California, land of the green wash. See for example ... which has a picture of 'mammoth mountain' ski resort covered in snow.


William sent in the link - ... an energy crisis is gripping the world with potentially grave consequences - according to the Washington Post. The energy market is critically insecure at the moment but presumably will iron itself out when world economies get back on steam [pun intended]. The covid shutdown has led to a far from smooth transition back to what it was prior to the health scare. Not a lot to say at the moment although over here in the UK the government does have a distinct problem on the brew.

The Absurd

The Week That Was newsletter of September 25th 2021 - see ... and provides some news from the UN before plunging into a recent paper by Richard Lindzen, a professor emeritus of atmospheric science, MIT. It has the title, 'The Imaginary Crisis - How can we Change the Message?'. It  asks why certain political leaders are prepared to sacrifice the financial prosperity of others in order to fight a threat that has no physical basis in reality and assert that the UN, which was formed as a hope for humanity has become a tool to oppress humanity. Strong stuff.

An Exercise in Smoke and Mirrors

The Week That Was, the weekly newsletter of ... has a piece by Ken Haapala, president of SEPP, that some may find rather revealing - or perplexing. There are deficiencies in the 6th Assessment Report [2021] issued by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [the IPCC], particularly in its Summary for Policymakers [written up for politicians and their cohorts]. It includes a new version of the hockey stick with minimal evidence supporting it. Steve McIntyre very quickly tore gaping holes in it.

Jiggling the Pokery

William sends me the odd climate change link but the subject comes with a lot of dedicated true believers and anything to the contrary is also subject to a bit of hyperbole. However, at ... which is a nice take on the conflict within climate science. Likewise, the story is not fully proved and the other side can themselves, take some comfort. Could the Pacific Northwest heat wave and the European floods have been caused by the Sun? A good question.

Greening Sahara

There are some interesting reads in the latest issue of Current World Archaeology [108 August 2021] - see past issues at - but one that I always make a beeline for is Chris Catling's column - see page 60 and 61. It concerns climate change and archaeology - in the Sahara. During Late Pleistocene. For example, he quotes a recent paper that claimed there was evidence that violence broke out due to climate change, after archaeologists re-examined a cemetery on the Nile that dated back to 13,400 years ago.

Roman Warm Period

I've posted this under climate change but it is as much history as anything else, or even geology, as the processes involved are not understood. At ... which in part is true, and in another part, untrue. The Roman Warm Period did not encompass the whole period of the Roman Empire. It was a backdrop to the rise of Rome but the climate was already deteriorating by AD230 - but the really cool weather did not set in until the 6th century AD.

The Great Dying

At ... the Great Dying is a reference to the end of Permian extinction event. As is their wont mainstream consider the culprit is down to volcanic activity - pointing a finger at the Siberian Traps, a large igneous outpouring of lava. As the Deccan Traps seem to be linked to the K/Pg boundary event, almost 200 million years later, one may wonder if an impact event also caused the Siberian Traps. At the moment old school geologists are not biting.

Antarctic Rainforest

At ... fossilised evidence of temperate rainforests only hundreds of kilometres from the South Pole has been uncovered. The warmest mean month temperature was 18.5 degrees Celsius. The discovery goes back to last year but the climate blog uses it in conjunction with another, more recent study on Antarctica. Over the last 70 years temperatures on Antarctica have not gone up - at all.

A Wonder to Behold

At ... it is bad enough that wind turbine blades cannot be recycled, and have to be cut up and placed in landfill but now it seems that an even bigger toxic problem awaits the next generation. All those earnest young activists having their bums bitten big time by the money making machine. It seems that electric vehicle batteries are going to be an even bigger problem than wind turbine blades.