Climate change news

A Greenland Cave

Sediments from a cave in NE Greenland tell a story. It was warm and wetter in the past. However, this is dated half a million years ago. See ... and has nothing to do with conditions during the medieval period. The big take home of the story is that NE Greenland is firmly within the Arctic as far as climate is concerned. Even a pole movement would  not alter that to any great degree. However, half a million years ago the situation was quite different. This was determined by flow stone in the cave.

White Stuff

No, not the white snow that alarmists claim we should not  be seeing as it should have come to an end. That is global warming stuff out of the sky. No, white chalk. Gary sent in a link to ... which seems to show somebody at the Guardian has swallowed a geology book on southern England. Problem is, he has missed out all the good bits. The oddities. Why is it so pristine white for example. Where has the rest of it gone and why only a bit has survived.

Holocene Hockey Stick

Coinciding with the election win by you know who we suddenly have a study that purports to show Holocene temperatures were the equivalent of the original hockey stick back in 1998, largely flat and uninteresting, apart from an  uptick at the beginning, coming out of the Younger Dryas cool period, leading up to a massive uptick in the modern world, purportedly a rise in temperature of 2.5 degrees on the early Holocene. Are the plebs being rubbered up ready for the renewables revolution? See ...

Playing Games

At ... 12 Indian meteorologists demonstrate how warming can be discovered in temperature records. Another sign that Western science is taking a back seat and the future belongs to the Chinese and the Indians. A temperature record for all of India shows no increase in net warming since 1951 or 1705 but when scientists select a cold year and draw in a red hot short term upward trend for that cold year warming miraculously appears.

How About That

Sea levels were 32m higher than today 13,800 years ago - in southern Greenland ( ) ... an embarrassment of water. Sea levels rose at a very rapid rate of knots between 12,000 and 10,000 years ago. However, they peaked at Nanotalik on Greenland by 32m above modern sea levels between the end of the Late Glacial Maximum and the Younger Dryas episode. During LGM they were at a very low ebb but rose sharply during the Bolling-Alleroed interstadial.

Mincing with Birds

At ... for years wind turbine operators denied their contraptions kill any birds. They even employ people to go round each day and pick up the corpses in order to hoodwink the general public. The Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds hid their heads under the table cloth for years and have only recently mentioned the subject, as the evidence on the internet had become too great to shout down.

Greenhouse Science

Coming back down to earth we have the August newsletter from ... which is a review of what happened in July on the climate war frontier. This begins with another dose of Lindzen's paper concerning what we know, what we might suspect, and what is known as incorrect about climate change. The greenhouse effect, temperature trends, climate models, ocean chemistry, and sea level rise. Later, the newsletter turns to a review of the work of William van Wjyngaarden and William Happer which also concerns the greenhouse effect.

Upside Down Data

A few years ago we had an example of a Finnish lake sediment database used upside down in order to demonstrate the idea of global warming. The so called hockey stick used another trick with temperature data. Now, it seems, we have another example - see ... its a short piece but has lots of comments. Only a few are worth reading. It refers to an Antarctic temperature reconstruction that demonstrably differs from previous offerings - sticking out, as they say, like a sore thumb. Bound to arouse investigation. And it did.

Science and the Press

An interesting riposte by an Australian geologist of note, Ian Plimer, to climate alarmist reporters who took exception to an article of his in The Australian (which is in the Murdoch stable and out of reach of their tentacles). However, that didn't stop them trying to take a high moral path, with typicle puffed up arrogance. The Press Council in Australia, not your garden variety of ordinary journalist but one charged with having some common sense as it is supposed to be able to pontificate on complaints it receives from the public.