Climate change news

Games People Play

At http://notrickszone.com/2019/02/12/comprehensive-study-glacier-melt-esti... ... geographers from FAU have investigated glaciers in South America in more detail that ever before, from tropical regions of Venezuela and Colombia to sub polar Tierra del Fuego. The highest mass loss is in southern Patagonia - but glaciers in the Andes, in tropical zones, (such Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Colombia etc) have lost much less mass than previously projected. Overstated by ten times.

Greenland Temperatures

Oh dear. Scientists have discovered the Vikings enjoyed a warm Greenland. Archaeology has been telling us that for quite some time as Viking farms have been revealed by melting ice. At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/nu-sst020519.php ... were medieval Vikings baking in 50 degrees summer weather? Presumably this is fahrenheit rather than celsius - and let's face it, 50 degrees F is not very warm. Then it is Greenland - just down the road from the pole. The press release doesn't allow us to see the broader picture, parking their bus at the medieval period.

Polar Vortex

What is the polar vortex and how does it influence the weather? Go to https://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/BAMS-D-15-002-1 ... the polar vortex is a term that has eagerly been taken up by the media - and by numerous people who know little about climate. Is it fake news? The term is used in the literature to explain two different features of atmospheric circulation - one in the troposphere and the other, in the stratosphere. This has caused what we might call a little confusion - and hot air.

Nuclear Fusion

At https://humanprogress.org/article.php?p=1236 ... Nick Ridley on nuclear fusion, a favourite subject of Tony Haynes. We miss you Tony - and as he was fond of saying, it would bring boundless energy. It would transform the world.

Ice Sheet Collapse

At https://phys.org/print464581407.html ... we have one of those alarmist doom and despondency stories based on the discovery that in the last interglacial period the West Antarctic peninsular ice sheet did not exist - and sea levels in a few locations were higher. As global sea levels were not part of the research we can ignore this add-on and it is entirely conjecture that sea levels around the world were higher in the last interglacial period. In contrast, the lack of an ice sheet on the Antarctic peninsular is actually telling us all something was different.

Great Barrier Reef

AGW activists and the media like to repeat certain overblown mantras regarding global warming. These include 'poley' bears (living close to the North Pole) starving as a result of declining ice floes - even though polar bears can swim long distances. Last year's heat wave (a magnificent summer in most parts of Britain) was a field day for the alarmists - but somewhat spoiled by the cold November and snow storms that struck large parts of the US and central Europe. Russia tends to get left out of these discussions.

Ruminations

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/12/03/new-research-methane-emissions-from-l... ... methane emissions from livestock have no detectable effect on the climate - according to a study by Albrecht Glatzle, author of over 100 scientific papers and clearly irritated by nonsense from the alarmists. He adds, the warming potential of greenhouse gases has been exaggerated.

Space Weather

Interesting post with links at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/space-weather-may-predict-fut... ... space weather may be used to predict future climate change. Historical space weather may help climate scientists predict future events and atmospheric cycles - from the University of Warwick. They discovered a repeatable pattern in the way space weather activity alters over each solar cycle. Although the claim they discovered this is untrue as sceptic science has been promulgating such ideas for a couple of decades - beating their heads against the wall of the consensus.

Wood Pellets

This is one of those things where you just have to wonder where they are coming from - and quite how their brains work. It seems the Green Blob have been embarrassed about the amount of co2 involved in bulk carriers bringing wood pellets from Carolina to power stations such as Drax in Yorkshire - and are aimlessly swinging their arms (and their mouths) in several different directions. Earlier in the week there was a report that people were seriously trying to make the bulk carriers (and all shipping) less co2 dependent, even to the really weird idea of bringing back sails.