Climate change news

a strange story

At ... it sounds like the tactics of the old style communists taking over trade unions but this appears to be a serious account that has been rumbling on behind the scenes for quite a while. It has been buried like a coffin by the media so don't expect to hear about it until its all over. A British Columbia based independent researcher, Vivian Krause, has spent ten years exposing the story - checking documents and tax records etc.

The Big Pause

At ... Chinese scientists say the hiatus in global warming is significant and real - and there are a lot more climate scientists in China than anywhere else. Li and Zha in 'Science of the Total Environment' have used satellite data to pin down the hiatus to 2001 and 2015 which is very significant. It divides the El Nino events of the late 20th century from the El Nino which kicked off in 2015.

Water from Air

An Israeli company has created water from plain air and is set to globally expand its business - see ... Watergen draws air from the atmosphere into a water generator. There, a filter system cleans the air by removing dust and dirt. Once it is cleaned the air is passed through a heat exchanger and cooling process and is condensed into water. Its only requirement is access to electrictiy.

Games People Play

At ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 ... 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.