Climate change news

The Quelccaya Glacier

At January 3rd ... we learn that freezing weather is also affecting the tropics - in this instance, the high mountain zones of the tropics. Ecuador is both tropical but also the Andes heights harbour glaciers - most noteably the famous Quelccaya glacier that environmentalists have been so fond of telling us over the last 20 years or so, is receding. In other words, it has been melting. It has melted to such a degree that plants that were buried under ice thousands of years ago have been found, relatively intact.

Oz and the weather

At ... we have some nice pictures of snow in Australia - in December. It's supposed to be summer down under but some icy gusts have swept up from the Southern Ocean and tickled the east coast states of NSW and Victoria. Ski resorts have benefited - so we are talking about high ground, the Snowy Mountains perhaps. Still, even in Sydney the temperatures are said to have fallen.


At ... Kevin Trenberth, IPCC lead author and matey boy with Phil Jones of UEA notoriety, has rushed to defend a peculiar study that contradicts not just a lot of earlier research but the fact that market gardeners pump C02 into growing houses in order to make their crops produce bumper yields. An Australian biologist claims otherwise - and John O Sullivan is on the case.

Solar flares -- and solar activity

The NASA website and various blogs such as December 7th have video clips of a massive flare on the surface of the Sun (see below). This follows the malfunction of one of NOAAs weather satellites a day or so ago - also as a result of solar activity.

Roman Sea Level ... and a paper blasting climate models

There are currently a succession of very good posts at EM Smith (December 6th) begins by bemoaning the constant bleating about the hottest year ever - before it has reached its end. As many other people have looked at the medieval warming he thought it might be interesting to look at what is called the Roman Optimum.

O'Donnell, Lewis, Condon and McIntyre

The big news on sceptic blogs is the acceptance in Journal of Climate of a paper by O'Donnell, Lewis, Condon and McIntyre that refutes a 2009 paper in Nature that claimed that not just the peninsular but western Antarctica itself was warming. There are good grounds for the warming of the peninsular that juts out into the Southern Ocean in the direction of the tip of South America and that is tectonic activity and a propensity for warm water from the central Pacific to flow in that direction on its way into the South Atlantic.

A volcano, tropics under the ice, and Ice Age vegetation - under the sea

At ... the Java volcano, Merapi,  is about to blow, it seems, and the countryside is on high alert. Meanwhile an earthquake of the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami a day ago. There were 500 volcanic related earthquakes in the region over the weekend.

The Eemian again - same article, different take

At there is a post with the title '2 Degrees' - the amount our Canute like EU and US leaders think they are able to limit C02 to, a measly 2 degrees. Of course, it isn't anywhere near that figure - but that depends how it is calculated. In a paper in Journal of Quaternary Science this small increase is said to be dangerous - but why?

Solar Cycle - How is it doing?

At August 16th is a post gleaned from Ria Novosti the Russian news agency, which reported there were five clusters of sunspots on the Sun, leading some scientists to think the lull was over and the Sun was coming back to life. However, recent sunspots have been fairly weak affairs - and this week the Sun has returned to being inactive. So what is going on?

Back to Kola

Pierre Gosselin, on his blog August 7th ... discusses a series of tree ring proxies near the Arctic shores of Euroasia which includes the Kola peninusular proxy mentioned on a post last week. Only one of these proxies actually showed any evidence of a hockey stick - but it's inclusion in the series gave shape to the multiplication of proxies (some four or five).