Articles in Global Warming
You already know this, but diets high in meat contribute to global warming. That’s because cows fart methane.
By burping, belching and excreting copious amounts of methane — a greenhouse gas that traps 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide — India’s livestock of roughly 485 million (including sheep and goats) contributes more to global warming than the vehicles the animals obstruct. [Source: Time, April 2009]
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases world-wide (this is more than the whole transportation sector). [Source: Time for Change, 2008]
All that methane might be causing temperatures to rise. One of the solutions, being embraced all over the world, is to use natural gas instead of burning coal. Germany, for example, expects to replace nuclear energy with that from natural gas. But as New Scientist …
Very wet rain events are the trigger. The heavy rain induces thousands of landslides and severe erosion, which removes ground material from the Earth’s surface, releasing the stress load and encouraging movement along faults.
…found a strong temporal relationship between the two natural hazards, where large earthquakes occurred within four years after a very wet tropical cyclone season.
The two countries that were used to demonstrate the connection are Taiwan and Haiti – avoid these places after a very wet cyclone season…
Two sunken islands almost the size of Tasmania have been discovered in the Indian Ocean west of the Australian city of Perth.
…the two islands that now are covered by about a mile (1.5 kilometers) of ocean water.
“The sunken islands charted during the expedition have flat tops, which indicates they were once at sea level before being gradually submerged,” Whittaker said in a statement. The rocks retrieved from the islands also surprisingly …
Apocalyptic warnings that islands such as the Maldives will sink beneath the waves are far-fetched, said Nils Axel-Morner, former head of the Paleogeophysics and Geodynamics department at Stockholm University.
He says that any rise in sea levels is to do with natural historic fluctuations.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2068516/Doomsday-predictions-sea-level-rises-false-alarm–levels-fluctuate.html
Supervolcano: Eruption is a brand new book that caught my eye:
A supervolcanic eruption in Yellowstone Park sends lava and mud flowing toward populated areas, and clouds of ash drifting across the country. The fallout destroys crops and livestock, clogs machinery, and makes cities uninhabitable. Those who survive find themselves caught in an apocalyptic catastrophe in which humanity has no choice but to rise from the ashes and recreate the world…
It is written by Harry Turtledove, a New York Times bestselling author of numerous alternate history novels. $15 hardcover at Amazon USA
The image is from aviso.oceanobs.com and shows the change in the average sea level for the northern hemisphere. The data is from the European Union’s Envisat satellite, which was launched in 2002. Now NASA will tell you that the recent dip is due to the switch from El Niño to La Niña conditions. Well if that’s enough to reverse the previous 7 years of rising seas, that’s excellent news.
If you were to take the chart back prior to 2004, I’m sure you’d see continual rises over the long term. That’s normal. Because since the end of the last Ice Age seas have risen 100 meters! Nothing to do with human activity…
Meanwhile, US Hurricanes are on the decline:
Very conveniently, this graph that appeared in newspapers globally last week, within stories that proclaimed that global warming was real after all, ends at the year 2000. Because beyond that date, despite rising emissions, global temperatures flatlined.
Professor Richard Muller, of Berkeley University in California, and his colleagues from the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures project team (BEST) claimed to have shown that the planet has warmed by almost a degree centigrade since 1950 and is warming continually.
Published last week ahead of a major United Nations climate summit in Durban, South Africa, next month, their work was cited around the world as irrefutable evidence that only the most stringent measures to reduce carbon dioxide emissions can save civilisation as we know it.
…Prof Judith Curry, who chairs the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at America’s prestigious Georgia Institute of Technology, said that Prof Muller’s claim that he has proven global warming sceptics …
It is a fact that the average global temperature has not risen in the last decade. This highlights the difference between computer models and actual measurement and observation. Because the computer models vary greatly, we get figures of between a 1 and 6 degree Celsius rise by 2100. And yet temperature isn’t rising, which means the models are wrong. This week two faults were highlighted, and it makes me wonder how believable the models are, or did they just tweak the numbers until they had figures that pleased the Powers-That-Be?
Data from NASA’s Terra satellite suggests that when the climate warms, Earth’s atmosphere is apparently more efficient at releasing energy to space than models used to forecast climate change may indicate.
The result is climate forecasts that are warming substantially faster than the atmosphere, says Dr. Roy Spencer, a principal research scientist in the Earth System Science Center at The University of …
One of the driest places on Earth was hit with a blizzard:
Australian mining towns have their coldest days in 30 years:
Meanwhile in the northern hemisphere, the British Met Office says this should be their coolest summer in two decades:
The extremes of temperature are widening, and weather is getting wilder. Yet the orthodox models for climate change still have human-generated global warming as their starting point… and average temperatures have remained the same for the last 15 years.
A very compelling interview with Lord Monckton, a man who rescinded his political power, is well-credentialed and very intelligent, and is fighting the lies of global warming advocates, is available at Alex Jones’ InfoWars.com:
I’ve put in enough research to have decided that there is insufficient evidence to support the concept of man-made climate change, and that any warming or cooling is to do with the Sun. In the 1970s scientists were warning us about an oncoming Ice Age. Now it is global warming. For anyone who is undecided, and especially Australians like me who will soon be paying $$ to fix this supposed problem (even though the fix would be impossible without China and the USA joining in), and ClimateGate didn’t sway you, consider these:
Last week’s Summer Solstice saw snow in Colorado
A NASA scientist who champions global warming has perhaps illegally earned more than $1 million from his activities
Sven Teske, an activist with Greenpeace International, peer reviewed his own work for the IPCC
Global temperatures have been flat for the past 15 years.
Central England had the coldest start to winter since 1659.
Presidential candidate Tim …
The best solution may be the one used routinely to treat water at the Savannah River Site. The process combines activated carbon, reverse osmosis, and ion exchange. If one doesn’t get the iodine-131, two others have a chance to capture the radiation through other means.
And that may be the best solution for the average drinker of tap water as well.
Easy! But if you are thinking that running your drinking water through activated carbon, reverse osmosis, and an ion exchange isn’t easy, perhaps consider moving away from nuclear threats.
The 37 meter tsunami isn’t historical, nor specifically predicted for the future. It was this year’s Japanese tsunami. Deduced from high-water marks.
That’s tall enough to engulf a 10-story building. But “we think we will see [evidence of] bigger waves in other areas,” says Satoko Oki, a seismologist at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Research Institute.
The Japanese are #1 experts on tsunamis, and they …
Experts are saying the sea levels will rise by 13 feet in the next thousand years. This is the first time such a long-range forecast has been made, and presumably the authors will never see their work disproved. I presume this work, which focuses on climate change, does not consider that the long-term rise since the last Ice Age will cause a good degree of rise anyway. The good news is an architectural group has designed an extravagant ark to survive the rising sea (seemingly moving to higher ground is not an option).
A race of giants may have sprung from a mutant gene that first emerged around 1,500 years ago and causes uncontrolled body growth, scientists believe. The ‘gigantism gene’ was identified in the DNA of an 18th century man known as the Irish Giant who stood almost eight feet tall. Make it 10,000 years and I …
Nanodiamonds Discovered in Greenland Ice Sheet – adding weight to the theory of a cometary or asteroid impact event roughly 13,000 years ago.
Did volcanoes wipe out the Neanderthals? If so it would be a neat solution, but not one that explains how our forefathers survived (given that we were not as robust nor smart…)
Not well known is that our seas have been rising ever since the end of the last Ice Age. All the time we are hearing that “global warming” is causing the seas to rise, but few ask whether the rise would be happening regardless of human activity… Fortunately someone has looked into the numbers and discovered some disinformation:
By looking closely at the records, it turns out that the much advertised rising sea levels in the South Pacific depend on anomalous depressions of the ocean during 1997 and 1998 thanks to an El Nino and two tropical cyclones.
First of all, I severely doubt HRH Prince Charles is a 2012er, and although I respect his principles, I never thought I would write a blog post about him. But today it crossed my mind that perhaps he has a role to play in the peripheral topics of 2012. He has written a book called Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, and it covers the general idea of how modern society is no longer in tune with nature. In itself, that is not especially interesting – many people have written similar books. But as the Huffington Post reports, the book also covers sacred geometry!
They made a building that offers us the direct experience of what the ancients held to be our true relationship with the world. To walk around within its soaring pillars and to bask in the gentle light that pours through its exquisite windows is …
Check out these news items from the last few days:
Record low temperatures during Global Warming Conference in Cancun – they are calling it the “Gore Effect“.
Central England has coldest start to winter since 1659.
Warmest Year on Record – widely reported across the media, but the devil is in the detail…
It might be the “warmest year on record”, or first-equal, or one of the top 3… but how meaningful is it, and does it mean we really have global warming? Thankfully the Daily Mail studied the numbers more deeply than many more-esteemed publications:
…with the exception of 1998 – a ‘blip’ year when temperatures spiked because of a strong ‘El Nino’ effect (the cyclical warming of the southern Pacific that affects weather around the world) – the data on the Met Office’s and CRU’s own websites show that global temperatures have been flat, not for ten, but for the past 15 years.
Survivalists tend to focus on coping without access to the luxuries of the current era. An aspect that is often neglected is that, whether it is due to global warming, cosmic rays, volcanic eruptions or a pole shift, you could find yourself suddenly in a new climate.
Consequently the crops of today might not prosper. A smart survivalist will make preparations for local climate change, and be ready to deploy crops that suit the new environment. Given that nobody knows if or how drastically the climate might change, this would require storing the seeds of a wide variety of crops.
Over in Peru there is a currently an initiative that is attempting to ensure, no matter what the climate, we will always have potatoes:
The Peruvian farmers will be paid to look after the most diverse collection of potatoes in the world. They will try growing varieties at different altitudes and in different …
Because I know that is has happened before – the Maunder Minimum was a period between 1645 to 1715 where sunspots were very rare compared to today – I am quite concerned that the decline in the magnetic field strength of sunspots will continue.
“According to our measurements, sunspots seem to form only if the magnetic field is stronger than about 1500 gauss,” says Livingston. “If the current trend continues, we’ll hit that threshold in the near future, and solar magnetic fields would become too weak to form sunspots.”
What could it mean for us? We could be entering a phase of global cooling. According to Wikipedia:
The Maunder Minimum coincided with the middle — and coldest part — of the Little Ice Age, during which Europe and North America, and perhaps much of the rest of the world, were subjected to bitterly cold winters. Whether there is a causal connection between …