Thursday, August 7, 2008

Her Majesty's Navy & Anthropogenic Global Warming

The Telegraph is reporting on a study done of thousands of log books from Royal Navy ships in the 17th and 18th century. Their finding - the weather patterns we are seeing today were replicated then, thus strongly suggesting that that our global warming - or cooling as is occurring for the past decade - is not anthropogenic and tied to carbon dioxide emissions.

This from the Telegraph:

Scientists have uncovered a treasure trove of meteorological information contained in the detailed logs kept by those on board the vessels that established Britain's great seafaring traditition including those on Nelsons' Victory and Cook's Endeavour.

Every Royal Naval ship kept a detailed record of climate including air pressure, wind strength, air and sea temperature and major meteorological disturbances.

A group of academics and Met Office scientists has unearthed the records dating from the 1600s and examined more than 6,000 logs, which have provided one of the world's best sources for long-term weather data.

Their studies have raised questions about modern climate change theories. A paper by Dennis Wheeler, a geographer based at Sunderland University, recounts an increasing number of summer storms over Britain in the late 17th century.

Many scientists believe that storms are caused by global warming, but these were came during the so-called Little Ice Age that affected Europe from about 1600 to 1850.

The records also suggest that Europe saw a spell of rapid warming, similar to that experienced today, during the 1730s that must have been caused naturally.

"British archives contain more than 100,000 Royal Navy logbooks from around 1670 to 1850 alone," Mr Wheeler said. "They are a stunning resource. Global warming is a reality, but our data shows climate science is complex. It is wrong to take particular events and link them to carbon dioxide emissions.

"These records will give us a much clearer picture of what is really happening."

Read the entire article. As to Mr. Wheeler's assertion, I am quite sure that the results of this study will be studiously ignored by all of those who have financial and political stakes in the canard of anthropogenic global warming - which includes everyone from Nancy Pelosi and Obama to Gore and the IPCC.

And No Oil For Pacifists has the latest round-up of news contradicting assertions that sea levels are rising and showing the inaccuracy of climate change modeling.

H/T Brits At Their Best

Art: On Board HMS Bellerophon, Sir William Quiller Orchardson, 1880

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