Thursday, February 9, 2012

Warmies Meeting Cold Reality

There is a lot of warmie news this week that I just haven't had time to blog:

- Warmies have just seen a stake put in the heart of "Glaciergate," the wholly unsupported claim out of the IPCC that the world's glaciers were melting at incredible speed and, of course, threatening a global catastrophe. A recent study based on satellite data shows that the Himilayas have lost zero ice in the past ten years.

- From Dr. Judith Curry at her blog, responding to the meme that we should all accept the absolute truth of global warming becuase there is a scientific consensus:

The climate community worked for 20 years to establish a consensus. The impact of the consensus probably peaked in 2006-2007, at the time of publication of the AR4. Courtesy of the CRU emails, we now understand the sausage making that went into creating the consensus. Manufacturing a consensus in the context of the IPCC has acted to hyper-politicize the scientific and policy debate, to the detriment of both. Its time to abandon the concept of consensus; consensus matters far less than simply being right and the arguments themselves that ought to be the focus for discussion.

- "A paper published this week in the journal Climate of the Past analyzes an "unprecedentally large network of temperature...proxy records" [a total of 120] and concludes that warming of the 20th century was "within the range of natural variability over the last 12 centuries." Only two of the eight types of temperature proxies analyzed indicate 20th century warming exceeded that of the Medieval Warming Period."

- Despite a warm 2012 January in the U.S., overall January temperatures over the last 15 years have fallen off a cliff - falling at a minus seventeen degrees per century rate.

- Real Science goes climbing behind the numbers used by NASA's Jim Hansen to show global warming:  "The bottom line is that his warming trend since 1880 is primarily based on non-existent temperature readings in the Arctic. Is Hansen the worst scientist in history?"

- It wasn't that long ago that San Francisco, with all its "low flow" toilets, began stinking like a ces pool because there wasn't enough water to pipe away the human waste.  One would think the greenies would have learned from this, but obviously not:

Students at a high school in Boca Raton, Florida, must step over rivers of urine and endure the stench of rancid waste after a plan to bring 'green' waterless urinals into bathrooms backfired.  School officials at Spanish River High School thought they had found an environmentally-friendly, cost-saving solution for their bathrooms when they installed Falcon Waterfree urinals in their boys bathrooms. But with no water moving through the school's copper pipes to flush the urine into the sewer system, the waste produced noxious gases that ate through the metal, leaving leaky pipes that allowed urine to drip into walls and flow onto floors.

- How to create a dutiful, unthinking warmie?  Get them while they are young and fill their heads full of bile.  And on that note, the USA Today tells us that a "Tree-hugging Dr. Seuss character will be marketeer"

The Lorax, perhaps the most famous anti-industrial crusader from children's literature, is about to become a big-time corporate spokesman.

With a host of commercial tie-ins — albeit for eco-friendly products —Universal Pictures will begin promoting "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" this month. The animated movie, set for release March 2 in North America, is about a creature who "speaks for the trees" and fights rampant industrialism in a retelling of the Dr. Seuss children's book first published in 1971.

The studio's nearly 70 launch partners — including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Whole Foods Market — are seeking to latch onto the Lorax's nature-friendly message. . . .

Interestingly enough, if you read the rest of the article, you will see that the "partners" are going to use Lorax to push a lot of things that one does not normally associate with kiddies. Clearly the expectation is that children, once properly conditioned, will work on their parents to also act to save the planet from the evils of industrialization.  It was Lenin who famously remarked, "education, education, education."  He, like our modern left, knew the value of indoctrination.

- And lastly, if you haven't seen it, read Der Spiegel's exceptional interview with Germany's newest global warming heretic, former German Environment Minister Fritx Vahrenholt.


Anonymous said...

"Only two of the eight types of temperature proxies analyzed indicate 20th century warming exceeded that of the Medieval Warming Period."

Which is exactly why proxy data is useless garbage.

If proxies don't agree with each other, how could they possibly agree with reality -- as measured by DIRECT thermometer measurements?

And where are said thermometer measurements? ... but I repeat myself.

Anonymous said...

Glaciers are another thing that's always amazed me about this "warming" hoax.

A glacier is a river of ice. It's not just called that, that's what it IS. It works in exactly the same way as a river of liquid water -- i.e. GRAVITY. It goes only in one direction, ... down. Not North, South, East or West; but down.

The extent of the glacier does NOT depend on the temperature at its mouth any more than a river's flow depends upon either the temperature or the rainfall at its outflow.

Glaciers -- like rivers of liquid water -- work by gravity. For glaciers, the extent is determined by FLOW; NOT by the temperature at their terminus. Flow, is determined by the amount of water (snow, ice) coming INTO the river (glacier) at its headwaters (the poles).

During the Ice Ages, colder temperatures were CAUSED by advancing glaciation, NOT the other way around. Glaciers DO NOT GROW BACKWARDS. The Ice Age glaciations didn't start with some really cold winter in Michigan, and with glaciers inching Northward from Detroit. The glaciers advanced because of increased precip at their source. (What caused the increased precip is the real question) The accumulation of snow & ice ON existing ice sheets forced the ice sheets OUTWARD (downward, elevation-wise) from their source at the poles. The advancing glaciers cooled temperatures. But, more importantly, they caused MORE PRECIPITATION.

Which accumulated and caused the ice sheets to spread outward; ... which caused more precipitation; ... which caused more outward spreading; ... and so on.

In other words, talk of glaciers advancing or receding in response to the temperature at their termini was nonsensical to begin with.