Thursday 25th of April 2019

antarctica...

warming

Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerating rate. How much will sea levels rise?

The frozen continent of Antarctica contains the vast majority of all freshwater on Earth. Now that ice is melting at an accelerating rate, in part because of climate change. What does this transformation mean for coastal communities across the globe? William Brangham reports from Antarctica on the troubling trend of ice loss and how glaciers can serve as a climate record from the past.

Editor’s Note: Peril & Promise is an ongoing series of public media reports telling the human stories of climate change. Lead funding for Peril & Promise is provided by Dr. P. Roy Vagelos and Diana T. Vagelos. Major support is provided by Marc Haas Foundation.

 

See more:

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/antarctica-is-losing-ice-at-an-acceler...

 

We cannot allow Scummo and his idiots to be in charge of the Australian government for another term... Life on earth depends on this critical moment in our conscience. Vote for Kerryn should you live in the Wentworth electorate. Vote for Zali to kick out that more than immense liar and denialist Turdy Abbott.

mybullshit degree is worth more than your sewerphd...

Congressional discussions over climate change have reached such a low point that during this week’s House hearing on the national security risks of climate change, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who was testifying, broke down and just asked his Republican questioner, “Are you serious?”

Kerry's incredulous question was in response to Republican Rep. Thomas Massie, the GOP star of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing, which also featured testimony from former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. Kerry's and Hagel's testimonies were followed by several hours of, at times, excrutiating questioning from committee members.

Republicans made a big show of the fact that Massie has an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The conflict with Kerry arose when Massie tried to undermine Kerry's testimony on climate change because he has a political science degree from Yale.

Massie said, “I think it’s somewhat appropriate that somebody with a pseudoscience degree is here pushing pseudoscience in front of our committee today.”

If science degrees are important to Massie, he must have somehow missed the thousands of climate scientists around the world who have studiedpublishedtweetedmarched, and repeated that climate change is real, caused by humans, and having major impacts now.

During this hearing, Massie wasn’t alone in displaying bizarre logic to attack science and the reality of climate change. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) apparently thought holding up a fossil disproved that humans are causing climate change.

“Climate change has been changing all through the life of this planet. I’ve got a fossil right here from Western Wyoming — a desert — but that once was under an ocean,” he said.

Read more:

https://www.desmogblog.com/2019/04/10/john-kerry-republican-oversight-he...

 

On this site we are on top of the issue:

 

Please read again and again: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287

 

and: 

celebrating the madness of life...

 

dealing with the moronic one notion’s crew and the noah’s social club's chief, on a chemically lucky planet…

positive steps in sustainability...

climate solutions summit

 

Accelerating policy, innovation and finance for zero carbon cities 
Registration now open for Climate Innovation Forum 2019 during the first ever London Climate Action Week, 1-8 July, 2019 
 

 

Climate Innovation Forum 2019 will champion innovation to accelerate the zero carbon economy and mobilise cross-sector collaboration to develop – and deliver – innovative products, services and systems across four key areas that can be scaled up on city, regional and national levels:

 

 

meanwhile in "daylight saving fades curtains" country...

The weather bureau has been tampering with temperature data in order to "perpetuate global warming hysteria", according to an under-fire Coalition candidate.

Key points:
  • Mr Rennick has accused the BoM of rewriting weather records to suit a 'global warming agenda'
  • The BoM says the integrity of its data was confirmed by the nation's leading statisticians and mathematicians
  • Labor has called on Scott Morrison to sack Mr Rennick from his winnable position on the Qld LNP Senate ticket

 

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has strongly rejected the conspiracy theory being peddled by Queensland Senate hopeful Gerard Rennick.

The ABC yesterday revealed Mr Rennick's unconventional views on pre-school, which were shot down by the Prime Minister.

Federal Labor is now calling for Scott Morrison to sack the candidate from his winnable position on the Liberal-National Party Senate ticket.

Mr Rennick last month accused the weather bureau of "rewriting weather records to fit in with the global warming agenda!"

"Our public servants are out of control," he said on Facebook.

The spray was in response to an article published in The Spectator magazine that accused the federal agency of concocting "a consistent global warming trend".

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-23/lnp-senate-candidate-gerard-renni...

 

The Spectator is an ultra-right wing denialist ragmag that should have gone out of business long ago for promoting ultra-right wing denialist porkies... Remember this ugly cover when Turdy managed to destroy the Price on Carbon — with the help (IT WAS A secretly SET double-cross CONSPIRACY) of Clive Palmer (place him last on all voting papers):

 

ugly spectacle

 

In this ugly spectacle we can see ALAN JONES, ANDREW BOLT AND TONY ABBOTT rejoicing like turdy idiots having passed the end of wearing nappies exams — about the saddest day in Australia's history

Gerard Rennick should be sacked from any political duties for having the unfortunate traits of being a liar, a deliberate ignoramus and an ill-intended man with the attention span of squashed gnat.

Yes, Morrison should sack this idiot, otherwise it WILL SHOW IN NO UNCERTAIN TERM THAT SCUMMO HIMSELF IS a liar, a deliberate ignoramus and an ill-intended man with the attention span of squashed DEVIOUS gnat. But we know this, don't we?

 

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FIGHTING THE MORONS. we must win!...

 

https://therealnews.com/stories/earth-day-how-can-climate-activists-fight-misinformation

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hCRafyV0zI

 

One of the major problem in the second video (2011) is that at no stage has professor Steven Schneider been able (or allowed) to explain HOW GLOBAL WARMING WORKS (it's complicated, yet far simpler than quantum mechanics. This was quite tragic as he tried to EXPLAIN but was cut off by the moderator who threw questions at PEOPLE WHO BASICALLY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT THE SUBJECT, except about the hype. Should you wish to know with more precision the problem of global warming go to:

http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287

 

Jenny Brockie included... (including an Ian Plimer video rant as a counterpoint to professor Stephen Schneider was RIDICULOUS)...

a bathtub conundrum...

In the video with Jenny Brockie and professor Stephen Schneider above, there was one segment about filling a bathtub. Apparently the analogy was not fully understood by Doctor Ian Rivlin. With no disrespect to the doctor, we have to make a few points.

 

Most of the points about global warming are made in http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287 and in Antarctica conundrum. There are also many other Gus Leonisky posts to see.

 

But some of the comments made about the video extract (2011), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ7A1dWcNMY, were sarcastic and some completely wrong. Here on this site we're not afraid of tackling big issues, including giving "little easy" bites on quantum mechanics and about global warming. 

 

The good doctor Rivlin begs for fairness:

 

Please don't be offensive - I haven't been offensive to you or anyone else. Politeness costs nothing. I have degrees in physics, engineering and medicine. I've studied climate science since the early 1970's. Schneider said we were all going to succumb to global COOLING in 1972. He had his ardent supporters 40 years ago, who were just as passionate as the present AGW proponents.  (Where are they now?) You have been mislead by this false prophet's disingenuity.


Yes sir... Read again (and again) http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287... But it is about the bathtub that this article is about. One of Rivlin (possible) supporter, John Eurek comments:


Funny, If you don't change the drain size, as the water level goes up, the pressure at the drain will raise. This will cause the water to drain faster.  Nature can balance herself fairly well.  Which is what makes his tub anology [sic] so funny, if the inflow goes from 1.0 gpm to 1.03 gpm the water level will raise --- A little, and the tub will find a new equilibrium, it will not flood the house.

 

In fairness to all, this is crap. The image of the filing bathtub may not have been the best analogy to describe global warming, but there is a point (an EXTRA portion of gallons per minute) at which, the outflow won't match the inflow — and the tub will spill out. This is where we're at.

 

And I believe Dr Ian Rivlin did not mention the cumulation of anthropogenic CO2 as he mentioned "3 per cent". At present we're at more than 25 per cent of natural maximum (we have added more than 100 ppm on a natural maximum of 300 ppm) of CO2 for the last 500,000 years. I hope that since this episode of Insight, Ian has gone back to his denialist books and seen how they have been wrong. But who knows... Meanwhile, calling professor Stephen Schneider views "false prophet's disingenuity" is below the belt.

 

I have been studying global warming since 1979 and I have observed major climatic changes since the 1950s. Daily, I study clouds (since the 1950s), posting many pictures of such. I have studied the Milankovitch cycles, investigated the time when the earth was "iced-up" and I have studied paleogeology in major details, including the major (near) extinctions. On this site, I only use titbits of my information. I have studied weather in both hemisphere and spent time in quite a few countries around the globe. I have also studied volcanoes under professor ..., I wont mention any names here. I have studied quantum mechanics in the 1960s and have been updating my knowledge regularly, daily. I did some in depth studies of atomic bomb and fast-breeder (plutonium based) power generator technology in the 1970s. I did my first cartoons in 1951. I also write about "philosophy" and have many friends, mostly in Germany, with whom we discuss ideas. Mad? Me? Sure...

 

I will point out that my exclusive article at http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/33287 is only a thinned version of a more complex study of global warming, made for people to easily understand the problem, which I have harped on about on this site since its creation in 2005.


I cannot stress any more:

 

GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL AND ANTHROPOGENIC.  And the risk factors are getting more and more dangerous. 

 

I leave the ball in your court.

 

(note I had to remove some links otherwise this comment was rejected by the site.)

 

"Schneider said we were all going to succumb to global COOLING in 1972?" I do not know if Schneider said such but one must look at the lack of information back then, when sciences were still iffy on the subject of global warming. The end of WW2 was only 27 years prior and (not strangely) things had cooled a bit after the war, pardon the pun about the cold war but this was about climate as well. And according to the Milankovitch cycles, we should be going towards an ice age. 

 

Before hand, svante Arrhenius had done some nifty calculations which were very close to the mark, back then in 1896-7. The amount of present information and observations available to correlate Global Warming should place doubt in the dustbin and we should start seriously do better mitigation than what we're doing presently.

an existential crisis...

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg: 'Listen to climate scientists'

Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg has said that climate change is an "existential crisis" and has urged politicians to "listen to the scientists".

She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the onus was on "corporations and states" to bring about change.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-48018034/climate-change-activist-greta-th...

 

Menanwhile:

 

The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70tn (£54tn) to the world’s climate bill, according to the most advanced study yet of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic.

If countries fail to improve on their Paris agreement commitments, this feedback mechanism, combined with a loss of heat-deflecting white ice, will cause a near 5% amplification of global warming and its associated costs, says the paper, which was published on Tuesday in Nature Communications.

The authors say their study is the first to calculate the economic impact of permafrost melt and reduced albedo – a measure of how much light that hits a surface is reflected without being absorbed – based on the most advanced computer models of what is likely to happen in the Arctic as temperatures rise. It shows how destabilised natural systems will worsen the problem caused by man-made emissions, making it more difficult and expensive to solve.

They assessed known stocks of frozen organic matter in the ground up to 3 metres deep at multiple points across the Arctic. These were run through the world’s most advanced simulation software in the US and at the UK Met Office to predict how much gas will be released at different levels of warming. Even with supercomputers, the number crunching took weeks because the vast geography and complex climate interactions of the Arctic throw up multiple variables. The researchers then applied previous economic impact models to assess the likely costs.

 

read more:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/23/melting-permafrost-i...

 

 

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