Thursday, June 28, 2018

                                  SUFFERING SINBAD !

The Omani  coastal city of Quriyat set an unenviable record Tuesday: a 24-hour low temperature of 42.6°C (108.7°F), the hottest 24-hour-minimum temperature ever recorded.


The previous high-minimum temperature record for any 24-hour period was 41.9°C (107.4°F), set at nearby Khassab Airport in Oman on June 27, 2011,  and it has on occasion failed to fall below 111 F. before midnight elsewhere in the neighborhood.

If you find yourself strolling the shores of the Persian Gulf this time of year, think twice before jumping in to cool off- onshore water temperatures of 100 F. have been recorded in Dubai.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

  FOR MORE STRINGENT PEER REVIEW, TRY VANITY FAIR

The New Yorker was long famed for editorial vigilance, but this 20 June ecomium by Elizabeth Kolbert channeling Chris mooney, late of Climate Progress, make one wonder if its legendary fact checkers have already fallen prey to The Sixth Extinction ?

The bits hyperbolic or just plain wrong enough to do credit to Mark Morano have been red bolded:



This week marks the thirtieth anniversary of Hansen’s testimony, and it would be hard to think of a more lugubrious milestone. In the intervening three decades, nearly half of the Arctic ice cap has melted away, the oceans have acidified, much of the American West has burned, lower Manhattan, South Florida, Houston, and New Orleans have flooded, and average temperatures have continued to climb. Just last week, a team of scientists reported in Nature that the rate of melt off Antarctica has tripled in the past decade; as the Washington Post put it, “If that continues, we are in serious trouble.” (Were the Antarctic ice to melt away entirely, global sea levels would rise by two hundred feet; if just the more vulnerable West Antarctic Ice Sheet melted, sea levels would rise by about ten feet.) Also last week, scientists reported that most of Africa’s oldest baobab trees have died, probably because of climate change, and last month researchers showed that rising CO2 levels were reducing the nutrient content of rice, which is probably the single most important food source for people. 



Monday, June 25, 2018

              A SNICKER IS JUST A SMALL RIVER IN AFRICA

VEXED BY MOSQUITOES AND FALLING BOOK SALES AS ONTARIO TEMPERATURES RISE, WUWT'S DOYEN OF HUDSON'S BAY BLANKET CONNOISSEURSHIP & GOOSE MIGRATION STATISTICS LASHES OUT AT WARM AIRHEAD DEEPAK CHOPRA WITH A COOL NEW  SEMIOTIC THEORY:


Climate Change and Fear of Change are Natural Conditions Easily Exploited Because People Don’t Understand Amount and Extent of Change

An ugly fact appeared after 1998 that dealt a mortal blow to the beautiful AGW hypothesis.  This ludicrous notion, which ignores humans as the most successful animal on the planet from a Darwinian perspective, even received credibility from supposedly thoughtful people. The AGW hypothesis assumed that an increase in CO2 would cause an increase in temperature. After 1998, the CO2 continued to increase, but temperature levelled. Promoters tried to ignore what was going on, but that caught the eye of those humorous cynics, the cartoonists :


Saturday, June 23, 2018

        THIRTY MOSTLY LONGER, HOTTER, SUMMERS LATER

                   CUE WINING NOISES FROM MARK STEYN
IF SCOTLAND'S  WINES ARE  TOO TROPICAL FOR YOUR TASTE, TRY THESE TWO NEW OFFERINGS:


LERKEKÅSA VINEYARD

Lerkekåsa Vineyard in Telemark, Norway (59°40′N; 09°19′E).  has been growing grapes since 2008- Check out their website to learn about visiting- this used to be the  world's northernmost vineyard, but despite taking advantage  of  accelerated global warming at high latitudes, the pinot neros of Telemark have been upstaged  by the  almost Arctic oenophiles of  Finland's

  OLKILUOTO NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant
ON THE EDGE OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE  at 61°14′ North, this experimental vineyard uses the reactors  13 °C) cooling water  for small-scale agriculture , including  a  thousand square meter  plot that yields  ~2,000 pounds  of Zilga grapes a year

Monday, June 18, 2018

         PRUITT ORDERS  EPA TO  FIND VIRGIN GEOLOGIST
                     TO THROW INTO ERUPTING  VOLCANO

ADMINISTRATOR REJECTS NATIONAL ACADEMY ERUPTION MITIGATION STUDY  TO  EMBRACE  SOUND SCIENCE  OF 
ARMSTRONG SPERRY'S 1923 WORLD MAGAZINE  REPORT:

Cast Alive into the Molten Heart of a Volcano

An American Artist-Explorer's Hair-Raising Adventure With Cannibals Whose Superstitious Fear Caused Them to Offer Human Sacrifice to the God of "Smoking Mountain"

KILAUEA'S ERUPTION IGNITES DEBATE 

The only geothermal plant on Hawaii’s Big Island has been closed for more than six weeks because of the Kilauea volcano's eruptions... some people on the island -- including native Hawaiians -- believe geothermal development undermines their worship of Pele, a deity and the volcano goddess.

Kū Kahakalau, an educator and Hawaiian language teacher..., who also has a doctorate in indigenous education, explained... many Hawaiians and those who worship Pele believe the geothermal plant is a “nonconsensual rape of the deity, literally digging into her body and extracting her life, her lifeblood, her lava.” one of the physical forms she takes is in the lava and volcano.

[State Representative Russell] Ruderman acknowledged it was an “intuitive feeling” that many people in Puna have.

“There are lots of people here who feel a strong connection between geothermal and Pele, that Pele hates geothermal, wants it gone. Some people think the eruption is all about that.”

The plant says it provides about 30 percent of the electricity on the Big Island.


















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Thursday, June 7, 2018

CAN AXOLOTL  COUGH SYRUP  SAVE THE MANTHROPOCENE?


Emerging technologies promise to give us the power to take over some of Nature's most basic operations. It is not just that we are exiting the Holocene and entering the Anthropocene; it is that we are leaving behind the time in which planetary change is just the unintended consequence of unbridled industrialism. A world designed by engineers and technicians means the birth of the planet's first Synthetic Age.


Sarah Aronson: 
As opposed to the Anthropocene, what is the Manthropocene?
The Manthropocene is a label feminists have concocted in order to point the finger at masculinity as being the cause of a lot of environmental problems. 

So if you call it the Anthropocene it suggests that the whole of humanity is equally implicated in the kinds of destruction that we’ve caused. 
If you call it the Manthropocene, you’re pointing your finger.

ELSEWHERE IN INTERSECTIONAL BROADCASTING, THE BBC REPORTS:

A group of retiring Mexican nuns have become the most adept and successful breeders  of  the Achoque axolotl  
a  critically  endangered  species 
with unique regenerative abilities.
IT MUST BE A HUGE  VICTORIA GILL FAN 
The nuns breed a large, genetically diverse collection of animals to produce the secret ingredient in their cough syrup.
Science Correspondent Victoria Gill has been to Mexico to visit this unique conservation convent.
You can hear more from Victoria Gill’s journey to Mexico to meet the sisters on The Sisters of the Sacred Salamander on Radio 4.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

CONTRACTORS, ETC. RUSH TO  THE  RESCUE  AT  PRUITT  HQ



RED TEAM HEAD STANDS BY IN RUBY SLIPPERS AS PRUITT USES 
SECURE PHONE BOOTH TO CALL HIS LAWYER IN TULSA

  Judge  Orders  EPA  to Produce Science behind Pruitt’s Warming Claims

Asked about carbon dioxide and climate change on CNBC’s “Squawk Box”  in 2017, EPA head Scott Pruitt said: 
“I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
leading to a Freedom of Information Act request for the EPA studies backing his claim. Last Friday, Chief  Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the agency to comply.

E-mails reveal Trump’s EPA “beachhead” team  planned to gather a group of researchers who claim humans are not the primary drivers of climate change as part of the effort to pull back the endangerment finding.
'We bring on contractor support ( Judith Curry’s group, supplemented by John Christy, Craig Idso, Roger Pielke, and others ) to formulate analysis of the science,' 
Wrote team member David Schnare in the detailed plan.