Posts Tagged ‘global warming’

Blogpost 38: 7/08/19 – 26/6/2019

August 7, 2019

Letters to the Daily Mirror

6/8/19
Amid all the vexation over the Irish border, I’m puzzled as to why no-one has raised the question of a post-Brexit, Scottish Border, if Scotland does vote for Independence.

Why should Labour take privately owned railway rolling stock back into public ownership, when they renationalise the railways?

5/8/19
Why should Labour take privately owned railway rolling stock back into public ownership, when they renationalise the railways? Franchises will be allowed to run out, meaning there’ll be no compensation for the privateers and there’ll be ample time to consider rolling stock.
We don’t need to buy back old, ill-used rolling stock, at some inflated, arbitrated price.
We can commission new, state of the art, stuff from British firms, creating jobs and boosting the economy.

Published Version
Regarding your item on how shareholders of firms leasing railway rolling stock have pocketed £1.2 billion in six years (Aug 5), the RMT and Labour want these trains taken back into public ownership. But we don’t need to buy back old, ill-used rolling stock at some arbitrary inflated price. We can commission new, state-of-the-art stock from British firms which would create jobs and boost the economy.

1/8/19
On a Winter’s night, when there’s no cloud, we have a frost. After planes were grounded by the attack on the twin towers, there was a ½ C drop in air temperature over the USA, because there were fewer contrails to slow the escape of heat into Space.
Every molecule of CO2 added to the air helps increase this blanket effect, as does every molecule of methane, sulphur dioxide, aerosol gas, evaporated petrol and aviation fuel etc.
So cutting the amount of these gases entering the air will help reduce the rise in Global temperature but it won’t prevent other things, which are being ignored, affecting it.
Volcanic gases and ash clouds will raise the temperature.
Sun spots will lower it, as charged particles (think Aurora Borealis) seed rain clouds and clear them from the Sky.
Finally there’s the proximity of the Sun, which provides 99% our heat
We are apparently entering a period where we’re closer to The Sun, so berating politicians may alleviate the rise in Global temperatures but it won’t have a significant effect.
Better to move to higher ground, in the North, where it’s cooler and above the likely flood waters. Maybe move to Mars, if you can afford the fare.

1/8/19
There’s no need to ban 16 yr olds from playing the Lottery, when you can simply require winnings to be placed in trust, until they are old enough to vote, at 18.
Callie Bridges only makes a case against lowering the voting age.

28/7/19
It was recently reported that given 15 pieces of data (as innocuous as a person’s gender) private companies in the USA claim with 99.8% accuracy to be able to identify any American individual.
Data-mining is very profitable for merchandising and for identity theft, so I’m sure such Companies would love access to our private communications, especially those with end-to-end encryption, such as on Whatsapp.
Given the incompetence of Ministers and mandarins in terms of keeping secrets and handling large sums (e.g.”losses of computers and MOD documents have tripled”, Failing Grayling) can we really trust our security services with access to all our communications, as they’ve requested.
Think of who these people are answerable to: Boris, Hunt, Fox?
Can you name one whom you would trust to deliver a birthday card, without checking it for enclosed cash?

28/7/19
I don’t think there’s any negative character trait which hasn’t been ascribed to Boris Johnson in the past month and deservedly so.
But what’s the point?
First; as many an MP has delightedly pointed out to us, this is not a Democracy, it’s a Parliamentary Democracy. I.e. the political party with the most MP’s decides who will be PM and that is, at present, the Tories.
Second; name a Tory MP, who you’d give the job to, in place of Boris Johnson.
I think the Yanks have a similar problem with Trump and his party alternatives

27/7/19
Big handclaps for the BBC, taking advantage of digital technology to allow us to screen out mumbling and “atmosphere”. Next up; drums at football matches.
How about a brightness button for all those modern horror/SF/Mystery films etc. where you can’t see what’s happening? Old B&W films and early Doctor Who programs were able to show all the characters in supposed pitch black scenes. William Hartnell saying “Who’s there?” in a well lit, jungle scene never seemed strange.
A cowboy shooting wildly into the night and claiming he hadn’t seen who he was shooting at, although we had.
While we’re waiting, would it be too much to have more programs (about 10%, at present), where you can follow the action via sub-titles. It might ruin the odd Ronnie Barker (four candle) sketch but it would save the careers of many an actor, who hasn’t learned to enunciate.

21/7/19
One little item of News jumped out at me, in Sunday’s Mirror.
We have 34 admirals for only 19 warships.
What do they do all day?
How much do they cost us?
Why has the Treasury not demanded redundancy notices be sent to 32 of them?
(one to do the job and one for spare)
I can understand why this is not front page News.
We wouldn’t want some head of a banana republic poking fun at us, when the rest of the World’s leaders are already laughing their heads off at May’s Brexit, Failing Grayling and the HS2 debacle.
We’ve yet to see how Boris will prorogue Parliament, whilst the few warships we do have are squaring up to Iran.

19/7/19
I’m pleased that the TV licence fee fiasco has provoked many over-75’s into applying for Pension Credit; although they’ll probably find the process overly intrusive.
Those, who qualify, will now find that they can get free dentistry on the NHS (as we all once could), instead of stumping up £50 every year for a 5 minute mouth inspection.
Perhaps it would make more economic sense to scrap the licence fee altogether and pay for the BBC, as an official arm of Government, out of general taxation.

11/7/19
Your Thursday editorial led with a tale of political “he said, she said” squabble over a highly paid diplomat, who spoke carelessly about Donald Trump. I doubt many of your readers would lose sleep over the issue. Yet an issue which would be of concern and would affect many of your readers, women’s pensions, was relegated to second item. I feel this just about sums up the priorities of those leading the country over those they’re supposed to be working for.

11/7/19
Your showbiz editor’s obituary on Freddie Jones made no Mention of his role of Claudius in the brilliant series of “the Caesars”, which I think is overdue for a re-run.
As is “I, Clavdivs” with Derek Jacobi
and “The six wives of Henry VIII” with Keith Michel
Why are none of the BBC’s History based drama’s considered worthy of a re-run?
It’s not as if they can go out-of-date, like a “Have I got News for you”

8/7/19
I would like to add to Phil Neville’s concern about the handball rule.
In the instant, that he referred to, it appeared to me, a the time, that as the ball came off her chest, her arm was pushed onto the ball.
That may have been accidental but on another occasion it appeared that one player used her hand to push the England player’s arm onto the ball.
The way the rules stand, with pushing and shoving no longer an offence, there has to be definite signs of stretching out of the arm.
I felt particularly sorry for the Japanese in the way they were put out of the competition, after being much the better team.

6/7/19
Mr. Johnson may be, as he says, making a great sacrifice by becoming the Prime Minister of the United Kingdoms of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but there are pecuniary advantages to the job, even if he has to cut and run after a short tenure.
There’s a guaranteed pension and golden farewell, a perpetual security guard, multiple jaunts to 10 star accommodations around The World, meeting many celebrities and other VIP’s (I could live in comfort just on the autographs, he could collect). then there’s the lecture circuit, with fees of £1Mn to be had by ex-Premiers.
If he returns to his sacrificed career, I’m sure, as an ex-Premier, he’d be even more grossly overpaid for his scribblings, than he is now.

6/7/19
Many of the councils around the North-West are also replacing manicured grass verges with wildflower meadows, as in your article.
It is much more cheering than the austere green blankets that architectural landscapes favour.
May I ask that in the tree planting proposal, in another article, we also dispose of the majestically flowered horse chestnuts and willows that architects favour and replace them with fruit trees.
Cherry trees give attractive blossom but also provide food for those who need it.
There are plenty of fruits and nuts, which used to be widely and freely available in the past and which we now have to buy in supermarkets.
Most of these fruits and nuts are shipped in from abroad, then double wrapped in plastic at a time, when we’re being told to be more environmentally aware.
There are also some native fruits I’ve read of but never encountered, such as medlars and checkers.
It’d be happier world if we had more than just blackberries to harvest on our days out in the countryside

4/7/19
The abuse of Paul Embery by the Fire Brigade Union points to a Committee man exercising his power.
It’s this sort of pettiness, which Tory voters keep ascribing to Socialism.
Those Tories, whom I’ve come across, still have an image of the Peter Sellars character in “I’m alright, Jack” and this behaviour only reinforces that negative image of the Left and of Trade Unionism.

4/7/19
I doubt other women’s sports will catch the Publics attention as strongly as this England Women’s team.
Apart from their being the National team, Football is the most popular of all our spectator sports.
The most important factor is that it only needs a ball for any kid, even in the absence of friends, to enjoy physical play and to learn ball skills and these women have those ball control skills.
That what makes them watchable and capable of winning games.
Enthusiasm and team spirit can only take you so far.
The FA needs to do more than enable youngsters to learn basic teamwork, perhaps by producing video’s showing how the likes of Suarez, or our own lionesses, capture and keep the ball.

2/7/19
The suggestion of a State paid salary for all UK voters has merit in view of the threat that robots will be taking over all our jobs.
A State paid salary would do away with the need for a separate State pension and could ease arrangements for care homes etc.
Businessmen might, initially, moan about people not wanting to work but they would only need to pay a top-up wage, sufficient to make work attractive.
(similar to Tory Apprenticeship schemes but without being exploitative)
This way, there would be no need for the DWP and Taxman to chase those working for cash in hand (not cost-effective).
Young entrepreneurs would be enabled to plough any profits straight back into their businesses and help them grow, Whilst students could focus on their studies, without having to work to support themselves.
Employers could offer zero-hours jobs, to those, who allegedly want them, without exploiting the desperate.
Business might complain about paying taxes to fund this scheme but they should see it as a form of insurance, knowing that there would be a steady demand for their goods, without strong market fluctuations to make life difficult and restrict their cash flow.

2/7/19
Sad to read MP’s are suffering from depression.
I suppose the extra workload from squabbling over Brexit, for three years, has been vexing for them.
Perhaps they need longer holidays

28/6/19
Your reference to Popeye cartoons reminded me of my enjoyment of such cartoons, as a child and I wondered why they are no longer shown for a new generation. I can’t recall any one cartoon in detail but Popeye’s singing the tune “brotherly love” summarises the moral nature of them. There certainly wasn’t anything to offend modern parents

28/6/19
Could someone explain to me why the panel on BBC Questiontime were so firmly united in condemning Chris Williamson, whose apparent crime was that he said he thought the Labour party were being too apologetic to those accusing it of Anti-Semitism. He hadn’t supported Anti-Semitism and Labour had vowed to rid the party of those promoting hatred of Jews. The level of condemnation seemed to far outweigh the perceived crime, as if pre-arranged

27/6/19
I like Social Media: It allows the spread of truths, which “important people” would prefer to be hidden. E.g. Super Injunctions are meaningless when people can access VPN’s.
One problem is the misuse of Social Media, encouraging “important people” to call for controls, when improved social etiquette would be preferable
For instance, when Damian Hinds said revenge porn is not possible, if you don’t bare all on camera. Perhaps Lib Dem MP Vera Hobhouse, instead of sounding a “View Halloo” with the hackneyed meme of “victim blaming”, she should have paused to reflect on the need for the wise (as all MP’s profess to be) to offer such cautionary advice to the naïve.
Advice not to take sweets from strangers, or not to “Walk in the Dark Wood at Night” is not really victim blaming, is it?

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@TheGreenParty time to stop persecuting us for Global Warming and help us survive it

May 10, 2017

It’s now an established political truth that the World is getting hotter and it is caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
This is also persistently proclaimed, by climatologists, as a Scientifically proven truth.
So far, the consequences have all been political I.e. conferences, debates and treaties.
Industry has complied by switching from burning fossil fuels to building wind turbines and solar panels. All very laudable but to what purpose?
The population of the planet is increasing geometrically and so is the amount of Carbon dioxide that we are producing, just by breathing.
Assuming we can keep feeding everyone and there are no natural disasters, global warming will continue regardless.
Is it not time that the politicians and climatologists turned their efforts to gaining some benefit from all the money spent on these conferences and accords?
Instead of writing further learned treatises showing incontrovertible proof that Polar bears will become extinct, the ice caps will melt, sea levels rise and many major cities drowned.
Instead of this, perhaps the experts could turn their attention to coping with their doom-saying.
Perhaps, moving new building to higher ground, instead of constructing expensive stop-gaps like the Thames barrier. The alternative may lie in learning to live in our own sewage like Venice.
Perhaps investigating how agriculture should adapt to new crops and fisheries to new food species.
Perhaps we should stop crying over the polar bear. We won’t save it by signing bits of paper.
If we must conserve the polar bear, it’ll have to be in zoo’s and cryonic chambers.
Climatologists have made the sale: Instead of badgering us into feeling guilty they should begin to earn their research grants and show us ways to adapt to what they can’t truly prevent

King Canute was probably not a member of the @TheGreenParty

September 26, 2013

Given that the planet is warming and the seas are rising; given that man’s activities are hastening the process; given that our politician’s are listening and taking action to reduce the UK’s impact.

Given these, as facts; Isn’t it time that the Cassandra’s stopped running around crying for something to be done and actually thought about doing something.

I don’t mean demanding an end to the burning of fossil fuels, where the increased use by China has swamped any effect of the reductions being attempted in the West (certainly sidelined UK’s efforts, at great cost to my fuel bill this Winter).

I mean that they should do what Canute did.

He demanded that his ear-aches faced the inevitable and moved his throne farther up the beach, beyond the reach of the rising water.

if The Eco-friendlies want to do something useful, they should encourage governments to plan for the effects of Global Warming.

Move new developments inland.

Consider building design that can withstand the predicted severe weather.

Consider what crops will need to be grown to feed the populace. Land at sea level will be flooded but the moors may become more suitable for farming.

I know it’s easier to pontificate about other people’s indolence but, surely, there must be some members of the Eco tribes, who actually care about the people, who are helpless to take action and who will bear the brunt of the loss of habitat, shelter and food, which the Cassandra’s claim we are doomed to.

 

@theGreenParty Global Warming need not lead to rising sea-levels

April 27, 2012

I took this from the Fullermoney Newsletter. I find these reports trustworthy, as they do not have a political agenda (although many are presumably on the extreme right). These people rely on truth in order to make money from their investments. Similar to professional Horse racing fans, who base their selections on their own evaluation of a horse’s form and any reliable sources that they can exploit.

This February scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder did just that. Using data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, the team began a more comprehensive global inventory of melting glaciers from 2003 to 2010. GRACE measures tiny changes in the Earth’s gravitational pull and gravity is related to mass. When glaciers lose ice, their gravitational pull weakens. The two satellites fly at 500km (310.7 miles), so they can detect this loss even for the hard-to-reach, high-altitude glaciers around the globe. The scientists published their findings in the February 8, 2012 issue of Nature, with global images showing the annual changes in ice thickness (in centimeters).

Shifting to other areas, the total global ice mass lost from Greenland, Antarctica and Earth’s glaciers and ice caps was about 4.3 trillion tons (1,000 cubic miles), enough to add 0.5 inches (12 millimeters) to global sea level. That’s enough ice to cover the United States 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) deep. A quarter of the average annual ice loss came from glaciers and ice caps outside of Greenland and Antarctica while ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica averaged 385 billion tons (100 cubic miles) a year.

However, this is 30% less than scientists had previously thought. Greenland and Antarctica are melting as much as experts expected, but the rest of the world was a surprise. The biggest discrepancy was in Asia.

The 2012 study showed the Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost almost no ice during the past 10 years. The scientists are careful to point out that lower-altitude glaciers in the Asian mountain ranges – sometimes dubbed the “third pole” – are definitely melting. Satellite images and reports confirm this. However, over the study period from 2003-10 enough ice was added to higher and more northern peaks to compensate.   My view – The implications of this concluding paragraph above, I concur, are that as gradually rising global temperatures cause lower glaciers in the Himalayas to retreat, some of the additional moisture released is being deposited in the colder upper regions.

@TheGreenParty latest research on Glacier melt (fullermoney)

March 19, 2012

The moneymen keep a close eye on environmental issues as it affects their ability to make money. I trust their views much more than those of people such as F.o.E.

These people aren’t interested in Cassandra’s, only expert opinion and facts.

The latest report that they’ve picked up on is:

Critics [Ed: of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] noted that it was impossible to make broad generalizations since only 10 of the 54,000 glaciers in the region have been studied regularly. The conference noted this problem and encouraged more studies.

 This February scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder did just that. Using data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, the team began a more comprehensive global inventory of melting glaciers from 2003 to 2010. GRACE measures tiny changes in the Earth’s gravitational pull and gravity is related to mass. When glaciers lose ice, their gravitational pull weakens. The two satellites fly at 500km (310.7 miles), so they can detect this loss even for the hard-to-reach, high-altitude glaciers around the globe. The scientists published their findings in the February 8, 2012 issue of Nature, with global images showing the annual changes in ice thickness (in centimeters).

Shifting to other areas, the total global ice mass lost from Greenland, Antarctica and Earth’s glaciers and ice caps was about 4.3 trillion tons (1,000 cubic miles), enough to add 0.5 inches (12 millimeters) to global sea level. That’s enough ice to cover the United States 1.5 feet (0.5 meters) deep. A quarter of the average annual ice loss came from glaciers and ice caps outside of Greenland and Antarctica while ice loss from Greenland and Antarctica averaged 385 billion tons (100 cubic miles) a year.

However, this is 30% less than scientists had previously thought. Greenland and Antarctica are melting as much as experts expected, but the rest of the world was a surprise. The biggest discrepancy was in Asia.

The 2012 study showed the Himalayas and nearby peaks have lost almost no ice during the past 10 years. The scientists are careful to point out that lower-altitude glaciers in the Asian mountain ranges – sometimes dubbed the “third pole” – are definitely melting. Satellite images and reports confirm this. However, over the study period from 2003-10 enough ice was added to higher and more northern peaks to compensate.  

My (Fullermoney) view – The implications of this concluding paragraph above, I concur, are that as gradually rising global temperatures cause lower glaciers in the Himalayas to retreat, some of the additional moisture released is being deposited in the colder upper regions.

@occupy @theGreenparty Fracking may transform next decade

February 9, 2012

This piece from Fullermoney raises some interesting points for debate.

Basically it’s about the U.S.A. becoming energy self-reliant.

The first aspect is that there would be no need for them to worry about the Middle East or S.American oil supplies.

Second point is that there are probably huge fracking fields around the Globe.

We in Britain could be kept afloat by our resources, as could many other countries.

Would Argentina be so hot and bothered about The Falklands, if they found reserves in their vast hinterland?

A really good one was the report, some time back, that Israel has undersea resources equivalent to Saudi Arabia’s oil fields and that’s 60% of the World’s known resources. This could heighten tensions in The Middle East, as the price of oil would plummet worldwide.

This drop in the price of oil would be more significant as the awakening giant of China is busily pursuing Fracking possibilities in its own territories and would need less imported oil (the main reason for recent fuel price rises)

It could well mean the end of the Global warming fanatics. My personal view is the Anthropocentric Global Warming Scare grew out of a political necessity to conserve our supplies of fossil fuel (this scare did not exist until the Early 90’s, when we stopped teaching about The Energy Crisis in schools and Green Issues jumped into the Science syllabus).

Suddenly, there was a lot of financial support for these groups. This may now dry up for those supporting Carbon Footprint preaching.

The U.S. is the closest it has been in almost 20 years to achieving energy self-sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo triggered a recession and led to lines at gasoline stations.

Domestic oil output is the highest in eight years. The U.S. is producing so much natural gas that, where the government warned four years ago of a critical need to boost imports, it now may approve an export terminal. Methanex Corp., the world’s biggest methanol maker, said it will dismantle a factory in Chile and reassemble it in Louisiana to take advantage of low natural gas prices. And higher mileage standards and federally mandated ethanol use, along with slow economic growth, have curbed demand.

The result: The U.S. has reversed a two-decade-long decline in energy independence, increasing the proportion of demand met from domestic sources over the last six years to an estimated 81 percent through the first 10 months of 2011, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from the U.S. Department of Energy. That would be the highest level since 1992.

“For 40 years, only politicians and the occasional author in Popular Mechanics magazine talked about achieving energy independence,” said Adam Sieminski, who has been nominated by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Energy Information Administration. “Now it doesn’t seem such an outlandish idea.”

The transformation, which could see the country become the world’s top energy producer by 2020, has implications for the economy and national security — boosting household incomes, jobs and government revenue; cutting the trade deficit; enhancing manufacturers’ competitiveness; and allowing greater flexibility in dealing with unrest in the Middle East.

My view – Once George P Mitchell pioneered the fracking method for extracting shale gas at a very commercial rate in the late 1990s, the seemingly unobtainable ‘holy grail’ of energy independence for the USA became a practical possibility. When this game-changing technology was adapted for the successful extraction of shale oil, the previously unthinkable prospect of the USA as the world’s largest producer of energy became a probably for the next decade.

This will require none of the expensive subsidies thrown at ethanol and various inefficient renewable technologies. The USA is blessed with the world’s largest known reserves of shale oil and the second largest known reserves of shale gas. Moreover, American innovation created the means for extracting this vital resource – a technological breakthrough that other countries are now scrambling to achieve.

two more bullets for the anthropogenic Global Warming alarmists

September 20, 2011

Two pieces of  research that the Al Gore pseudo-scientists (a.k.a. climatologists) will want to suppress.

First concerns polar volcanoes:  (lifted straight from Browning Newsletter on Climate: Shifting into Autumn)

Alaska’s Mt. Redoubt and Russia’s Sarychev Peak in 2009, and, during this year, Iceland’s Grímsvötn and Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle have all erupted.

Another volcano, Mt. Sheveluch on Russia’s Kamchatka Pennisula, may have joined these ranks. The volcano is currently erupting 8.6 km (5.3 miles) high. This is high enough that it is forcing airlines to reroute their circumpolar flights, particularly those to Japan and Northern China. It has been erupting all month and, off and on, all year. The mountain is remote and hard to observe so some of the eruptions may have been high enough to enter the stratosphere. At a minimum, the debris is drifting down wind and raining out over North America.

If eruptions are big enough for their columns to enter the stratosphere, the debris can linger for years. This has multiple effects on the weather including:

o The ash and chemicals block out incoming sunlight, cooling the air.

o Water collects around the aerosols (solid and liquid particles) forming clouds, which also block incoming sunlight.

o When the clouds finally precipitate out, the rains and snows are unusually heavy.

o The cooler air changes air pressure which changes wind patterns.

In the case of volcanoes near the Arctic and Antarctic, this means the changed air pressure weakens the circumpolar winds. These are winds that circle around the poles, trapping most of the frigid air over the Arctic or Antarctic. If the winds are weak, these frozen air masses can escape. We saw this last winter when the Arctic air masses escaped south and buried 48 of the 50 states in snow, brought European Christmas travel to a standstill and inundated Asia.

We are currently seeing this in the Southern Hemisphere. The Chilean government declared an official “catastrophe” after heavy snows that the nation’s Interior minister called a “white earthquake.” The nation’s capital had rare snow and southern regions have as much as 9 feet (2.7 meters). South Africa, which usually receives a dusting about once or twice a year, has been hit with storms that have dumped up to 60 cm (2 feet) in some areas. New Zealand was hit by a freak winter storm with heavy snow and bitterly cold weather two weeks ago, snowing on Wellington for the first time in decades.

This is a warning for the Northern Hemisphere. In summertime, the polar air masses are trapped north. Europe, Asia and North America have been more affected by balmy tropics. As fall evolves, the polar air masses will spread south, bringing a cold wet harvest season, particularly for Europe, China and the US. This will be followed by a frozen winter.

The second from http://opinion.financialpost.com/2011/08/26/lawrence-solomon-science-now-settled/

63 CERN scientists from 17 European and American institutes have done what global warming doomsayers said could never be done — demonstrate that cosmic rays promote the formation of molecules that in Earth’s atmosphere can grow and seed clouds, the cloudier and thus cooler it will be. Because the sun’s magnetic field controls how many cosmic rays reach Earth’s atmosphere (the stronger the sun’s magnetic field, the more it shields Earth from incoming cosmic rays from space), the sun determines the temperature on Earth.

Basically both of these items point up that clouds have a significantly greater effect on Global climate than Greenhouse gases, whether they are produced by ungulates, termites or us nasty fossil fuel burners.

In both cases rain droplets form on dust particles from volcanoes , or ions caused by cosmic rays.

These rain droplets form clouds, which act as a blanket preventing sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface.

Obviously the clouds also keep us warm at night, which is why cloudy Winter nights are less frosty but the reflection of the Sun’s heat is more significant than the loss of the Earth’s radiated heat.

Despite arguments to the contrary, it supports the observation that the absence of contrails, after 9/11 left the air above America warmer (http://www.celsias.com/article/9-11-contrail-climate-effects-questioned/).

 

Greenland was Green in Leif Erikson’s time

September 16, 2011
letter to john.ingham@express.co.uk. He’s ex-wiganer (hence reference to Haigh Hall), does the Green bit in the Express (and occasionally the war bits, it seems)
 
Whilst I understand that it is accepted, by many, that Global Warming is a crime committed by mankind, I think you need to revise your opening comments on Erik the Red and your inclusion of the Aral Sea in the examples of Global Warming.
As I understand it, Erik The Red spoke the truth and not only was a Viking colony settled in Greenland but they farmed the land for a couple of centuries before the next mini-Ice Age, from which we are now emerging.
They also had an Inuit population as neighbours.
The Aral Sea’s dilemma was, as I’m sure you must know, caused by Communist Russia diverting its water supply to upstream developments.
I found the note on Red Admiral’s of interest, having come across one in the Haigh Hall walled Garden. I hadn’t seen one, since I was a kid in Liverpool and I expect that its appearance may be connected with hurricanes moving up the East coast of America, instead of bashing into the Bay of Mexico, as they usually do.

Deal with it

March 23, 2011

Oh Dear! Hawaii’s shores are knee deep in plastic refuse. Deal with it. Collect it up and re-cycle it. Stop moaning at me!

Oh Dear! Global Warming means sea levels will rise, London will be flooded. Deal with it.  Why, in this video conference age, do we need all head Offices in London? Move. Move to Higher Ground. Stop moaning at me!

Oh Dear! Our European overlords are making us do nasty things to the electorate. Deal with it.  Leave the European Union and stop Lying to me.

Oh Dear! Nasty loggers are chopping down the rain forest. Deal with it.  My furniture is all chipboard made from compressed, sustainable pine shavings. I can’t afford Teak and Mahogany furniture. Stop blaming me!

Whales etc. are being driven to extinction. Deal with it. I’m not (as far as I know) eating whalemeat and I’m not declaring war on Iceland, Norway or Japan. Stop whinging at me!

Deal with it. Do something besides moan at me or beg me for money. Try taking positive action. All I can do is write a blog and moan back.

protect the predators

October 25, 2010

I worry about the polar bears. Their habitat is shrinking, apparently, and they’re having to move back on land, again, and live as their Grizzly bear ancestors did.

This probably means that we’ll hear more stories of Norwegians, Russians and North Americans being attacked by these ferocious but indolent predators. They probably can’t chase down caribou, as their kissing cousins, the Grizzly can, and will attack slower prey, such as Humans.

 The reference to kissing cousins is because one case of cross-breeding has already been documented, which may well have been a consequence of this threatened diaspora. Apparently the cross was like a bigger, stronger Grizzly. It was not made clear whether, or not, this cross-breed was fertile or a mule; so we don’t know whether, or not, we’ll be seeing a new species, which we will have to worry about protecting.

The good news is that Tigers are in no danger of becoming extinct, because, whilst they might be dying out in India (where they occasionally feed on the peasants, who, unfortunately, have little sympathy for the tiger’s plight), their population is booming in California, which now has the biggest proportion of The World’s (I have to keep remembering to Capitalise the definite article, when it is attached to a proper noun) total population of Tigers.