Arctic warming …

Tootling around we find this online resourece (garnered from arctic21) … http://library.open.oregonstate.edu/climatechange/front-matter/preface/

The source for the above  …. https://twitter.com/arctic21?lang=en

We read now that theres lots of mercury in the thawing permafrost. Sort of academic anyway considering the effects of the methane on the interconnected feedback loops of this planet.

Luckily Monsanto can save us (I’m also good at sarcasm) as I’ve read their patented GM crops/ products also hold patents for resistance to unbonded aluminium. The latter as at present released in climate change chemtrails is hindering and will eventually I assume destroy any viable organic production of green grown food; likewise its the enemy of bees and insects, airborne and aquatic. Yesterday the 24th March 2018 we had chemtrails and its a high pressure day here in the UK and so with its bright blue sky I expect to see the usual disruption from non-fading haze from the dreaded weather modification.

The amount and speed of methane release and its 20-120 potency of CO2 is the big problem (or one of many) heres some ‘latest data’ … http://arctic-news.blogspot.co.uk/

The web is a minefield, certainly valuable being an understatement but also annoying when self-regarding fools (I hope not me!) insist on rolling out the same old “It won’t happen” crap  …. fact is it is happening, even trump in his convoluted way admits to it  ie the wall to stop mass migration, tax handbacks to the rich, ramping the military, disowning the poor or the ordinary, ditto people of colour and refugees. now that its plus 30c in parts of the Arctic then this is ‘snowballing’ no pun intended far quicker than many Scientists can pontificate upon the matter.

 

Below, slow start but useful visuals and explanation….

 

 

 

On the ball: Climate Change with Prof Kevin Anderson.

We need more like this man, Prof Kevin Anderson. He knows fine well his viewers are served well by his quick delivery, in the talk below he gets through lots of points because there are lots of points  … its called survival of the planet !!!

He’s certainly bright and like a breath of fresh air; a genuine hero among men.

I implore anyone and everyone to listen through completely the above presentation. He draws in the many factors all feeding into the dilemma of trying to lower carbon consumption when the dangers of hubris, of trump, of the slowness of governments and how the better off in this world are most reluctant to let go of present lifestyle. A good point he makes is realising how our affluent carbon lifestyle, air travel etc is destroying the chance of the poor accessing even a basic supply of electricity. So next time air travel is booked just think how the debit of carbon is hindering someone, a family on the other side of the world. I personally do not think the top consumers can shift their mentality, nor realise the urgency. Its an 80/20 rule and it fits. Likewise, IPCC forecasts and modelling are so ‘out of step’ with real-life data ie incorporating carbon capture when as yet the technology hasn’t been invented for the large scale required;  likewise with no IPCC mention of the expected methane ‘time bomb’. Their figures will be shredded to ‘so much confetti’.

Its going to be very difficult to get the World to accept new outlooks and targets, the Economists constant desire for growth in untenable with climate changing so fundamentally. Its a bit like my experience of ‘managers’ in industry, often its always too late.

We need a few hundred more people like Prof Kevin Anderson on this planet. Heres his blog …

https://kevinanderson.info/

Also …

http://www.resilience.org/resilience-author/kevin-anderson/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Anderson_(scientist)

 

For those that can stand a little more reading  …. heres a useful quote speaking with Amy Goodman ie http://www.resilience.org/stories/2017-11-27/scientists-issue-dire-warning-climate-change-key-researcher-urges-changes-live/

I quote: KEVIN ANDERSON: Well, if you think about it, the renewable industry itself requires lots of people working in it. But also, we have to retrofit the existing infrastructure that we have in our society. If you look at the U.S., it’s very high energy consumption. That needs to change rapidly. That means retrofitting buildings and properties, people’s houses. It means much greater electrification of the energy system than we see today. There’s just a huge amount of construction work, engineering work, design work. You know, this is about really a 30-year jobs program for all of the industrialized parts of the world to transition from the very high-carbon infrastructure we have now to the low-carbon infrastructure of tomorrow. So, in that sense, surely, if his commitment to the Dust Belt was really a sincere one and he had some innovative capacity, he would see that the climate change agenda is a jobs agenda for the people that voted for him. end of quote.

In other words we need to get ‘on the ball’ and be doing all of this NOW.

Its particulary frustrating as trump is so incapable of any of this, so adamant in his refusal to acknowledge what everyone else knows; that is a statement that sums him up doesn’t it so many ways!    Not even trumps usual derisory  … SAD… is sufficient to describe the direction he is heading (ie backwards)  more accurately CRIMINAL in his neglect and insistence on reacting as if uninformed yet always able to hear and implement the dinosaur oil and coal lobby! The boy that couldn’t read …..

And to contradict trump and his cronies … theres no such thing as clean coal.

From Kevin Anderson above I quote …  If … “he had some innovative capacity” unquote, that just about sums trump up, nothing good, nothing positive, nothing created as a step forward for humanity, just a bizarre yearning by a person with an extremely contrived hair make-over to be back in the 1930’s when society was rough and stratified, when greed and impulse were fed quite easily if pockets were deep enough and political ambition fed upon upset and yearning; for the ordinary God fearing person it was not an easy a time to live through and then we had ’39-45. The sad apology trump despises science, data and learning; doing his best to run down, shift or dismiss scientists of the EPA through the Grim Reaper aka Scott Pruitt. I’d describe trump with his refusal of scientific data and learned educated opinion, hatred of minorities and folk of other colour or religious persuasion as a strange repugnant mix of Mao, Hitler and a hundred other despots throughout history.

Be vary of trump wanting a war, he’s doing his best to set nations and beliefs against each other; then as Naomi Klein sagely points out all manner of restrictions and laws will appear that a short while ago would have seemed so unthinkable, so draconian.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/11/naomi-klein-donald-trump-no-is-not-enough-interview

 

 

page 2 – an overview.

The interconnectedness of the natural world and its conformance to basic physical laws is quite astounding. Never before has 2+2=4 been so frightening.

Everything that I write on this blog is told to me as data based, nothing conjectural.

The planet that we’ve had so far is the result of a ‘steady state’ system of only minor fluctuations, now that we’ve advanced since the Industrial Revolution with CO2 release and massive loss of natural CO2 conversion to O (ie forests, ocean plankton, diatoms etc) we have ‘upset the plate of marbles’ and they are careering all over the kitchen floor. Not the best analogy but sort of true in how so many things are happening at once.

The Arctic is rising 10 or 12 degree C above global average, becoming a hothouse of heat absorption, water turbulence, food chain loss, loss of species and soon to be realised release of methane from geological, terrestial and subsea permafrost – methane as at present frozen as hydrate or capped by ice. Ice is darkening due to smoke particles from increasing number of wildfires and growth of a black algae, all accelerating heat absorption and hence thawing. Meltwater pools are a disastrous source of water flow now penetrating deep beneath the surface to render a swiss cheese effect. Methane is twenty to a hundredfold more potent as a greenhouse gas as CO2 depending upon timeframe. Methane will also result from microbial activity as permafrost is now actively thawing. Theres more carbon in the East Siberian Ice Shelf (a much feared and inevitable source of methane) than all the forests of the world and that is a lot of material for microbial anerobic activity, ie without oxygen the product being methane.

http://www.ipcc.ch/

The IPCC as far as I am aware do not even include methane release in their climate modelling and predictions, therefore their scribblings are rendered useless. Already we are beyond the set limits for temperature increase and next year looks to be a marked spike in extreme weather events as we cross the median of the accelerating upcurve, in other words ‘we are due one’.  The worlds Governments look to and abide as much as they can to the IPCC, I suppose its better than nothing in drawing some form of cohesive outlook but nowhere anywhere near enough. For donald j trump to walk away from the Paris Agreement and deliberately set the clock back fifty years in the proposed extraction and consumption of carbon energy he is indeed either a wilful puppet, evil, or both. Modern life is addicted to personal transport and low cost air travel, the latter I have been opposed to for decades, theres no need for ordinary people to ‘take as commomplace’ this luxury. The aviation lobby is very powerful and will still be insisting on dominace whilst the corpse of this planet twitches at the end. Tourists will blow a lot of money and many days of ‘holiday’ but would hardly pick up a book to learn more of it.  Likewise all types of academic conferences entail to my mind so much needless air travel, including those for climate change ! People will be choking on smoke darkened skies and the loss of all marine algal CO2>O and with much diminished forests and will still insist their car based lives must continue without serious modification. Well seeing why djt wants to expand the military of the USA at such an alarming and at first view needless extent.

Likewise theres masses of road lighting over here in the UK where its not even needed ie dual carriageways without any nearby housing or pedestrians and when all cars have headlamps anyway!

Witness China buying or leasing huge tracts of agricultural land worldwide in preparation for the scramble for food as much existing capability is compromised or disappears.

Coupled to ice loss at both Poles, alteration of ocean circulation systems, Pacific die-back, highly questionable weather modification and darkening skies is the change in the jet stream which is now looping and wavering  sideways much distant from its usual accepted pattern and as Paul Beckwith tells us it has split and circulates over the Arctic bringing warm air and moisture where it never existed before. All this is data based and is observable on high quality satellite databases as Paul himself shows us.

I’m very aware here in northern England of the Governmental dulling of the skies and being an active dog owner for a quarter century with a highly flexible working day I look for clear blue skies particularly in the cooler months so as to obtain the best days for our jaunts, but all too often there are the dreaded parallel and cross streaks of (I assume) metal nano-particles being sprayed by aircraft. I have yet to find satisfactory reasons for this (‘seeding’ being a term I dislike as with coral ‘bleaching’) after all California has had decades of this and still suffers droughts. The recent hellish fires in fact seeming to be made worse by I assume aluminium dust that now coats everything. It was un-natural how those fires proceeded.

Also this year we had our first ‘red’ daytime sky, the effect of wildfires in Spain. It was quite surreal, creepy in fact, unfortunately a taste of things to come. In all this artificial dulling of skies and Governmental weather meddling what do farmers think of it?

http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/

The staggering fact is that so many or all components of weather systems are interconnected and all function according to both their own and mutually inclusive feedback loops. As an engineer that couldn’t do the maths but went instead ‘the practical route’ I am well aware of the term ‘feedback’ both positive and negative and mechanical and electrical.

Heres mainstream news re Arctic sea ice loss ….

 

Whenever I see Polar Bears nowadays it hits me so hard, I cannot bear to watch them.

An interesting article … https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/greenland-melting

Professor Peter Wadhams has been collecting data with underwater sonar for forty  years and knows fine well where we are heading as a planet. His book ‘A Farewell to Ice’ caters for the layman as well as including more detailed explanations for those wishing a more scientific understanding of ice, a much more complex varied area than one would first assume.

It is frightening how fast all of this change is occuring and the feedback so utterly immutable. The North pole now in summer is water, no-one can walk it other than on temporary one year winter ice.

An incredible, fascinating book is James Lovelock ‘Gaia’ essential reading, to be learnt and committed to memory, weather systems, feedback, plants, organisms, cells and down to bacteria. James Lovelock as with Peter Wadhams have provided a lifetime of exemplary work and effort into the nature of this planet, these are ‘top men’ of great energy and talent !

Many scientists in the USA and elsewhere are frightened to speak out, this would jeopardise funding, risk their livelihoods and displease their ‘masters’.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Lovelock

http://arctic-news.blogspot.co.uk/

https://paulbeckwith.net/

 

 

to be contd

 

 

Brief and to the point …climate change.

Thanks for joining me!

 

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The above is a stock photo appearing as if by magic from WP and for now let it remain. Quite appropriate, my ancestors on both sides had many lifetimes associated with the sea, some were fishermen,  my mothers father a lifetime in the Royal Navy, some were harbour trades inc sailmaker for my mothers grandfather, my dad even drove a DUKW in the Second War.

The purpose of this blog is to bring attention to a wider medley of climate change topics, the best of what I can find  and hopefully save people some time at getting a foothold on the masses of sites and youtubes that exist. I also hope I can bend ‘deniers’ and ‘don’t knows’ to realise quite what is happening and seed enthusiasm for newbies to learn more.

I’ve found that google and particularly youtube enhances its results over successive days at searching, day two and three often yielding better material. I’ve known this for a decade with the many interests that I have, some quite unusual for a man in England, vintage Chinese cinema for example or fifties Italian Neo Realism etc etc   Hence the value of this effort at blogging here, to retain and mark the best both for myself and others.

But also as with the trump situation for the average person searching for page one and two google the newer churn can block out and make invisible material that still has value and really should be to hand. I think trump deliberately knows this effect, as if burying his mistakes with newer ones.

I’ve deliberately kept to a minute or two of reading and no more than say three vids (preferably shorter ones) or three or four  links per page. So much material out there particularly recorded talks and presentations seem so drawn out – I haven’t the time to sit and wait as it plays out! I hope in time the penny drops and brevity increases in value.

I’ve also deliberately kept away from listing huge loads of links or lots of diagrams and schematics, these are so easily viewed from other and immensely more able web contributors, for instance Paul Beckwith has lots of visual material to aid presentation and explain complexity.

https://paulbeckwith.net/

https://www.carbonbrief.org/

For books I suggest:-

James Lovelock ‘Gaia’

Prof Peter Wadhams ‘A Farewell to Ice’

Fothergill, Berlowitz BBC Books ‘Frozen Planet’