Retired NASA Scientist James Hansen: Tar sands oil would “guarantee climate disasters”; Citizens Climate Lobby deserves the highest priority (and sorry I forgot about their conference call last night)
Hansen: Tar sands oil would “guarantee climate disasters”; Citizens Climate Lobby deserves the highest priority (and sorry I forgot about their conference call last night)
David vs Goliath, James Hansen, Oct 21, 2013Tar sands operations today are ugly enough, but if that expansion happens and infrastructure is put in place to carry the products away, there surely will be a monstrous rape of the land. And from the climate standpoint, we cannot accept the massive carbon amounts in unconventional fossil fuels without guaranteeing climate disasters. …”David” in this case was the Friends of Earth Europe contingent, a small determined middle-aged lady supported by a few young people. …Citizens Climate Lobby deserves the highest priority — and I am very distraught that I forgot about my scheduled time to be on their monthly call last evening.
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Will We See A Drop In Global Temperatures When PDO & AMO Go Cold Together?
The PDO has now turned cold, and, with the AMO still in its warm phase, temperatures are flatlining. By the mid 2020’s we are likely to see both great ocean patterns stuck together in their cold phases well into the 2030’s.
It is well established that both the Atlantic Multidecadal & the Pacific Decadal Oscillations affect global temperatures. According to NOAA, the AMO alternatively obscures and exaggerates global warming.
The solid blue curve shows the observed northern Hemisphere temperatures and the dashed blue curve is a smoothed version. The red curve is the temperature history for a model that responds to the external forcing of greenhouse gases and solar variability but not to natural climate variations. The blue alternations about the red curve represent the natural AMO oscillations. When the AMO decreases, as from 1950 to 1975, global warming may appear to be reversed. When the AMO increases, as from 1975 to the present, the global warming (red) is exaggerated.
And Roy Spencer tells us :
The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is an internal switch between two slightly different circulation patterns that occurs every 30 years or so in the North Pacific Ocean. It was originally described in 1997 in the context of salmon production. It has a positive (warm) phase that tends to warm the land masses of the Northern Hemisphere, as well as a negative (cool) phase.
Things get particularly interesting though, when you put the two cycles together, as below.
* In the 1930’s, both PDO and AMO warm phases come together.
* Both cold phases come together in the 1960’s and 70’s, the time of the “ice age scares”.
* And, the warm phases come together again for about 10 years from the mid 1990’s, when we saw the last spike in temperatures.
The PDO has now turned cold, and, with the AMO still in its warm phase, temperatures are flatlining.
It is likely that the AMO will remain in warm mode for another 10 years or so, but by the mid 2020’s we are likely to see both great ocean patterns stuck together in their cold phases well into the 2030’s.
When they do, will we see a similar drop in global temperatures such as we did in the 1970’s? I would not bet against it.
Don’t cry for me Christiana! UN climate boss Christiana Figueres cries for the children about global warming – ‘I just feel that it is so completely unfair and immoral what we are doing to future generations, we are condemning them before they are even born’
Don’t cry for me Christiana!
Costa Rican-born UN climate boss Christiana Figueres should consider a career in movies. The ability to captivate audiences through tearful performances, like the one at a climate conference in London, is a highly rated asset in Hollywood. However her tears in London do not yet quite qualify her for an Oscar: Speaking to the BBC on the sidelines of a climate conference at Chatham House in London, Ms Figueres became tearful when she reflected on the impact that climate change might have on coming generations. “I’m committed to climate change because of future generations, it is not about us, right? We’re out of here,” she said.”I just feel that it is so completely unfair and immoral what we are doing to future generations, we are condemning them before they are even born.””We have a choice about it, that’s the point, we have a choice. If it were inevitable then so be it, but we have a choice to change the future we are going to give our children.”
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ABC: global warming makes kid arsonists misjudge their fires | Herald Sun Andrew Bolt Blog
The ABC finds an academic prepared to go that extra mile in clown shoes to link child arsonists in NSW to global warming:
JANET STANLEY, MONASH SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE:
With a child it might just be an accident, you know, it’s fun to watch a fire. You light it and in the circumstances that we’ve got at the moment with climate change it gets away when it probably wasn’t meant to get away.