The canals in Venice which are salt water which freezes slower than fresh water, are nearly frozen. People are skating on ice in the Netherland’s canals, too. And here are people in Rome frolicking in snow! The Northeast US is warmer than usual and little to no snow this year but the heavy snows we saw last year are lashing places like Japan. The global warming issue continues to roil in the media as there is a great deal of emotionalism involved. And this intersects with energy issues, of course. Every form of energy has an effect and above all of these is solar energy from our own local star, the sun. To this day, scientists debate very hard, what triggers the last 2.5 million years of mainly ice age conditions with brief interglacial warm ups.
One thing I have noticed all my life is how people who are energetically telling me that something is killing someone often reverse course and show depraved indifference when other people die of causes that don’t disturb them or they want to continue despite these deaths. For example, the people who are scared of global warming and support nuclear power strive their very hardest to prove to us all that vast, hideous nuclear power plant accidents like Chernobyl and Fukushima don’t kill all that many people!
Antiabortion religious people will weep for fetuses and then cheerfully kill children. Or at least, are rather indifferent or have a scale of pity going from fetus where it is very high to teenagers where it collapses to zero. Recently, I have had people debate me about what kills people with weather conditions. I have a unique position because I actually lived in Death Valley and Arizona with NO AIR CONDITIONERS so I know how one can survive even if it is 120 degrees in the shade (hint: you have a cool semi-underground spot with a veranda for shade!) but I have also lived in a tent in -40 below zero and trust me, if you are not very energetic and have warm fur robes to wear, you will die in minutes!
Of course, people die in hot and cold extremes due to accidents but with cold, we get people dying simply from not having heat, you need heat to stay alive. One can live in even hot Sahara Desert conditions with a small bit of shade or flowing, loose robes. So, Europe cold snap claims more victims which isn’t a surprise to me. Most people living in cold climates like I do have all sorts of equipment to deal with snow. I have a snowplow jeep that we got for free and rebuilt, for example.
We have snow shovels and snow tires which are expensive (the tires) and we have double the overhead costs of people living in warm places which is why the vast bulk of our population has been moving steadily southwards thanks to air conditioners making it cool all the time indoors. Adapting to warmer weather is far, far easier and cheaper than adapting to Ice Age conditions. The severity of each Ice Age pulse was so tremendous, humans evolved extremely rapidly from ape and our brains in particular, grew really fast since smart people survived the horrors of severe cold better than less inventive or intelligent humanoids.
One thing the stressed-out end of times global warming people have been shouting about is…the glaciers of the Himalayan mountains: What does new glacier data mean for the climate debate? | Leo Hickman | Environment | guardian.co.uk
A paper published in the science journal Nature this week which revealed that there has been no appreciable loss of ice from the region’s glaciers over the past decade has been met with relief and surprise. The findings have also been greeted with delight by climate sceptics who have long viewed claims made about the melting of Himalayan glaciers as unfounded and alarmist.
The study’s authors used data obtained between 2003 and 2010 from the twin Grace satellites to detect and record any tiny, regional shifts in the Earth’s gravitational field. A decline in ice mass resulted in a reduction of this pull as they orbited the planet.
Air pollution of every sort is very bad in this region. When my parents were doing CIA stuff in this region back in the 1950-1970′s, they had to use a jeep or yaks to get about. It was dangerous and very slow. They used WWII aircraft that slogged over the mountains. Virtually all the time, they were the very few using 20th century transports. Today, many thousands of cars drive around this region. There are jets, helicopters and power plants all over the place. It looks more like LA back in the 1960′s and not some pristine, pure place.
It also has, thanks to the wonders of vaccinations against killer germs, a huge population explosion. This is what is killing the area! They depend on glacial water to survive. The main thing the satellite images show is that GROUND WATER is being rapidly depleted there…just as it is in the midwest of the North American continent. Here, we are using up all this fossil Ice Age water for agriculture.
The man force for arguing about global warming is the use of computer programs that project things to the future and then this is used to explain things today. But a weakness of the global warming ideology is, it won’t accept incoming contrary information so it clings to the programs rather than striving to understand what is really going on. I greatly dislike this doctrinaire attitude! It is FATAL. Scientists should be ashamed if they do this.
Here is an interesting computer model that clearly shows that we have to fear Ice Ages a lot more than global warming: Natural tilts in earth’s axis alter temperature enough to cause ice ages, says Harvard scientist | Mail Online
The idea that slight shifts in Earth’s axis might have been enough to trigger the ice ages is a century old.
But a Harvard earth sciences Professor Peter Huybers has finally proved it, using computer models to test competing ideas – and finding that earth’s tilting axis is the only one that works.
The finding could have profound implications for our understanding of our planet’s climate – and could, its author says, be crucial to ‘predicting long-term changes in future climate.’
Two ‘cycles’ in the way Earth’s axis spins have an effect on the cycle – one lasting 10,000 years and one lasting roughly 40,000 years.
When they align correctly, ice melts. At the other extreme, glaciers advance.
This IS probably one more factor! But it does not explain the sudden, severe jump in temperatures that always ends each cycle. There is NO gradual warming up. It is uniformly violently sudden with hyper-jumps far beyond what we can imagine. One year, it is tremendously cold, the very next, it is ten times warmer. Same with the cold drops: it is at first quite gradual when it suddenly plunges overnight, literally in less than one or three years!…to severe cold and the coldest part of the cycle is at the beginning, not the end, indeed, this sudden turning on and off of the cycles has to be solar.
That is, the wobble of the axis of our planet (the North Star has to be different stars each cycle of wobble, going from the present one to say, Vega) is certainly one element in the Ice Age cycles. The other is the relentless motion of our continents towards each other and sliding towards the North Pole. The other is the cut off of the ocean flows from the Pacific to the Atlantic when Central America grew due to volcanoes and tectonic plate actions, thus, changing the temperature of the North American continent making it colder and isolating the Gulf of Mexico waters.
But above all, the suddenness and violence of the changes means, when all things coincide with a solar surge or a solar decrease, it is amplified greatly. Convergence is the key: all elements coincide for either hot or cold and it is then absolutely greater than it would be if we had a different configuration of landmasses. Before this present Ice Age cycle, this planet was much warmer than today for many millions of years.
Back to today: New York and the other cold states are getting a reprieve from last year’s violent weather. It is quite pleasantly warm, relatively speaking, with it going down to zero degrees only a few times. We are saving money that has to be used plowing roads, etc. which is a good thing. Last year was very expensive! Now, Europe gets our winter: Gritting levels could double as weather turns too cold for salt – Telegraph
Forecasters have warned temperatures could plummet as low as 19.4F (-7C) in parts of the UK overnight, with grit becoming less effective at 15.8F or 14F (-9 or -10).
Icy conditions have already caused around 100 crashes in Cumbria alone as the country prepares for freezing rain and up to 4ins (10cm) of snow.
The Highways Agency, which is responsible for the motorways and major A roads, said salting levels could be doubled as authorities try to keep the roads safe for drivers.
The added cost of using extra salt during the cold snap will add to the winter maintenance bill of councils across the country as authorities seek to keep roads open.
Winter is VERY expensive. In summer, one has some overhead costs if one is in a warm place. But winter’s costs are cruel and if you don’t clear the roads or stop the ice, traffic stops. I never saw traffic stop on hot days. It does pollute like crazy when there is a temperature inversion. But howling winds, ice covering everything and mountains of snow are a whole different beast indeed.
Now, here is a very interesting article whereby the poor reporter from the German magazine, Der Spiegel is aghast at this daring book about Breaking Global Warming Taboos: ‘I Feel Duped on Climate Change’ – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International
Vahrenholt: In terms of the climate, we have seen a cyclical up and down for the last 7,000 years, long before man began emitting CO2 into the atmosphere. There has been a warming phase every 1,000 years, including the Roman, the Medieval and the current warm periods. All of these warm periods consistently coincided with strong solar activity. In addition to this large fluctuation in activity, there is also a 210-year and an 87-year natural cycle of the sun. Ignoring these would be a serious mistake …
SPIEGEL: … but solar researchers are still in disagreement over whether the cycles you mention actually exist. What do you think this means for the future?
Vahrenholt: In the second half of the 20th century, the sun was more active than it had been in more than 2,000 years. This “large solar maximum,” as astronomers call it, has contributed at least as much to global warming as the greenhouse gas CO2. But the sun has been getting weaker since 2005, and it will continue to do so in the next few decades. Consequently, we can only expect cooling from the sun for now.
SPIEGEL: It is undisputed that fluctuations in solar activity can influence the climate. Most experts assume that an unusually long solar minimum, evidenced by the very small number of sunspots at the time, led to the “Little Ice Age” that began in 1645. There were many severe winters at the time, with rivers freezing over. However, astrophysicists still don’t know the extent to which solar fluctuations actually affect temperatures.
I grew up playing around the world’s first huge solar observatory on Kitt Peak. We knew hardly anything about the sun back then! My grandfather and Hubble both studied the sun on their own with their own private observatories in Pasadena but they barely began to understand how sun spots operate! Only recently have we begun to observe the sun up close thanks to our satellites.
By the way, NASA funding for science is being hacked to nearly nothing. We are going bankrupt trying to control the Middle East and Asia. So we are basically giving up on science or trying to understand nature. This disgusts me because we need more, not less information!
Solar scientists are not like the global warming fanatics…they still have doubts about things. The utter lack of doubt about global warming by climatologists is uncalled for. They should be consumed with doubts and even wracked by fears of the looming ice age which is possibly inevitable. WE DON’T KNOW! Solar fluctuations have an immense impact on temperatures.
The sun is the biggest element here, by far. Zero sun=absolute cold. Sun going nova=we become a black cinder. All states of solar activity in between means varying states here on our tiny planet that desperately circles this sometimes capricious star.
Now, on to our desire for lots of electricity: U.S. approves first nuclear plant in decades. Not one but two! And not one thing has been altered on the plans after Fukushima. All is well, they claim. Of course, they say this also about hydrofracting by injecting toxins into the water table. I am totally against this. I don’t think hydrofracting is causing major earthquakes in the 4.0 and upwards range. But smaller tremors: yes.
The main thing here is, water migrates underground. It is NOT sealed off. If it is ‘sealed off’ by the geology of a fracting point, all we need is a good, strong New Madrid quake in the eastern half of the continent and all that ‘sealed’ water then suddenly isn’t sealed as cracks deform the rock formations further! No, it is 100% bad.
Nuclear power is like living in the Northeast: it is expensive, it is dangerous and if you don’t pay close attention to things, you die. It is the exact opposite of solar energy systems.
Back to the horrors of hydrofracting by injecting poisons into the earth: Purple Squirrel Released Back Into Pennsylvania Wilderness
But the squirrel’s uniform color would seem to rule out the paint theory. Krish Pillai, a professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, commented on Accuweather.com that the squirrel’s color should not be taken lightly:
This is not good at all. That color looks very much like Tyrian purple. It is a natural organobromide compound seen in molluscs and rarely found in land animals. The squirrel has too much bromide in its system possibly from all the bromide laced frack water it’s been drinking. I would raise the alarm. This could mean bladder cancer for humans down the road.
This purple squirrel should have been sent in for study. If what this expert says is true, it is a sign there is some serious water pollution problems. This happened where there is the most hydrofracting activity on the east coast. All energy systems have their negative sides. And this is one of many.
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