Ominous Arctic Methane Spikes Continue — 2666 Parts Per Billion on October 26th

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

Imagine, for a moment, the darkened and newly liberated ocean surface waters of the Kara, Laptev, and East Siberian Seas of the early 21st Century Anthropocene Summer.

Where white, reflective ice existed before, now only dark blue heat-absorbing ocean water remains. During summer time, these newly ice-free waters absorb a far greater portion of the sun’s energy as it contacts the ocean surface. This higher heat absorption rate is enough to push local sea surface temperature anomalies into the range of 4-7 C above average.

Remnant Arctic sea surface heat

(Remnant extreme heat at Arctic Ocean surface on October 8, 2014. Extraordinary warmth in the range 0f 4-7 C above average is due to recent loss of summer sea ice in the Kara, Laptev, East Siberian and Beaufort Seas. Newly exposed dark surface waters absorb more of the sun’s rays which results in a highly visible temperature anomaly. Image source: Climate Reanalyzer. Image archived…

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special person alert!

Well……. every now and then we come across special people. While commenting at another blog, I came across a special person.

Now, as my regular readers know, I’m not in the business of providing a forum for climate change deniers, conspiracy theorists etc. It becomes tiresome having to correct them and demonstrate where and how they are wrong. Science is not on their side leaving them with feelpinions and feelpinions have no place in science unless they are tested and backed up scientifically.

Today however, I am going to make an exception. I am going to provide a link to a blog that is….. well….. a whole special little world of feelpinions, mathturbation, pseudoscience, conspiracy ideation and the list goes on. What makes this special little blog so special is that everything is written by one person….one special person…. one special person with a LOT of time on his hands. I am posting the link to his blog because it is an excellent example of everything that science isn’t and because the author thinks I am afraid of his brilliance.

So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I give you the next Galileo. Bask in his brilliance here.

 

 

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How the electricity industry is trying to block solar part 2

Following on from RenewEconomy’s earlier post. Here is the rest of how the fossil fuel generators try to discourage the uptake of solar.

How the electricity industry is trying to block solar part 2.

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What is the world doing?

Recently I blogged briefly about Costa Rica moving rapidly towards 100% renewable energy generation in the next few years. Read about it here.

Well, while our backward right-wing climate change denying government battles with the Canadian government to be crowned “Idiots of the Century”, the rest of the world is getting on with the business of dealing with the issue. Of most interest is Central and South America. What they are doing exposes the myth that coal is essential for economic growth and stability due to its relative cheapness and that, in the words of our moronic Prime Minister Tony Abbott, that it is “good for humanity”.

On that note….

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Anyway, to see what the rest of the world is doing, go here.

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NSW flags wind farm planning changes as it seeks to move turbines

I really am at a loss trying to understand idiots like Pru Goward, Joe Hockey and Alan Jones when they try and justify their beliefs that wind turbines cause illness. I’m not going to rehash how stupid this actually is. If you like you can read about it here, here, here and here. Personally, I find the argument that wind turbines are ugly or “utterly offensive” even more ridiculous.

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Anyway, read all about the latest nutjobbery from conservative NSW politicians here.

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How the electricity industry is trying to block solar in Australia

Photo credit: Justin McManus

Well they would, wouldn’t they?

How the electricity industry is trying to block solar in Australia.

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Reservoir at 5 Percent Capacity: Climate Change to Leave Sao Paulo’s 20 Million Without Water By November?

Originally posted on robertscribbler:

Suffering from its worst drought in over 84 years, the city of Sao Paulo is in the midst of a crisis. For as of this weekend the city’s primary reservoir — the Cantareira — had dropped to just 5 percent capacity putting millions at risk of losing access to water.

The fall prompted the city’s governor — Geraldo Alckmin — to again ask for permission to draw emergency water supplies from below flood gates to alleviate catastrophic losses from the Cantareira and ensure water supplies to the region’s 20 million residents. The move would tap a river system that feeds two other states also facing water shortages — Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.  But the draw is only a temporary stop gap and, without rain, the Cantareira will continue to fall — bottoming out sometime this November.

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(Dam and section of Cantareira Reservoir high and dry under incessant drought…

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