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What modulates our Sun? The majority of science work on the principle that the Sun is self modulating and each solar cycle is a product of a random number generator. There are others that suspect the Sun is modulated by the planets with a special emphasis on Uranus & Neptune. Thanks to Carl Smith who has recently left us we have new knowledge that significantly adds to Jose, Landscheidt & Charvàtovà's work.

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Real reason why Gore’s new film flopped – Video

IceAgeNow - 1 hour 42 min ago

Bait-and-switch prophecies didn’t come through.

Twice as many screens, yet none of the profits.
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Temperatures are lower now than when Gore won his Nobel Prize.

“It’s no longer science, it’s an agenda.”


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Thanks to Stephen Bird for this video
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Is NOAA trying to hide the cooling? – Video

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Even though temperatures in Finland ran  2.7 to 4.5 degrees F (1.5 to 2.5°C) below average this June, NOAA magically made that cooling disappear.

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Colder than average temperatures were recorded across the entire country, and yet, for some unknown reason NOAA’s maps do not reflect that cooling.

Warmists try to scare us with temperature rises measured in tiny fractions of a degree, but these are full degrees plus.

Is NOAA manipulating the numbers?

Similar whitewashing took place in other places too, says this video from SuspiciousObservers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqTlFgONS90&feature=youtu.be

Thanks to Jay Hope for this video
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Looking for a new Career?

IceAgeNow - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 15:03

“Some folks think history can be re-written by tearing down statues.” – Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser
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Looking for a new Career?

By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser

With the current “War on Monuments” just getting underway, new and lucrative jobs will be coming up soon, for example, for good stone masons and foundry workers.

After all, what is going to replace all the well-crafted monuments in the public squares of nearly every town in the country that may soon get torn down? Surely, these century-old town squares can’t be left empty, devoid of any visible memorials to the new age of revisionist thinking!

How about novel monuments extolling the virtues and inventors of modern windmills, solar panels, electric cars, computer chips, cell-phones, “alternative energy,” and so on?

Clearly, the modern version of the “Bildersturm” also needs novel icons of its own.

Bildersturm-II, the coming and going of statues

As you may have learned from recent media reports, there is a new mood in town – out with the old — and in with the new (if such exist), statues that is.

From the Carolinas to Nova Scotia (Canada), some folks think history can be re-written by tearing down statues of people whose actions may have had a significant influence on the historic developments in their era and locale.

A few days ago, in Charlottesville, NC, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) came to be a focal point for resistance. In Halifax (NS, Canada), the statue of Edward Cornwallis (1713-1776) is currently another bone of contention, and also this week in Durham, NC, even a Statue of the Unknown Soldier, commemorating the Confederate Civil War soldiers was torn down.

How will such current events look from the future historians` view, many years from now?

It all is reminiscent of a period of time, some four to five hundred years ago in Europe, when the Bildersturm (a German term, meaning “image/statue storm”) took place. People tore down and destroyed paintings and statues of former times, primarily in public places and churches, only  to be replaced with nothing, except, (perhaps), with white-washed walls.

That whole Bildersturm period lasted about one hundred years before it had run its course over much of Europe. It destroyed countless artistic works that are gone forever.

Today`s historians call the period the Iconoclastic Fury.

Iconoclastic Furies

It wasn’t just paintings that were destroyed then; rather whole edifices were razed in the 1500’s. Those statues and whole buildings were not simply moved and relegated to a backyard, but destroyed wholesale, to be gone for good.

Of course, there are some modern day equivalents to that period already. Recent iconoclastic furies are known from various places. Just think of ISIS’/ISIL’s destruction of the ancient temples and artifacts in Iraq. Or remember the Taliban destroying ancient Buddha statues carved into a mountain side in Afghanistan some years ago?

When all that medieval fury ran out of any raison d’être, i.e., there was nothing left to destroy, that period too, ended with a whimper – and a great new beginning – the Renaissance. That, in turn led to the Age of Enlightenment that influenced Thomas Jefferson’s work on the Declaration of Independence (1776) and James Madison’s contribution to the U.S. Constitution during its framing in 1787.

Bildersturm

Both the Bildersturm and Renaissance periods did away with much – let me call it – “superfluous” stuff that came into being during the then prior centuries.  Neither the artistic objects nor the intellectual ideas of the time were superfluous by themselves. What was superfluous and detrimental to true progress were the entrenched powers of the earlier days. These powers simply could not accept any thoughts that may have curtailed their lock on authority.

You may recall the then prevailing (and Vatican prescribed) world view of the Earth being the center of the solar system. Just think of poor Galileo (1564-1642) – and he was lucky (by getting away with the punishment of house arrest for the remainder of his life) for his then “heretic” findings. Others of his time were less fortunate, being tortured, burned at the stake, or whatever the punishment was.  At least, Galileo was exonerated by the Vatican, though only a few centuries later.

Unfortunately, anything that claims to be novel and “inconvenient” is in all likelihood just more of the same, the entrenched powers in new “clothes” – don’t fall for it (again).

History

In history nothing ever appears to be entirely new. As some historians and philosophers have noted, already for millennia, history keeps repeating. For example, Pearl S. Buck’s novel “Imperial Woman: The Story of the Last Empress of China”, a history of Tzu Hsi (1861-1908) shows that re-writings of history were common throughout. Tzu’s “good friend” was both celebrated and expunged from the history records of the country — repeatedly.

How do the recent Bildersturm-II events at Charlottesville, Durham and elsewhere relate to history?  The details really don’t matter. In my thinking, for any country to destroy symbols of historic reference (as opposed to reverence) is a permanent loss.  Would Egypt now have to destroy their “World Wonder,” the Great Pyramids of Giza?

Indeed, as President Trump has rightly asked “Where does it stop?” Statues have come and gone all over but, throughout the world, the history never changed.  Trying to look ahead, the new Bildersturm has yet to run its course; perhaps, it has not even hit its crescendo.

In either case, you may want to hone your stone masonry and foundry skills.

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Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser is a professional scientist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Technical University, Munich, Germany. He has worked as a research scientist and project chief at Environment Canada‘s Canada Centre for Inland Waters for over 30 years and is currently Director of Research at TerraBase Inc. He is author of nearly 300 publications in scientific journals, government and agency reports, books, computer programs, trade magazines, and newspaper articles.

Dr. Kaiser has been president of the International Association for Great Lakes Research, a peer reviewer of numerous scientific papers for several journals, Editor-in-Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly a decade, and an adjunct professor. He has contributed to a variety of scientific projects and reports and has made many presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Kaiser is author of CONVENIENT MYTHS, the green revolution – perceptions, politics, and facts
convenientmyths.com

Dr. Kaiser can be reached at: mail@convenientmyths.com

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How come oranges don’t grow in North Carolina any more?

IceAgeNow - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 14:39

And why are there no avocado ranches north of San Jose?

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How come oranges don’t grow in North Carolina any more?

And why are there no avocado ranches north of San Jose?

“All all I know is we used to be able to grow oranges as far north as North Carolina and avocados up to Redding CA.’” says reader John the 1st.

“Now orange production is limited to southern Florida and you can’t find an avocado ranch north of San Jose despite them being at their highest price ever.”

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How come? Because it’s getting colder . .  and the plants know it.

See these Plant Hardiness Zone maps from the United States Dept of Agriculture (USDA):
https://www.iceagenow.com/PlantHardinessMaps.htm

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Record cold in Russia

IceAgeNow - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:35

Temperatures already below zero –  in August!

An atmospheric vortex is bringing anomalously cold Arctic air to the northern regions of the European part and the northeastern regions of Siberia, including in the Komi and Yamalo-Nenets a.o. An area.

A new  record low of -4.8°C, was set in Vorkuta. The previous record was set August 13, 1994 when the temperature dropped to -1.4°C,

Also, a new record low of -0.6°C was set in Salekhard.

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Kommentarii-sinoptika/Severnye-rekordy-kholoda/

http://hmn.ru/index.php?index=1&ts=170814093146

Thanks to Martin Siebert for these links
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Norway’s Washout Summer – Farmers Despair

IceAgeNow - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 12:58

Rain, rain, rain. Rain on 70 out of 72 days! Large crops are lost.
“Same as start of the great famine of 1315,” says reader.

In Western Norway it’s been very wet in some places for 70 out of 72 days as the jet stream has increasingly taken a sojourn over Northwestern Europe, says astrophysicist Piers Corbyn.

70 out of 72 days! That’s 97 percent!

How do you plant in weather like that? How do you harvest your crops? What will you feed your cattle if you’re unable to harvest?

I feel very sorry for the farmers.

Meanwhile, in eastern Norway only six sites have seen temperatures exceed 30°C (86°F) so far this summer.

See weatheraction.com:
https://weatheraction.wordpress.com/2017/08/14/norways-washout-summer-farmers-despair-at-rain-rain-rain/

Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

“Same as what happened during the great famine of 1315-1317, beginning the little ice age!” says Jimmy

See also:

Farmers in Western Norway despair – large crops are lost

Gerd and Olaf have been farmers for almost 40 years. They have never experienced a worse summer.
“The animals do not want to go into this shit either,” says Olaf. “And if they go, their teats get dirty, and then milk quality can be a problem.”

https://www.nrk.no/rogaland/bonder-pa-vestlandet-fortviler-_-store-avlinger-gar-tapt-1.13627796

 

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Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

IceAgeNow - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 11:47

“Life without oil, natural gas and coal would most likely be nasty, brutish and short.” – Paul Driessen

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“The drumbeat for a fossil-fuel-free energy utopia continues,” says Paul Driessen. “But few have pondered how we will supposedly generate 25 billion megawatts of total current global electricity demand using just renewable energy: wind turbines, for instance. For starters, we’re talking about some 830 million gigantic 500-foot-tall turbines – requiring a land area of some 12.5 billion acres. That’s more than twice the size of North America, all the way through Central America.”

“But where it really gets interesting is what life would actually be like in a totally renewable electricity world. Think back to Colonial Williamsburg – the good old days. The way they really were. Not the make-believe, idyllic version of history they teach in school these days. Read on, to take a journey to the nirvana of the “stabilized climate” future.”

 

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Life in fossil-fuel-free utopia

Life without oil, natural gas and coal would most likely be nasty, brutish and short.

By Paul Driessen

Al Gore’s new movie, a New York Times article on the final Obama Era “manmade climate disaster” report, and a piece saying wrathful people twelve years from now will hang hundreds of “climate deniers” are a tiny sample of Climate Hysteria and Anti-Trump Resistance rising to a crescendo. If we don’t end our evil fossil-fuel-burning lifestyles and go 100% renewable Right Now, we are doomed, they rail.

A pitiful grasp of reality

Maybe it’s our educational system, our cargo cult’s easy access to food and technology far from farms, mines and factories, or the end-of-days propaganda constantly pounded into our heads. Whatever the reason, far too many people have a pitiful grasp of reality: natural climate fluctuations throughout Earth history; the intricate, often fragile sources of things we take for granted; and what life would really be like in the utopian fossil-fuel-free future they dream of. Let’s take a short journey into that idyllic realm.

Suppose we generate just the 25 billion megawatt-hours of today’s total global electricity consumption using wind turbines. (That’s not total energy consumption, and it doesn’t include what we’d need to charge a billion electric vehicles.) We’d need more than 830 million gigantic 3-megawatt turbines!

Spacing them at just 15 acres per turbine would require 12.5 billion acres! That’s twice the land area of North America! All those whirling blades would virtually exterminate raptors, other birds and bats. Rodent and insect populations would soar. Add in transmission lines, solar panels and biofuel plantations to meet the rest of the world’s energy demands – and the mostly illegal tree cutting for firewood to heat poor families’ homes – and huge swaths of our remaining forest and grassland habitats would disappear.

The renewable future assumes these “eco-friendly alternatives” would provide reliable, affordable energy 24/7/365, even during windless, sunless weeks and cold, dry growing seasons. They never will, of course. That means we will have electricity and fuels when nature cooperates, instead of when we need it.

Refrigerators would conk out for hours or days at a time

With backup power plants gone, constantly on-and-off electricity will make it impossible to operate assembly lines, use the internet, do an MRI or surgery, enjoy favorite TV shows or even cook dinner. Refrigerators and freezers would conk out for hours or days at a time. Medicines and foods would spoil.

Petrochemical feed stocks would be gone – so we wouldn’t have paints, plastics, synthetic fibers or pharmaceuticals, except what can be obtained at great expense from weather-dependent biodiesel. Kiss your cotton-polyester-lycra leggings and yoga pants good-bye.

But of course all that is really not likely to happen. It would actually be far worse.

Impossible to manufacture machinery

First of all, there wouldn’t even be any wind turbines or solar panels. Without fossil fuels – or far more nuclear and hydroelectric plants, which rabid environmentalists also despise – we couldn’t mine the needed ores, process and smelt them, build and operate foundries, factories, refineries or cement kilns, manufacture and assemble turbines and panels. We couldn’t even make machinery to put in factories.

Wind turbines, solar panels and solar thermal installations cannot produce consistently high enough heat to smelt ores and forge metals. They cannot generate power on a reliable enough basis to operate facilities that make modern technologies possible. They cannot provide the power required to manufacture turbines, panels, batteries or transmission lines – much less power civilization.

My grandmother used to tell me, “The only good thing about the good old days is that they’re gone.” Well, they’d be back, as the USA is de-carbonized, de-industrialized and de-developed.

Ponder America and Europe before coal fueled the modern industrial age. Recall what were we able to do back then, what lives were like, how long people lived. Visit Colonial Williamsburg and Claude Moore Colonial Farm in Virginia, or similar places in your state. Explore rural Africa and India.

When the sun goes down, your life will shut down

Imagine living that way, every day: pulling water from wells, working the fields with your hoe and ox-pulled plow, spinning cotton thread and weaving on looms, relying on whatever metal tools your local blacksmith shop can produce. When the sun goes down, your lives will largely shut down.

Think back to amazing construction projects of ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome – or even 18th Century London, Paris, New York. Ponder how they were built, how many people it took, how they obtained and moved the raw materials. Imagine being part of those wondrous enterprises, from sunup to sundown.

The good news is that there will be millions of new jobs. The bad news is that they’d involve mostly backbreaking labor with picks and shovels, for a buck an hour. Low-skill, low-productivity jobs just don’t pay all that well. Maybe to create even more jobs, the government will issue spoons, instead of shovels.

No TVs or cell phones

That will be your life, not reading, watching TV and YouTube or playing video games. Heck, there won’t even be any televisions or cell phones. Drugs and alcohol will be much harder to come by, too. (No more opioids crisis.) Water wheels and wind mills will be back in fashion. All-natural power, not all the time.

More good news: Polluting, gas-guzzling, climate-changing cars and light trucks will be a thing of the past. Instead, you’ll have horses, oxen, donkeys, buggies and wagons again … grow millions of acres of hay to feed them – and have to dispose of millions or billions of tons of manure and urine every year.

There’ll be no paved streets – unless armies of low-skill workers pound rocks into gravel, mine and grind limestone, shale, bauxite and sand for cement, and make charcoal for lime kilns. Homes will revert to what can be built with pre-industrial technologies, with no central heat and definitely no AC.

Ah, but you folks promoting the idyllic renewable energy future will still be the ruling elites. You’ll get to live better than the rest of us, enjoy lives of reading and leisure, telling us commoners how we must live. Don’t bet on it. Don’t even bet on having the stamina to read after a long day with your shovel or spoon.

Urban areas collapse into chaos

As society and especially big urban areas collapse into chaos, it will be survival of the fittest. And that group likely won’t include too many Handgun Control and Gun Free Zone devotees.

But at least your climate will be stable and serene – or so you suppose. You won’t have any more extreme weather events. Sea levels will stay right where they are today: 400 feet higher than when a warming planet melted the last mile-thick glaciers that covered half the Northern Hemisphere 12,000 years ago.

At least it will be stable and serene until those solar, cosmic ray, ocean currents and other pesky, powerful natural forces decide to mess around with Planet Earth again.

Of course, many countries won’t be as stupid as the self-righteous utopian nations. They will still use fossil fuels, plus nuclear and hydroelectric, and watch while you roll backward toward the “good old days.” Those that don’t swoop in to conquer and plunder may even send us food, clothing and monetary aid (most of which will end up with ruling elites and their families, friends, cronies and private armies).

So how about this as a better option?

Stop obsessing over “dangerous manmade climate change.” Focus on what really threatens our planet and its people: North Korea, Iran, Islamist terrorism – and rampant poverty, disease, malnutrition and early death among the billions who still do not have access to electricity and the living standards it brings.

Worry less about manmade climate cataclysms – and more about cataclysms caused by policies promoted in the name of controlling Earth’s climate.

Don’t force-feed us with today’s substandard, subsidized, pseudo-sustainable, pseudo-renewable energy systems. When better, more efficient, more practical energy technologies are developed, they will replace fossil fuels. Until then, we would be crazy to go down the primrose path to renewable energy utopia.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power – Black death. (August 2017)

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Largest volcanic region on Earth found hiding beneath Antarctic ice

IceAgeNow - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:28

And no one even knew it was there. Researchers also suspect there are undiscovered underwater volcanoes in the region.  Includes video.
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The largest volcanic region on Earth

And no one even knew it was there

Using ice-penetrating radar, Edinburgh University researchers have discovered 91 subglacial volcanoes hiding more than a mile (2km) below the surface of the west Antarctic ice sheet.

The volcanoes, which are considered active, range from about 330 feet (100m) to 12,600 feet (3850m) tall,  more than 1000 feet taller than Oregon’s Mt. Hood. Even at that height, the subglacial peaks are still covered by a dense layer of ice. (The ice is more than 2.4 miles (4km) thick in the region.)

“If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica’s ice sheets,” said glacier expert Robert Bingham, one of the paper’s authors.
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“We were amazed,” said Bingham. “We had not expected to find anything like that number. We have almost trebled the number of volcanoes known to exist in west Antarctica.”

The researchers also suspect there are even more volcanoes rising from the sea floor beneath the Ross ice shelf. “(This) would make this region the densest region of volcanoes in the world, greater even than east Africa, where mounts Nyiragongo, Kilimanjaro, Longonot and all the other active volcanoes are concentrated,” said Bingham.

In addition to the 91 newly discovered volcanoes, 47 volcanoes have been previously discovered in the region.

Gee, I wonder what is melting the ice?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/12/scientists-discover-91-volcanos-antarctica

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2017/08/14/91-volcanoes-discovered-under-antarctic-ice-sheet.html

Thanks to Ray Kraft, K.B., Jimmy Walter, George Martinez, Gregory Ludvigsen, ReadBill, Gordaon Broussard, Vance von Raab, Stephan Meijer, Stephen Bird, Vern Peterman and Don Brown for these links

“Here is even more vindication for this site,” says K.B.

“Of course, volcanoes are caused by CO2! Didn’t you know that?!” asks Jimmy.

See also:
Volcanoes melting Antarctic glaciers from below
https://www.iceagenow.info/volcanoes-melting-antarctic-glaciers/

Hot zone ‘like a blowtorch’ detected under Antarctica
https://www.iceagenow.info/hot-zone-like-a-blowtorch-detected-under-antarctica/
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Needless climate-related panic

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 02:37

“Earth is continuing the same erratic climate stability it has shown for millions of years.” – Dennis Avery

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Excerpts from an article by Dennis Avery:

“Americans have suffered needless climate-related panic for the past 40 years—not realizing that, since 1850, our newspapers have given us a climate scare about every 25 years. And none of them was valid.

“After the cold of the Maunder Sunspot Minimum at 1715, for example, earth’s temperature warmed 0.3 degrees in less than 25 years. Then two centuries later, the temperatures dropped equally swiftly into the cold of the Dalton Minimum.

“These abrupt shifts occurred over decades rather than centuries. Some shifts have been favorable, an equal number were unfavorable – and none involved carbon dioxide.”

See entire article:
https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisavery/2017/08/07/heres-how-to-avoid-climate-panics-n2365479

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Dry Falls – Video

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 02:42

Nick on the Rocks – One of the largest waterfalls in the history of earth.

Ten times the combined flow of all the rivers on earth.
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Liberty Gold Mines – Video

IceAgeNow - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 02:25

Nick on the Rocks – Find out how to pan for gold.

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One tiny volcanic vent emits some 300 tonnes CO2 daily

IceAgeNow - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 02:42

Poses no threat to humans.

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One tiny volcanic vent emits some 300 tonnes CO2 daily!

By Hans Schreuder

(See translation below)
La actual emision difusa de dioxido de carbobo (CO2) a la atmosfera del volcan Dorsal Noroeste de Tenerife Vieja alcanza las 297 toneladas diarias, una tasa de emision que supera el valor promedio observado hasta la fecha para este sistema volcanico, aproximadamente 144 toneladas diarias, aunque se encuentra en el rango de valores normales considerados para este sistema volcanico.

Estos datos han sido obtenidos por parte de un equipo científico del Instituto Volcanologico de Canarias (Involcan) y del Instituto Tecnologico y de Energ­as Renovables (ITER), ambas entidades dependientes del Cabildo de Tenerife, que han materializado durante el mes de julio la campacientífica sobre geoqua­mica de emanaciones difusas en el volcan Dorsal Noroeste de Tenerife Vieja.

Segan los resultados preliminares obtenidos, estas emanaciones difusas de dio³xido de carbono (CO2) son silenciosas y dispersas; no son perceptibles a las personas, dado que son muy dabiles; se diluyen rapidamente en el aire, y no son visibles al ojo humano, por lo que no representan un peligro para las personas.

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What it says, in essence, is that one volcanic vent on Mount Teide in Tenerife, Canary Islands, spews out some 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide daily. It then describes these emissions of carbon dioxide as imperceptible due to them being very weak, they disperse quickly, are invisible to the human eye and as such do not pose any threat to people.

Oh well, good to read that some scientists are not taken in by the climate alarm over a bit of carbon dioxide.

https://www.canarias7.es/siete-islas/tenerife/el-dorsal-noroeste-emite-300-toneladas-de-co 2-GB1829293
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Warmer temperatures would be beneficial

IceAgeNow - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 02:34

Why haven’t any huge animals evolved since the end of the Jurassic?

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Warmer temperatures would be beneficial

By Bob Knows

During the Jurassic, huge animals and plant life flourished BECAUSE OF high temps.

All chemical activity is much more rapid at higher temperatures, and life evolved as adapted to higher temperatures. Very rapid plant growth caused by high temps and plentiful water and CO2 produced massive quantities of feed for huge animals.

Since that time plant species have adapted to very marginal temperatures just barely (sometimes) above freezing, and plants adapted to survive on marginal CO2 levels while freezing out for half the year.

The question was asked half a century ago, “Why haven’t any huge animals evolved since the end of the Jurassic?” There has been plenty of time.

Why?

Because there hasn’t been enough heat and food for massive animals. We’re a near-starvation species living on a near-starvation and nearly-frozen planet.

 

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Explosive volcanism triggered the Little Ice Age

IceAgeNow - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 02:12

Volcanism alone can explain the Little Ice Age (LIA), researchers insist. Low sunspot activity is not the culprit.

Precisely dated records of ice-cap growth from Arctic Canada and Iceland show that “Little Ice Age summer cold and ice growth began abruptly between 1275 and 1300 AD, followed by a substantial intensification 1430–1455 AD,” researchers found.

These intervals of sudden ice growth coincide with two of the most volcanically perturbed half-centuries of the past millennium, the study shows. “Explosive volcanism produces abrupt summer cooling at these times.”

“Our results suggest that the onset of the LIA can be linked to an unusual 50-year-long episode with four large sulfur-rich explosive eruptions, each with global sulfate loading >60 Tg.”

Once the ice age was triggered, cold summers were maintained by sea-ice/ocean feedbacks long after volcanic aerosols were removed. the authors assert. “Large changes in solar irradiance are not required.

Studies of sea ice confirmed their findings

Repeated explosive volcanism might have led to a persistent growth of sea ice during the LIA, the study found.

Sea ice does not form around Iceland; it only appears when there is a large export of sea ice from the Arctic Ocean.

Sea ice was rarely present on the North Iceland shelf from 800 AD until the late 13th Century, when a rapid increase in Arctic Ocean sea ice export shows up in the record. That was followed by another increase ∼1450 AD, after which sea ice was continuously present until the 20th Century.

The increase in sea ice north of Iceland at the start of the LIA, and its persistence throughout the LIA, supports their belief that explosive volcanism resulted in a self-sustaining sea-ice growth beginning 1275–1300 AD.

“Precisely dated records demonstrate that the expansion of ice caps after Medieval times coincided with episodes of repeated explosive volcanism centuries before the widely cited Maunder sunspot minimum (1645–1715 AD),” the researchers conclude.

“An explanation of the LIA does not require a solar trigger.”

See entire paper, entitled “Abrupt onset of the Little Ice Age triggered by volcanism and sustained by sea-ice/ocean feedbacks,” published on 31 January 2012
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2011GL050168/full

Thanks to iceager for this link.

“Underwater volcanoes were apparently not examined in these studies,” says Iceager.

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US Army – Sun, Not Man, Is Causing Climate Change

IceAgeNow - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 02:38

Back in 2008, an Army spokesman asserted that a large percentage of climate change is not man-made, but rather is directly linked to the Sun.

Earth’s climate linked to both short-term fluctuations and longer-term solar cycles.

Dr. Bruce J. West, senior scientist of mathematics and information science at the U.S. Army Research Office and an ARL Fellow.

Dr. Bruce West, with the Army Research Office, argued that “changes in the earth’s average surface temperature are directly linked to … the short-term statistical fluctuations in the Sun’s irradiance and the longer-term solar cycles.”

Could account for up to 69% of the increase in temperature

In the March, 2008 issue of Physics Today, West, the chief scientist of the Army Research Office’s mathematical and information science directorate, wrote that “the Sun’s turbulent dynamics” are linked with the Earth’s complex ecosystem. These connections are what is heating up the planet. “The Sun could account for as much as 69 percent of the increase in Earth’s average temperature,” West noted.

In an advisory to bloggers entitled “Global Warming: Fact of Fiction [sic],” an Army public affairs official promoted a conference call with West about the causes of global warming, and how it may not be caused by the common indicates [sic] some scientists and the media are indicating.”

That was in 2008. I wonder what Dr. West would say about the Sun’s role in climate today?

Dr . West was still in the Army as of December 2015 when he published his book discussing the role of fractional calculus methodology. It is entitled  Fractional Calculus View of Complexity: Tomorrow’s Science.

https://www.sott.net/article/158302-US-Army-Sun-Not-Man-Is-Causing-Climate-Change

Here’s the Army’s press release:

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From: Dinklage, Lindy J. Ms OCPA <XXXXXX@XXXXXXXX.mil>
Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 12:21 PM
Subject: Army Blogger’s Roundtable: Global Warming (UNCLASSIFIED)
To:

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Caveats: NONE

Army Blogger’s Roundtable

Global Warming: Fact of Fiction

11 AM Thursday, June 5

Is global warming really caused by humans, or is it simply the result of different aspects of the sun’s dynamics?

Dr. Bruce West, Chief Scientist, Mathematical & Information Science Directorate, Army Research Office, will discuss the causes of global warming, and how it may not be caused by the common indicates some scientists and the media are indicating. Research conducted by Dr. West contends that the changes in the earth’s average surface temperature are directly linked to two distinctly different aspects of the sun’s dynamics: the short-term statistical fluctuations in the Sun’s irradiance and the longer-term solar cycles.

Please reply to this message if you are interested in participating.

Lindy Kyzer

Public Affairs Specialist

Media Relations Division

Office of the Chief of Public Affairs

Department of the Army

703.XXXXXXXXX (w)

202.XXXXXXXXX (c)

XXXXXXXX@XXXXXX.mil

Classification: UNCLASSIFIED

Caveats: NONE


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Snow Valley – Snow could stick around until winter

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 18:33

It’s August, and there’s still snow at California’s Lake Tahoe. Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/Still-Snow-Up-at-Lake-Tahoe_Bay-Area-439276843.html

Thanks to Ron R for this link

“Climate change???” asks Ron

Remember when I asked if Tahoe Glacier was making a comeback?https://www.iceagenow.info/tahoe-glacier-making-comeback/
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Record breaking lows in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:39

Unusually chilly August forecast for eastern US.
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Lower temperatures than usual  east of the Rockies

The Weather Channel reports that Sunday morning saw record breaking lows in Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana.

Cooler temperatures are predicted to span much of the eastern part of the United States throughout the month of August.

The first of several spells of below-average temperatures, with lows of 60F in Chicago and Green Bay on Friday.

Those overnight lows are expected to persist in lands east of the Rockies for the next two weeks, with daytime highs ranging from the upper 70s to the low 80s, according to Weather.com.

The trend is for weather to be predominantly colder than usual, according to the Washington Post.

https://www.sott.net/article/358681-Get-ready-for-the-Fall-Eastern-US-to-experience-unseasonably-chilly-August

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4766998/Showers-Monday-NYC-higher-temps-later.html
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Freezing in northern European Russia – In early August

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:14

Record cold.
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In the village of Pechora the temperature fell to 1.3 ° C on August 8, a new cold record.

And on Tuesday night in northern European Russia the temperature in some settlements of the Arkhangelsk region, Nenets district and the Komi Republic fell below zero !

In coming days, the north, especially in northeastern European Russia, will remain cold.

Tomorrow night in Komi the temperature is likely to drop to -3 °C!

In other areas, the average temperature was 2-3 degrees below normal, and in parts of the Comi Republic it was colder than usual at 5-7°C.

http://hmn.ru/index.php?index=1&ts=170809122905

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link
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Blizzards for Argentina

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 15:15

Blizzards and one meter of snow forecast for Argentina/Chile border region.

9 Aug 2017 – The Cristo Redentor international tunnel area is expecting a meter of snow.

The National Meteorological Service issued two alerts for the Mendoza mountain area: snowfall and intense winds.

Intense winds will reach 110 kilometers per hour in high mountain range, with possible occurrence of white wind.

In addition, the NMS expects up to one meter of snow in some areas.

http://www.losandes.com.ar/article/aunque-se-esperan-fuertes-nevadas-en-la-cordillera-el-paso-a-chile-esta-abierto

http://www.losandes.com.ar/files/image/17/08/image598af2a4ed8e37.45643358.JPG

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links
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Little Ice Ages kill off more humans than any other natural disaster

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 15:04

“The Dalton Minimum, which delivered London’s cold misery in the Charles Dickens’ novels, ended about 1820. Now we’re due again.”
– Dennis Avery
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On August 7, Townhall.com posted an article by Dennis Avery entitled “Here’s How to Avoid Climate Panics.” Here are a few insightful excerpts from that article:

The “little ice ages” kill off more humans than any other natural disaster. Cultures around the world have failed, again and again, as the chaotic cold prevented farmers from harvesting enough grain to feed their cities. During past “little ice ages,” humans also suffered rampant epidemics of diseases such as cholera and bubonic plague.

The 200-year Solar Sunspot Minimums:

Our sun currently has fewer sunspots than at any time in the last 100 years. The Maunder Sunspot Minimum (1645–1710) caused terrible famines during the Little Ice Age, but historians tended to ignore sunspot minimums during global warmings; they didn’t cause major famines. A recent re-examination of the sunspot record found that the solar minimums drop Earth’s thermometer readings sharply for about 60 years – – every 200 years.

…Now we’re due again.

See entire article.:
https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisavery/2017/08/07/heres-how-to-avoid-climate-panics-n2365479

Thanks to Ed Hoskins for this link
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