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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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Up to 100 cm of snow could fall in Australia next week

IceAgeNow - Thu, 08/31/2017 - 16:08

Persistent snow, heavy at times – In the spring.

A westerly airflow from Monday right through to Thursday will bring persistent snow, heavy at times. 40 to 60 cm of snow in the alps, with the potential for 100 cm.

Looks like the snow will fall above 1600 metres,  However, some of the snow will fall to very low levels later Monday into Tuesday, and possibly again later Wednesday into Thursday.

https://www.ski.com.au/weather/janesweather.html

Thanks to Morgo for this link

“And it is spring in our ski fields,” says Morgo.

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Cattle farmers in Southern Texas Facing a Disaster

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/30/2017 - 11:52

“Who could’ve imagined 40 to 44 inches of rainfall?” (More than four feet in some areas.)
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Cattle farmers in Southern Texas Facing a Disaster

By Caroline Snyder

Regarding Texas, due to the “extreme” climate back in the 16th Century (floods and drought that affected that area during the last Little Ice Age) many settled tribes saw crop failures, death and starvation, and reverted back to a hunter-gatherer existence, joining (and warring with) the bison-hunting tribes on the Great Plains to the North.

Cattle farmers in Southern Texas Face a Disaster right now.

HURRICANE HARVEY WREAKS HAVOC ON TEXAS CATTLE AS RANCHERS HOPE FLOOD WATERS RECEDE

A lot of these guys have dealt with high water but nothing like this. Who could’ve imagined 40 to 44 inches of rainfall?”

About 1.2 million beef cows are in the 54 counties that have been declared disaster areas due to Hurricane Harvey, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The total is a “conservative estimate” and encompasses 27% of the state’s herd, according to Texas A&M University livestock economist David Anderson.

Early on, the storm was expected to be a so-called 100-year flood, then became a 500-year flood and is now what some officials consider an 800-year flood.

http://www.agriculture.com/news/livestock/hurricane-harvey-wreaks-havoc-on-texas-cattle-as-ranchers-hope-flood-waters-recede

Note from Robert:
In chapter 17 of Not by Fire but by Ice, I warn of massive floods as we head into the coming ice age.  I’m therefore not overly surprised that an 800-year flood could occur.

In fact, I fear this is just the beginning. I fear we’ll be seeing more such floods – cattle-destroying and crop destroying floods – around the world.
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Trump Disbands Federal Climate Change Panel

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:25

The President is keeping his campaign promises.

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The Trump administration allowed the charter for the advisory panel for the Sustained National Climate Assessment to expire on August 20.

The group’s mission was to help policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate climate analysis into their planning, according to the Washington Post.

This is a welcome continuation of Trump’s efforts to rein in bureaucratic overreach. Just last week, he signed an executive order reversing an Obama-era requirement that government agencies take sea-level rise into account when building federal infrastructure.

Three cheers for the President.

http://theslot.jezebel.com/trump-disbands-federal-panel-to-fight-climate-change-1798141851

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link

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Yakutia hit by rare summer blizzard.

IceAgeNow - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 14:59

A white blanket covered the northwestern regions after abnormal snowfall in Yakutia.

The heavy snowfall manifested itself most clearly in Mirninsky and temperature in the region decreased significantly.

The rare summer blizzard covered Yakutia on Saturday night.

The blizzards still continue now.

Heavy snowfalls in late summer, even to the northwest of Yakutia, are rare. Although similar Arctic invasions have previously occurred, the amount of snowfall “was noticeably lower.”

http://www.meteo-tv.ru/news/Kommentarii-sinoptika/V-YAkutii-v-kontse-leta-proshli-snegopady/

Thanks to Martin Siebert for this link


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Callous CALAS activists against the poor

IceAgeNow - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 08:15

Trampling on Guatemalan workers

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“People have been leaving Guatemala and heading to the United States for years, because this poor Central American country has too few good jobs,” says Paul Driessen. “So after Tahoe Resources bought the mine in 2010 and created 7,600 direct and indirect jobs, a radical anti-mining cabal led by Oxfam America naturally launched an often-nasty campaign to shut it down … and send the families back into joblessness and poverty.

“They didn’t even claim mining operations posed unacceptable health and environmental risks. They claimed the mine owners violated local people’s and indigenous groups’ human rights – by failing to consult adequately with a tribe that lives miles away from the mine. CALAS is their local front group. But the real powers, strategists and funding sources are Oxfam , the Moriah Fund, Fund for Global Human Rights, European Union … and United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture! So now failure to consult is torture! This unbelievable story needs to be told.”

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Callous CALAS activists against the poor

Anti-mining groups “protect” local tribe against phony risks by trampling on Guatemalan workers

By Paul Driessen

Not long ago, supposed “environmental justice” concerns at least involved risks to mine workers and their families. The risks may have been inflated, or ignored for decades, but they were a major focus.

In one case, a state-run mine and smelter had fouled the air, land and water with toxic contaminants in a Peruvian town for 75 years. Environmental groups raised few objections – until a U.S. company bought the properties and began installing modern pollution controls, implementing worker health and safety practices, cleaning up widespread lead dust, and initiating numerous community improvement projects.

Thousands of workers left jobless

Suddenly, anti-mine activists descended on the town. They blamed the company for decades of pollution, claimed corporate officials weren’t acting quickly enough, ignored government foot-dragging on its commitments, pressured banks into cutting off loans to the company, and eventually shut everything down. Thousands of workers were left jobless. The activists and news media celebrated their victory.

Today, mining operations in Guatemala have become ground zero for campaigns in which pollution and human health are largely irrelevant, “indigenous people” are the new politically favored “victims” of multinational mining companies, rigged “consultation processes” have become the tactic du jour, and mine workers are among the new “oppressors,” whose health and living standards are now irrelevant.

Not only do radical “keep it in the ground” protesters pay little attention to where essential raw materials come from, so long as their favorite tech toys magically appear in retail outlets. They almost flaunt their callous disregard for families that had been dirt poor before a modern mine brought jobs and comparative prosperity – and will be destitute again after the outside agitators have shut the mine down and moved on to their next target. A case in point is the Escobal silver mine near San Rafael las Flores, Guatemala.

Since buying the mine in 2010, owner and operator Canada-based Tahoe Resources has invested more than $1 billion into the mine’s operation and related infrastructures– plus another $10 million upgrading hospitals and schools, planting 32,000 trees, and launching vocational, entrepreneurship, health, nutrition and other programs. More than 1,600 mining jobs and 6,000 indirect jobs brought many millions of dollars in salaries to the region. Locals launched over 100 new businesses. Life was getting better.

Company officials say the mine is designed and operated to meet the highest Guatemalan and Canadian health and environmental standards, and there has been no evidence of air or water pollution during Tahoe’s tenure. Anti-mining activists nonetheless launched campaigns against it as soon as it was licensed.

Incessant protests and confrontations, arson incidents, forcible detention of miners and police by activists, and assorted legal actions fueled tensions. The agitators are determined to prosecute Tahoe in multiple courts, persuade banks not to extend further credit to the company, send its stock values plummeting, and block Escobal mining operations permanently.

Without these jobs, we will be poor again.

What will we do if they shut the mine down? locals ask. Without these jobs, we will be poor again. Our businesses will close, our children will have no future, and people will have to go to the United States for work – just like before the mine created jobs that brought workers back to the area.

The agitators’ newest tactic is to enlist indigenous tribes, claim companies failed to consult adequately with the tribes under Guatemala’s community consultation and plebiscite “consultas” process, use ballot initiatives to claim people around the area overwhelmingly oppose the mine – and rage that the local people’s and indigenous groups’ human rights have been violated, in gross miscarriages of justice.

Blatant dishonesty

The blatant dishonesty of this process is underscored by the fact that every consultas held between 2011 and 2016 resulted in 93to 100 percent opposition to mining. Indeed, the process was cleverly designed and then hijacked, manipulated and rigged by outside activists and their local allies to foment opposition to mining activity and eliminate mine-dependent jobs, rather than assess true community sentiment.

Banners depicted a sample ballot marked “NO” and proclaim that shutting down mining is “necessary for life.” Ballots were explicitly worded to solicit negative responses. Even worse, many ballots highlighted the “No” vote in yellow, suggesting to voters it was the “correct” answer. The dishonesty is even deeper.

Community meetings held before the vote were little more than disinformation and agitprop sessions, designed to advance the anti-mining sentiments of activists from wealthy nations. Mine owners, foremen, environmental directors, community development coordinators, even workers and their families were not invited or permitted to participate. They could not correct misinformation; ask or respond to questions; explain health, safety and environmental safeguards; discuss economic, employment, living standards and other benefits to the community; or otherwise ensure fair, balanced, complete and open discussions.

Threats and intimidation

Workers and others who wanted to speak out at other times were greeted with threats and intimidation.

The deck was stacked. The well-funded and coordinated agitators behind the consultas had no interest in ensuring that local people were actually consulted and given opportunities to learn the facts. Their goal was and is to block mining projects, regardless of how many jobs would be created, living standards improved, and health, safety and environmental safeguards implemented by mining operators.

Can anyone recall a case where activists ultimately supported a mining project, following consultations or improved mining practices? I did not see it happen in Peru, and it is not happening in Guatemala. The agitators simply change the issues, ramp up their demands and move the goal posts.

The anti-mining agitators do not care whether a consultation process is fair, open and complete; that a mine would be safe and non-polluting; or that it would ensure good jobs and improved schools, hospitals, homes, living standards and opportunities for thousands. They simply do not want mines in any targeted area, anytime or under any conditions.

Their current ploy is to say that Guatemala’s Ministry of Mines did not consult adequately with Xinca tribal groups that live miles from the mine, before it issued the mining license. The Guatemalan courts agreed with the activists – and shut down operations.

7,600 workers would be left jobless

If the closure becomes permanent, 7,600 workers would be left jobless and their families destitute. Their growing anger, frustration, hopelessness and sense of betrayal are reaching a boiling point. Several miners recently went on a hunger strike, to protest what the activists and courts have done. Will Guatemalan, Canadian, U.S. and international jurists, legislators, journalists and real human rights advocates pay any attention? Call for social and environmental justice? Time will tell. But don’t hold your breath.

The entire operation was orchestrated by several local pressure groups, led by CALAS – the Centro de Acción Legal Ambiental y Social de Guatemala: Guatemalan Center for Environmental and Social Legal Action. However, the real organizing, money and strategizing came from far outside the country.

The real power behind the throne has been Oxfam America, joined by a cabal of likeminded American, Canadian and European pressure groups, all of which masquerade as “civil society” and “environmental justice” organizations – and their financial backers. Together, they have poured millions of dollars into the anti-mining, anti-worker, Keep the Poor Impoverished campaigns.

From 2009 to 2015, Oxfam pumped over $9 million annually into its Central America/Caribbean programs. The New-York based Moriah Fund contributed nearly $15 million over a ten-year period to these and other international NGOs, while the Fund for Global Human Rights added over $3 million.

Unbelievably, the European Union contributed more than $17 million to Guatemalan pressure groups between 2007 and 2011! And to top it off, the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture is another major sponsor – using U.S. tax-dollar donations to the UN. How the heck did “failure to consult” become “torture” – akin to what the SS, KGB, ISIS and other criminal outfits routinely engage in?

For callous CALAS and its allied pressure groups and despicable benefactors to violate the human rights of so many Guatemalan working class families is bad enough. Do the courts really have to pile on?

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 and other books on the environment. A new updated Spanish eBook translation of Eco-Imperialism will be available by September 1. (August 2017)

 

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Snowfall in Siberia – In August

IceAgeNow - Sun, 08/27/2017 - 13:52

“The temperature background is rapidly falling” in northern Siberia, with frost and snow expected. Arctic air will come from Taimyr, pass through the Krasnoyarsk Territory and further to the north of the Irkutsk region. The temperature will drop to 0 – minus 5 degrees at night.

“The area of ​​frosts will cover the whole territory of Taimyr, most of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and up to the Upper Verkhnevye, and everywhere there are local snow charges,” said an employee of Phobos.

Experts say frost and snow in late August are common in the Arctic part of the region.

http://tass.ru/v-strane/4507061

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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France – Worst wine grape harvest since 1945

IceAgeNow - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 18:08

“Mainly attributable to the severe spring frost.” Wine harvest in Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Hungary also in trouble.

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“At harvests everywhere, in places where we thought there would be a little less, there’s a lot less,”said Jérôme Despey, head of a governmental wine advisory board.

This year’s harvest will be the smallest since 1945, said Despey. He expects a 40% drop in output in the prime wine-growing region of Bordeaux, the country’s largest.

This year’s drop in production is “mainly attributable to the severe spring frost that affected all the wine-growing regions to varying degrees at a sensitive time for the vine”, the agriculture ministry said.

This comes after last year’s devastating harvest,  one of the poorest in 30 years., which was “mostly due to the springtime frost” that hit the Champagne, Bourgogne (Burgundy) and Loire Valley regions, and the lack of rain further south near the Mediterranean.

Devastating freezes two years in a row. Let’s hope this is not the beginning of a trend.

Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Hungary also experienced frost this year, which could diminish harvests by 30% – even up to 60% in some areas.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/25/france-faces-worst-wine-grape-harvest-since-1945

Thanks to Glenn Cuthbert for this link
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Finland – Hardly any hope for the return of summer

IceAgeNow - Sat, 08/26/2017 - 17:49

Temperature across the country lower than usual – May see snow next week
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25 Aug 2017 – There is hardly any hope for the return of summer temperatures, said meteorologist Yle Tony Hellinen.

In Lapland, the temperature will drop to plus 5 degrees. This means that snow and wet snow are possible on the northern slopes.

“The temperature across the country is lower than usual,” says Hellinen. – As a rule, at this time of year the air warms up to plus 20 (68F) in the south and up to plus 10 (50F) – in the north of Suomi.

http://47news.ru/articles/125423/

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for this link

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Freezing in norther Minnesota – In August

IceAgeNow - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 15:41

“These are record low temperatures for many areas that typically see average August lows around 50 degrees (10C) ,” reports Fox9.

Temperatures in northern Minnesota plunged to as low as 29°F (-1.67C) yesterday (Aug 24), according to the National Weather Service in Duluth.

Here are some of the readings:

13 NE Clear Lake: 29
Crane Lake Airport: 30
Embarrass: 30
5 E Seagull Lake: 30
5 NW Ash Lake: 32
Bruno: 32

See more low temps:
http://www.fox9.com/weather/275781204-story

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link
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August snowfall in Romania

IceAgeNow - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 20:57

Local mayor does not remember August snowfall in the area –  ever.

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On the night of Aug 22/23, snow fell on the Pietrosu peak in Northern Romania. The snow reached 3 centimeters and was visible from the town of Borşa, where temperatures dropped by 30 degrees Celsius in just a few days, according to Mediafax.

Sorin Timiş, the mayor of Borşa, told Mediafax that he did not remember ever to have snowed in the area during the month of August.

“The temperature on the mountain dropped to 0 degrees Celsius, and in Borşa to 6 degrees Celsius,” the mayor said. Only a few days before, the temperatures in town were at 36 degrees Celsius.

August snowfall in Northern Romania mountains

Thanks to Don Brown for this link

“Temperatures fell 30 degrees in two days, wow!” says Don

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Climate change is nothing new

IceAgeNow - Wed, 08/23/2017 - 16:56

Look at the Big Picture.
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Climate change is nothing new

By Ray Kraft

The climate has been changing all the time for hundreds of millions of years. There have been hundreds of cycles of global warming / cooling over the last 50 million years at approximate intervals of 100,000 years.

15,000 years ago the climate was 20 degrees colder than now, with so much glaciation that sea level was 400 feet lower than now. Then about 12,000 years ago global warming began, and by 1800 more than 99% of the glaciation had melted and sea level had risen 400 feet to its present level.

Climate change is nothing new. The climate has been changing, naturally, all the time, for hundreds of millions of years. Most of the last 500,000,000 years have been warmer than now, while some of the last 500,000,000 years have been 20 or 30 degrees colder than now.

See Wikipedia article:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleoclimatology

See larger version of graph:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleoclimatology#/media/File:All_palaeotemps.svg

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Note from Robert:
The above graph from Wikipedia brazenly shows temperatures rising precipitously from now through 2100. If you’ve read Not by Fire but by Ice, or have been following iceagenow.info, you know I think that is woefully wrong.

Look closely and you’ll see that temperatures have been zigzagging downward for 8,000 years. I expect that downward trend, that downward zigzag, to accelerate.

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Major snowfall hits South Africa

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:44

South Africa doing it’s best to survive the “almost-nuclear winter.” 

“A country-wide cold front.”

“And it isn’t just the moutainous regions that are enjoying a flurry: Parts of KZN, Eastern Cape and Free State are being covered by a wonderful white dusting.”

https://www.thesouthafrican.com/cold-snaps-major-snowfall-has-hit-south-africa-and-the-pictures-are-something-else/

Thanks to Stephen Bird for this link
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Warming might have occurred even with no industrial revolution

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 21:06

New paper suggests that recent warming has been totally natural.

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Dr Jennifer Marohasy and Dr John Abbot spent the last year researching and estimating how much global temperatures would have risen during the twentieth century in the absence of carbon dioxide emissions by humans.

After applying the latest big data technique to six 2,000-year-long proxy-temperature series, they were unable to confirm that recent global warming is anything but natural.

Indeed, they think the warming “might have occurred anyway, even if there was no industrial revolution.”

Although they found up to 1°C of warming from 1830 to 2000, their results also suggest “that even if there had been no industrial revolution and burning of fossil fuels, there would have still been warming through the twentieth century – to at least 1980.”

However, in light of Leo Tolstoys’s prediction (below), Dr Marohasy thinks their new technical paper in GeoResJ (vol. 14, pages 36-46) “will likely be ignored.”

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he already knows, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.” – Leo Tolstoy

The IPCC also estimates warming of approximately 1°C during that period, but claims it was all human caused.
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Dr Jennifer Marohasy is an Australian biologist, columnist and blogger. Dr Marohasy has a BSc and a PhD from the University of Queensland. She has published in science and law journals including Atmospheric Research, Advances in Atmospheric Research, Wetlands Ecology and Management, Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, Public Law Review and Environmental Law and Management.  

Dr John Abbot has been involved in research on kinetic and mechanistic behavior associated with complex chemical and physical systems since graduating with a degree in chemistry from Imperial College, London, and a PhD at McGill University.

https://www.spectator.com.au/2017/08/big-data-finds-the-medieval-warm-period-no-denial-here/

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Australia – Best snow conditions in years

IceAgeNow - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:32

See snow cams for various ski areas

Australia is having the best snow conditions in years, says reader.

http://ski.com.au/snowcams/australia/nsw/perisherblue/perisher-frontvalley.html

Thanks to Morgo for this link

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Phony scare tactics by NASA

IceAgeNow - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:50

NASA’s photo makes it look as if West Antarctica is burning up. But when you read the actual words, you find that temperature in the area has (supposedly) risen just over a tenth of one degree per decade. Not per year, but per decade.

Note also how this area correlates with the new volcanic discoveries.
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Image courtesy Trent Schindler, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

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This in an area where temperatures can plummet to minus 80°C (-112°F).

Is this something that needs to be colored bright red on the map?

Or is this propaganda?

According to NASA, an analysis of satellite and weather station data (supposedly) determined that “Antarctica had warmed at a rate of about 0.12 degrees Celsius (0.22 degrees F) per decade since 1957, for a total average temperature rise of 0.5 degrees Celsius (1 degree F).”

In NASA’s image, dark red reflects the region that warmed the most. Most of the rest of the continent is orange, indicating a smaller warming trend, or white, where no change was observed.

It has been difficult to get a clear picture of temperature trends throughout Antarctica because measurements are so scarce, says NASA. Few weather stations exist, and most of these are near the coast. Temperature has never been monitored routinely across vast parts of the interior.

Scientists therefore used the relationship between ground measurements and satellite measurements to extrapolate temperatures over the entire continent, thus generating a 50-year record of temperature. This even though no satellite was in orbit during many of those years.

So … that’s how they did it.

Based on scarce measurements and almost no weather stations in the continent’s vast interior (Antarctica is more than twice as big as the continental United States), and no satellite measurements for many of the years involved, they extrapolated that temperatures had risen at the horrendous rate of just over a tenth of one degree per decade.

Areas in red correlate with the densest volcanic chain on earth

But what is probably the most interesting is how the areas shown in red correlate with the location of almost one hundred newly discovered volcanoes.
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The newly-found volcanoes are concentrated in a region known as the west Antarctic rift, and are “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.”

With this new knowledge, how can we possibly blame humans for any (if any) warming in Antarctica?

I think the answer is clear. We can’t.

NASA article (from 2009):
https://visibleearth.nasa.gov/view.php?id=36736

Thanks to Duster for this link

“I can’t be sure without doing a lot more mathematics than I care to, but the odds of this being coincidental are extraordinarily low,” says Duster. “It is also worth noting that Antarctica, covered with LOTS of ice, is still mapped as one of the regions of higher geothermal heat flow – the ENTIRE continent.”

See also:
https://www.iceagenow.info/largest-volcanic-region-earth-found-hiding-beneath-antarctic-ice/
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Fair trade for thee, but not for me

IceAgeNow - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 20:39

“They would have no standards at all if they didn’t have double standards.” – Paul Driessen
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“It’s amazing how we are bombarded by accusations that our technologies and living standards offend basic principles of fair trade, human rights, sustainable development and social justice,” writes Paul Driessen. “Except, it seems, when the technologies are electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar cells, cell phones and other gadgets so beloved by progressives and environmentalists.”

“Where are the demands for justice, the student protests, sit-ins and boycotts against Nokia, Apple, Vestas and Tesla? Why are Fair Trade and Living Wage activists not speaking out on behalf of rare earth workers in Baotou, Inner Mongolia – or parents and children mining cobalt and lithium under even more horrendous conditions in Congo?

“Why are caring, leftist agitators so silent when the human rights violations involve their favorite tech toys – which are cheap and affordable because of policies and practices that many would call imperialistic and even racist?”

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Fair trade for thee, but not for me

Imagine what a Tesla or wind turbine would cost if the Left followed its own “principles”

By Paul Driessen

“Nobody wants to buy something that was made by exploiting someone else,” Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade co-founder Jerry Greenfield likes to tell us. Let’s hope he doesn’t drive an electric vehicle, doesn’t use a laptop or cell phone, and doesn’t rely on wind or solar power.

We’re constantly confronted with slogans and lectures about fair trade, human rights, sustainability, environmental and social justice, little people versus Big Corporations. Most of these subjective terms reflect perspectives and agendas of the political left, and are intended to advance those worldviews and stifle any discussion about them. But most of their self-avowed adherents never look beneath the surface of their own purchases. Indeed, they would have no standards at all if they didn’t have double standards.

Just imagine what a $35,000 to $150,000 electric vehicle would cost if it were built using “fair trade” metals. How expensive already pricey wind and solar electricity would be if manufacturers had to follow fair trade standards, pay the full human and environmental costs associated with components, and pay workers the source-country equivalents of “Fight For $15” wages.

Even more challenging: What if wind, solar and EV systems had to adhere to the “precautionary principle” – which says products must be banned until promoters can prove their technologies will never harm people or the environment?

The fair trade, et cetera rules are already enforced with an iron fist against non-renewable products by regulators, politicians, the news media and angry college students. It’s mostly the Progressive Left’s favored, supposedly renewable and eco-friendly energy “alternatives” and toys that get exempted.

ExxonMobil was fined $600,000 in 2009 for the deaths of 85 migratory birds that landed in uncovered oilfield waste pits. Compare that $7,000 per bird assessment to the zero to minuscule fines imposed once or twice on Big Wind companies for 85,000 dead eagles and hawks, and 8.5 million sliced and diced other birds and bats, over recent years. (These are artistic license numbers, but very close to the mark.)

The Keep It In The Ground campaigns against oil, gas and coal, the fossil fuel divestment movement on campuses, the anti-Israel Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) rabble, the incessant EarthJustice, Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund lawsuits and campaigns against mining ignore all this, and more.

Just beneath the surface of cell phone, EV, computer, wind, solar and other technologies are some shocking and inconvenient truths. These products are not made from pixie dust or raw materials beamed in from the Starship Enterprise. All require lithium, rare earth metals, iron, copper, silica, petroleum and many other materials that must be dug out of the Earth, using human labor or fossil fuels.

Petroleum alone is the foundation for some 6,000 products besides fuels: paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and much more. Lithium is essential in computer and EV batteries, neodymium in NdFeB wind turbine generator magnets, cadmium in PV solar panels, petroleum-based resins in turbine blades.

The vast majority of these minerals and metals could probably be found in economically recoverable or even world-class deposits in the United States. However, known deposits have been taxed, regulated and litigated into oblivion, while excellent prospects are mostly in western and Alaskan lands made inaccessible by Congress, courts, activists and Antiquities Act decrees. We’re not even allowed to look.

That has forced mining companies to go overseas. With few exceptions, American, Canadian, European and Australian companies pay good wages, abide by health and environmental rules, and invest heavily in local schools, libraries, hospitals, and water, sewage and electrical systems. But they are still pilloried, harassed and sued on a regular basis by radical groups in Peru, Guatemala and elsewhere.

The late Roy Innis, chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality, nailed it perfectly when he blasted the WWF for its callous campaign against a proposed mine in Madagascar.

“These enemies of the poor say they are ‘stakeholders,’ who want to ‘preserve’ indigenous people and villages,” Mr. Innis observed. “They never consider what the real stakeholders want – the people who actually live in these impoverished communities and must live with the consequences of harmful campaigns that are being waged all over the world,” blocking their opportunities, hopes and dreams.

These well-financed, self-righteous anti-mining assaults too often leave villagers jobless and the world dependent on shoddy state-run operations like the rare earth mines and processing facilities in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, and locally operated, often illegal “artisanal” mines in Africa and Asia. The environmental degradation and human health effects associated with these operations are horrendous.

Areas north of Baotou hold 70% of global proven reserves of rare earth minerals (REMs). The region was once productive farmland. But as Australia news, Business Insider, ABC News, Britain’s Guardian, BBC and Daily Mail, and others have documented, it is now a vast wasteland, where nothing grows.

Ores are extracted by pumping acid into the ground, then processed using more acids and chemicals. One ton of REMs releases up to 420,000 cubic feet of gases, 2,600 cubic feet of wastewater and 1 ton of other wastes – all of them acidic, toxic and radioactive. The resulting black sludge – laden with acids, heavy metals, carcinogens and other materials – is pipelined to what has become a foul, stinking, lifeless, six-mile-diameter “lake.” Its toxic contents are seeping into groundwater and creeping toward the Yellow (Huang He) River, an important source of drinking and irrigation water for much of northern China.

Miners and other workers labor up to 16 hours a day for a few yuan or dollars, under health, safety and environmental conditions that would likely have been intolerable in the US, UK and Europe a century ago. Dirty processing plants have few or no maintenance crews, little or no regular cleaning or repairs. Workers and local residents suffer from lung, heart and intestinal diseases, osteoporosis and cancer, at rates much higher than pre-mining days and well above those in other parts of the Middle Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Africa’s Congo region produces 60% of the world’s cobalt-lithium ore. Over 70,000 tons a year pass through the Congo DongFang International Mining Company to manufacturers in China. Entire families – including children as young as five – toil from dawn to dusk, for a dollar or two a day, so that cell phone, computer, EV and other buyers can enjoy cheap high-tech gadgets.

Generally without permits, health and safety standards or environmental rules, the parents and kids use picks, shovels, pails and bags to excavate deep holes and vast pits, in search of valuable ores. Cave-ins and mud slides are an ever-present risk. Depending on the weather, they work in dust or muck, getting dangerous levels of cobalt, lead, uranium and other heavy metals in their tissues, blood and organs.

Gloves, face masks, protective clothing and showers to wash the toxic dirt off bodies at the end of the day are also nonexistent. Broken bones, suffocation, blood and respiratory diseases, birth defects, cancer and paralysis are commonplace, the Guardian, Washington Post, NPR and human rights groups report.

Maybe those evils are better than prostitution for mothers and daughters, drug dealing and criminal gangs for fathers and sons, or starvation and death for entire families. But it certainly smells like exploitation.

Where are the Ben & Jerry’s and Fair Trade demands for justice? The Berkeley and Brown student protests, sit-ins and boycotts against Nokia, Samsung, Apple, Lenovo, Tesla, Vestas and Trina Solar? The demands that college endowment and teacher pension funds divest from these companies? The outraged US and EU student marchers in Baotou and Beijing, to support workers, Joshua Wong and Liu Xiaobo?

Where are the calls to replace state-run and artisanal mining operations with socially and environmentally responsible Western mining companies? Where is the WWF compensation to poor villagers for the wages, electricity, clean water and improved living standards they could have had?

Environmentalist policies don’t merely represent double standards. No matter how Greenpeace or the Sierra Club might disguise or sugarcoat them, radical green policies and campaigns are unjust, unethical, inhuman, imperialistic and racist.

It’s time to apply fair trade, living wage and environmental justice principles to the anti-mining, anti-people campaigners. Their real goal is keeping the Third World impoverished, and that is intolerable.

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 and other books on the environment. Aug 2017

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Real reason why Gore’s new film flopped – Video

IceAgeNow - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 13:34

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

IceAgeNow - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 13:13

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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