Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Serious collision causes blizzards*


*(From the "Man bites Dog" school of headlines)
This description of an article from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences presents the thesis that continental drift, specifically the collision of India with Eurasia, capped a voluminous source of CO2 and triggered atmospheric cooling.

Is it always all about CO2? So it would seem, at least for now.

Looks to me like we will have to increase CO2 emissions in order to restore the earth to its natural state.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

1 Picture = 1000 words

It's just a graph based on actual measurements. Satellite measurements, whose provenance has withstood far greater scrutiny than land stations. Rebuttals are welcome, especially if based on data instead of rhetoric.

Of course you may remember my post on this same trend in July.

Link to Allan MacRae's article here.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Of Course There's a Gold Standard

Whether or not a reserve currency, or any currency, is officially backed by Gold, Gold always remains the standard. Either a fixed amount of paper currency is attached to each ounce of Gold as in a real Gold standard, or there is a variable amount of paper currency attached to each ounce of Gold. The standard still exists.

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When a paper currency lets its hair down and goes out on the town chasing excessive and seedy ideas and values, it will find Gold standing by in judgement, like the condemnatory parent of a 14 year old schoolgirl who has stayed out overnight. The currency graveyard is full of the bones of government paper currencies that were found guilty of bad behaviour leading to worthlessness under gold's inscrutable and stern gaze.

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Today Gold sits in judgment on the US$ (amongst other currencies) and has a black hood placed over its head. Gold also sits in judgment on the foolish politicians and central bankers who, without the burden of any self doubt, have led America to bankruptcy. In the words of the worthy Bill Bonner: the day of reckoning has arrived.

Read all of Sam Mathid's excellent essay here.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sept 13: Northwest Passage Open

Wow, the ice coverage must be really low. I would like to blame climate change, but the timing seems wrong.

Welcome to Time Magazine, Sept 13, 1937.

Note that one of the vessels involved is called the Nascopie. Nauscopy is a mysterious 18th century technique that involves seeing over the horizon to discern the future arrival of ships. Seems a bit ironic that we have forgotten how to look BACK over the horizon to see ships that arrived 71 years ago.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Russian ship circumnavigates Franz Josef Land

This is unprecedented, and was thought to be impossible.

Of course, the news is from 1932. Seems there was a heat wave...

Monday, September 01, 2008

Arctic Ice Growth: How Much?

This link (Arctic Ice Growth: How Much?) is rather relevant to the snippy little exchange of comments that I have had with a reader named PKD re the NSIDC and BBC's reportage thereof.

I think the important point in the article is the selection of the time period over which comparisons are made. Selecting the past 30 years of temperature and ice records captures the warming trend that ended the cooling from 1940 through the late 1970s.
Is it possible that the 30 year satellite record coincidentally represents only one leg of a waveform? Greenland temperature records would hint at that. If you examine only one leg of a waveform, you will absolutely come to the wrong conclusion about the long term behaviour - just as some did during the 1970s ice age panic.

Travelling

Sorry for the silence lately; I have been in Montreal, London, Dubai and now Melbourne since my last blog posting.

Highlights: Drum circles on Sunday afternoons at Jeanne Mance Parc in Montreal, seeing the musical "The Wizard" in London, catching a bit of Dubai, freezing my tail off in Melbourne near the end of the coldest wettest winter in local memory. Also seeing some family en route.

Climate debates are everywhere; scroll down to the "bias at the NSIDC?" posting below and check the comments for a bit of conversation with one of the few other readers of this blog. Feel free to chime in. I also heard from the subject of "Confirmation Bias", who also posted a comment, but it is not my desire to expose her to criticism so I responded off line.