Refreeze The Arctic


Back in February 2017, Arizona State physicist Steven Desch published a detailed report on refreezing the Arctic. In a nutshell, millions of wind driven turbines would pump sea water spray directed at surface ice. In a single year pumped sea spray could add a metre thick layer of Arctic ice. With average Arctic temperature 20 degrees Celsius warmer than average, adding a metre of ice is equivalent to rolling back time 17 years.  All well and good until the math kicks in. From http://www.sciencealert.com/that-crazy-plan-to-refreeze-the-arctic-is-actually-getting-a-trial-run-in-switzerland

“The team calculated that covering just 10 percent of the Arctic would involve erecting millions of pumps, which together would have to spray 7.5 kg per of water (16.5 pounds) every second to achieve 1 extra metre in a year.

“The area of the Arctic Ocean is about 10km2 [3.8 million miles2],” the report stated.

“If the wind-powered pumps are to be distributed across 10 percent of that area, this would necessitate about 10 million wind-powered pumps; if distributed across the entire Arctic, about 100 million would be needed.”

In order to build a fleet of 100 million pumps to save the entire Arctic, you’d need more steel than the US produces in a entire year. ”

Resist dismissive guffaws long enough to ponder this – scientists in Switzerland will spend this summer blowing artificial snow at the Diavolezzafirn glacier, a trial run that if successful will green light a project to preserve Monteratsch, Swiss Alps largest glacier.

“Glacier expert Johannes Oerlemans of Utrecht University in the Netherlands calculated that around 4,000 snow machines could help the Morteratsch glacier not only stop retreating, but actually grow in the coming decades.

The basic idea is that the ice on the glacier is now being exposed to sunlight, but if they could cover the ice in thick, artificial snow, it could reflect the light away before it ever gets to the vulnerable ice layers below.

Oerlemans presented his plan at the recent annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna, Austria.

“Looking at previous work showing that natural snow can help glaciers grow, he concluded that the glacier could regain up to 800 metres of length within 20 years if it had a covering,” Andy Coghlan reports for New Scientist.

“He worked out that just a few centimetres of artificial snow blown onto a 0.5-square-kilometre plateau high up the glacier each summer could be enough to protect the ice beneath.”

Of course, the plan isn’t as colossal as the Arctic one, but it’s still huge, and would require a lot of funding, but Oerlemans and his team are quietly confident.

For the past decade, the Diavolezzafirn glacier has been having artificial snow added to it over the winter months to improve the ski season. Locals in the area have seen as this extra snow helped the small glacier grow by up to 8 metres in the past 10 years, and they actually raised the US$100,000 needed to launch the trial run this summer.

If the trial successfully maintains the test section at the Diavolezzafirn glacier’s foot through the summer months – the artificial snow usually melts down, only to be rebuilt for the return of the ski season later in the year – the team will need millions of euros to launch the actual Morteratsch rescue plan.

But the result could be revolutionary – it would be the first large-scale attempt to do something like this anywhere in the world.” – http://www.sciencealert.com/that-crazy-plan-to-refreeze-the-arctic-is-actually-getting-a-trial-run-in-switzerland

 

 

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – Climate Change Scrubber Extraordinaire


If you visited the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources website on October 30, 2016, this is what you found –

Earth´s climate is changing. Human activities that increase heat–trapping (“green house”) gases are the main cause. Earth´s average temperature has increased 1.4 °F since 1850 and the eight warmest years on record have occurred since 1998. Increasing temperatures have led to changes in rainfall patterns and snow and ice cover. These changes could have severe effects on the Great Lakes and the plants, wildlife and people who depend on them. While no one can predict exactly what climate change will mean for our Great Lakes, scientists agree that the following changes are likely if climate change patterns continue.

Increased summer and winter temperatures will cause increased evaporation, lower lake water levels and warmer water, resulting in reduced habitat for cold water species and a loss of critical wetland areas.

Decreased winter ice cover will also contribute to increased evaporation and lower lake water levels which could have severe economic consequences for our valuable shipping industry, lakeshore recreation, and coastal businesses.

Changes in rain and snowfall patterns (including more frequent and severe storms) could change water flow in streams and rivers and increase stream bank erosion and runoff pollution.

The good news is that we can all work to slow climate change and lessen its effects. To find out more about climate change and how we can all help, please visit the following links.

Take a peek today and weep over climate change denying Governor Scott Walker’s obliteration of truth  –

As it has done throughout the centuries, the earth is going through a change. The reasons for this change at this particular time in the earth’s long history are being debated and researched by academic entities outside the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The effects of such a change are also being debated but whatever the causes and effects, the DNR’s responsibility is to manage our state’s natural resources through whatever event presents itself; flood, drought, tornadoes, ice/snow or severe heat. The DNR staff stands ready to adapt our management strategies in an effort to protect our lakes, waterways, plants, wildlife and people who depend on them.

http://www.snopes.com/wisconsin-department-natural-resources-removes-references-climate-website/

The Wisconsin DNR’s web page was scrubbed of all uses of the word “climate” and altered to imply a lack of consensus about anthropogenic global warming in the scientific community.

 

Climate Change GIF


There are those who flatly deny man-made climate change, others who prescribe to global warming as a natural earth cycle, and scoffers convinced the whole thing is an elaborate hoax. Presidential wannabe Donald Trump contends climate change a conspiracy perpetrated by China to undermine the U.S. economy. Bastions of tight ass right wing patriotic duplicity, the likes of Heartland Institute, Americans for Prosperity and the Heritage Foundation, use their considerable non-profit resources to cast doubt on climate science – target of choice, the NOAA. Inhabiting the opposite end of the spectrum, a plethora of organizations from the David Suzuki Foundation to Greenpeace champion the result of humanity’s indifference to drastic warning signs of climate calamity.

On Monday UK climate scientist Ed Hawkins of the University of Reading, posted this “infographic” on Twitter. In a Washington Post article, Jason Samenow wrote –

“Over the years, scientists have attempted to visually communicate the Earth’s warming in many ways.  They’ve developed an array of maps, charts, and animations that present an unmistakable picture of a warming world.

But I’ve seen no visual as striking and effective as the infographic posted to Twitter Monday by climate scientist Ed Hawkins.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/05/10/the-most-compelling-visual-of-global-warming-ever-made/

Regardless of which camp you call home, ponder Hawkin’s graphic. Each ring represents a year from 1850-2016.

See Earth’s Temperature Spiral Toward 2°C : Discovery News

Survey: WeatherCasters Coming Around on Climate Change


Had to do it 🙂 Be sure to watch the second clip of Pippa the “Weather-girl” going rogue.

Climate Denial Crock of the Week

One of the frustrations for climate communicators over the years has been the unwillingness of TV weathercasters to come to grips with climate change.  That’s a big deal, because for a large majority of citizens, the weather guy or gal is the closest thing they ever see to an actual atmospheric scientist.
Most of them are not meteorologists, but rather communication specialists with (maybe) some met 101 courses in their transcript. Many are employed by extremely conservative media organizations, and are loathe to be seen as promoting a “liberal agenda” (science!).

For several years, there have been ongoing efforts by a number of top flight scientists and communicators to reach out and answer questions for this group.  It may be that these efforts, and the accelerated pounding by Mother Nature, are having an effect.

A new survey offers a glimmer of hope.

Below, Pippa the Weather Girl goes Rogue!

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Making Sense of Climate Science Denial


Starting April 28, 2015 Australia’s University of Queensland launches a remarkable first in “open to all” climate denial education. “Making Sense of Climate Science Denial” is the brainchild of John Cook, Queensland Global Change Institute climate communication fellow, and founder of climate science myth debunking website, Skeptical Science.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2015/apr/21/university-offering-free-online-course-to-demolish-climate-denial

A seven week course – free, and open to all who register – includes interviews with top scientists, lessons on climate science, psychology of popular myths and how people respond to them.

In a perfect world the likes of James Inhofe, Marco Rubio and propagandists at Heartland Institute would register – if for no other reason than to learn their reigning days of asinine stupidity are numbered. “Students” from over 130 countries have signed-up by the thousands to learn how climate denial “fact” is skillfully twisted into mythical “truth”.

“97% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming; however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans aren’t causing global warming. This free course explains why there is such a huge gap between the scientific community and the public. Our course looks at what’s driving climate science denial and the most common myths about climate change.” – John Cook

Register on the link below.

https://www.edx.org/course/making-sense-climate-science-denial-uqx-denial101x#!

Another great link from politifact

http://ecowatch.com/2013/09/17/lies-from-climate-change-denying-heartland-institute/

 

Senate Snowball


You’ve gotta love American politics, only in America would the head of the Environment and Public Works Committee saunter onto the Senate floor with snowball in hand. James Inhofe, Republican Senator from Oklahoma, chairman manning the helm of environmental issues, had a point to make. This wasn’t just any snowball, it was proof God existed and climate change was a hoax.

“God is still up there, and He promised to maintain the seasons and that cold and heat would never cease as long as the earth remains.”

“The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous,” he said.

Inhofe isn’t content with jurisdiction over environment – he published a book titled The Greatest Hoax, urging readers to ignore science (dubbed alarmists) because a greater “Authority” has already spoken.

Over the past few days I’ve been called “eco-tard” “nuts to ponder” “ignorant clown” “climate fetishist” “moronic liberal” “parroting lies of liars” – and those are just the nice names. More than one of these people supported venom with links to The Greatest Hoax.

All I can say is “good luck America” and have a nice day.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/06/jim-inhofe-genesis_n_6815270.html