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Atlantic Ocean is absorbing heat, delaying global warming

Space does the same thing.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/atlantic-ocean-has-temporarily-slowed-global-warming-study-1.1904238 

Now they're trying to figure out why there's no warming anymore

This is just too funny.

"The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research. Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere." - BBC.com

Geeee maybe it has something to do with we are surrounded by cold space which cools what ever extra warmth there is and that CO2 has NOTHING to do with global temperatures? Or maybe none of those scientists figured in the effects of air conditioning?

Scientist says we are f*ck*d

Now isn't that the utmost of professionalism to use swear words to describe climate change. Dr. Box made that statement according to an article in the Daily Mail. So now these sci-fientists want us to believe that methane bubbles are going to destroy the world.

Take a look at the picture showing man's demise below: 

What's really interesting is those "sustainable" people who are going to city councils and getting plastic shopping bags banned, don't realize that the bags trap methane, because they are made from methane!

No wind farm here!

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Monster-turbine-defeated-planners-protest/story-22012442-detail/story.html 

The Sahara Desert was once an ocean

If that isn't enough proof that the earth's climate and geography has always been changing, what is? 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS_WlzdOc_A 

This is why I like my Jeep

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=cda_1178390243 

Demonization of carbon

A comment from 2009 that compared climate change rhetoric to Nazi Germany.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3b0_1405449026 

kw/h vs. kWh

A Reddit.com poster said in response to a discussion on solar:

"So, now I see what you're stating. You're stating that a home uses 30 kWh of electrical energy per day. Not 30 kw/h, but 30 kWh. I'm not trying to be a jerk here -- your (incorrect) use of label really was confusing."

This is a very confusing but important distinction to understand if one is to consider solar, are claims made in kWh or kw/h. One is kilowatt hours, the other is kilowatts per hour. 

Global warming is real, but so is global cooling

It was so easy to see on this world map of natural hazards. Take a look at the section called "observed trend in mean temperature 1978 - 2007"

Tesla has a competitor raised from the dead

http://www.detroit-electric.com/ 

Misleading yet technically correct

June 19, 2014

TheLocal.de published an article stating "Solar energy production breaks record in Germany. More than 50 percent of country's electricity demand supplied by solar power at start of June."

Reddit user 'keepthepace" summed up a great response:

The title is slightly misleading, though not technically false:

Analysis from the Fraunhofer ISE research institute showed solar panels in Germany generated a record 24.24 GW of electricity between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, June 6th.

The week was unusually hot with highs of 37C and Rothacher put the record down to the warm weather and the fact it was a public holiday.

So during one hour of exceptional weather conditions, during a low consumption day, solar power did provide half of Germany's needs.

We are still very far from providing half of a year's energy (measured in Wh) through solar means.

Hydrogen power uses a lot of energy

It's hard for me to understand why people keep making these wild claims about hydrogen power being able to save the planet. For one, the whole basis is due to bastardizing carbon.

Notice the claim as seen on the Reddit.com blog:

"Fuel Made from Hydrogen extracted from the sea and CO2 from the air used to power a 2 stroke internal combustion engine. Costs roughly $3 to $6 per gallon and it carbon neutral. (nrl.navy.mil) " by CraicHunter

a comment by NOPD_SUCKS seems to put it all into proper sperpective:

What they don't bother to mention is that, yes, you can get Hydrogen from water, but it takes a HUGE amount of energy to release the hydrogen. So, it isn't like you can power a vehicle with sea water and CO2. That's absurd. The amount of energy required to release the Hydrogen from the water makes it less efficient and more expensive to operate than a gas powered car. They have not invented anything new. We've known for a very long time that Hydrogen can be extracted from water by running a current through the water. It's how they filled up the barrage balloons at D-Day so the technology is nothing new.

and then this comment by RagingRudolph is interesting:

"The combustion of hydrocarbons and O2 makes water and CO2. This is an exergonic reaction. They're talking about putting CO2 and H2 from H2O sea water together to make hydrocarbons. This is an endergonic reaction. In other words, this requires energy input. This is only carbon neutral if nuclear or renewable power is used for the energy input."

and this comment by semioriginality really makes one think:

"Sure it's 'Carbon neutral' but combusting hydrogen NOx emissions, which are ------- horrible."

http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/284qnc/fuel_made_from_hydrogen_extracted_from_the_sea/?sort=new 

Tesla gives it's patents to the world

That's according to Reddit headlines. Many are saying that it's such a noble great thing they are doing. One user 'submittedby' stated: This is less self-less than it appears. Musk can't build out the electric car infrastructure on his own. Tesla will never be more than a niche car company without it. He needs other car companies to build the infrastructure with him.

http://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/27z8pa/tesla_opens_up_all_patents_maybe_they_were_good/?sort=new 

Salt and freezing temperatures

One needs to understand the properties of how salt water freezes and the temperature it does so based on the quantity of salt in the water solution when considering climate change models. In the Antarctic it may not be considered much but there may be an effect.

According to Wikipedia.org, 'Solutions of sodium chloride have very different properties from those of pure water; the freezing point is −21.12 °C (−6.02 °F) for 23.31 wt% of salt.'

But it's also said that ocean water tends to be about 8.0 ph which is basic or alkaline, not acid.

Tackling climate change

To tackle climate change effectively, one would have to first tackle solar storm change. 

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/10jun_solarminimax/ 

Autos made from tomatoes

Ford and Heinz anticipate making various parts for cars from tomato fibers. The skins would be used in a composite material. 

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2014/06/10/Heinz-s-tomato/stories/201406100142 

Dam Cancelled

Chile’s new centre-left government cancelled the environmental permit for this controversial $9 billion hydroelectric project in the Patagonian wilderness.

Ford "Jeep" like vehicle not available in the US

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2014/06/04/ford-troller-t-brazil-suv/9891621/ 

solar panels are a product of a complex chemical and mechanical process (hardly green)

They produce a fair amount of toxic waste and provide diminishing returns.

http://www.itbusinessedge.com/printarticle/blogs/infrastructure/energy-efficiency-gains-starting-to-wane.html 

"11,000 mw powers 18 million homes"

That's the claim made on a broadcast about a controversial dam being built in the Amazon rainforest. Compare to the claim stated by BLM in a solar installation that 8,000 megawatts was said to power 2.5 million homes. 

18,000,000/11,000 = 1636 homes per megawatt
2,500,000/8,000 = 312 homes per megawatt

This would seem to indicate that hydro-electric power is 5x more efficient than solar. These numbers should be analyzed in detail. Often they are over-estimations based on peak performance which seldom is reached.

terroh8er posted on Reddit:

"The 97% figure {scientists that believe global warming has been proven}distracts from the fact that the overwhelming majority of climate change models have wildly overestimated the amount of warming over the past several decades. You don't have to actually deny that humans are causing some degree of climate change to be labeled a "science denier," you merely have to question whether it's being exaggerated or whether it's actually possible/worth it to do anything about it. Fossil fuels save lives by giving the developing world access to cheap energy."

http://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/27di3k/richard_tol_accidentally_confirms_the_97_global/?sort=new 

Supercomputers predict the polar ice cap will be nearly ice free from within 5 years

They did this in 2009. It's now been 5 years. Plenty of ice. I post this because there's a flurry again of articles saying that supercomputers are predicting doom for year 2100.

reference: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/14/gore-polar-ice-may-vanish_n_391632.html 

Solar roadways are not feasible

This 30 minute video explanation as to why an Indigogo startup which has secured over $1.7 million for making solar roadway tiles cannot work based primarily on the need for traction and durability. The cost of the glass alone would cost $20 trillion dollars for all roads in the US to be made of these. As per the producer of the expose, "Solar FREAKIN roadways is a nice idea, but then again is a pogostick that can hop to the moon as a cheap, reusable trans-orbital vehicle." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H901KdXgHs4 

Godzilla movie: An anti global warming alarmism smash

Great review! http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/17/review-godzilla-anti-global-warming-alarmism-block/ 

Antarctic ice losses or gains

It was stated in a report on indianexpress.com that Antarctica loses 159 gigatonnes of ice each year. Sounds like an awful lot. A commenter on Reddit xFyreFury posted: "To put things in perspective, if it continues losing ice at this rate, it will take around 135,000 years for all of it to melt." Yet NOAA just reported that the Antarctic received the most ice in April ever recorded.

Water wheel cleans up river after rain storm

A water wheel powers it's own collection of trash from river, and ingenious device, but look how slow it turns the conveyor. It creates no greenhouse gasses as it's a simple direct drive mechanism. Water wheels are not exactly new, they have been around for thousands of years, but this use for cleaning up rivers is. Notice there's NO "single use bags" in the stream of debris, it's all styrofoam cups and plastic bottles. This is in stark contrast to what those advocating for plastic bag bans keep saying about them creating a large pollution problem.

Water expands when it freezes, contracts when it melts

If there is one thing that blows away Antarctic rising sea level scare tactics it's this, when icebergs melt the melting water contracts.

I'll have an iceberg float with my global warming theory meal thank you 

Ever notice that icebergs are white, like snow. They should really be called snowbergs. They are comprised of both dense packed snow and ice. This means that they are made up of tiny air bubbles and frozen water molecules. An ice cube in a drink will often float if it has air bubbles in it. Another thing is that when ice is formed, it expands from it's original water state. Thus, when an iceberg melts, it does not melt into the same amount as what is seen, it melts into a smaller denser amount. All the hype about icebergs melting with their doom and gloom scenarios of ocean levels rising 10 feet excludes these basic observations and facts about the properties of H20. These fearmongering techniques always lead to claims that we must do something to stop what is happening naturally, blaming man's use of fossil fuels (which are not made from fossils) and calls for costly taxation schemes on carbon, which becomes a windfall for those invested in managing those credits. When presented with these facts, most all of those who have bought the error of global warming myths, can't seem to wrap their minds around the fact that they have been misled. The facts about ice, density, and melting ice and snow which is basically what "icebergs" are made of are real science, and displacement volumes of these are not presented properly, as if they were, there would be no claim of rising sea levels of 10 feet, but rather, a more accurate claim that sea levels could rise .00001 (1/10,000th) of a foot.  

here is an image of an iceberg

Wikipedia states: "Because the density of pure ice is about 920 kg/m³, and that of sea water about 1025 kg/m³, typically only one-tenth of the volume of an iceberg is above water."

So another dynamic we have going on here is fresh water/ice and sea water which is salty. 

I did a little experiment at home to show how this works. Take a look at these images, the first is a tray of ice strewn on a table, notice the ice cubes are not perfectly clear, but rather are cloudy. They are filled with air that somehow happens as water freezes. 

All of the ice cubes FLOATED in water. notice that the cubes float ABOVE the water line a bit. They are about 95% below the water line of their total size. An iceberg is known to be about 90% below water.

Here's a way to do this experiment for yourself using some colored water http://www.abc.net.au/science/surfingscientist/iceberg.htm. Note in this experiment the article mentions that when ice is on a land mass and melts, it raises sea level. That seems to indicate that global warming issues still exist, that sea levels could rise 10 feet as some wildly claim, but it ignores what happens when water melts and goes into the sea, it also soon thereafter evaporates and becomes water vapor, clouds, rain, sleet, snow, ice, and if the earth mean temp raised 1 degree, that would create more evaporation than ever, thus when this additional water vapor made it's way into the upper atmosphere (mind you it doesn't have to go more than a mile or two up in the sky) this additional water vapor becomes COOLED. That is because we are surrounded by space air which has a temperature of MINUS 455 degrees Fahrenheit. This cooled water vapor turns into snow, and deposits itself back down to places like Antarctica, and places on Earth that are in their winter seasons. 

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How's that global warming without global cooling theory going again?

How does .004% of the atmosphere trap heat?

Some big names in climate study & reporting came to a blog discussion, the ones who "helped create" the Third National Climate Assement Repot presented to Washington DC. This question a blogger asked got my attention:

oaktreelounge : How does .004% of the atmosphere hold warm air in?

Sustainabilist : It's not air that is being held in, it is radiation - in this case, solar radiation (insolation, if you want a technical term for it). Normally, Light comes in, bounces off the surface of the Earth, and a certain amount of it escapes to space. CO2 and other greenhouse gasses effectively "trap" that energy in the atmosphere by bouncing it back toward the surface - kind of like a mirror you can only partially see through. The more greenhouse gasses, the more reflective the mirror (toward the Earth), the more warming.

reference blog http://www.reddit.com

So in all reality, we don't have a blanket, what we have is mirrors. If we add pollution from coal fired plants, we also have smoke, thus the cause of global warming is basically all smoke and mirrors. 

It's also interesting that in one sentence they say it's radiation, and in another they say it's energy that is bouncing back. Are we really dealing with a problem with radiation energy reflecting back to earth due to excessive CO2? Only .004% of the atmosphere is carbon dioxide, is that much of the atmosphere becoming a reflective mirror? If reflective properties of solar radiation are to blame as a causitive agent, what happens when we install vast acreage of solar panels on these farms? They have a reflective property. Does that reflection then bounce back up into the atmosphere, to only be bounced back down again? And if this is the case, what about this term "greenhouse gasses"? Are we to believe that it's the gasses of carbon dioxide in greenhouses that cause a greenhouse to warm? Or, are we to believe that the warming is caused by something entirely different, like the GLASS that encloses them, thus trapping heat which is generated by radiation? There is no glass surrounding the Earth.

The other thing that I wonder about it that if the Earth reflects radiation, what does a solar panel do? Traps it. Ohhhh not good. That means that these BLACK panels absorb the radiation, and create heat!

Offensive?

Treasurer Joe Hockey has attacked wind farms as “utterly offensive and “a blight on the landscape” in the latest sign that the Abbott government intends to cut back on renewable energy.

story here

Do solar installations cause global warming?

Before looking at this in more depth, let's first look at an excerpt from the Bureau of Land Management website:

Solar Energy

Solar radiation levels in the Southwest are some of the best in the world, and the BLM manages more than 19 million acres of public lands with excellent solar energy potential in 6 states: California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Since 2010, the BLM has approved 25 utility-scale solar energy projects, including connected-action projects that include electric transmission support authorizations, with a total approved capacity of over 8,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy — enough energy to power roughly 2.5 million homes. In addition, the BLM currently has some 70 pending solar energy applications.  

 

http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/energy/renewable_energy.html 

One has to consider all factors when studying climate change, and one that I believe is routinely ignored, is the effect of solar farming may have on climate change. Most everyone simply thinks that solar is just peachy, but I suspect that as they put these solar panels on the ground, covering what was there such as sagebrush, that it affects the desert climate, and it could cause global warming to occur. It has to, any change affects climate and here's why I believe it does negatively. Prior to solar panels, when there was vast expanses of sagebrush, the brush would absorb heat and partially transfer it down into the ground, where the ground would also act as absorbing some of this heat, and as these brush pull what little water there is up the roots and from the air, there is a cooling effect. Also the sagebrush absorbs moisture from the air at night, so that when the sun comes up in the morning, a drying effect happens, and thus COOLING. Also, the earth itself will absorb some of the heat as the sun beats down on the sand. But when these solar projects that cover thousands of acres of brush, no longer is the sun beating down on the ground and the brush, it's on the panels, completely changing the ecosystem. The brush under these panels (if it's not bulldozed away) no longer functions as it did in cooling the desertscape. Also, these panels are DARK colored and get hotter than if the sun hit the earth. That's my theory and I'm pretty sure I'm on target. This change could be 1/2 a degree difference in the WRONG DIRECTION!

Are there any studies on this anywhere??? I couldn't find anything on their website http://blmsolar.anl.gov/program/ 

And how much energy do the cleaning robots use? And how much water in a drought do they use? The manufacturer claims they use "demineralized water" - how much energy is used to demineralize water? Are these numbers on energy use by solar power ever calculated into these claims of "cars off the road"? I doubt it.

Their water use under the specifications is said by the manufacturer to be between 2.5 litre per hour minute to 3.5 litre per minute, that's 150 to 201 litres per hour of demineralized water being used. The power used is between 1.5 kW and 1.2kW running on 210-230 V.

 

image Serbot Swiss Innovations 

http://www.serbot.ch/index.php/en/products/gekko-solar-farm    

Their website states this "even a small layer of dirt leads to large performance losses", so how often are these going to be used? I have never heard that stated in any green discussion, that there's a large performance loss on these solar panels with a little dirt. And if there are losses, that means the numbers of "taking cars off roads" that are often touted by solar panel manufacturers and those claiming these will help solve climate change, that number will shrink as soon as they are dirty, and if anyone lives in the desert around Palm Springs or anywhere in southern California where these projects are going up, they know that the winds kick up often and dirty everything real quick!

Largest solar project in world sits on 3.75 square miles of desert

cleanenergyactionproject.com

Here is the final report on wildlife and other issues:

http://www.azwild.org/resources/documents/FinalAguaCalienteDueDiligenceReportModified4.9_000.pdf 

9,000 years ago Lake Huron was 250 feet lower

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20140429/NEWS/304290003/Ancient-hunting-camp-found-beneath-Lake-Huron 

Dirt bike parking trick

http://i.imgur.com/VN1Z97n.gif 

Coal referred to as a "dirty habit"

I would call coal a "life extender" and "cheap efficient fuel to keep grandma warm where she can afford to pay for it with her meager government checks". The reference to coal being a "dirty habit" was in the following article. The small German town was able to save the relocation of 1,300 residents but in order to do that, the coal mine had to give up 1/5th of it's land ever being mined, hailing that the coal will remain buried. If coal is so bad, why is it so good for it to stay buried? Dirty things can always be cleaned up, and buried. I don't get the logic of bastardizing coal and replacing it with equally environment altering solar and wind, both of which are not efficient. When my vehicle is inefficient it wastes gas. We don't need inefficient energy. Coal is efficient. 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/germany-battle-coal-energiewende 

Corn biofuel is worse for the planet than gasoline

Creates 7% more "greenhouse gasses" every year.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/20/corn-biofuels-gasoline-global-warming 

Is China's pollution affecting climate?

From an article at theguardian.com, "China's air pollution could be intensifying storms over the Pacific Ocean and altering weather patterns in North America, according to scientists in the US."

I think that is what we could rationally call climate change, now if only we could remove the predictions of rising seas I think we would be better off. Discussions about pollution and how it can affect weather patterns seem valid and could lead to viable discussions. On the other hand, China may say "well we manufactured and sold more winter clothes we sold at Wal-Mart than ever, why change the climate of our business?"

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/china-air-pollution-pacific-climate-us-national-academy-sciences 

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