The news just keeps coming on the effects of climate change doesn’t it? And the sceptics continue to maintain a head in the sand stance as the bleeding obvious becomes ‘bleedingly obvious’ and the weight of evidence just grows and grows. See also https://deknarf.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/food-for-thought-3-spaceship-earth-%e2%80%93-%e2%80%98houston-we-have-a-problem and https://deknarf.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/food-for-thought-13-climate-change-the-elephant-in-the-room
A US airways jet becomes stuck in runway asphalt that had softened in the heat. A subway train derails after heat kinks a piece of straight track. In Texas heat and drought leads to shrinking and cracking clay soils causing ‘horrendous cracking’ of highways. In North-eastern and Midwestern states high heat is causing sections of highway to expand and pop-up creating hazardous ‘speed bumps’. A nuclear plant in Chicago requires permission to keep operating when it’s cooling water pond exceeds it’s licence limit of 37.7oC.
There are reports that the worst drought in the US in half a century has spread with 1369 counties in 31 States being declared disaster areas. The hot and dry conditions have significantly damaged corn and soybean crops and as well as pastures and rangeland. Some 67% of the US’s livestock pastures are affected by the drought.
Looking on the bright side a spokesman for the livestock industry says: ‘We don’t normally have this kind of drought, and hopefully we won’t have one again for a long, long time. Next year, we’ll recover!’ Hope he’s on the money there!
According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention at least 8,015 Americans have been killed by heat waves over the period 1979 to 2003, representing more than the number of deaths caused by hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined.
Increasing storm frequency to the point of having the ‘storm of the century every year’ (Bill Gausman, VP Potomac Electric Power Company) creates scenarios like the June 29 ‘derecho’ storm which travelled from the Midwest across to the Eastern Seaboard disrupted power supply to 4.3 million people in 10 states and the District of Columbia. It took eight days for the Potomac Electric Power Company to recover. A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line windstorm associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms.
And then, to top it off a prominent ‘there ain’t no climate change’ proponent goes feral. Prominent sceptic scientist Richard Muller, leader of a large international research effort to debunk global warming science, has an epiphany, or is that a revelation based on scientific findings, and goes pro global warming much to the chagrin of the sceptics. After re-examining some 14 million temperature observations (and excluding data that sceptics considered artificial enhancers of global warming) dating back to 1753 and over 44,455 sites Professor Muller made the following observation: ‘Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by 2.5 degrees F over the past 250 years, including and increase of 1.5 degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.’
It’s reported that Australian climate sceptics where highly sceptical about Professor Muller and whether he was a sceptic in the first place. They were also extremely sceptical of the results, rather sceptical of the methodologies used, and particularly sceptical that he had not followed their advice on how to obtain appropriate results.
A reputedly prominent Australian sceptics group, engagingly called the Galileo Movement were also highly sceptical of Professor Muller’s study and indicated that their views would not change. Would kind of put a spanner in their whole raison d’être wouldn’t it? Malcolm Roberts, the Galileo Movement’s manager, has also advised that climate change science ‘has been captured by some of the major banking families in the world’ who are a ‘tight-knit cabal’ Mr Roberts also indicated that while he understood that the Movement’s views might sound strange (now there’s an understatement), they were increasingly popular. He said that while it sounded somewhat strange there ‘are significant things going on in Australia that people are waking up to!’ With it’s wierdo views, a patron such as Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt as an adviser’ the group sounds like just another bunch of ultra-conservative, free-marketeering conspiracy theorists more intent on political manipulation of the gullible than in advancing the scientific debate. Basically an insult to the name Galileo Galilei! I wonder if Galileo would be sceptical of their bona fides?
- Climate change sceptics unwarmed by scientist’s reassessment of cold facts (smh.com.au)
- Climate sceptics not for turning despite a research ‘own goal’ (crikey.com.au)
- Rob Lyons: Forgive me IPCC, for I have sinned… (junkscience.com)
- What evidence will it take to convince climate sceptics? | Leo Hickman (guardian.co.uk)
- Ex-sceptic says humans to blame for global warming (newscientist.com)
- Climate change study forces sceptical scientists to change minds (guardian.co.uk)