Ice Age

Russian scientist didn’t get the memo: says a new “little Ice Age” started last year

The Return of the Sun "Extremely heavy precipitation of rime crystals during the night, our rigging being heavily encrusted some of the ropes being over 3" in diameter, but the effect is beautiful" Hurley Diary. Shackleton aimed to make the first-ever land crossing of the Antarctic continent, but his ship became trapped, then crushed and sunk, by ice before the team could reach their starting point for the trek. Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton. (Photo by Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images)

The Return of the Sun “Extremely heavy precipitation of rime crystals during the night, our rigging being heavily encrusted some of the ropes being over 3″ in diameter, but the effect is beautiful” Hurley Diary. Shackleton aimed to make the first-ever land crossing of the Antarctic continent, but his ship became trapped, then crushed and sunk, by ice before the team could reach their starting point for the trek. Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17, led by Ernest Shackleton.
(Photo by Frank Hurley/Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge/Getty Images)


A new study by a prominent Russian astrophysicist claims the ?new Little Ice Age? started at the end of 2015 due to low solar activity, kicking off decades of ?deep cooling? in the latter half of the 21st Century. Read more »

Next thing to worry about: Global warming is delaying the next Ice Age

Global warming is likely to disrupt a natural cycle of ice ages and help delay the onset of the next big freeze until about 100,000 years from now, scientists say.

In the past million years, the world has had about 10 ice ages before swinging back to warmer conditions like the present. In the last freeze, which ended 12,000 years ago, ice sheets blanketed what is now Canada, northern Europe and Siberia.

In a new explanation for the long-lasting plunges in global temperatures, scientists point to a combination of long-term shifts in the Earth’s orbit around the sun, together with carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

They said the planet seemed naturally on track to escape an ice age for the next 50,000 years, which is an unusually long period of warmth, according to a study led by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

But rising manmade greenhouse gas emissions since the Industrial Revolution began in the 18th century could mean the balmy period will last for 100,000 years, they say in the journal Nature.

The findings suggest human influences “will make the initiation of the next ice age impossible over a time period comparable to the duration of previous glacial cycles”.

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87% of New Zealanders are scared of something that happens all the time

Kiwis with a guilty conscience over climate change can make simple lifestyle choices such as cutting down red meat or using public transport, new research says.

Researchers at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research compared the 2006/7 and 2012/13 Household Economic Surveys to determine how Kiwis can reduce their impact on climate change.

While 87 percent of New Zealanders were concerned about it, only 42 percent believed their actions could make a difference, researcher Suzi Kerr said.

Cutting down on dairy products and red meat, increasing a car’s fuel efficiency or shifting from driving to public transport or walking were prime ways to cut down on emissions, she said.

“I’m not saying we should all be non-driving vegans, but it’s good to understand our impact on emissions,” she said.

Food, transport, housing, and utilities account for 82 percent of household emissions.

The research found emissions increased with household age and tended to be higher in South Island households – possibly due to more heating in a colder climate.

The geologic record shows we have ice ages come and go all the time, and all of them so far have happened without humans driving them. ?Every time the planet managed to melt again – get kind of lush and beautiful, and then something starts the process all over again.

To think taking the bike to Pak ‘n Save instead of the car is going to put off any change in climate, then good on you.

According to scientists we’ve had sea level rises in the 10-15cm range just during our life-time. ?Yet you talk to boaties and harbour masters in their 60s or older and they’ll tell you that there is no difference to the height of?the high tides compared to 40 years ago. ? Shallow estuaries and wetlands have not expanded and overflowed during that time.

But more amusingly, 48% of us believe there is?nothing we can do to stop it. ?Certainly in New Zealand, where we account for something like 0.2% of the global “problem”, even if we went 100% “global warming neutral”, the likes of India and China will blow such effort out of the water within a week.

There is nothing wrong with trying to reuse, recycle, use better tech and generally live cleaner and healthier lives, including business and industry. ?And whatever benefits flow from that, healthier air, cleaner rivers, less toxic lands, more trees through parks and reserves and so on is going to be great for all of us.

But the Luddites are running the asylum. ? Academics that need troughs filling will continue to push research that concludes there needs to be…. more research. ?And the Media Party needs scary stories between the ads to make sure you come back and read more.

But in the real world, things are just fine.

If it gets a little warmer, we all benefit. ?Easier to grow trees, plants and food. ?Tourism becomes even more attractive. ?Southern towns become more attractive to live in.

If the water gets a little higher, we stop building so close to the shore. ?And for older areas, we just ask the Dutch how they have millions of people living below sea level without panicking.

By all means measure. ?By all means model. ?By all means plan.

But the idea we can stop or even reverse what happens to climate is absurd.


– NZN, via 3 News

Forget Global Warming, here comes another ice age

This will stop the talk dead at Paris as the world’s biggest bunch of con-artists meet to?discuss our last chance to save the planet.

Of course the earth might have something to say about that…and the sun.

The Earth could be headed for a ‘mini ice age’ researchers have warned.

A new study claims to have cracked predicting solar cycles – and says that between 2020 and 2030 solar cycles will cancel each other out.

This, they say, will lead to a phenomenon known as the ‘Maunder minimum’ – which has previously been known as a mini ice age when it hit between 1646 and 1715, even causing London’s River Thames to freeze over.

The new model of the Sun’s solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun’s 11-year heartbeat. ?? Read more »

Fresh evidence that we survived the last Ice Age


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Turns out he was a cool dude in more ways than one: Read more »

The great big list of failed climate predictions

Anthony Watts has a list of 107 failed climate predictions.

There are 107 of them…here are some of my favourites.

3. ?More heat waves, no snow in the winter? Climate models? over 20 times more precise than the UN IPCC global models. In no other country do we have more precise calculations of climate consequences. They should form the basis for political planning? Temperatures in the wintertime will rise the most? there will be less cold air coming to Central Europe from the east?In the Alps winters will be 2?C warmer already between 2021 and 2050.?

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, September 2, 2008.


5. ?Clear climate trends are seen from the computer simulations. Foremost the winter months will be warmer all over Germany. Depending of CO2 emissions, temperatures will rise by up to 4?C, in the Alps by up to 5?C.?
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, 7 Dec 2009.


6. ?In summer under certain conditions the scientists reckon with a complete melting of the Arctic sea ice. For Europe we expect an increase in drier and warmer summers. Winters on the other hand will be warmer and wetter.?
Erich Roeckner, Max Planck Institute, Hamburg, 29 Sept 2005.

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Global Warming? …not anymore…experts now warning of new Ice age

It is really too funny to believe, but if it wasn’t so serious we could all have a laugh.

Despite decades of scaremongering about global warming it looks like we are all now going to be subjected to scaremongering about a new ice age.

BRITAIN faces a new mini-Ice Age with decades of severe Siberian winters and washout summers, an expert has warned.

Professor Mike Lockwood, of Reading University, said erratic and extreme weather patterns could be the norm in 20 years.

He said the risk of harsh winters and wet miserable summers has gone up to 25 to 30 per cent compared with 10 per cent a few years ago.? Read more »

The Most Stupid Global Warming Scientist so far

Plunging a low point of illogical desperation, a Dutch scientific study finds that the Antarctic sea ice area is actually expanding, and, spare me, tries to blame it on global warming:

Global warming has led to more ice in the sea around Antarctica and could help insulate the southern hemisphere from atmospheric warming.

A Dutch study says that unlike in the Arctic region, sea ice around Antarctica has expanded at a significant rate since 1985.”

We have had to endure dingbats claiming that the Ice-Age conditions in Europe this winter are caused by anthropogenic “Climate Change”.

There has been no increase in global temperatures in 16 years, a fact that is throwing the Warmist cause into increasing irrational panic.

But after suffering a decade of Chicken Little stories about the polar ice caps melting and drowning the world, it is beyond ripe for Warmists to blame an increase?in polar ice area on Global Warming.? Read more »

STOP THE PRESS: We are in an Ice Age now



It took me a long time to stop laughing enough to be able to start typing.

What do you do when you can’t get enough data to back your AGW (anthropomorphic global warming)?fairy tale, because the data really doesn’t show any significant warming after all?

This guys figures it out:

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Busting scientist’s predictions, time to stop listening to their bullshit

The worldwide consensus of climate doomsayers has been around for a while. ?Useful for them to take a look back at the last time they confidently predicted the end of civilisation as we know it:

“1974: ?? when metereologists take an average of temperatures around the globe they find the atmosphere has been growing gradually cooler for the past three decades. The trend shows no indication of reversing. Climatological Cassandras are becoming increasingly apprehensive, for the weather aberrations they are studying may be the harbinger of another ice age. Telltale signs are everywhere?from the unexpected persistence and thickness of pack ice int eh waters around Iceland to the southward migration of a warmth-loving creature like the armadillo from the Midwest. When Climatologist George J. Kukla of Columbia University?s Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory and his wife Helena analyzed satellite weather data fro the Northern Hemisphere, they found that the area of ice and snow cover had suddenly increased by 12% in 1971 and the increase has persisted ever since. Areas of Baffin Island in the Canadia Arctic, for example, were once totally free of any snow in summer; now they are covered year round.?

Later in the article, ?Whatever the cause of the cooling trend, its effects could be extremely serious, if not catastrophic. Scientists figure that only a 1% decrease in the amount of sunlight hitting the earth?s surface could tip?the?climatic balance, and cool the planet enough to send it sliding down the road to another ice age within only a few hundred years.?

Source: ?Another Ice Age,? Time Magazine, June 24, 1974.”? Read more »