Finding New Glaciers – in 1938


One of my favorite things to do (when I have time) is researching old news articles related to climate, weather, geology, Earth science, etc. After posting a few of these on my Twitter account and getting positive feedback I decided to start cataloging some of my finds here at my blog.

I’ll keep these posts short and to the point. First up:

Scientific Expedition Discovers World’s Largest Non-Polar Icecap



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Recent studies show Sept ice of 3-5 mkm2 did not kill polar bears off as predicted


The annual Arctic sea ice minimum for 2016 is imminent and the hand-wringing about polar bear survival has already begun. While this year is shaping up to be another very low sea ice minimum in the Arctic – not as low as 2012 but lower thanas low as 2007 (previously the 2nd lowest since 1979) – contrary to predictions, several recent studies show that such low sea ice coverage in summer has had no (or very limited) negative effects on polar bear health and survival. In fact, for polar bears in some areas low summer sea ice has been quite beneficial (although these are not the populations that polar bear specialists predicted would do better).

polar_thin_ice Jessica Robertson_USGS

Since low summer extents of recent magnitude (3.0 – 5.0 mkm2) are clearly not any sort of threat to polar bears, it seems improbable that even an ice-free (≤ 1.0…

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Ross McKitrick: Wind Power Subsidies Triple Power Prices in Ontario



One of the favourite smoke-and-mirrors lines pulled by the wind industry, its parasites and spruikers is that wind power lowers power prices.

Among the ‘tiny’ little omissions in that pitch are that:

1) they’re only ever talking about spot prices when the wind is blowing; and

2) they skate over the massive subsidies that get tacked on top of the price paid by retailers for the power delivered; and

3) they run a mile from the unnecessary cost of base-load plants holding additional ‘spinning reserve’ and the insane and otherwise unnecessary cost of running highly inefficient Open Cycle Gas Turbines, that are critical to keep a grid up and running when wind power output collapses on a total and totally unpredictable basis.

That little trick lasts about as long as it takes Joe the Power Punter to open his power bill; because all of the above is helpfully collected in…

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Nunavut is Melting, Or not

Science Matters

From Yale Climate Connections we heard last week about Nunavut melting and a theatrical production to spread news and concerns about this dangerous development.

“I come from a place of rugged mountains, imperial glaciers and tender-covered permafrost. But Nunavut, our land, is only as rich as it is cold, and today most of it is melting.”That’s Chantal Bilodeau, reading a passage from “Sila,” a play about the effects of climate change in the Arctic.

The characters in her play include polar bears, an Inuit goddess, scientists, and coast guard officers – all working together to save their land.

No doubt her personal experience and feelings for her Nunavut are sincere and profound. (Originally I thought it was her homeland, but in fact she is a New York playwright and translator, born in Montreal.) And there will be a large audience receptive to her concerns about global warming. (Bilodeau has writen six…

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Freedom of the Press & Yi Luv Bung !


Before he started exhibiting early signs of dementia by promoting CND, 1980s Labour Party leader Micheal Foot was most famous for his wartime speech defending Freedom of the Press against National government censorship.

These days mainstream Investitigive Journalism would appear to have been taken Private Political Prisoner via the need to attract Corporate advertising revenue, plus fear of an attack on their respective media group share price. Whilst this has probably always been the case to some extent, it got far worse after George Osborne became Chancellor, and attempting to attract Chinese investment has probably imported a ” Yi Luv Bung ” culture into our Civil Service alongside it.

Although corruption in the UK Civil Service has probably always been the case the serious rot set in during the 1980s with the privatisation of our former nationalised industries, for example the buses. I can recall being told how small independent…

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Monbiot: The Climate Crisis has Arrived – but the Media are Keeping it Secret

Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Eric Worrall

George Monbiot, a prominent Guardian Environmental Reporter, has accused the “corrupt” media establishment of not telling anyone that the world just ended.

The climate crisis is already here – but no one’s telling us

What is salient is not important. What is important is not salient. The media turns us away from the issues that will determine the course of our lives, and towards topics of brain-melting irrelevance.

This, on current trends, will be the hottest year ever measured. The previous record was set in 2015; the one before in 2014. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century. Each of the past 14 months has beaten the global monthly temperature record. But you can still hear people repeating the old claim, first proposed by fossil fuel lobbyists, that global warming stopped in 1998.

Arctic sea ice covered a smaller area…

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The Sinkhole – Our Descent into the Next Ice Age

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

Back in May, Climate scientist Ed Hawkins published a scary spiral graph which appeared to show global warming leaping out at you. As a homage to Hawkins’ effort, I created a similar graph, covering the last 10,000 years, rather than just covering temperatures since 1850. The effect of the longer timescale is quite different to the Hawkins original.

The Sinkhole - Our Descent into the Next Ice Age. The Sinkhole – Our Descent into the Next Ice Age.

The source data is

The spiral graph is obviously more art than science, but it presents some interesting features. The radius of the circle is related to the temperature anomaly – warmer temperatures have a larger radius. The factors are obviously chosen for artistic impact – just as Hawkins’ factors were.

On a 10,000 year timescale the spiral graph does emphasise how cold modern temperatures are, compared to the rest of the Holocene – at least…

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