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Matt Ridley: The mysterious cycles of ice ages

Tallbloke's Talkshop

US winter storm 2018 [image credit: NASA]
A sort of review of leading ice age theories. A paper by Ralph Ellis that was featured at the Talkshop gets a mention. A point not mentioned: the carbon cycle dictates that cooling leads to the oceans absorbing more CO2, while warming leads to more outgassing of it to the atmosphere.

Record cold in America has brought temperatures as low as minus 44C in North Dakota, frozen sharks in Massachusetts and iguanas falling from trees in Florida, writes Matt Ridley.

Al Gore blames global warming, citing one scientist to the effect that this is “exactly what we should expect from the climate crisis”. Others beg to differ: Kevin Trenberth, of America’s National Centre for Atmospheric Research, insists that “winter storms are a manifestation of winter, not climate change”.

Forty-five years ago a run of cold winters caused a “global cooling” scare.

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Why the Little Ice Age ended in the middle of the 19th century 

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Grand Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland [Image credit: Wikipedia]
It’s not the conclusion some might be expecting…

Analysis of ice cores delivers continuous data for the first time on industrial soot from 1740 to today, reports HeritageDaily.

In the first half of the 19th century, a series of large volcanic eruptions in the tropics led to a temporary global cooling of Earth’s climate.

It was a natural process that caused Alpine glaciers to grow and subsequently recede again during the final phase of the so-called Little Ice Age.

This has now been proven by PSI researchers, on the basis of ice cores.

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Left for Dead: The Land that Labour Forgot?

Anthony Broxton

Left for Dead?: The Strange Death and Rebirth of the Labour Party
Lewis Goodall
William Collins, 352pp, £20

Over the past decade, defending New Labour’s record has become the toughest job in British politics. Labour’s great election winner is easily the most unpopular post-war Prime Minister. Despite Brexit, David Cameron receives higher favorability ratings with the electorate.

Nowhere is the shift in narrative more prominent than at the top of today’s Labour Party. From Jon Lansman’s; “Blair was in the wrong party”; to Len McCluskey’s; “he wasn’t Labour’s most successful leader”; to John McDonnell’s; “he lost us five million votes”, the message is clear: Tony Blair was not ‘Real Labour’.

Just five years ago, McDonnell told the Artist Taxi Driver that he tries to make a citizen’s arrest of Blair every time he comes back to the UK:

“Tony Blair should be arrested because we believe that he should be brought before the Hague……

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Govt Announces Plans To Shut Down UK


By Paul Homewood

h/t Philip Bratby


To mark the launch of this nationwide week, Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry today (Monday 15 October) wrote to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) asking for advice on:

  • setting a date for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions from across the economy, including from transport, industry and agriculture
  • whether we need to review our 2050 target of cutting emissions by at least 80% relative to 1990 levels to meet international climate targets set out in Paris Agreement
  • how emissions reductions might be achieved in industry, homes, transport and agriculture
  • and the expected costs and benefits in comparison to current targets

This makes the UK one of the first in the G7 to formally explore setting an even more ambitious target than its current one. It follows a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), showing…

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