Dinosaurs and Santa Claus

Weather is on everyone’s mind just now isn’t it? Especially if they are sitting somewhere with no power. We were doing that for a while, just lying in the dark with nothing to do but think and we got thinking about the story we linked to in our last post, you know the one where rice paddies 5,000 years ago started the rise in CO2, that nasty emission which is to blame- we are told- for global warming. And we got thinking about dinosaurs. They were big beasts and there were lots of them around it seems. Wouldn’t they put out a hell of a lot of methane [which is worse we are told than CO2, emissions wise!] just as much as cattle or a few rice paddies? So be prepared for a study which will push the greenhouse gas emissions theory of climate-change back to the Triassic and Jurassic!

Meanwhile although the evidence increasingly contradicts the modellers’ theories,  the scary stories continue. The arctic ice is melting. That’s a favorite grim fairy tale to scare your kids with. Here is a sad effort from a Greenpeacenik:

HT SDA

This actually makes us angry. Hucksters are hucksters whether they work for Ringling Brothers, Yorkton securities or Greenpeace. So hug your kids tonight and tell them Santa will find that chimney just fine.

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5 responses to “Dinosaurs and Santa Claus

  1. here is a basic lesson in reporting about scientific issues: go to the source. And nothing but the source. I.e. the website that you link to (‘whatsupwiththat’) is someone’s interpretation. and the someone (who remains anonymous, which is against scientific ethics code) may have a meteorology degree, but we know nothing about his/her capabilities of interpreting the facts. I urge you to cite seriously peer reviewed journals. There are extremely good overviews, and they include discussions about the issues that we don’t understand on the website of Nature. See http://www.nature.com/climate/2009/0901/pdf/climate.2008.138.pdf, http://www.nature.com/climate/2009/0901/pdf/climate.2008.142.pdf, http://www.nature.com/climate/2009/0901/pdf/climate.2008.134.pdf and http://www.nature.com/climate/2009/0901/pdf/climate.2008.143.pdf
    I am sure you will post the links to these as you have posted the others

  2. Robert G. Holmes

    Raymon

    Complements of the season.

    Thank you for the websites. Raising the standard of banter on this site is appreciated.

    Can we get our community leaders, and their critics, a little more in touch with wisdom and policies relevant to our local condition?

    Robert

  3. May we correct you? The guy who writes “watts up with that” is not anonymous. He is Anthony Watts, a meteorologist. Regarding going to the source- Weren’t you the same guy who pointed us to wikipedia ?

  4. Ww: More enjoyable reading for you on the ‘calamity’ of ‘disappearing’ arctic ice:

    Sea Ice Ends Year at Same Level as 1979
    http://pracphilosblog.wordpress.com/2009/01/05/sea-ice-ends-year-at-same-level-as-1979/

    Reported in the Daily Tech Science section:

    “Thanks to a rapid rebound in recent months, global sea ice levels now equal those seen 29 years ago, when the year 1979 also drew to a close.”

    Here is the rest of this arctic-ice-recovery article:
    http://www.dailytech.com/Sea+Ice+Ends+Year+at+Same+Level+as+1979/article13834.htm

    (Data is being reported by the University of Illinois’s Arctic Climate Research Center and is derived from satellite observations of the Northern and Southern hemisphere polar regions; citation for Raymond Bodin above 🙂 )

  5. Thanks Bryan. Much appreciated.