False Alarm: Southern Ocean Still Soaking Up CO2

Southern Ocean CO2 absorptionThe Southern Ocean has recovered its ability to suck vast amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, overturning fears the natural “sink” had stalled with dire consequences for future climate change. Climate scientists had feared the uptake of carbon dioxide by the Southern Ocean had slowed in what was feared to be a “feedback” response to human ­activity. New research published today in the journal Science reveals that rather than stalling, the amount of CO2 being ­absorbed by the Southern Ocean was on the rise again. –Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 11 September 2015

GWPF science spokesman David Whitehouse said the recovery of the Southern Ocean carbon sink “could be yet another explanation for the surface temperature hiatus”. He said the research was “another alarmist claim removed by science, showing that the ‘settled science’ isn’t settled at all. The fact is that the current models do not fit the observations, so there we have a vital part of future climate prediction shown to be not predictable,” Dr Whitehouse said. “The closer you look at widely held certainties, the more complex and less understood they become — that’s the science of a complicated earth.” –Graham Lloyd, The Australian, 11 September 2015

It [is] not the first time that lengthier observations have led to the demise of a short-term climate scare. The fact that researchers now acknowledge they cannot predict future trends indicates that they don’t fully understand the underlying physics and mechanisms. –Benny Peiser, The Australian, 11 September 2015

Radiocarbon dating, which is used to calculate the age of certain organic materials, has been found to be unreliable, and sometimes wildly so – a discovery that could upset previous studies on climate change, scientists from China and Germany said in a new paper. Their recent analysis of sediment from the largest freshwater lake in northeast China showed that its carbon clock stopped ticking as early as 30,000 years ago, or nearly half as long as was hitherto thought. The discovery that it is unreliable could put some in a quandary. For instance, remnants of organic matter formerly held up as solid evidence of the most recent, large-scale global warming event some 40,000 years ago may actually date back far earlier to a previous ice age. –Stephen Chen, South China Morning Post, 10 September4 2015

The secretary of state for energy and climate change has refused permission for a 194-turbine wind farm off the Dorset coast, citing negative landscape and heritage impacts as key reasons for her refusal. A decision letter issued today said that Amber Rudd had refused development consent for the Navitus Bay Wind Park, which would have comprised up to 194 wind turbines with an installed capacity of up to 970MW. The refusal was in line with a recommendation from the Planning Inspectorate. –Michael Donnelly, Planning Resource, 11 September 2015

A state senator announced Thursday that she’s abandoning a second Democratic climate change proposal amid reluctance from California lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown. Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said she would withdraw a vote on her bill, SB32, which calls for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050. Instead, she will try to rally support for passage next year. In the final week of the legislative session, Democrats were already forced to drop a mandate to cut oil use from their climate change proposal amid fierce opposition from business groups and oil companies. A scaled-down version of the proposal to increase renewable energy use to 50 percent has yet to be voted on. —KCRA News, 10 September 2015

When David Cameron’s Conservative party rolled its way through elections this spring, we surmised that the new government, unencumbered by the demands of coalition politics, might be capable of kick-starting British shale production. But the Conservative party isn’t the only one touting the potential benefits of exploiting Britain’s estimated 1.3 quadrillion cubic feet of shale gas. In what can only be read as a boon to fracking’s political clout, Labour’s shadow energy minister has cautioned greens against their opposition. The UK has the shale reserves, it has the environmental, economic, and strategic incentives to tap it, and now, it seems, it has the political will necessary to overcome the local intransigence that has so far forestalled any UK shale boom. Will it be able to follow America’s lead? —The American Interest, 10 September 2015

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    GR82DRV

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    Proving again there are two words (for the media) that never fail to bring the world to a screeching halt:

    “scientists fear…”

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    Me

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    Steve Goddard @SteveSGoddard

    Noah’s Ark would run into legal problems today, for discriminating against the other 42 officially identified genders.

    So this was a Tweet by Tony just recently? I think Noah and his Ark has more problems than you bitching about imaginary legal problems. The story is Bull Shit!

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      Me

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      Just like the climate change story is bullshit so is the Bible stories too! 😆

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        Me

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        Tony can’t censor me here like he did at his site, and later complain about being censored at other sites, like twitter, and not so long ago with his twitter whine about the guardian. Funny how that works when they do it to you, and when you don’t like what one on your own side doesn’t suck up to your every word and bow down to you gets the same treatement. So tell Me how that works again?

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          Me

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          Tony! you are just another hypocrite.

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            Me

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            And Thomas if you don’t see it you need to look at it closer. All I did here was the same.

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            Me

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            Why don’t you think gator no longer post here? His religion! It caught up with him. Still they argue against the AGW theory and rightfully so but for the wrong reasons. They are believers and use their religious beliefs to promote their beliefs. That’s the problem, now Tony with his Noah tweet just goes down that rabbit hole along with the rest of them. No better!

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            Gator

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            My “religion” has nothing to do with my lack of postings of late, or my skepticism. Science and logic are what makes me skeptical of alarmists BS, and a busy schedule has kept me from posting as often.

            Gee, I wonder why you have been censored? I just cannot figure it out. 😮

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            GR82DRV

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            Welcome to the club Gator! It’s clear from his lack of depth that Me has never been here for the climate debate. This site simply serves as his anti-religion screed that ironically he pursues with religious fervor.

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            Me

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            😀 poor baby got his religion thiggy hurt!

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            Me

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            Here, understand this, since you two like certain things and one of them appears to be religion that there is nothing ever wrong with it, but when there suddenly is, you’ll clam something else. And if there are problems with that bullshit why you still defend that crap.

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            Gator

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            I [i]abhor[/i] PC, it is one of the most vile things Progressives ever thrust upon us. So not sure where you are trying to go with this, and the rest was gibberish.

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            Me

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            I agree, but there you go again! 😉

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            Me

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            Exactly, 🙂 🙂 🙂 But away you go to follow follow follow??? Funny how that works. 😉

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            Gator

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            More gibberish. I’m busy, so try and gather your thoughts into something coherent if you would like to discuss something.

            Monterey Jack cheeseburgers and beer tonight!

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            Me

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            And again, doing what you do best, when it suits you! I was as you claimed it one time a brother from another mother, because that suited you at the time, But heaven forbid I mock your religion like the climate bullshit that it is and it’s a different story????? Right??? 😆

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            Me

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            Monterey Jack cheeseburgers and beer sounds good. I am out of Monterey Jack, but I think I’ll use some Gouda instead.

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            Me

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            Ok it was harvarti, burgers were good, I has two, So I’m guessing your off to OZ with your bullshit between your legs?

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            Gator

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            Quoting Amber:

            [quote]I don’t know about anyone one else but I have basically given up reading your comments.[/quote]

            Your keyboard needs a breathalyzer.

            [img]http://ethil.com/media/NmiL4ZK.jpg[/img]

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            Me

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            Yeah and you need to look in that mirror as well! 😆

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    Amber

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    Me,
    I try to follow every persons comments whether I agree with all of them or not .
    What are you trying to express on this site ?
    I could be wrong but it just looks
    like bizarre ramblings and a purposeful waste of everyone’s time .
    Stinging together batch’s of just junk is so bizarre I am wondering if that is your point ?

    I don’t know about anyone one else but I have basically given up reading your comments.

    I get it that there is push back and none of us probably appreciate it but if it’s possible to stay with your views on global warming /climate change
    topics great .

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      JayPee

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      Some people enjoy wasting time, space just because they want to talk as if filling the air with words means anything.

      These are the majority who believe the democrat party is always on their side and the republicans are for big business.

      The more they can fill the air with their stupidity, the more they think they have won the argument. Therefore they are victorious and indisputably correct.

      This is what we are dealing with in regard the stupid conjecture of the totally unproven greenhouse effect.

      As long as stupid people exist, we will have to confront stupid ideas.

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      Me

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      Yeah but there is a political and with the Pope stepping in a religious tone in this as well, if you don’t see it yet, you will.

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