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Ocean methane hydrates – the hidden canary?

Ocean Floor methane hydrate

On the ocean floor, there is some frozen stuff called ‘methane hydrates.’ Methane hydrates have been known to oceanographers and oil and gas people for a while now, but they started gaining mainstream attention when their arctic land cousins became yet another poster child for climate change. In the ocean, methane hydrates only form in cold waters under quite a bit ... Read More »

Yet another unknown “carbon sink” revealed

Hercules ROV shown above deep ocean floor basalt (NOAA)

Recently, NASA released the results of a study of the temperatures of the waters of Earth’s deep ocean have not warmed measurably since 2005, leaving unsolved the mystery of why global warming appears to have slowed in recent years. Owing to a ‘global pause‘ in rising temperatures, climate scientists have increasingly having to resort to other processes in nature to ... Read More »

Misconceptions about Natural Gas

Mysterious 'Siberian Exploding Hole' (The Siberian Times)

The media in the last year has been full of scary information about methane hydrates (super bad!) and natural gas (the savior with respect to stopping catastrophic warming of the planet). Methane hydrates Lets discuss the ‘bad’ first – methane hydrates. Methane hydrates are white, ice-like solids that consist of methane and water. Methane hydrated can form on the ocean ... Read More »

Why are Global Warming Alarmists resorting to bullying tactics?

Before Copernicus: Sun revolving around the Earth

Earlier this week, Lennart Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading in the U.K, and a climate scientist with over 200 pages on the subject claimed he had been bullied into leaving the Nigel Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) because people he had worked with were withdrawing support, others now refused to be co-author’s on climate papers with ... Read More »

I’m a Climate Realist – not a skeptic!

A Climate Realist

I think it’s time to start a new meme – Climate Realist. I’m proud to be a Climate Realist and I invite everyone to become a Climate Realist, and thus really allow the human race to move forward to an environmentally sustainable future, rather than continue to act like Chicken Little and endlessly debate, is it or isn’t it warming? ... Read More »

Is the West Antarctic ice sheet suddenly melting?

West Antarctic Ice sheet

“Ice melt in West Antarctica is unstoppable!” (CNN) “Ice Sheet’s Collapse Triggers Sea Level Warning” (NBC) “Glacial Region’s Melt Past ‘Point of No Return,’ NASA Says” (Bloomberg) “Nothing can stop retreat of West Antarctica ice sheets!” (BBC) Are you scared yet?! Certainly the mainstream media is playing it up! Although I had some questions on this matter, I thought I’d ... Read More »

Pollution not just fossil fuels fuelling stronger storms in Asia?

Smog over Beijing, China (NOAA - October 2013)

Scientists recently published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the Unites States of America. Wang et. al., (2014) claim that increasing levels of pollutants in Asia are intensifying storms in that region. On the surface of it, a cheer might go up from the anti anthropogenic global warming crowd as it’s not exactly burning fossil ... Read More »

Are we really 99% sure man is causing climate change?

Refinery

Shaun Lovejoy thinks so. Shaun is a professor of physics at McGill University, so he’s a Physicist, and therefore should know what he is talking about, right? Well, this month he got an article published in Climate Dynamics in which he reports that there is a “greater than 99.9% confidence that climate change is happening because of greenhouse gas emissions ... Read More »

Why are there still global warming skeptics?

The Carbon Cycle

James Lawrence Powell reviewed 2,258 papers on climate science published between November 2012 and December 2013 and said that of all those papers, only one rejected man was the cause of warming on Planet Earth at this time. The science is settled! Or is it? Despite this exhaustive review of papers, there is still a very stubborn contingency of scientists ... Read More »

The absurdity of Canada’s oil pipeline woes

Pipelines of North America

Canada has a problem. Oil prices have got high enough and technology has advanced that a lot of oil that was trapped in less porous rocks is now suddenly quite attractive to extract. The problem is, it all lies in the middle of Canada. Well, not the geographic heart of Canada but suitably close enough. Well, oil is liquid and ... Read More »