Of time and tide

2014 the hottest year on record, say US government scientists


The headline says it all – the hottest year on record.

Out of 4,500,000,000 years, they have been measuring climate for a mere 135 years, or 0.000003%.

Imagine if you will a young man who has never seen the sea before.  He has a fascination with measurements and graphs but knows nothing about geography, astronomy or geophysics.

On his first encounter with the sea, he is fascinated with the waves and starts measuring them.  To his surprise the graph first shows a slight decline but then starts to rise, and alarmingly seems to indicate that the water levels are rising at such a rate that in a matter of months or even weeks the entire land is going to be inundated.  He rushes back to his village with his alarming news and the village elders declare that the cause is down to the villagers throwing their rubbish into the sea.

Tide Graph

Indeed his graph does seem to indicate a cause for alarm.  An inexorable rise in sea levels does seem to indicate a danger.

Of course we know that if our young man waited a bit longer he would have discovered the phenomenon of tides.  Just another couple of hours and the levels would have receded again.  We know that the tides are caused by the gravitational pull between the Earth and Moon and that dumping rubbish in the sea would cause nothing more than a theoretical rise in sea levels that is too small to ever measure.

We know better.

Don't we?

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Of time and tide — 4 Comments

  1. “Have they been using the same measuring equipment all this time?”

    As it happens – NO: http://notrickszone.com/2015/01/14/germanys-warming-happens-to-coincide-with-late-20th-century-implementation-of-digital-measurement/

    “The hottest year on record”

    By a miserable two hundredths of a degree Celsius: http://joannenova.com.au/2015/01/2014-noaa-nasa-produce-weakest-science-on-hottest-fantasy-in-modern-record/

    “An inexorable rise in sea levels does seem to indicate a danger”

    Not really: http://joannenova.com.au/2015/01/sea-level-rise-was-less-than-thought-skeptics-were-right/#more-40416

    • It doesn't matter how much science, logic or indeed proof you throw at them; anything that runs contrary to their religion is simply ignored.  They believe it therefore it must be true.

      Unless JoNova has hit on something – "But it does mean some people who want to seem-scientific want more of your money."?  Nah!  That couldn't be right.  Could it?

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