I came across a headline today.
Unfortunately I accidentally refreshed the page and in that short period they had changed it. This was probably just as well as it was quite startling in its stupidity.
The original headline was something on the lines of “Current heatwaves would have been “virtually impossible” without human-caused climate change“.
The new headline – “The era of climate change denial is mostly gone, Micheál Martin says“.
I don’t know quite where to begin.
First of all, Most people probably do believe the climate is changing. We are getting more rain/sun/whatever and thre are changes there. So I would probably agree with Mehole that few people deny climate change is happening. He can continue to call me a “denier” if he likes. However he somehow thinks that a pejorative term such as “denier” will somehow convince me I’m wrong in my belief that climate change is a natural phenomenon. Bollocks. He cal call me whatever he likes.
The original headline reveals itself further down the article –
Martin and Ryan’s comments come as researchers said today that blistering heat that has baked swathes of North America and Europe this month would have been “virtually impossible” without human-caused climate change.
It’s a heatwave for fucks sake. It is caused by the presence of relatively static anticyclones which allows unfiltered sunshine. over a period of time. This is a phenomenon that is a function within the atmosphere, like whirlpools in a mountain stream. The only thing about the current heatwaves is that they are lasting a bit longer than usual. The heat is caused by the same sun that has always been there. The sun is no hotter than usual. Pressure variants in the atmosphere have always been there. The only thing that is different at the moment is that the jetstream has developed a wiggle in the upper atmosphere. To say we somehow are the cause is a massive example of hubris. And incidentally, the current heatwaves are “weather”, not “climate” which they constantly remind us but have conveniently forgotten in this instance.
The study also found that these heatwaves were hotter than they would have been without climate change.
What? Are we making the sun hotter nowl?
Last week leading NASA climatologist Gavin Schmidt told reporters that July 2023 is not just on track to be the hottest absolute month since records began, but also the hottest in “hundreds, if not thousands, of years”.
And herein lies the rub. Do they have accurate records going back hundreds if not thousands of years? I’m not talking about ice cores or tree rings which are hardly accurate thermometers. He is making sweeping statements which have no basis in fact with the deliberate attempt to be alarmist.
I came across an interesting image over on Mac’s site a while back. Naturally I stole it.
I reproduce it here with no further comment..