Our Global Heat Engine from space and within the ocean - a five star video
Posted: 23 January 2013 11:25 AM   [ Ignore ]
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As someone who’s spent his entire life in love with and learning about our fantastic planet, it’s dynamics, it’s history, it’s wonders.
I’ve often talked about the Global Heat Distribution Engine and fear (based on various blogosphere responses I’ve received) that this concept flies right over the head of most.  Well, the other day I saw a video that, to date, is the best presentation of our planet as the living organism it is that I’ve seen.  It’s an hour and a half tour describing what scientists have observed and learned about our planet. 

It rarely mentions our current AGW warming situation, instead focusing on describing how the various components of our climate work together to spawn weather.  If you’re interested in learning about how our planet functions, this video is a must-see.

Earth From Space (HD)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgBWDPXF2gU&list=PLDF0C6F1C044E103F&index=3

Published on Aug 20, 2012
Playtime: 1:31:32
Earth Playlist- http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDF0C6F1C044E103F



Venture on an epic quest to discover the invisible forces and occurrences that sustain life on this planet and - for the first time - see these processes in action in EARTH FROM SPACE.

This sweeping two-hour {yippy 29 minutes of commercials we get to miss}  special reveals the Earth’s deepest mysteries, captured in breath-taking detail, and raises profound questions and challenges the old assumptions of how it all works.

Using the latest CGI technology, and joining NASA and the world’s foremost Earth scientists, EARTH FROM SPACE transforms raw satellite data into a visible spectrum, offering viewers authentic, high-definition moving images that vividly illustrate these processes at work. 



In consultation with more than 220 scientific experts from 18 international Earth sciences research agencies and academic institutions, highlights from EARTH FROM SPACE reveal:



A hurricane - observed from the inside - is an intricately-organized structure.
See how it bonds water to atmosphere, and releases heat into space, cooling parts of the Atlantic by 4C.



The Amazon produces 20% of the Earth’s fresh water.

Where does all this water go and what is its effect on air circulating around the planet and life across the globe?


See how solar storms puncturing great holes in the magnetic field raise new questions about the disruptive effect they have on life on a microscopic level.



Data shows that the top three meters of the ocean stores more heat than the entire atmosphere - overturning the long-held assumptions about how the ocean controls weather and climate.

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Posted: 23 January 2013 08:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Thanks Pete, great video… and a small plug for something I’ve put together about the Australian fires and their connection to climate change: http://watchingthedeniers.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/video-everything-was-on-fire-everywhere-heat-bush-fires-and-climate-change-down-under/

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Posted: 25 January 2013 01:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Watching the Deniers - 23 January 2013 08:20 PM

Thanks Pete, great video… and a small plug for something I’ve put together about the Australian fires and their connection to climate change: http://watchingthedeniers.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/video-everything-was-on-fire-everywhere-heat-bush-fires-and-climate-change-down-under/

Yea that was a spooky video, that sort of stuff is heading my way (USA Four Corners) too.  But, so far so good… but just barely and if we don’t get the late winter storm pattern, we could start seeing serious times.

How is it that people’s denial seems to be getting nastier and more entrenched in the face of this steady beat of extreme weather events?


If your bored check out something I put up today.  It includes 49 names of important 20ish scientist working on the Manhatten Project.


Donna Laframboise’s Blind Spot… and the Manhattan Project
http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2013/01/donna-laframboises-blind-spot.html


It’s in response to that book of her’s.  Hell, may as well share the intro…

Open note to Donna Laframboise,
I don’t understand how your attacks on the IPCC and it’s authors have received so much mileage.  Besides dishonestly portraying the IPCC as something looked at like a “Bible” you ignore most of the IPCC process and misrepresent the rest. 

Worst is your venomous attacks on young scientists.

Here’s how you put it in your “The Delinquent Teenager”:

“But rather than being written by a meticulous, upstanding professional in business attire (aka the world’s top scientists & best experts), the Climate Bible is produced by a slapdash, slovenly teenager who has trouble distinguishing right from wrong (aka, activists, 20-something graduate students, people appointed due to their gender or their country).
The world needs to confront the folly that is the IPCC.”

Your shrill derision of young scientists totally ignores the fact that young men and women have been the backbone of science through the generations. 

For example, the Atomic Bomb could never have been developed without those 20-something graduate students; scientists; mathematicians you show such dripping contempt for.

Here is a review and I ask you Donna to consider where the Manhattan Project would have been without those fine young minds?
{like I said the list is 49 names long}

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Posted: 25 January 2013 10:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Economist article on global warming and soot http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21569686-soot-even-worse-climate-was-previously-thought-new-black

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Posted: 25 January 2013 09:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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garythehuman - 25 January 2013 08:08 AM

CC and group here is an economist article on soot and global warming.

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21569686-soot-even-worse-climate-was-previously-thought-new-black

interesting, thanks

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On January 15th, the fifth day that smog-darkened Beijing’s air-quality index was registering “hazardous” (see article), the most comprehensive study of black carbon yet conducted was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. It concluded that the stuff was the second-most-damaging greenhouse agent after CO2 and about twice as bad for the climate as had been thought until now. The implications are profound.

This study, a four-year affair conducted under the auspices of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry Project, an umbrella group for research into such matters, is based on a lot more information about soot than was previously available, and a better understanding of how it affects the climate. It found that the black carbon around at the moment has a warming effect of about 1.1 watts per square metre of the Earth’s surface (W/m2).

This is greater than that of methane and second only to the 1.7W/m2 of carbon dioxide. An earlier estimate by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) put the black-carbon effect at only 0.3-0.6W/m2. The higher the figure, the worse the warming.
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Posted: 06 February 2013 04:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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CC

Here is a book review you might be interested in.

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21571109-emerging-markets-are-big-part-problem-they-are-essential-any-solution-take

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Posted: 06 February 2013 11:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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garythehuman - 06 February 2013 04:15 PM

CC

Here is a book review you might be interested in.

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21571109-emerging-markets-are-big-part-problem-they-are-essential-any-solution-take

hmmm,

But an attractive quality of this book is that it goes beyond such fatalism. The West, the authors argue, has failed to mitigate global warming, so developing countries will have to take over. This is necessary, they say, because global warming will affect developing countries more than rich ones, partly because tropical and subtropical lands are more sensitive to warming than cold or temperate ones, and partly because rich people can afford better flood controls and drought-resistant seeds than poor ones. One estimate by William Cline, an economist, found that a rise of 2.5% in global temperatures would cut agricultural productivity by 6% in America but by 38% in India. In light of their disproportionate vulnerability, emerging giants will have to push rich countries to make more environmental compromises. To make these demands credible, they themselves will have to make some changes too.

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The authors supply more reasonable solutions. They reckon that China and others could and should invest more in new technologies, such as carbon capture and storage, in order to boost improvements in clean energy. They also provide a detailed and convincing case for rich countries to put a price on carbon by introducing a modest border tax on imports from developing countries.

The book does not quite provide the promised “greenprint” for developing countries to reduce emissions. But that would be a tall order. As a first stab at analysing one of the world’s most intractable problems, it provides a wealth of analysis and fuel for thought.

Yea, we got our proverbial tits in the ringer don’t we. 
It’s quite the weird feeling since the seventies I’ve watched the world around me.
How it has stumbled from one destructive “historic” incident to another,
and always trying to extract the maximum, with the minimum renumeration or responsibility for what’s left behind.
... All the while ignoring the life sustaining planet… that is the biosphere under our collective arses.

Then there’s that show of absolute contempt for folks who think we need to “nurture” our environment…
you know - demonizing those dreaded “Greenies” and all that. 

So I’ve been the fool on my hill these decades, watching and thinking: “Dudes, we can’t keep acting like this. 
We gotta start thinking about our planet as a real entity; then start acting rational; and start working towards some serious strategies that address the physical realities of greenhouse gases. 
. . . Or, this is going to bit us hard.”

But, no, we never got past the cat fights. 
Special interest money made sure there was plenty of crazy-making to confuse and waste precious time.
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And now we are seeing the cascading weather consequences of perhaps half a degree worth of warming on the surface of our global heat distribution engine (the other half got shoved into the ocean and it’s on a conveyor ride before it will return to haunt the surface.).

One thing is physically guaranteed, we will experience more warming and increasingly wild weather.
But, folks can only understand that by learning what real experts have to explain.

Denialist pull every trick of self delusion to ignore the known climate/weather connections,
rather than start facing facts - the denialist have been ratcheting up to new levels of hysteria as a review of WUWT makes plain.
So sad, so there… guess i’ve run out of steam   hmmm


  Well since ya got me up on my soap box, allow me to share the latest before I go away.    wink

{#4} D.LaFramboise The Delinquent Author
This is chapter four from Donna LaFramboise’s book
The Delinquent Teenager: “Twenty-Something Graduate Students”

http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2013/02/4-dlaframboise-delinquent-author.html

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Posted: 08 March 2013 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/scientists-find-an-abrupt-warm-jog-after-a-very-long-cooling/
Scientists Find an Abrupt Warm Jog After a Very Long Cooling
By ANDREW C. REVKIN
There’s long been a general picture of the climate of the Holocene, the period of Earth history since the last ice age ended around 12,000 years ago. It goes like this: After a sharp stuttery warm-up following that big chill — to temperatures warmer than today — the climate cools, with the decline reaching bottom around 200 years ago in the period widely called the “little ice age.” (A graph produced by Robert Rohde for his Global Warming Art Web site years ago nicely captures the general picture.)

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B3ZFEwKyy3TJbDJ4Vk0xOENwWm8/edit
A Reconstruction of Regional
and Global Temperature for
the Past 11,300 Years

Shaun A. Marcott, Jeremy D. Shakun, Peter U. Clark, Alan C. Mix

Surface temperature reconstructions of the past 1500 years suggest that recent warming is
unprecedented in that time. Here we provide a broader perspective by reconstructing regional
and global temperature anomalies for the past 11,300 years from 73 globally distributed
records. Early Holocene (10,000 to 5000 years ago) warmth is followed by ~0.7°C cooling
through the middle to late Holocene (<5000 years ago), culminating in the coolest temperatures
of the Holocene during the Little Ice Age, about 200 years ago. This cooling is largely
associated with ~2°C change in the North Atlantic. Current global temperatures of the past
decade have not yet exceeded peak interglacial values but are warmer than during ~75% of
the Holocene temperature history. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change model projections
for 2100 exceed the full distribution of Holocene temperature under all plausible greenhouse
gas emission scenarios.

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Posted: 08 March 2013 01:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Your mostly preaching to the choir here. Most rational, scientifically trained individuals are already in agreement on this stuff. The challenge is convincing Joe Sixpack ( the average man and woman) that this problem is not only real but that the consequences are severe enough to warrant the economic upheaval required to address this, and that the critical point of no return is imminent so that they don’t feel like they can just kick the can down the road to their children and grandchildren. That is the challenge and while this is all interesting you wont solve it by making your points here.

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Posted: 09 March 2013 08:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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macgyver - 08 March 2013 01:40 PM

Your mostly preaching to the choir here. Most rational, scientifically trained individuals are already in agreement on this stuff. The challenge is convincing Joe Sixpack ( the average man and woman) that this problem is not only real but that the consequences are severe enough to warrant the economic upheaval required to address this, and that the critical point of no return is imminent so that they don’t feel like they can just kick the can down the road to their children and grandchildren. That is the challenge and while this is all interesting you wont solve it by making your points here.

I couldn’t agree with you more.

The tragedy is those folks have been con’ed into holding their ears and eyes shut.  red face

As for the choir here, I’m showing mercy and restraint in my postings here   tongue wink
Unlike some other places I drop in on.


But, most of my stuff is right here… waiting for joe six pack’s visit.
whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com
a review of denialism

citizenschallenge.blogspot.com
all sorts of interesting stuff though mainly global warming related


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