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Friday, April 04, 2014


A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) not only presents dire evidence of global warming's impact, it also offers a different narrative about who is at risk, putting humans at the center of the story. Brooke talks with science journalist Cristine Russell about the IPCC's media-ready case.


Cristine Russell

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Interesting who you devote time to, and who you don't. Not exactly balanced reporting.

Climate change has been going on for humans since before the great civilizations of the Indus Valley moved south east some twelve thousand years ago and communities in North Africa came together along the Nile a few thousand years later. Long before that the few humans in the African Savannah's were moving back and forth as The Great Sahal transformed from Jungle Biome to Forest then Grasslands and Deserts (and then back again several times) over hundreds of thousands of millennia.

The only thing that makes this climate change so much different, for humans as a species, is the volume of carbon in the atmosphere which would probably lead to Canfield Oceans in many thousands of years. The Canfield Ocean model refers to the Ocean composition theorized by geologist Donald Canfield. In a seminal paper in Nature in 1998, Canfield argued that the Ocean had become partially anoxic and sulfidic, causing mass extinction.

Peter Ward studied the effects of ocean hypoxia(anoxic) and sulfidic oceans and climate change. He found warming of the ocean caused by a rise of carbon dioxide levels to about 1000 parts per million as a trigger for mass extinction. Oceans are reaching a flex point for absorption of Carbon, but there's no relationship to global temperature's which fluxgate more with Solar activity and earth's precession with orbital variances.

The term "Strangelove Ocean" is used for a model name coined by a study published in 1985, which found a decrease in the 13 C values of planktic skeletons following the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, causing a homogenous ocean in decades or centuries, visible in the boundary sediment layer as a manifestation of the elimination in the surface-to-bottom carbon isotope gradient in ocean waters, the halt of ocean primary production. During a time when carbon fractionation by a photosynthesis-respiration mechanism became ineffective.

About 185 million years ago the earth was burnt. Then some 66 million years ago after the massive asteroid hit the Yucatan not much was left after Dinosaurs were wiped out from temperatures reaching higher than a baker's oven. But among the few survivors there was one little creature that gave rise to nearly every mammal on Earth, including us.

From your own sources:

'I made a mistake': Gaia theory scientist James Lovelock admits he was 'alarmist' about the impact of climate change
British scientist admits he had 'extrapolated too far' wishes commentators such as Al Gore did the same

Greenpeace co-founder says ‘no scientific proof’ humans cause climate change - faulty computer models and scare tactics in further promoting a political agenda

Apr. 07 2014 09:12 PM
Seamus Riley

Good show this week, OTM people :)

Apr. 05 2014 06:55 AM

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