Monday, September 09, 2013

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Sheep famous for Kashmir Wool dying from cold and snow
Jeopardizing the entire industry.
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: Review paper finds Medieval Warming Period was global and warmer than the present
A new review paper from SPPI and CO2 Science reviews the published literature on the Medieval Warming Period in South America and finds "(1) the Medieval Warm Period was a global phenomenon that was comprised of even warmer intervals than the warmest portion of the Current Warm Period, and that (2) the greater warmth of the Medieval Warm Period occurred when there was far less CO2 in the air than there is nowadays, which facts clearly demonstrate that the planet's current - but not unprecedented - degree of warmth need not have been CO2-induced."
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: WSJ Op-Ed: Australians never bought into climate-change hysteria
WSJ.COM 9/9/13: Tony Abbott's victory in Saturday's Australian election is largely a referendum on the Labor government's disastrous carbon tax. But it's also a neat commentary on political correctness.
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: Germany's switch to renewables has caused electricity prices to double
Former Environment Minister J├╝rgen Tritten of the Green Party once claimed that switching Germany to renewable energy wasn't going to cost citizens more than one scoop of ice cream. Today his successor [Peter] Altmaier admits consumers are paying enough to "eat everything on the ice cream menu."
THE HOCKEY SCHTICK: New paper relates natural 60 year climate cycle to the effects of solar activity and cosmic rays
A paper published today in Advances in Space Research finds a possible reason why the effects of solar activity and galactic cosmic rays on the lower atmospheric circulation can vary over time, due to a 60-year natural cycle of the stratospheric polar vortex. According to the authors, "∼60-year oscillations of the amplitude and sign of Solar Activity/Galactic Cosmic Ray effects on the troposphere pressure ...are closely related to the state of a cyclonic vortex forming in the polar stratosphere. The intensity of the vortex was found to reveal a roughly 60-year [cycle] affecting the evolution of the large-scale atmospheric circulation and the character of Solar Activity/Galactic Cosmic Ray effects." The paper is one of the first to connect the effects of solar activity and GCRs with the well-known 60-year climate cycle.

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