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July 13, 2020
In an article penned by a group of professors from the University of Exeter that appeared in Carbon Brief, the authors call for those who publish what they deem “climate misinformation” online to be fined and imprisoned. They claim that pointing out science that contradicts their narrative causes significant harm.
They opened their guest post entitled, “How climate change misinformation spreads online” by identifying vaccines and coronavirus as other topics that are “laced with misleading information” before singling out climate change as the topic most subject the “organized spread of spurious information.”
Although there is misinformation on both sides of the debate, the authors predictably chose to focus on climate skepticism. They claim there are various groups of actors who are responsible for the funding, creation and spread of this so-called misinformation, including the fossil fuel industry, “contrarian” scientists, religious and political groups, and online groups using the cover of grassroots organizations.
They put forth a number of solutions that could help combat the problem of people contradicting the global warming narrative. For example, they mention “pre-emptively providing correct information” and “explicitly warning people they may be misinformed.” They also suggest using algorithms for ranking and selection to reduce the “misinformation” that is circulating – something that we know all too well is already going on.
All of those ideas are concerning, of course, but the idea they put forth of an approach involving punishments like fines or imprisonment is the most outrageous of all. Apparently, our right to free speech goes out the window when exercising that right involves exposing climate alarmists for the frauds they really are.
They conclude by saying that a combination of approaches is necessary for avoiding the disruption caused by misinformation to public debate.
July 13, 2020
Michael Shellenberger, a climate activist and environmentalist, has written a new book,Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All. In the book he says climate “emergencies” are not the end of the world or even our most serious problems. Schellenberger is an energy expert who was asked by Congress to provide expert testimony and also invited by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to serve as an expert reviewer of its next assessment report. Shellenberger admits he was afraid of losing friends and funding for setting the record straight against climate disinformation while his fellow environmentalists needlessly terrified the public. But last year, things spiraled out of control when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the world was going to end in 12 years if climate change was not addressed. As a result, half of the people surveyed around the world last year thought climate change would make humanity extinct. He says status anxiety, depression, and hostility to modern civilization are behind much of the alarmism.Forbes Magazineremoved Shellenberger’s article. [We are sad to see that Michael still clings to some establishment disinformation about global warming, but we welcome his awakening to the absurdity of the environment industry and its alleged solutions.] -GEG
The western edge of iceberg A68 NASA ICE
July 13, 2020
On 12 July, 2017, one of the biggest icebergs ever seen broke off from the Antarctic mainland. Now on the third anniversary of the event, satellite data has shown that the berg has traveled over 1,000 km (620 mi) and managed to stay relatively intact.
The calving event didn’t happen overnight – scientists watched for years as the rift grew across the surface of the Larsen C Ice Shelf. When it finally separated, the resulting iceberg, named A-68, was one of the largest ever recorded, measuring some 6,000 km2 (2,300 mi2). It was relatively thin however, measuring just a few hundred meters thick.
A mass that big could cause some serious havoc if it were to drift into shipping lanes, so satellites like Copernicus Sentinel-1 have been keeping an eye on A-68 ever since, watching where it went and how much ice it lost on the way.
A-68 reportedly spent much of the first two years floating around near the ice sheet it broke off from, because it was boxed in by other sea ice. During that time, it lost a small chunk of ice, which came to be called A-68B. The original berg was renamed A-68A.
One hypothesis suggests a tiny black hole could be orbiting the Sun from out beyond Neptune NASA
July 12, 2020
The closest confirmed black hole to Earth is 1,000 light-years away – but could there be one hiding in our own backyard? It’s been hypothesized that a tiny black hole could be orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune, and now astronomers have proposed how we might find it within the next few years, using an upcoming telescope.
The fringes of the solar system are littered with strange objects, and in recent years we’re getting a clearer picture of what’s out there. There’s the squashed-snowman-shaped Arrokoth, the eccentric dwarf planet known as The Goblin, and the extremely distant world of Farout.
While most of these dwarf planets are tiny, there’s evidence to suggest that something much bigger is lurking in the shadows out there – perhaps a ninth planet, with the mass of five to 10 Earths. The clues are in the stable but eccentric orbits of these smaller fringe objects, and in the tilt of the Sun itself.
But maybe Planet Nine isn’t a planet after all? One seemingly out-there hypothesis suggests that a tiny black hole could have the same effects. It would still have roughy the same mass – several Earths’ worth – but pack it all into a black hole about the size of a grapefruit.
It’s an intriguing idea, but how would you go about actually proving it, one way or the other? After all, searches have turned up empty for a giant planet – finding a grapefruit would be far harder, let alone the fact that black holes are all but invisible.
And that’s where the new study comes in. Astronomers at Harvard have now outlined a method to search for these tiny black holes in the outer solar system. The key would be to watch out for the times they may flare up, as a result of a comet wandering too close and getting torn to shreds by the gravitational pull.
An algae bloom observed in the Arctic in 2016 Jeff Schmaltz and Joshua Stevens, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, NASA
July 12, 2020
Climate change is causing profound changes in Arctic, with the region warming faster than the rest of the planet and experiencing a concerning loss of sea ice. Scientists at Stanford University have now observed a dramatic increase in the concentration of phytoplankton in the area, a phenomenon they liken to a “thickening algae soup” that will cause a big change in how effectively the Arctic Ocean absorbs carbon dioxide, though not nearly enough to apply the brakes to global warming.
The work was carried out by researchers at Stanford’s School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences and focuses on tiny algae at the bottom of the food chain called phytoplankton. More specifically, it centers on how effectively phytoplankton biomass can convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into energy, measured by something scientists refer to as net primary production (NPP).
“The rates are really important in terms of how much food there is for the rest of the ecosystem,” says senior author Kevin Arrigo. “It’s also important because this is one of the main ways that CO2 is pulled out of the atmosphere and into the ocean.”
The team used a massive collection of ocean color measurements and newly developed algorithms to track the NPP of the phytoplankton in the Arctic over two decades, between 1998 and 2018. In that period, the team calculates that the NPP increased by 57 percent, which it describes as an unprecedented jump for an entire ocean basin.
This explosion of carbon-eating algae was a surprising revelation for the scientists, but equally interesting are the reasons behind it. For the first decade or so, the increase was tied to the loss of sea ice. This gave the algae more open water to work with and longer growing seasons, enabling them to metabolize more carbon than in the years past.
Chinese cities along the river Yangtze on red alert
July 12, 2020
Four cities along China's Yangtze river have declared top-level flood warnings over the past two days after torrential rain.
Incredible rainfall continue across Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, China and Japan which started in early June and have affected untold millions of people and killed hundreds
July 11, 2020
Incredible amounts of rainfall have affected untold millions of people from Africa to Japan since early June. Earthwindmap.
Incredible amounts of rainfall have affected untold millions of people, displaced hundreds of thousands and killed hundreds after torrential rainfall swamped Asia from early June to the middle of July. The deluge continues, stretching thousands of miles torrential downpours have been dumping incredible amounts of rainfall in countries from Africa across Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Myanmar, China and Japan since early June and in some areas, the rains are increasing.
China – Floods Affect Millions in Central and Eastern Provinces
Flooding in central and eastern provinces of China has worsened over the last few days, with over 14 million people affected across the worst-hit provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Zhejiang. Floodwaters first hit Sichuan, Guizhou and Chongqing in the southwest and Hubei in central China in late June. High river flows have since moved eastwards along the Yangtze river basin. According to China’s Ministry of Water Resources, rivers are above danger levels in over 80 locations. Recent heavy rainfall in the region has swollen rivers and lakes further, as well as causing flash flooding and landslides. Wide areas of eastern China saw between 400 mm and 600 mm of rain in the first 10 days of July, according to figures from China’s Meteorological Agency (CMA). Floodlist
Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing
China is the latest country to join the ever-growing list of countries being devastated by locust invasions stretching 3 continents including: South America, Africa the Middle East, Arabia, Indo Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar all struggling to control trillions of locusts
July 11, 2020
The forestry authority of Pu'er city in Yunnan province of south-western China issued a disaster control warning Thursday after the insects started attacking crops in local farmland. Credit The Daily Mail
China joins the list
If you thought the locust swarms around the world were over because it is not mentioned on MSM anymore, think again. The 2020 locust invasion just keeps on growing. China is the latest country to join the ever-growing list of countries being devastated by locust invasions. Swarms of yellow-spined bamboo locusts have destroyed about 26 square miles of fields in Pu'er after raiding the city from China's border with Laos, the local government said.
The Pu'er forestry authority yesterday issued an early warning, predicting a potential locust 'disaster' in China's southern border regions after the spread of the pests 'accelerated'. The authorities identified the insect to be yellow-spined bamboo locust that inhabits in south-eastern Asia. The locust is the main pest of China's bamboo-producing regions as it devours all the bamboo leaves in its paths while killing off the commercially valuable stalks. Pu'er government said in a notice on Thursday: 'The invasion of the yellow-spined bamboo locusts from abroad is accelerating. We can detect new clusters invading every day.' The large infestation of the pests is also possibly spreading to nearby counties and pose a risk of damaging agricultural crops, the officials warned according to a report by TDM
South America becomes the third continent after Africa and Asia to succumb to locust plagues.
July 10, 2020
(ETH) – Astronomers have recently discovered four faint objects that are unlike anything ever seen before. The objects at radio wavelengths are highly circular and brighter along their edges and look like distant ring-shaped islands.
These mysterious objects have been dubbed odd radio circles, or ORCs, for their shape and overall peculiarity. According to LiveScience, Astronomers aren’t sure how far away these ORCs are but say they could very well be linked to distant galaxies. These objects were all found away from the Milky Way’s galactic plane and are around one arcminute across.
The astronomers recently offered several possible explanations of these objects in a new paper detailing the discovery, However, none of these explanations fits the bill for all four new ORCs. LiveScience went on to state: “After ruling out supernovas, star-forming galaxies, planetary nebulas, and gravitational lensing —
a magnifying effect due to the bending of space-time by nearby massive objects — among other things, the astronomers speculate that the objects could be shockwaves leftover from some extragalactic event or possibly activity from a radio galaxy.” One Astronomer at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University, stated: “It may also be that these are an extension of a previously known class of objects that we haven’t been able to explore.”
Signs and wonders: Comet NEOWISE: The incredibly beautiful Comet Neowise is now visible to the naked eye and can best be seen just before dawn but by mid-month, it will shift to evening skies
July 9, 2020
Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) on July 7, 2020, from Landers, California, United States, credit Dbot3000
Signs and wonders: The incredibly beautiful Comet Neowise is now visible to the naked eye and can best be seen just before dawn. According to Spaceweather.com, Comet Neowise is currently shining about as brightly as a 2nd magnitude star. Its core and part of its tail are easy naked-eye objects from dark, clear sites.
Framed by the colours of sunrise, it is arguably the most beautiful comet in many years. But... The last truly Great Comet was Hale-Bopp in 1997. Shining 10 times brighter than Comet NEOWISE does now, Hale-Bopp was visible to the unaided eye for an astonishing 18 months, and its tail stretched as much as 45 degrees across the sky. Comet NEOWISE doesn't come close to those thresholds of splendour.
Comet Neowise is now a worldwide sensation. It will remain a morning comet for the next ~week, then, by mid-month, it will shift to evening skies where casual stargazers can see it without waking at the crack of dawn.
Comet Neowise passed closest to the Sun on July 3, 2020, and if it continues to survive perihelion 0.29 AU (43 million km) from the Sun, it is expected to remain visible to the naked eye in July. By June 10, 2020, as the comet was being lost to the glare of the Sun, it was apparent magnitude 7. When the comet entered the field of view of SOHO LASCO C3 on June 22, 2020, the comet had brightened to magnitude 3.
Siberian Arctic average temperature increased by 5 degree celsius | World News
July 8, 2020
Temperatures in Arctic Siberia soared to a record average for June amid a heatwave that is stoking some of the worst wildfires the region has ever known.
July 7, 2020
(ETH) – A surprise comet called C/2020 that could be the brightest comet visible in seven years is going to be visible later this month and will not be seen again for nearly six thousand years. This comet was first spotted On March 27th, where astronomers first observed a dim little comet flying by our planet using a system called “Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer” which is a space telescope launched by NASA more than a decade ago.
According to the report, The astronomers cataloged the comet and didn’t think much of it at the time as it was nowhere near bright enough to be visible to the naked eye. But, after surviving a flyby approach to the sun, it seems as though the comet is boomeranging back toward Earth and is already bright enough in the sky to be viewed with the assistance of simple binoculars.
With a bright nucleus and prominent tail, it will be much more pronounced than the last two comets that were predicted to be “knockouts”. According to Space.com, this comet could be the most visible in the evening sky starting on July 12th.
That is when it will appear low in the northwest sky and will continue to climb even higher in the following days. On July 22nd, it will make its closest approach and on July 25th, it will appear some 30 degrees up from the west-northwest horizon just after the sun sets, creating the potential for excellent comet spotting.
The Sun Has a Huge Companion Star...And It's Missing!
July 7, 2020
The possibility that something could exist out there has been hotly debated for decades, but quite clearly there are credible scientists today with similar ideas. The existence of a visible companion to our Sun could be very real.
The first two major quakes (mag 6 or higher) of July occurred last night, a powerful magnitude 6.6 struck Indonesia and a magnitude 6.2 struck Micronesia: Brings total for the year to 59
July 7, 2020
The first two major quakes (mag 6 or higher) of July occurred last night, a powerful and deep magnitude 6.6 struck 93km North of Batang, in Indonesia and a shallow, 12km deep, magnitude 6.2 struck 254km North of Fais, Micronesia, no tsunami warnings have been issued. Both quakes rattled the Pacific Ring Of Fire.
A minor stream of solar wind was buffeting Earth's magnetic field yesterday, stirring geomagnetic unrest around the poles. The gaseous material is flowing from a northern coronal hole in the sun's atmosphere. Some scientists believe solar activity around the Earth's magnetosphere can produce seismic and volcanic activity here on our planet.
Last nights quakes were the 1st and 2nd major quakes of July and the 59th of 2020 which is 23 less than last years total of 82 at this time which is considerable. However, 13 more than 2018's total of 46. and 11 more than 2017 at the same stage.
Forbes.com censors climate scientist who apologized for using 30 years of scare tactics to sell climate change hoax
July 5, 2020
(Natural News) Accustomed to manipulating the emotions of environmentalists and other well-intentioned liberals, the left-wing media has been using scare tactics to sell climate change for many years. These climate doom scare tactics not only boost readership, but they rally support for political agendas and funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to their causes.
A high profile environmental activist named Michael Shellenberger came clean about his role in helping exacerbate the climate scare for thirty years. For years, he wrote about energy and the environment, inciting fear about climate change and the end of the world. Now he’s speaking out about the manipulation and the political agendas driving the cult-like climate change hoax. In fact, he penned an eye-opening apology that was published in Forbes.com.
But apparently Forbes.com wasn’t allowed to publish his apology, and it was promptly taken down and censored. The apology, preserved here (PDF), admits the climate scare was manufactured over the past thirty years. While he notes that the climate naturally changes, “it’s not the end of the world,” he confesses. Shellenberger admits that climate change is not even the most serious environmental problem that humans face.
Former climate alarmist speaks like he left a cult
Shellenberger has provided objective testimony to Congress about energy and its environmental impact. He has even been invited to serve as Expert Reviewer for the Assessment Report provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In his apology, he inferred that the terms “climate denialism” are used to silence dissent and create more hysteria to embolden the power of climate alarmists and give the climate change scare more credence.