Time Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger writes what might possibly be the stupidest article about climate ever – climate change causes volcanoes

The stupid, it burns like a magnesium flare.

volcanoes-climateExcerpt from the article:

Now, you can add yet another problem to the climate change hit list: volcanoes. That’s the word from a new study conducted in Iceland and accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters. The finding is bad news not just for one comparatively remote part of the world, but for everywhere.

Iceland has always been a natural lab for studying climate change. It may be spared some of the punishment hot, dry places like the American southwest get, but when it comes to glacier melt, few places are hit harder. About 10% of the island nation’s surface area is covered by about 300 different glaciers—and they’re losing an estimated 11 billion tons of ice per year. Not only is that damaging Icelandic habitats and contributing to the global rise in sea levels, it is also—oddly—causing the entire island to rise. And that’s where the trouble begins.

Riiight.

Here’s the money quote:

“As the glaciers melt, the pressure on the underlying rocks decreases,” Compton said in an e-mail to TIME. “Rocks at very high temperatures may stay in their solid phase if the pressure is high enough. As you reduce the pressure, you effectively lower the melting temperature.” The result is a softer, more molten subsurface, which increases the amount of eruptive material lying around and makes it easier for more deeply buried magma chambers to escape their confinement and blow the whole mess through the surface.

“High heat content at lower pressure creates an environment prone to melting these rising mantle rocks, which provides magma to the volcanic systems,” says Arizona geoscientist Richard Bennett, another co-author.

Perhaps anticipating the climate change deniers’ uncanny ability to put two and two together and come up with five, the researchers took pains to point out that no, it’s not the very fact that Icelandic ice sits above hot magma deposits that’s causing the glacial melting. The magma’s always been there; it’s the rising global temperature that’s new. At best, only 5% of the accelerated melting is geological in origin.

So, Iceland has had melting glaciers, OK we’ll accept that, but Iceland is not the world, and a good number of volcanoes that have erupted in the last century are in the tropical parts of the world where there are no glaciers on the volcanoes or magma fields, yet somehow, this writer, Jeffrey Kluger, extrapolates Iceland’s glacier melt to volcano link up to to the entire world.

To the uniniformed (such as Time Magazine writers), graphs like this one might seem to be “proof” of such Icelandic-to-global extrapolation:

volcano-2[1]Source data: http://volcano.si.edu/

Gosh, it sure looks like another slam dunk for carbon dioxide driven climate hell in a handbasket, doesn’t it? The VEI starts increasing right about the time of the industrial revolution.

For those unfamiliar: The volcanic explosivity index (VEI) was devised by Chris Newhall of the US Geological Survey and Stephen Self at the University of Hawaii in 1982 to provide a relative measure of the explosiveness of volcanic eruptions. (Wikipedia)

But, there’s a hitch, according to NOAA data, volcanic activity worldwide actually went DOWN in the 2000’s while the climate changing carbon dioxide went UP in global concentration:

Volcanoes-figure-2[1]
Source: PLOS One The Human Impact of Volcanoes: a Historical Review of Events 1900-2009 and Systematic Literature Review (2013)
co2_data_mlo[1]Correlation isn’t causation, at least when it comes to CO2 and climate and volcanoes.

Something that DID increase during the study period was the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO). Guess where Iceland is? In the North Atlantic, which has been in the warm phase since about 1980.

The Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO) is a mode of natural variability occurring in the North Atlantic Ocean and which has its principle expression in the sea surface temperature (SST) field. The AMO is identified as a coherent pattern of variability in basin-wide North Atlantic SSTs with a period of 60-80 years.

AMO_fig123[1]Source: http://www.cgd.ucar.edu/cas/catalog/climind/AMO.html

Gee, do you think maybe, possibly, that Iceland might have more glacier melt when the AMO is warmer? The authors don’t seem to be cognizant of it, preferring instead to cite the universal bogeyman “climate change”.

Here is the publication that is cited in the Time article:

Climate driven vertical acceleration of Icelandic crust measured by CGPS geodesy

Abstract

Earth’s present-day response to enhanced glacial melting resulting from climate change can be measured using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. We present data from 62 continuously operating GPS instruments in Iceland. Statistically significant upward velocity and accelerations are recorded at 27 GPS stations, predominantly located in the Central Highlands region of Iceland, where present-day thinning of the Iceland ice caps results in velocities of more than 30 mm/yr and uplift accelerations of 1-2 mm/yr2. We use our acceleration estimates to back-calculate to a time of zero velocity, which coincides with the initiation of ice loss in Iceland from ice mass balance calculations and Arctic warming trends. We show, through a simple inversion, a direct relationship between ice mass balance measurements and vertical position and show that accelerated unloading is required to reproduce uplift observations for a simple elastic layer over viscoelastic half-space model.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014GL062446/abstract

Again, no mention of the world here, only Iceland. Compare that to the baseless claim made by the TIME writer Jeffrey Kluger:

The finding is bad news not just for one comparatively remote part of the world, but for everywhere.

Newsflash Mr. Kluger: Iceland is not “everywhere”, and the authors make no claim about the issue affecting the rest of the Earth.

WUWT reader Mike Bromley writes something on his Facebook page that I really can’t improve upon:

Plate tectonics….caused by climate change. No mention of the fact that Iceland has one of the highest geothermal heat fluxes on the planet, that its geomorphology is controlled by vulcanism, that many of the scientific terms for glacial melt features are in Icelandic Language, and oh boy, 11 billion tons of ice is really not that much, in fact, one eruption of Hekla or Eyjafjallajokull would release about that much ice.

These people have zero shame, and even less uniformitarian common sense. They elevate conjecture to the level of fact, for an uncritical media to spew around in alarming terms. This one takes the cake. Vote Green, everyone. Soon you’ll find out what living under nature is all about.

We’ll have more on this later, readers are encouraged to add comments regarding this inanity.

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Latitude
January 30, 2015 11:00 am

..and just last year it was magma

looncraz
Reply to  Latitude
January 30, 2015 12:19 pm

…they do grow up fast…

ShrNfr
Reply to  looncraz
January 30, 2015 1:55 pm

They sort of magnafy so to speak.

Reply to  looncraz
January 30, 2015 7:04 pm

You’re having a larv…
Pointman

ferdberple
Reply to  Latitude
January 30, 2015 5:44 pm

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/09/volcanoes-once-again-again/
Willis found quite a different story. During the time when AGW was actually happening (if it was), during the rapid warming in the1980’s and 1990’s, here are the facts:comment image?w=720

Reply to  ferdberple
February 1, 2015 1:50 am

This separate article better explains the connections, and that there is a >2,000 year lag between the climate warming and the increased volcanic activity.
http://www.livescience.com/25936-climate-change-causes-volcanism.html

ferdberple
Reply to  Latitude
January 30, 2015 5:46 pm

Looking at the graph in the original article, volcanoes started ramping up around 1800. Perhaps someone can explain how that was caused by human CO2 from fossil fuels?

Jimbo
Reply to  ferdberple
January 31, 2015 1:13 am

Let’s remember what this WUWT post is trying to address – Jeffrey Kluger of Time Magazine said:

That’s the word from a new study conducted in Iceland and accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters. The finding is bad news not just for one comparatively remote part of the world, but for everywhere.

The authors of the paper talk about Iceland and not countries which don’t have glaciers but have volcanoes. The Time piece has already issued one correction [“Correction appended Jan. 30, 2015“]. Maybe it’s time it issued another.

Reply to  Latitude
January 31, 2015 6:41 pm

Next year it’ll be smegma.

Aleks mici
Reply to  john
February 1, 2015 2:10 am

This the best comment !
Those so called science humans.Buach I vomit !

Reply to  john
February 1, 2015 2:17 pm

…which would pretty much prove they’re dick-heads?

masInt branch 4 C3I in is
January 30, 2015 11:01 am

A true Nut Job and Time Mag. as well as the “Authors” and GRL Editors; psycho-ward escapees!
Did the intrepid GRL Editors even notice the word, Geophysical, in their rags title, or for the Nut Jobs to read that Iceland is built on the Mid-Atlantic Spreading Ridge separating two lithosphere plates above the Iceland Hotspot!
Idiots all.

Jimbo
January 30, 2015 11:04 am

“Number of Volcanic Eruptions Reported

How important is that word in the scheme of things?

Jimbo
Reply to  Jimbo
January 30, 2015 11:15 am

Is it possible that the “Number of Volcanic Eruptions Reported“ has trended up because of better observations?
Unreported volcanoes deduced from aerosols.

Abstract
A decade of stratospheric sulfate measurements compared with observations of volcanic eruptions
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/JC088iC06p03741/abstract
Abstract
SAGE II observations of a previously unreported stratospheric volcanic aerosol cloud in the northern polar summer of 1990
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/93GL03376/abstract

Jay Hope
Reply to  Jimbo
January 30, 2015 3:54 pm

But some other experts have suggested that global cooling is causing more volcanic eruptions! And I thought the warming had stopped 18 years ago?

Mac the Knife
January 30, 2015 11:06 am

I just read the Time article, linked from Drudge Report, and came over here to see if had ‘surfaced’ yet.
http://time.com/3687893/volcanoes-climate-change/
Breathtaking conjecture that belies reason, sanity, even sentience.

Reply to  Mac the Knife
January 30, 2015 12:32 pm

Read that too. In middle of article is video of Jeffrey Kluger taking on Sen. James Inhofe using the 97% fudge. We know that attack. Shut it off, waste of bandwidth.

highflight56433
January 30, 2015 11:07 am

Here I have been blaming increased taxation for global change everything inclusive natural and unnatural… ufda!
“We’ll have more on this later, readers are encouraged to add comments regarding this inanity (insanity).”
I can’t imagine living with a mind that is so off the chart stupid…and I am not exactly anything bright. lol

Questing Vole
Reply to  highflight56433
January 30, 2015 12:28 pm

Highflight56433
You’d be right to blame some increased taxation on climate change, or at least on crazy policies designed to counter the conjectured “catastrophic anthropogenic” variety.

JayB
Reply to  highflight56433
January 31, 2015 12:59 pm

highflight – As much as I have pondered this problem, I don’t know how I missed ‘higher taxation’ as a reasonable cause! I’m still laffin’ – and I’m grateful to you because, after reading the piece, I was in dire need of a jolly to help settle my stomach. Also, its been quite some time since I’ve seen the interjection ‘ufda’. This is a good word and should be used more often.

JayB
Reply to  JayB
January 31, 2015 1:04 pm

Actually, I suggest that higher taxation is a result rather than a cause. . .

Bezotch
Reply to  JayB
February 1, 2015 10:23 am

JayB:
It is both.
More money in the government’s hands causes more wasteful spending on studies such as this. Studies such as this cause higher taxes, which gives the government more money to waste on studies like this, which cause taxes to go up…..
It is called a positive feedback.

January 30, 2015 11:07 am

Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
I remember the infamous ‘corrector of climate disinformation’ Jo Abbas scratching around in Mar 2011 following the Tōhoku/Sendai earthquake/tsunami as she was convinced it was all our fault. ‘Science’ has proved how right she was
/sarc

Ryan
January 30, 2015 11:07 am

Just one year ago Time was reporting that volcanoes were slowing down climate change.
http://time.com/9717/volcanoes-may-be-slowing-down-climate-change/

Bert Walker
Reply to  Ryan
January 30, 2015 5:14 pm

So, actually this volcano effect would represent a negative feedback for the (infinitesimal) CO2 climate forcing.
We shall now all be saved from Anthropogenic Global Warming by erupting volcanos. Yeah!

January 30, 2015 11:08 am

it is ridiculous, should not be given any play.

Editor
January 30, 2015 11:12 am

Icelandic glaciers reached their Holocene maximum during the Little Ice Age.
From Ingolffson et al, 2009:
During the mid-Holocene climate optimum some of the present-day ice caps were probably absent. Ice caps expanded after 6.0–5.0 cal. kyr BP, and most glaciers reached their Holocene maxima during the Little Ice Age (AD 1300–1900).
https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/iceland-glaciers-in-lia-biggest-for-8000-years/
And they’re surprised they’ve melted a bit since?

Jimbo
Reply to  Paul Homewood
January 30, 2015 11:36 am

They did some retreating before 1949. Blame co2?

J Eythorsson – Geografiska Annaler, 1935 – JSTOR
On the variations of glaciers in Iceland. Some studies made in 1931
…..Drangajokull is especially remarkable in that it has undergone considerable changes during historic times. It has laid waste several farms, and the ruins of some of them may still be seen and are known by name……..In Drangajokull no volcanic eruptions are known to have taken place within historic times. Its variations must therefore chiefly be due to climate changes,
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/519954?sid=21105212693471&uid=2&uid=4
============
Temperature variations in Iceland
J Eythorsson – Geografiska Annaler, 1949 – JSTOR
… The glaciers have been rapidly retreating and thinning for the last two decades, and wherever
you travel in the…..
https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=iceland+glaciers+retreat&hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&as_ylo=1900&as_yhi=1950
[paywalled]

Frank
Reply to  Paul Homewood
January 31, 2015 5:35 pm

Even better, we have a new thermostat theory of climate control to added to Willis’s. Volcanos erupt and cause global cooling. Cooling causes Ice caps grow on volcanos. Weight of ice suppresses volcanic activity. Volcanic aerosols clear from the air, causing global warming. Global warming returns, melting ice caps. Volcanic activity is restored.

Aleks mici
Reply to  Paul Homewood
February 1, 2015 2:17 am

Yes , your comment it is the most competent !
Grosseclockner ( Austria) glacier was not there 2000 years ago, after that it grew imenssely to the valley 25 km long, after that smelted again and in that place it was a lake and again the glacier rise hugely , all that before the industrial era, and now it smelt slowly and those scientific bastards crys: disaster ! disaster .
If don’t obey to politicians and banks we will not get any salary. Therefore climat change.
Such imbecile tautology : climat change !

David M
January 30, 2015 11:14 am

Gee..here in new Mexico we had volcanoes erupting millions of yrs ago…must have climate change

DirkH
January 30, 2015 11:20 am

Cool! We’ll have Palm trees, pomegranates and olive trees in Germany, and volcanos in our gardens! Big fun!

January 30, 2015 11:26 am

Some people never learn to understand tectonic plates…. that’s one thing. Stupid as it might be….

Harold
January 30, 2015 11:27 am

Yes, kids, you too can play scientist with a degree from Acme School of Journalism!

Mac the Knife
January 30, 2015 11:27 am

Excellent rebuttal analysis, Anthony!

January 30, 2015 11:27 am

Too bad it’s not true — otherwise, this would be a major negative feedback mechanism.

DirkH
Reply to  Michael Palmer
January 31, 2015 4:40 am

Negative feedback against a warming that has stopped 18 years ago? How does a negative feedback work against a signal that refuses to change?

January 30, 2015 11:27 am

A related thread:
Another story about global warming causing volcanoes… WUWT Oct. 2, 2014.
I don’t buy it at all. Earth-Tides move the crust up and down 0.3 meters twice a day.
What I can buy is a drop in sea level during Global Cooling can cause volcanic eruptions by increasing the stress on thousands of volcanic islands with their lava skirts exposed above water.

noaaprogrammer
Reply to  Stephen Rasey
January 30, 2015 6:56 pm

What about a contest on WUWT as to what ridiculous geological or astronomical catastrophe will be caused by global warming. I’ll start with: “A significant change in the Earth’s axial tilt found from melting polar icecaps!” Try to top that one – without being too far fetched.

ralfellis
Reply to  noaaprogrammer
January 31, 2015 2:33 am

Disruption of the Earth’s axis die too much ice at the poles? Sorry, that one was done long ago, and several people still have the T-shirt…..
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pole_shift_hypothesis
Ralph

Bezotch
Reply to  noaaprogrammer
February 1, 2015 10:31 am

How about:
Due to thermal expansion caused by global warming, the earth has a larger surface area and therefore is much more likely to be hit by an asteroid or comet.
Co2 causes asteroid strikes.

grant
January 30, 2015 11:30 am

It looks like it should be a wash. As more ice melts, the sea level will increase, putting more pressure on those undersea volcanos causing less eruptions there. /sarc

Reply to  grant
January 30, 2015 2:41 pm

I’m not sure if it’s a wash. Last year I proposed this mechanism informally. The way I see it, the ice ages should cause increased volcanism in sea floor spreading centers. The rhythmic ebb and flow of sea level oscillating about 130 meters should allow magma chambers to “reload” when the ice is growing and sea level drops. Once the sea level rises there’s a fairly large load imposed over a large area, this should increase magma chamber pressure.
If this mechanism works then we have a decreased local load where the glaciers melted, and increased load in the areas where there were no glaciers and were underwater. But this “kneading” effect should be at its peak when sea level rose and hit a high point. I would have expected increased volcanic activity from say 18000 to 8000 years ago.
I don’t think tying volcanic activity to anthropogenic CO2 has much to stand on, but the geomechanic effects do merit study.

D.J. Hawkins
Reply to  grant
January 30, 2015 5:22 pm

Ice has a density of about 57 lb/cu ft and so exerts a pressure of 0.396 psi. At a depth of 1 mile, the additional pressure on the crust of the earth is 2,090 psi. Basalt has a density of about 190 lb/cu ft. I found one reference suggesting magma chambers lie around 11-15km below the earth’s surface. Crustal pressure from 11km of basalt above the chamber would be on the order of 47,500 psi. Doesn’t sound like a big change (~5%) to me. Even less, depending on the depth of the glaciers under discussion.

ferdberple
Reply to  D.J. Hawkins
January 30, 2015 5:39 pm

the entire ice cap would have to melt to change the pressure 5%. they are not even sure if the ice cap is shrinking or growing. depends on who does the measuring.

Reply to  D.J. Hawkins
January 31, 2015 12:00 pm

OK I’ll buy that and add a bit.
Iceland is ~40,000 mi² and the glacial coverage is ~11% of that or 122.6×10^9 ft². 11 billion tons of ice (I’ll even use long tons since they didn’t specify) means 197 lbs of ice lost for each ft². That’s a pressure change of 1.37psi. (Yes, I know that’s not how glaciers lose ice, but that’s what the article infers.) If we ignore the rest of the ice depth and just use the basalt’s pressure that’s a delta from 47,500 psi to 47,498.63 psi or a change of 0.002%. <sarc>I can’t imagine why the whole island isn’t now flooded by magma like a dam just broke with that massive pressure change.</sarc> Considering it takes more overpressure than that to break the average plate glass window this is another one I ain’t worrying about. What an inane article, but the loons that think crystals can heal them and Nature is benevolent will buy it hook, line and (lead free, all natural, approved by the State of California) sinker.

Aleks mici
Reply to  D.J. Hawkins
February 1, 2015 2:34 am

The scientific bastrads treat the Earth as it is an abces !
Strange ways to make clear what it is absolutely not possible to be known.
It is just an educated guess , not more . But they try to sell a fraud , just to please their masters of the NWO.

chris moffatt
January 30, 2015 11:32 am

Yeah! I can’t tell you how many prospecting trips we had to cancel because of active volcanoes in Labrador when I was in the mining business. The whole Canadian Shield, as I understand, is completely untravellable because of constant lava eruptions. And it’s only getting worse as the air temperatures spiral upwards out of control. I understand there are similar problems in Hawaii with the glaciers there. And as soon as the mile thick ice is gone from Yellowstone we can expect another super-eruption – should be anytime in the next twenty thousand years.

hunter
January 30, 2015 11:35 am

Over at Bishop Hill, poster Michael Hart stated:
“The BBC aspire to educate the world, yet they cannot educate themselves.”
Reading this article from Time, it seems clear that the deliberate ignorance of the BBC extends to other media outlets.
It is fair to state that Time Magazine aspires to inform its readers, but declines to educate itself.

Rob
January 30, 2015 11:39 am

The elevated alarm raised by the ‘research’ is rather shocking, but the disgust should be directed toward the post doc PhD student from U of A who is principally making the claim, with total blinders on. Unfortunately, there are incompetent personnel at every institution.

January 30, 2015 11:40 am

I blame it on the schools, people are often taught how to write good English at the expense of never been taught basic logic. Common sense and actual fact checking are indeed a rare commodity to most in Journalism. This could have simply been blown out the water by just passing the paper under the noses of a few academics from true sciences first – the BS reaction would have been almost instant.

Harold
Reply to  ecoGuy
January 30, 2015 11:45 am

Good English? Where? Most kids (and many adults) these days think ‘their’ is singular.

mebbe
Reply to  Harold
January 30, 2015 12:35 pm

Pedantry is all well and good but you run the risk of saying something silly. And you just did that.
Impersonal ‘their’ has been employed by speakers and writers, many of them highly esteemed, since at least the fifteenth century.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Harold
January 30, 2015 12:55 pm

“Stupidest” vs “Most stupid” (more stupid/stupider) has also been bandied about for quite some time,
as has the usage of “bantered” vs “Bandied”.
I don’t care.
All I want to know is, where are the trolls?

Harold
Reply to  Harold
January 30, 2015 1:30 pm

Consensus of the esteemed? Oy.

mebbe
Reply to  Harold
January 30, 2015 3:04 pm

Harold,
Doubling down on silly!

CodeTech
Reply to  Harold
January 30, 2015 3:08 pm

Their they’re – just relax, don’t listen to the loosers, there not to brite neway.

Reply to  Harold
January 30, 2015 8:51 pm

Isn’t as important as learning how to think, they could do that poor English could be forgiven.

highflight56433
Reply to  ecoGuy
January 30, 2015 11:49 am

Few graduate with any sense of “good” writing skills. Even some GRPs are scribbled drivel on TP.

Gunga Din
Reply to  ecoGuy
January 30, 2015 3:26 pm

ur n 2 smting

DCA
January 30, 2015 11:42 am

Warming causes volcanoes which causes cooling. Where’s the net “Change”? ….or is volcanic activity a negative freedback to the warming?

DCA
January 30, 2015 11:42 am

that’s feedback

JPS
January 30, 2015 11:45 am

“Perhaps anticipating the climate change deniers’ uncanny ability to put two and two together and come up with five, the researchers took pains to point out that no, it’s not the very fact that Icelandic ice sits above hot magma deposits that’s causing the glacial melting.”
There’s no need to be nasty about it. It’s a fine question: How sure are you which one causes which?
Only in climate science and a few other fields is asking such questions seen as evidence of bad faith.
Being one of those uncanny 2+2 = 5 folks (not really, but he’d say so), I’d further ask: How did they disprove that volcanic activity caused the melting? Were they open to the idea that it did, or did they start with the need to disprove this alternative? I’m hoping there’s more to it than “The magma’s always been there,” since their whole observed effect is *increased* volcanic activity!
Not that I am making this case; I’d incline, while confessing my relative ignorance, toward the AMO explanation nicely given above. But that’s the great thing about this particular “science”: You’re not allowed to ask, “How do you know that?” or say “Not so fast,” unless you have the right credentials and signal that you’re on the right team.

Reply to  JPS
January 30, 2015 2:58 pm

This.
“Being one of those uncanny 2+2 = 5 folks (not really, but he’d say so), I’d further ask: How did they disprove that volcanic activity caused the melting? Were they open to the idea that it did, or did they start with the need to disprove this alternative? I’m hoping there’s more to it than “The magma’s always been there,” since their whole observed effect is *increased* volcanic activity!”
Yep, the magma has always been there, at precisely the same temp, never moved, never had rock above it weakened by tremors, and sat 1C below its freezing point at high pressures. Only when AGW took away what, 2m of ice thickness? did volcanoes happen.
How do volcanoes ever happen anywhere else then???

Jeff Mitchell
Reply to  JPS
January 31, 2015 12:44 am

But 2+2 = 5 for large values of 2.

Reply to  Jeff Mitchell
January 31, 2015 12:07 pm

+1

Just an engineer
Reply to  Jeff Mitchell
February 2, 2015 9:57 am

And after proper hominization, there is a 38% chance that 2+2 will equal 6!

Mike M
January 30, 2015 11:46 am

Then let’s just chalk up volcanoes as being yet another negative feedback….

Texcis
Reply to  Mike M
January 30, 2015 12:31 pm

I was going to say that, but you beat me to it! Nature’s thermostat control much more advanced than ours.

January 30, 2015 11:51 am

Here is some more info on the state of their glaciers
http://earthice.hi.is/glaciers_iceland
Seems to have started in the late 1800’s.

Jimbo
Reply to  outtheback
January 30, 2015 12:06 pm

Glaciers around the world have been in a general state of retreat since the end of the Little Ice Age (~1870). I vaguely recall that Icelandic glaciers have also been generally retreating with occasional advances.

Abstract
“The Little Ice Age glacier maximum in Iceland and the North Atlantic Oscillation: evidence from Lambatungnajökull, southeast Iceland”
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1502-3885.2006.tb01113.x/abstract
Abstract
The Initiation of the “Little Ice Age” in Regions Round the North Atlantic
http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-94-017-3352-6_2

January 30, 2015 11:53 am

What about land rise in Northern Sweden by as much as 3 feet per century. There are no volcanoes there.
It is still recovering from the last ice-age. The whole North Atlantic ridge from Jan Mayen to Svalbard is rising too, All that water has to go somewhere, hence the rising sea levels in the rest of the world.

MCourtney
January 30, 2015 11:54 am

It makes sense.
Volcanoes go with dinosaurs.
Glaciers go with mammoths.
Where dinosaurs stop you get mammoths.
So where volcanoes stop you get glaciers.
And vice versa.
QED.

wayne Job
Reply to  MCourtney
January 31, 2015 12:42 am

Going with real science, volcanic activity and climate is the suns domain, the magma is in pools, balls of molten rock unconnected to the centre of the Earth. This makes them an electric-magnetic phenomenon caused by the moods of the sun.

Barry
January 30, 2015 11:54 am

I recommend reading the entire article (as usual), rather than only edited snippets:
http://time.com/3687893/volcanoes-climate-change/
A nice video documentary to boot!

Jimbo
Reply to  Barry
January 30, 2015 12:13 pm

I have read it and it is BS. They are speculating of the cause being man. It’s not.

“A new study reveals one more consequence of our messing with the environment”

How do I mess with NAO and AMO?
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277379113001145

Reply to  Barry
January 30, 2015 5:08 pm

Barry, as a matter of curiosity, have you EVER seen or read ANY thing that that supported your ardent belief in CAGW that you didn’t come and praise loudly? I’m sure if there was an article on ‘man-made global warming’ causing clowns make-up to run being ridiculed that you and Harry and David Socrates would all be there telling us how important it was, how foolish we were to laugh and what a nice video documentary it was.

Another Ian
Reply to  davefreer
January 31, 2015 2:04 am

Dave
Ist April coming up. Do tou think – –

Keith Willshaw
Reply to  Barry
January 31, 2015 2:16 am

Its complete bollocks and very misleading bollocks at that, An Isostatic rebound of an inch or so
a year can be found across most of northern Europe and America. It has NOTHING to do with current ice melting but is a reaction to the melting of the mile high ice sheets that used to exist.
See Journal of the Geological Society March 2010 vol. 167 no. 2 417-432
Take a look at the UK Met Office page on Iceland and you will see that eruption rates in the 20th century were LOWER than those in the 18th and 19th centuries when the region was still in the grip of the little ice age.
I’ll leave the last word to them.
“Iceland’s volcanism can be attributed to its location on the Mid Atlantic Ridge in the North Atlantic Ocean, where the Eurasian and North American plates are moving apart a few centimeters per year. In Iceland, this produces volcanic rift zones, regions where the Earth’s crust is being pulled apart and fractured, and here molten rock, or magma, rises up, and some reaches the surface and erupts as lava and/or ash. ”
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/news/releases/latest/volcano/iceland

January 30, 2015 11:56 am

Reblogged this on Public Secrets and commented:
Global warming is like the monster in a bad 1950s science fiction movie: there is nothing it cannot do. Nothing.

Reply to  Phineas Fahrquar
January 31, 2015 6:40 am

And like “The Blob”, it moves very slowly yet it can’t be outrun.

January 30, 2015 11:58 am

Iceland actually straddles the mid Atlantic rift. That is why almost all of it is so active, and also why so many of the eruptions are basaltic. One part of the rift on Iceland is the Reykjanes Ridge, and the spreading rate there is on order of 2.5cm/year! This also changes elevations, but that is cross fault block and side (west/east) dependent. No glacier there now. Popular tourist spot. My daughter went last summer.
I am not going to read the paper, since is is impossible to disentangle tectonic uplift from ice mass loss isostasis no matter how fancy the model calculations are. All a differential GPS can do is measure change in elevation. Not why
Techtonic uplift under the eastern cauldron under the Vatnajokul glacier has been measured as high as 9 cm/day prior to sub ice eruptions causing jokulhlaups. Part of the monitoring/warning system.
So the papers Iceland conclusions are more models all the way down. Let alone that Iceland is unique. Time’s extrapolation to the world just shows how braindead MSM have become.

Pat Frank
Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 30, 2015 3:17 pm

Good point implicit in your last line, Rud. There seems to be a good correlation between increasing MSM stupidity and rising CO2 levels.
Does global warming cause journalists to become increasingly dumb? Or is it that increasingly dumb journalists hyperventilating more CO2 are causing global warming?
The question seems right up there with the other recent profundities considered in climate science.

Joe Prins
Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 30, 2015 6:09 pm

Was waiting for someone to bring up the Atlantic rift. The ( computer) modellers will have fun trying to allocate the various forces at play in that part of the world. Blaming any isostatic rise to an minuscule increase in air temperature would be just a tad of a stretch. Was playing tourist there last year. 27 of 62 gps stations show statistically upward movement, that is, less then half. Climate change does not affect the other 35? Do they have any model to explain that?

Mike Henderson
Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 30, 2015 9:54 pm

Here’s a current report from Vatnajokul.

Mike Henderson
Reply to  Mike Henderson
January 30, 2015 9:57 pm
AntonyIndia
Reply to  Rud Istvan
January 31, 2015 4:05 am

Isn’t this kind of publication part of the campaign to scare politicians into “doing more” at COP21 later this year in Paris? The “Armageddon around the corner” setup? Another example is this one: “Grassroots sports at risk from heatwaves due to climate change, report warns” here http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jan/30/grassroots-sports-at-risk-from-heatwaves-due-to-climate-change-report-warns

January 30, 2015 11:59 am

They’re onto something . . . or on something . . . Is anyone minding the store any longer?
“planet has a fever”???

Dawtgtomis
Reply to  Bubba Cow
January 30, 2015 12:54 pm

Maybe it’s just hot flashes and moodiness. If it is a fever then get ready for some chills, too.

Mac the Knife
Reply to  Dawtgtomis
January 31, 2015 10:07 am

Mann-o-pause….. causes all symptoms.

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
January 31, 2015 12:12 pm

Mann-Made Mann-O-Pause… I like it!

Dawtgtomis
Reply to  Bubba Cow
January 30, 2015 1:45 pm

If this speculation is at all substantial, one would expect to find evidence of at least regional surges in volcanic eruptions during the MWP. If the chart above had shown that period and a rise during it, it might have gotten my interest, despite the evidence that a LACK of volcanic activity shared causality of the MWP.
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/175842/medieval-warm-period-MWP
Can anybody point me towards a source of data on medieval volcanic activity to check this out?

Reply to  Dawtgtomis
February 1, 2015 7:57 am

If you google it you’ll see that 5 out of 10 of the largest volcanic eruptions in human history happened in the last two centuries, beginning with Tambora in 1815.

Fenryys
Reply to  Bubba Cow
January 31, 2015 6:22 am

…and the only prescription is more cowbell.

Reply to  Bubba Cow
January 31, 2015 2:00 pm

Reminds me, I’m hungry. I’m going to go eat a hamburger. A mile high one at that. if you’ve seen the ad you’ll know what I mean..

Duster
January 30, 2015 12:00 pm

I may have experienced a sever arithmetic break down, but … isn’t 12-billion tons about the equal of a cube of basalt 150 meters on a side? That is, if you assume the first “tons” are short tons, and you estimate volume based on 3,011.5 kg per cubic meter of solid basalt? That would be not merely a small but an absolutely trivial effect.

simple-touriste
Reply to  Duster
January 30, 2015 4:26 pm

Why don’t they use a multiple of kg to avoid the metric ton/funny(*) ton issue?
(*) I am French, so the idea that a ton is sometimes not 1000 kg is funny to me.

Reply to  Duster
January 31, 2015 12:17 pm

I did the math in a reply to D.J. above and got 1.37psi change of his calculated 47,500psi of basalt. I believe that’s a few orders of magnitude below “absolutely trivial.”

Duster
January 30, 2015 12:00 pm

That would be a “severe” arithmetic breakdown.

Sir Harry Flashman
January 30, 2015 12:01 pm

The relationship between melting ice (on a grand scale) and volcanism is nothing new at all, it’s been known for years.And while the results are completely unpredictable, volcanism is rarely a good thing for human populations.

mebbe
Reply to  Sir Harry Flashman
January 30, 2015 12:22 pm

Yes, having all that annoying basalt and granite intruding and extruding all over the place is a true curse.
If only we could just cool the poor Earth’s terrible fever, we could force that rock down into the magma.

Grey Lensman
Reply to  mebbe
January 30, 2015 6:25 pm

Thats just what geothermal energy extraction does.

Jimbo
Reply to  Sir Harry Flashman
January 30, 2015 12:51 pm

Sir Harry Flashman
….volcanism is rarely a good thing for human populations.

Actually many people locate farmland near volcanoes due to it being among the “richest agricultural lands on earth“. [University of California at Santa Barbara, Department of Geological Sciences] I assume the food they eat is good for them.

Abstract
Volcanoes and the Environment
Fred M. Bullard
Houston Geological Society Bulletin, Volume 19, No. 3, November 1976. Pages 2-2.
…….Periodic ash falls from volcanic eruptions maintains the fertility of the soil. A study in Indonesia shows a direct relationship between soil fertility, density of population, and the location of active volcanoes.
http://archives.datapages.com/data/HGS/vol19/no03/02.htm
=========
Encyclopedia Britannica
Indonesia……..Soils…….
Among the most fertile soils are the ando soils, which developed on the andesitic volcanic sediments of the northeastern coast of Sumatra. Highly fertile soils, also derived from or enriched by basic andesitic volcanic material, occur on Java and Celebes as well. Valuable volcanic ash is transported by wind and deposited as a layer of homogeneous, fresh inorganic material over wide areas; it is also carried as suspended material in streams and irrigation channels. Minerals that are leached from the soil are replaced by alluvial deposition from rivers, as in some parts of Kalimantan, or by deposition in impounded water or rice terraces……
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/286480/Indonesia/22841/Soils

DC Cowboy
Editor
Reply to  Jimbo
January 30, 2015 2:55 pm

Well, that didn’t work out too well for the folks in Pompeii & Heracleanum

joelobryan
Reply to  Jimbo
January 30, 2015 6:36 pm

Not too mention almost all (if not all) the world’s coffee bean production comes from volcanic hillsides with rich dark mineral-laden soils.
– Joel, a caffeine coffee addict.

Jimbo
Reply to  Jimbo
January 31, 2015 12:47 am

dccowboy
January 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm
Well, that didn’t work out too well for the folks in Pompeii & Heracleanum

I had never thought of that! What I was addressing was this:

Sir Harry Flashman
….volcanism is rarely a good thing for human populations.

I showed evidence of widespread good for farmers who farmed rich volcanic soils near volcanoes. Food is “good”.

Gentle Tramp
Reply to  Sir Harry Flashman
January 30, 2015 1:24 pm

@HarryFlashmann
Quote: “…volcanism is rarely a good thing for human populations.”
That’s a rather shortsighted view which is typical for most warmists who usually have a poor understanding of the geological perspective.
Without volcanos, life on the continents would have gone extinct long before the first humans could have roamed the earth. That is because volcanos are the main source of getting back life-giving CO2 (for photosynthesis – remember?) from the sedimentation process into the atmosphere. Hence volcanos do close the global carbon circuit and consequently the circle of life itself. Without volcanism and its carbon-liberating effect in the lithosphere, nearly all carbon would be now deposited in the gigantic carbonate sediments of our planet and in coal, fossil oil and natural gas, as well.
But in the long run, carbon-liberation by volcanism was weaker than the carbon sedimentation process. This is the reason why the CO2 levels in atmosphere gradually declined since the jurassic and cretaceous eras until it reached a dangerously low level of about 180 ppm at the end of the last ice age. Life on the continents was then shockingly close on the brink of extinction which lies below a CO2 concentration of 150 ppm because photosynthesis will stop then!
Therefore, in the long run again, it is a very positive and honorable action of us humans to help the volcanos delivering CO2 – THE GAS OF LIFE – back into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels ! Otherwise who can tell whether life on earth would survive the next real and probably 100 ka long ice age, when the atmospheric CO2 level could decline even more ???
PS: And don’t forget as well: Without volcanism and a liquid Earth mantle as its reason, we would not have our geo-magnetical shield against cosmic radiation and the erosion of our thin atmospheric air layer…

Gentle Tramp
Reply to  Gentle Tramp
January 30, 2015 3:28 pm

One might add this quote from a description of Earth’s carbon circuit:
“Some have calculated that if no CO2 is added at all, the atmosphere and the oceans will be emptied for CO2 over about 2.5 million years and all photosynthesis and thus all life will then cease.”
Any questions?

Grey Lensman
Reply to  Gentle Tramp
January 30, 2015 6:28 pm

On the basis of ” Pompeii & Heracleanum”, watermelons would evacuate all human settlements within 100km of every volcano. Thats how their mind works on every issue. think of the consequences.

ferdberple
Reply to  Gentle Tramp
January 31, 2015 5:54 am

without the heat of the mantle to turn water to steam, our oceans would have long ago drained into the earth, and life as we know it on earth would have long been extinct.
given the density of water, and its ability to flow downhill through even the smallest cracks, the oceans are only held in place by a layer of high pressure steam underneath them.

Gentle Tramp
Reply to  Gentle Tramp
January 31, 2015 10:21 am

@fredberple
Very funny indeed, but I’m not sure if all warmists could understand your joke. So let’s be clear: Water has a smaller density than the lithosphere and the oceans don’t need the help of volcanism to keep their rightful place… 😉

Rick K
Reply to  Sir Harry Flashman
January 30, 2015 2:41 pm

Well, being atop an active volcano may not be good.
Being under an ocean is also not good.
Being under fertile, arable land isn’t good either.
I guess I’m missing something here…

Dawtgtomis
Reply to  Rick K
January 30, 2015 3:48 pm

You are missing the negative perspective. It makes change of anything a threat, instead of an opportunity.

bob boder
Reply to  Sir Harry Flashman
January 31, 2015 7:30 am

Troll alert

Zeke
January 30, 2015 12:02 pm

“It was only later that we appreciated that a planet running a fever is just like a person running a fever, which is to say it has a whole lot of other symptoms: in this case, droughts, floods, wildfires, sea level rise, species loss, crop death and more.”
The symptoms that we need to be concerned about are the effects of schedule 1 drugs on an entire generation, and their subsequent use of drugs on school children to keep them quiet in their public schools.

Texcis
Reply to  Zeke
January 30, 2015 12:34 pm

+1

ferdberple
Reply to  Zeke
January 31, 2015 6:01 am

how is it that large numbers of boys are prescribed Ritalin to keep them quiet in school? In some private schools I’ve heard the number is well over 50%.

Reply to  Zeke
January 31, 2015 2:21 pm

You should have seen how upset they were when I said no. He knew every Thomas the tank engine trains, every pokeemon ( at that time there were 128) , but somehow the teachers weren’t able to teach him anything? He wasn’t hyper either, he could stand at attention for an hour or more. (went to basic encampment at Ft Dix part of the civil air patrol) We took him and the rest out and homeschooled.

Reply to  rishrac
February 1, 2015 8:10 am

Has anyone else caught the story that the shrink who “invented” ADD & ADHD said it was a “ficticious disease”? They wanted to put my son on that Ritalin crap. Not only no but hell no. I put him on a full-spectrum liquid mineral supplement and the complaints about “figiting in class” stopped completely. Our soils are depleted; if you can add cold water extracted, plant derived minerals to your daily diet do so.

Jim s london
January 30, 2015 12:03 pm

But that’s good for Iceland more hot magma rising to the surface more Geothermal Energy.

Jim
Reply to  Jim s london
January 30, 2015 1:56 pm

It’s nice to have the geothermal energy. On the other hand it has been estimated that the 1783 volcanic eruption in Iceland resulted tin the death of about 25% of Iceland’s populaition. So it’s definitely a mixed blessing.

Rick K
Reply to  Jim s london
January 30, 2015 2:43 pm

Mother Earth is simply making more Iceland. Why don’t warmunists like Iceland?

Duster
Reply to  Jim s london
January 30, 2015 2:48 pm

Not really. You want it near the surface, where water can penetrate and then get can be cycled through a turbine by judicious drilling and ducting. On the surface it cools right off and then you are left with aggregate base source material.

mebbe
January 30, 2015 12:13 pm

“But, there’s a hitch, according to NOAA data, volcanic activity worldwide actually went DOWN in the 2000’s…”
That’s not a hitch, that’s consistent with what the models are telling us. Global Warming ♫ causes more volcanoes and fewer volcanoes.

January 30, 2015 12:15 pm

Thanks for the H/T, Anthony. Reading that article actually cause physical pain…with its liberal admixture of frumpy ad hominem and junk science alarm. Stupendous.

marty glaude
January 30, 2015 12:30 pm

Hold on a second guys. I’ve been arguing with my liberal friends about “global warming” for decades now. I’m a complete skeptic.
However!!! When my family lived in Sitka, Alaska we had a dormant volcano named Mt Edgecumbe that geologists think was caused by isostatic rebound. It last erupted 11,000 years ago after the last of the glacial (~3,000 ft. of it) ice melted. The geologists theorize this since the volcano isn’t located near any faults/rifts like most volcanoes are.
So, it might be possible in a few instances, eh?
Love your site and the work you do Anthony.
Marty

JPS
Reply to  marty glaude
January 30, 2015 1:00 pm

Marty:
“Mt Edgecumbe…last erupted 11,000 years ago after the last of the glacial (~3,000 ft. of it) ice melted.”
Are you sure?
http://www.sitka.com/Porky/porky.htm

marty glaude
Reply to  JPS
January 30, 2015 1:33 pm

Hey jps, my roadside geology book says 9,000 years.
Yeah, I’ve always wanted to recreate Porky’s stunt.
Bought a chainsaw from his son once..
marty

Mac the Knife
Reply to  JPS
January 30, 2015 8:00 pm

A masterful prank!
Thanks!

Reply to  marty glaude
January 30, 2015 1:09 pm

The complete melting of 1mile thick glaciar vs. a small % increas in the melt speed are two very different things.

Kevin Kilty
Reply to  marty glaude
January 30, 2015 2:15 pm

It’s at the end of a fault that is presently a transform fault (Queen Charlotte) but may have had different modes of motion in the past. So, it’s in a bit of a different situation than the volcanoes on the Aleutian chain, but the entire coast of western North America has volcanism of all sorts. And, once there is an established plumbing system to store and transport magma, volcanism can go on for a few millions of years, anyway, after the primary cause is gone.

Duster
Reply to  marty glaude
January 30, 2015 3:07 pm

Ah, Marty, that whole landscape you lived in is defined by two major geological processes. One is glaciation. The other is tectonics. All the glacial rebound in the world can’t trigger a volcano unless there is a magma source very close to the surface (like Ice Land in fact, which has magma near enough to the surface to keep the island pretty warm considering where it is located latitudinally). More to the point look at the region on Googlearth from an altitude of about 2100 km. Find Denali. You will be able to trace a neat, smooth, approximately parabolic arc along the Alaska Range. Projecting the eastern side downward in a smooth, compatible curve will pretty much bulls eye Sitka and Mt. Edgecumbe. The Alaska range itself is a volcanic arc caused by the northern motion of the Pacific plate, which dive under the south coast of Alaska. Sitka, and thus Mt. Edgecumbe is sitting more or less on the boundary between the Pacific and North American plates.

marty glaude
Reply to  Duster
January 30, 2015 10:53 pm

hey duster.
of course you’re right.
what I remember was some geologists theory that mt. edgecumbe was unique. no other volcanoes within 100’s of miles. so perhaps isostasy and crustal rebound created a magma channel that terminated with mt edgecumbe..
marty

marty glaude
Reply to  Duster
January 30, 2015 10:57 pm

are you an isostatic rebound denier, duster?

marty glaude
Reply to  Duster
January 30, 2015 11:00 pm

sorry. it’s late..

Reply to  marty glaude
January 30, 2015 5:43 pm

Sitka, AK, is located near a diffuse transform plate boundary between the Pacific and North American plates. The islands and fjords of the Panhandle region are accreted and sheared slices of crust and their boundaries. Plenty of crustal weakness to provide conduits for magma movement. The big giveaway for subglacial to isostatic rebound vulcanism would be the presence of pillow lavas, as can be demonstrated by a similar Pleistocene eruptive phase in the nearby British Columbia interior, tectonically similar to the Alaska Panhandle.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ash_Mountain_(British_Columbia)
The mechanism is clearly known to occur, during and subsequent to the removal of more than a kilometer of ice….which would have the isostatic effect of removing 400 meters of rock load–in a geologically very short period–from a region fraught with a jumble of accreted crustal slices.
Iceland, however, is a living, breathing cauldron of inflating and deflating magma chambers and fissures, as recent activity has shown. To declare a set unidirectional ‘rebound’ rate for the island due to ice melt is very amateurish because it does not acknowledge the volcano-tectonic overprint which is impossible to predict. Basically, Iceland bounces up and down like a leviathan basaltic bronco on a short geological time scale….which is far longer than the tiny and partial GPS record these fellows have used to “sort of” develop their hypothesis….before it runs smack dab into the required climate change link.

marty glaude
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 30, 2015 10:55 pm

excellent breakdown, mike.

NielsZoo
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 31, 2015 12:32 pm

I’ll second that, nice job Mike. Makes perfect sense.

Kevin Kilty
January 30, 2015 12:43 pm

Indeed, rocks do melt under lowered pressures; but, the pertinent question is “what is the partial derivative of temperature with respect to pressure on an adiabat?” It is a very small quantity. I recall it being possibly a couple of hundred degrees (K) when the pressure changes are those of, say, 600 kilometers of dense rock (3500 kg/m^3). One mile of ice seems like a lot of pressure until one compares it to a mile of rock, and removing a mile of rock at Bingham Pit, for example, has not lead to a magma discharge. Perhaps this changes the subsurface temperature by a measurable fraction of a degree, but it is not a measurable contribution to magma production.

Kevin Kilty
Reply to  Kevin Kilty
January 30, 2015 12:45 pm

“led” not lead.

mebbe
Reply to  Kevin Kilty
January 30, 2015 1:13 pm

Not a led mine, you’re saying? 🙂

January 30, 2015 12:43 pm

The Puffington Host had a similar observation back in 2010: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dk-matai/are-global-warming-volcan_b_550936.html … And my contemporaneous take on it: http://stevemaley.com/2010/04/26/552443908/

marty glaude
January 30, 2015 12:46 pm

ok, I can’t find the exact citation in my “Roadside Geology of Alaska ” book, so I might be getting it wrong.
The only pertinent quote is, “Local tectonic structures such as the Chatham Strait fault and other northwest trending faults became inactive several tens of millions of years before the Edgecumbe volcano rock erupted and thus cannot be involved.”
marty

Christopher Hanley
January 30, 2015 12:46 pm

Increasing CO2 = rising global temperature = melting glaciers = more volcanoes = global cooling = thickening glaciers = less volcanoes = global warming, ad infinitum.

JimS
January 30, 2015 12:53 pm

This goes beyond plain stupidity; it is as insane as Caligula appointing a horse as Consul of Rome.

ferdberple
Reply to  JimS
January 31, 2015 6:08 am

in a contest of common sense, I’d place my money on the horse.

bob boder
Reply to  ferdberple
January 31, 2015 7:36 am

+10 to ferd

joelobryan
January 30, 2015 12:56 pm

JKluger@time.com is indeed breathtakingly stupid on the issue of Climate Change with regards to human-produced CO2 causation. Trying to make the Iceland findings appear as a global climate change issue is idiotic beyond belief. Ignorance can be cured with education, but as AW notes above, Mr. Kluger’s climate change stupidity burns white hot. Even more sadly, Kluger willfully deceives his readers.
I find it quite humorous that this lawyer-turned-journalist is the Time’s senior science editor. His only real claim to fame is co-writing a book on Apollo 13 with astronaut Jim Lovell, that was used by Ron Howard to make the movie. Sadly Lovell did not sign the April 10, 2012 open-letter (link below to a copy with signatories) to NASA Administrator Bolden, but 7 of his fellow Apollo-SkyLab era-astronauts did, along with Dr Kraft and Mr Griffin, both Directors for many years of Johnson Space Center. The climate change alarmists tried to dismiss this letter but a review of the names and positions of the signatories, reads like a Who’s Who of NASA, including many science and engineering PhDs and senior staff of the 60’s-90’s.
http://www.businessinsider.com/nasa-scientists-dispute-climate-change-2012-4
Joel O’Bryan, BSCE, PhD

mikewaite
Reply to  joelobryan
January 30, 2015 1:44 pm

An interesting observation . Just a few days ago certain individuals hostile to skeptics were dismissing the analyses of Lord Monkton because he was a classical trained graduate from Cambridge (no mean university ) turned journalist and therefore had no right to get involved in scientific debate.
I have not seen a similar dismissal from the same individuals , on equivalent grounds , of this lawyer-turned -journalist .
Hypocrisy is the word that springs to mind and risks devaluing any further contribution from those sources .

Reply to  mikewaite
January 30, 2015 5:55 pm

mikewaite, the whole argument of the form “he’s not a climate scientist” is bollox, no matter who makes the claim. It ignores the content, and offers no clear view of what those who make such an argument object to. I get pilloried often by this type of thing, because a geologist “is not a climate scientist”. Well, OK then. But a geologist deals with the rock record, a good proportion of which is sedimentary, and basically a data disk that recorded the actions of climate. Tree Trunks on Ellesmere Island sort of stuff.
But yes, you are right, the fact that those who skewer Monckton for his lack of credentials are not equality-minded in their distribution of targets.

dam1953
January 30, 2015 12:59 pm

Next week in Time “climate change causes sun spots.” You read it hear first.

MarkW
January 30, 2015 1:02 pm

Magma changes are under miles of rock, yet somehow the loss of a few feet of ice is critical.
These guys can’t do even simple math.

Alan Robertson
January 30, 2015 1:07 pm

Well, climate mitigation in this case will be extra simple. First, gather the virgins…

Neil Jordan
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 30, 2015 1:40 pm

If your climate control method inadvertently causes too much cooling, you can reverse the effect with timely bottle(s) of gin to propitiate Pele, the volcano goddess:
http://www.hawaiilife.com/articles/2011/10/visit-to-kilauea-volcano/
“We were told to bring a bottle of gin, flowers, fruits, and the song within us to honor the Goddess Pele, and when we went there, it was such a beautiful day! We could tell she was pleased to see us!”
I don’t know about the flowers, fruits, and song. When I lived there, it was gin. And it better not be the cheap stuff.

January 30, 2015 1:16 pm

Before COP 21 Paris meeting this fall, if the lead post’s absurd kind of research garbage is a trend setting precedent, then I expect to see a paper entitled:
‘Climate Change caused by Changed Climate (Really so Run for Your Lives)’
If we see a paper like it, then what are the odds it would be favorably tweet peer reviewed by Dana, Cook, Ward, Oreskes and Mann?
John

Alan Robertson
Reply to  John Whitman
January 30, 2015 1:27 pm

Yes, but who could look forward to such a thing, as we would be swarmed by trolls- hating on us for questioning the “science”.

Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 30, 2015 1:47 pm

Alan Robertson,
On the brighter side, consider that anyone coming here to hate us is ‘sauce for the goose’ . . .
I enjoy your frequent comments on WUWT.
John

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 30, 2015 2:34 pm

Alan,
Questioning science is fine. Required in my book. What causes this troll to swarm are the broad-sweeping, thinly evidenced (read:preposterous) allegations and insinuations of nefarious manipulation you are so fond of spewing. It’s difficult to have a properly skeptical evidence-based conversation when one party flatly and categorically rejects the empirical observations which don’t conform to their position.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 30, 2015 6:30 pm

Hey Brandon,
I think it’s doubly funny that mentions of trolls caused you to not only come out of the closet and admit that you are a troll, but that you also went on to mount an ad hominem attack against me. You weren’t even on the list of trolls I was thinking about when making those earlier remarks, but the shoe sure fit you, so you picked it up and put it on. Hilarious!
By the way, it’s almost heartwarming to see you recognize and list all of your traits and characteristics of which we’ve grown so wearily accustomed. For a moment, I almost had hope for your improvement, but I’m resigned that it won’t last… run along now and take your meds. The adults will still be here when you get back.

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 30, 2015 11:01 pm

Alan,

I think it’s doubly funny that mentions of trolls caused you to not only come out of the closet and admit that you are a troll …

I’ll put it in “scare quotes” next time. For ironically impaired donchaknow.

… but that you also went on to mount an ad hominem attack against me.

Says the guy who is fond of calling people trolls. See, I know my tu quoque too.
Of course the main point of my reply to you was the preposterous nature of your arguments about systemic data manipulation, and the near-impossibility of having a reasonable debate with someone when there is little or no commonly established basis for relevant facts.

By the way, it’s almost heartwarming to see you recognize and list all of your traits and characteristics of which we’ve grown so wearily accustomed.

Thphphththt …. “troll” is hardly encompassing of my most endearing qualities. Insufferably arrogant know-it-all is far more descriptive. And accurate.

For a moment, I almost had hope for your improvement, but I’m resigned that it won’t last… run along now and take your meds. The adults will still be here when you get back.

How can I help but be perfectly charming with such good advice as that!

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 31, 2015 5:14 am

Brandon says “Of course the main point of my reply to you was the preposterous nature of your arguments about systemic data manipulation,”
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Since you have intruded yourself into this conversation, you’ve twice used those words and similar as a weapon of personal attack. Surely nothing I’ve said in this thread related in any way to your accusations. You pulled your smears out of thin air.
Your blatant defense of troll behavior makes me think that perhaps you are in fact, working in concert with some of the more ridiculous trolls who frequent these pages.
If you detest the term troll, then you should stop being a troll. You came out of the woodwork on this one, with sole point of making a baseless attack against me and now you’ve done it again.

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 31, 2015 6:03 pm

Alan Robertson,

Since you have intruded yourself into this conversation, you’ve twice used those words and similar as a weapon of personal attack. Surely nothing I’ve said in this thread related in any way to your accusations. You pulled your smears out of thin air.

Not in this thread, but here’s a very current example from another one: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/29/a-sin-of-commission/#comment-1847758
Your manipulated graph and original statement did nothing but obscure the truth.
In response to a graph posted by rooter …
http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/cCO2-to-T-volcano.jpg
… which if you click on you will find isn’t rooter’s graph at all.

Your blatant defense of troll behavior makes me think that perhaps you are in fact, working in concert with some of the more ridiculous trolls who frequent these pages.

You were saying something about pulling “smears out of thin air”?

If you detest the term troll, then you should stop being a troll.

I don’t detest the term “troll”, I object to its imprecise definition and selective, arbitrary application. Not just on WUWT but everywhere.
It is also a form of ad hominem argument. I don’t take kindly to “do as I say, not as I do” standards of behavior. If objecting to that is trolling, then I am guilty as charged.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 1, 2015 12:17 am

Brandon, it’s simple, really… quit thinking of yourself as a troll and doing such things as outing yourself as a troll. Then, you won’t have to behave as a troll in order to maintain your self image and the rest of us won’t have to put up with it, either.

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 1, 2015 4:23 am

Alan,
I don’t think of myself as a troll. That I’m given to making ascerbic remarks about arguments which I think are crap does not cut it in my book. Especially not WUWT which is a gathering place for people given to verbally skewering arguments and people alike. Can you honestly tell me that my comments are any more a paint-peeling “personal attack” than your quote: Your manipulated graph and original statement did nothing but obscure the truth.? Are you ever going to acknowledge that it isn’t even rooter’s plot? Substantiate your assertion that it was somehow improperly manipulated?
Here’s my unsolicited advice to you. If you don’t want people to throw rocks at your arguments, don’t throw rocks with your arguments. I’m more a cinder block guy myself, dropped from a great height when I can manage it. The petty whinging you’re dealing on my alleged troll complex isn’t fit to be called gravel. You need a boulder here, and you’re not going to find it with amateur Internet psychoanalysis. I’d be heads-down in the data were I in your shoes.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 1, 2015 8:35 am

“What causes this troll to swarm are the broad-sweeping, thinly evidenced (read:preposterous) allegations and insinuations of nefarious manipulation… ”
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Again, it is apparent that the only one who has called anyone a troll in this thread is you, Brandon. You interjected yourself into a lighthearted banter about trolls and then also dragged another person into the conversation. It’s too bad that you haven’t yet realized that by your effort to besmirch and intimidate me for using the term “troll”, that you subtly and indelibly branded that other person as a troll. Surely, that couldn’t have been your intent?
Enough about trolls. That graph and rooter’s statements really do need more than my opinion given in passing…
First, I don’t care who made the graph originally, or where it was found. When rooter posted it and commented, he owned it and the graph became “your (rooter’s) graph” for purposes of discussion. Your machinations about ownership are a strawman, but you know that (don’t you?) Semantics aside, any graph could be viewed as a manipulation (hint: the “fitted” label in this case is a big tipoff.) That graph isn’t too bad, but was used by rooter to make a point about a causal logarithmic relationship between CO2 and temperature. If rooter’s statement and the graph’s correlation were together meaningful, then the ideas that atmospheric CO2 had no warming impact before 1950 and thus, could be responsible for only half of any warming since that time, would be wrong. By attacking my opinion of both the graph and rooters smartypants comment(s) at the time, you are saying that what we think we know of atmospheric physics is wrong, effectively claiming- CO2 was the driver which brought the planet out of the Little Ice Age. If causality attributed to the graph’s correlation were correct and the physics is wrong, then any early 21st century warming would have continued in step with increase in CO2atm and there might have been a closer “fit” during other periods covered by the graph. Is that what happened?
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” the broad-sweeping, thinly evidenced (read:preposterous) allegations and insinuations of nefarious manipulation you are so fond of spewing…”
Really?

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 1, 2015 9:21 pm

Alan Robertson,

Enough about trolls.

Yes, please, by all means, enough.

Your machinations about ownership are a strawman, but you know that (don’t you?)

More of a positive ad hominem in the form of an appeal to good reputation, if not authority. And yes, I’m fully aware of it. It was intentional.

Semantics aside, any graph could be viewed as a manipulation (hint: the “fitted” label in this case is a big tipoff.)

A logical possibility, sure. It just happens that I’ve done that particular fit myself a number of times, so I natively trust it.

If rooter’s statement and the graph’s correlation were together meaningful, then the ideas that atmospheric CO2 had no warming impact before 1950 and thus, could be responsible for only half of any warming since that time, would be wrong.

Here’s the plot again:
http://www.phy.duke.edu/~rgb/cCO2-to-T-volcano.jpg
1850-1950 shows about 0.15 K of predicted warming, so yes I agree that “the ideas that atmospheric CO2 had no warming impact before 1950” is challenged on the basis of this plot alone.

By attacking my opinion of both the graph and rooters smartypants comment(s) at the time, you are saying that what we think we know of atmospheric physics is wrong …

That is not my position.

… effectively claiming- CO2 was the driver which brought the planet out of the Little Ice Age.

Magic didn’t bring us out of the LIA either. Here’s one well-known contributing factor to both the LIA and the rising temperature trends following it:
http://climexp.knmi.nl/data/itsi_wls_ann.png

If causality attributed to the graph’s correlation were correct and the physics is wrong, then any early 21st century warming would have continued in step with increase in CO2atm and there might have been a closer “fit” during other periods covered by the graph. Is that what happened?

It’s difficult to answer that question because it hinges on the implicit conclusion that the physics is wrong. Look at 1880-1920 and 1940-1980, and then look at this:
http://climexp.knmi.nl/data/iamo_hadsst.png

” the broad-sweeping, thinly evidenced (read:preposterous) allegations and insinuations of nefarious manipulation you are so fond of spewing…”
Really?

Yes, really. I don’t keep a tally, so perhaps I overstated. It’s a common enough theme in these parts and I do have my own prejudices working against me.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 2, 2015 7:09 am

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 2, 2015 9:21 am

Just when I thought this was becoming an interesting discussion. Alas.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 2, 2015 10:18 am

And there I was thinking that the linked song was exceedingly interesting (and ever so apropos.)
Mwahahaaa

mkelly
January 30, 2015 1:16 pm

http://www.nat.is/travelguideeng/thingvellir_sacred_site_for_all.htm
They should go stand in Thingvellir Valley where the first Althing met. They would see the spreading of continental plates and see magma that as come up from below. Such nonsense they write.

Reply to  mkelly
January 30, 2015 2:13 pm

Definitely a natural wonder. As you say, you can see the Atlantic magma rising from the spreading earth.

Peter Miller
Reply to  CCCCC (@TheCaz64)
January 31, 2015 2:43 am

This is indeed one of the most incredible sight on our planet, but I guess you have to be a geologist to appreciate it.

Gamecock
January 30, 2015 1:18 pm

Volcanoes are bad . . . mmmkay?
As always happens with the alarmists, we are supposed to fear that which is “caused.” What’s not to like about volcanoes? Why is warming bad? I don’t like glaciers and sea ice.

Anything is possible
January 30, 2015 1:20 pm

Old news, Mother Jones were all over this 3 years ago ;
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/02/climate-change-linked-to-volcano-eruptions-earthquakes
My only surprise at this is that Jeffrey Kluger didn’t go full bore and throw earthquakes in there too. He missed a great opportunity to scare the crap out of the gullible Californians among Time’s readership.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Anything is possible
January 30, 2015 1:29 pm

Maybe just those countless Californians who have recently moved to Oklahoma…

Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 31, 2015 7:39 am

I think you mean Arkansas or Missouri. The largest Earthquakes observed in North America were the New Madrid Fault Earthquakes in 1811/12. There were four big ones.
These were not just seismic reports like the recent hokum scare in Oklahoma. but actual temblors.
There was no glacier involved and little CO2.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 31, 2015 9:03 am

Here in OK, we not only have recently exiled Californians all over the place, but multiple earthquakes every day. I sure hope that if there are any big ones, that they stay to the East, as you pointed out.
One thing noticeable about the past couple of years’ quakes here, is that they started out centered m.o.l. East and NE of OKC, but now are predominantly North and NW, occurring now also in Southern Kansas (West of center of OK.) A person could map these quakes’ path over time and find that it parallels the Arkansas River valley, although some miles to the West. I’ll make nothing of this…

Duster
Reply to  Anything is possible
January 30, 2015 3:27 pm

Earthquakes are actually far more plausible than volcanism. Dam building in the Sierra foothills resulted in a couple of shakers when I was much younger. As far as “scaring Californians,” I wish. The state would be lots nicer if the aerospace industry had picked Oklahoma in the 1950s. Unfortunately, unless the quake is a magnitude 6 or above people simply are shaken up enough to leave. The recent spate of quakes and “aftershocks” up near Fortuna is a beautiful example of plate tectonics in action. The sharp linear boundary of the southern limit and the northern spread was due to the existence of a plate boundary right there handy to geologists.

Duster
Reply to  Duster
January 30, 2015 3:28 pm

“…aren’t shaken …”

Stephen Richards
January 30, 2015 1:27 pm

They are taking the p&ss, right ?

Miguel Sanchez
January 30, 2015 1:27 pm

So the only proof seems to be that 2 things (atmosphere’s and CO2 content and volcanic eruptions) went up at the same time? Since there are only 3 possible directions (up, down, unchanged) chances are 2/3 that climate change has a correlation or anticorrelation with everything.
And finding a murky theory that explains a relationship isn’t very hard too.
thesis:Global warming is a plot to increase the number of elected republican’s in the US congress.
mechanism:People in the south vote for republicans more often then in the north. The south ist warmer . heat-> reoublicans win.
proof: the number of elected republicans increased from 2008 to 2014 as did the CO2 content in that same time

Zeke
January 30, 2015 1:34 pm

Crop death is caused by weed competition, fungi, smut, scab, mold, blight, rot, rust, black spot, wilt, mildew, insects, worms, maggots, nymphs, etc..
There are plenty of benign chemical controls and inputs already in use to solve these problems.
Boomers have been seeking to remove these chemical inputs for several decades and the removal/replacement of these neutral, benign, and beneficial chemicals from agriculture would destroy the quanitity and quality of nutrition for all people and for all domestic animals.
To aggressively and treacherously remove the chemical inputs from agriculture would be malicious crime against many unsuspecting people.
To blame the use of electricity and cars before committing such a crime is called “grooming the victim,” – a method used by scheming criminals to prepare the victim beforehand both to accept the crime, and to blame himself.
ref: Paradigm Shift Urgently Needed In Agriculture: UN Agencies Call for an End to Industrial Agriculture & Food System “A rising chorus from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender inequality and climate change can all be addressed by a radical transformation of our agriculture and food system Dr Mae-Wan Ho

Farmer Gez
Reply to  Zeke
January 30, 2015 2:25 pm

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho
Hey that name rings a bell. An infamous anti GM propagandist.
High on dogma, low on discovery.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  Zeke
January 30, 2015 6:16 pm

Many years ago (ca 1978) I stopped into a roadside produce stand in Arizona run by a recent arrival from Vietnam. At that time her command of English was still very weak. (last I heard her son was an honors grad at ASU though) A new age type was enthusing about how gorgeous the produce was, but kept asking “You’re sure you never spray this produce?” to which the answer was “We no spray.” Satisfied, the new ager purchased a box full of produce and went her way. I then asked the owner, “I’m a ag consultant in this area, and I don’t believe it’s possible to grow this quality of produce in this area without spraying. Are you sure you don’t spray it?” Her reply, “No, we no spray. We dust.” and proudly reached under the counter and produced a bag of Sevin 4 dust. When, a few minutes later, I was finally able to talk again, I bought several boxes of produce, and continued to do so all the years I was in that area.

asybot
Reply to  Bill Murphy
January 30, 2015 7:40 pm

That’s hilarious and made me think of the days I grew soft fruit, I was asked the same questions at farmers markets and as your lady I answered the same way, ” no sprays” ( we used fertilizers and pesticides through irrigation, bait and dusted and injected our trees). Lovely fruit. As with global warming or climate change and having farmed for 40 years I have a very hard time believing in organic foods.

Pat Michaels
Reply to  Bill Murphy
January 30, 2015 10:45 pm

Many years ago I was at a party in Albemarle County, which surrounds the People’s Republic of Charlottesville, home of UVa. I let on that I grew some pretty good vegetables, and one of the partiers asked me if I believed in organic gardening.
“Hell, yes”, I said, “with organic chemicals!”. All the greenies in the crowd nodded approvingly.

Bill Murphy
Reply to  Bill Murphy
January 30, 2015 11:55 pm

Yup, I applied my share of organic chemicals myself. organophosphates mostly… EM 6-3 Parathion even came in a green can. [grin]

john cooknell
January 30, 2015 1:38 pm

Some will read this and think it is true, others will think it total rubbish.
About half the human population genuinely and honestly believe in the supernatural, supported by no evidence at all. This is just an example of who we are!
My own view is that most things in life don’t matter, and some things don’t matter at all.

Reply to  john cooknell
January 30, 2015 2:19 pm

john cooknell says:
January 30, 2015 at 1:38 pm
“[. . .]
About half the human population genuinely and honestly believe in the supernatural, supported by no evidence at all. This is just an example of who we are!
[. . .]”

john cooknell,
My almost 65 years of experience interacting directly with people in a couple of dozen different countries sadly leads me to think that about 9 out of 10 people “genuinely and honestly believe in the supernatural supported by no evidence at all”. This is even so among my science, engineering and technical corporation management acquaintances and associates.
John

AB
Reply to  john cooknell
January 30, 2015 2:33 pm

“My own view is that most things in life don’t matter, and some things don’t matter at all.”
Good observation, and quite metaphysical at that. 😀

Reply to  AB
January 30, 2015 6:18 pm

Ah, metaphysics. What is the meaning of wife? Is there wife after death?

Mac the Knife
Reply to  AB
January 30, 2015 8:15 pm

If a man falls in the forest… and there is no woman there to hear it, is he still wrong?

Lonie
Reply to  john cooknell
January 31, 2015 4:25 am

john ; you may be wrong on the about half . I have read sixty three percent believe in Astrology .

PieterF
January 30, 2015 1:43 pm

The propaganda techniques at play are becoming easier to recognize. This may be a sign of desperation as the logical fallacies become increasingly more absurd. Just watch for the Useful Idiots to pick up the story and begin to spread the propaganda.

Mike the Morlock
January 30, 2015 1:46 pm

Interesting… Sigrun Hreinsdottir was the one auther from Ice Land, and this seem to be the only paper Sigun has written for the Journal. Seems Sigun went from being at the Univ of Iceland, to now being in Avalon New Zealand . I ask anyone from “Down Under” is Avalon N.Z. a nice place, pretty, good Univ. ?
Not that I’m suggesting anything.. Just things that make you go hmmm.
smile
michael

Doug Harrison
Reply to  Mike the Morlock
January 30, 2015 8:44 pm

As an NZer the only Avalon I know was a tv studio in the Hutt Valley, I think

January 30, 2015 1:55 pm

In related news, coast lines in Norway and the UK have recently been inundated with undocumented migrants arriving by canoe and sail boat from Iceland. Authorities were further perplexed by the fact that the migrants were exclusively young and female. Upon investigation, it turned out that the headlines in Iceland resulting from the article above had frightened a large percentage of Iceland’s female population due to the known remedy for stopping volcanic eruptions. Iceland’s political leadership apparently was quite upset about the incident, with at least one parliamentarian referring to the young women as unpatriotic.

Reply to  davidmhoffer
January 30, 2015 1:59 pm

davidmhoffer,
. . . thanks for some finely parsed parody on a fine Saturday afternoon in San Jose CA . . . I love it . . .
John

Reply to  John Whitman
January 30, 2015 2:01 pm

Saturday . . . Friday

eyesonu
Reply to  davidmhoffer
January 30, 2015 5:15 pm

David,
I am tempted to reply in fashion. LOL

Reply to  davidmhoffer
January 30, 2015 5:59 pm

Delightfully-omitted sarc tag.

asybot
Reply to  davidmhoffer
January 30, 2015 7:44 pm

Thanks for the laugh David, I had just about given up on reading the comments and now it made it well worth it!

D.J. Hawkins
Reply to  davidmhoffer
February 2, 2015 11:51 am

Unless said Icelanders of the distaff variety have gone severely against type regarding sexual activity in their peer group, they are likely to lack one traditionally very important qualification as a suitable candidate for the “known remedy”.

angech2014
January 30, 2015 2:00 pm

As you reduce the pressure you lower the melting temperature??
This phase is scientifically wrong , surely ??
Increased pressure increases the melting point.
Fail.

Duster
Reply to  angech2014
January 30, 2015 3:51 pm

Not really. It just sounds counter intuitive. But the process is also complicated by chemistry – a lot. So the bald statement is pretty near meaningless. See this for instance:
http://www.geo.arizona.edu/~reiners/Leeetal2009.pdf
The phase diagrams of temperature vs. pressure are clear enough. The minerals that crystallize out of the melt change the properties of the melt. Which would result in the same melt at the same depth, and experiencing the same pressure change behaving differently over time. In terms of the original post though, the whole idea at a minor amount of melted ice could cause volcanism is, as Anthony said, so stupid it burns.
What could happen is that the magma is very near surface. In Ice Land it is very, very near. In fact it is so close that the heat from the magma might very well cause the ice to melt. The magma does carry some dissolved gas. With reduced pressure that gas might “froth” like a shaken bottle of carbonated beverage, forcing an eruption. The magma would have to be in a very, very special thermodynamic and chemical balance though.

Reply to  Duster
January 30, 2015 6:04 pm

Keep in mind that Iceland vulcanism is basaltic, and therefore relatively quiet. High-temperature, low-viscosity magma rich in Iron & Magnesium silicates. Entrained gas can escape with relative ease compared to the andesites and dacites of the much more explosive subduction-related volcanoes like Mt. St. Helens, which, incidentally, did not erupt until the cork was removed from the champagne bottle by one of the largest landslides in history.

Figaro
Reply to  angech2014
January 30, 2015 4:11 pm

Try “Decompression melting” in any vulcanology text.

policycritic
January 30, 2015 2:03 pm

Kruger’s education: [Wikipedia]

Education and early life
Kluger attended Pikesville High School in Pikesville, Maryland, a northwest suburb of Baltimore.[citation needed] He attended the University of Maryland and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1976, and the University of Baltimore Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctor degree in 1979. He is a licensed attorney,and was admitted to the state bar in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

January 30, 2015 2:10 pm

Since Eyafjalljokel blew its lid a few years ago, is there any chance a plume from the the deep crust simply took a few decades to rise, lifting Iceland with it, but being totally unrelated to atmospheric events?

Duster
Reply to  CCCCC (@TheCaz64)
January 30, 2015 3:57 pm

Good question, and one that has an unequivocal answer of “yes.” Their model is only as good as their assumptions. On any temporal basis the earth’s surface bucks and heaves dramatically. It is in no way “as eternal as the hills.” The big quake in Japan changed elevations by meters in a few minutes. Similar events within the historical era in California have tacked on more than three meters of altitude to parts of the Sierra Nevada.

Victoria
January 30, 2015 2:10 pm

How can melting glaciers cause an island to rise? Aren’t islands attached to the ocean floor? The idea of melting glaciers allowing more volcanos to rise doesn’t make sense to me. I would think if a volcano were in the making it would come to be whether or not a glacier is sitting on top of it; it would slowly melt the ice…?

Reply to  Victoria
January 30, 2015 3:41 pm

Rock is not solid on geologic time scales. You want to see the plasticity illustrated, read essay Reserve Reservations for the Monterey Shale folding. Some nice pictures from California state parks.
More silicaceous Continents and islands ‘float’ on denser basaltic magma many miles down toward Earths core. Cause granites and carbonates (limestone) and metamorphics (slate) are all less dense than basalts. Heavy is relative.
20000 years ago, Reykjavik was about 30 meters below sea level cause of ice weight. And that sea level was about 120 meters lower than today cause the ice was not in the oceans. Put more weight into a boat, it sinks lower into the water. Like a loaded oil tanker, even tho oil floats on water. Archimedes. Same principle here, except our boats are continents and islands, the extra weight is ice, and geological change is very slow on human time scales.
But you are quite correct that this paper is incomprehensible nonsense. There are volcanos erupting under the ice all over Iceland. The resulting sudden flood that rushes out from under the glacier edge is called a jokulhlaups (I omitted umlauts, and probably spelled it wrong anyway).
Put another way by other posters upthread, rock is just a lot heavier than ice. Regards. Hope you like my new ebook on this stuff. This paper and thread would have made a terrific additional essay. Too late, and it is hard to envision this level of Time mag stupidity and bias in advance.

marty glaude
Reply to  Victoria
January 30, 2015 3:52 pm

hi Victoria,
here’s a link about isostasy:
http://www.umich.edu/~gs265/isost.html
marty

Reply to  Victoria
January 30, 2015 6:21 pm

Victoria, it is the principle of isostasy. The crust floats like a ship on the mantle beneath. If you load the ship, it sinks, if you unload it, it rises. However, the ship of Iceland is a special case: it rides higher on the mantle because of a “thermal welt” related to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The idea that removal of 11 billion tons of ice per year would cause isostatic rebound is sound, it’s just that that is a tiny amount of ice relative to the mass of the basaltic roots of Iceland…and to declare that rebound is measurable as such on a rather bumpy part of the earth is, well, not so bright.
And yes, you are correct, Icelandic volcanoes do not give a hoot about their glacial caps. They’ll erupt anyway…as Eyjafjallajökull did in 2009. The volcano’s name translates to “Islands’ Mountains’ ice cap”. These subglacial eruptions result in a catastrophic discharge of melted glacier water termed a “jökulhlaup”…or “running glacier”…a not-surprisingly Icelandic term adopted for such an event.
https://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=isostasy+definition&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=ijjMVPHuBO3s8wfJ94JA&gws_rd=ssl

Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 30, 2015 6:30 pm

+10. Well said.

Victoria
Reply to  Mike Bromley the Kurd
January 31, 2015 9:23 am

That makes sense. Thanks guys:)

Hot under the collar
January 30, 2015 2:14 pm

; > )

Brandon Gates
January 30, 2015 2:18 pm

Anthony,

Gee, do you think maybe, possibly, that Iceland might have more glacier melt when the AMO is warmer? The authors don’t seem to be cognizant of it, preferring instead to cite the universal bogeyman “climate change”.

Scientists, and indeed rational people in general, understand that things don’t magically change temperature.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Brandon Gates
January 30, 2015 3:19 pm

True. That takes homogenization.

Reply to  Gunga Din
January 30, 2015 3:47 pm

+10

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Gunga Din
January 30, 2015 10:33 pm

Gunga Din,
Odd quip given that the AMO data upon which Anthony based his argument ….comment image
… relies on homogenized, processed, interpolated data too. Make up your mind already guys: do you trust the data or not?

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  Brandon Gates
January 30, 2015 10:47 pm

So….CO2 is out?……(8>))

bob boder
Reply to  Brandon Gates
January 31, 2015 7:50 am

So brandon, the story makes sense to you right? How many more eruptions around the world can we expect from the future warming and how does this affect the coming climate change? How is this accounted for in the models?

Brandon Gates
Reply to  bob boder
January 31, 2015 7:15 pm

bob boder,

So brandon, the story makes sense to you right?

Yes, quite a bit.

How many more eruptions around the world can we expect from the future warming and how does this affect the coming climate change?

The paper itself is paywalled, but from the abstract … We use our acceleration estimates to back-calculate to a time of zero velocity, which coincides with the initiation of ice loss in Iceland from ice mass balance calculations and Arctic warming trends. … I infer that the paper doesn’t make any forward-looking predictions about Iceland — to which the scope of this paper was limited — much less any global projections.

How is this accounted for in the models?

If AOGCMs take it into account, which I doubt, it would have been necessarily been based on prior research. I say that I doubt the CMIP5 ensemble accounts for any future volcanic activity because Figure 11.25 makes it pretty clear they don’t:
http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/~ed/bloguploads/UPDATED_11-25.png
It would be nice if we could predict major volcanic eruptions before they happen, in the same way that I’d love the USGS to be able to tell me the next time the Hayward/Rodgers-Creek fault system is going to uncork another magnitude 7.2 temblor. Best they can do is tell me what the surface rupture and shaking intensity might look like:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/simulations/hayward/M7.2.php
Damned rent-seeking alarmist geophysicists. They’ve been saying it’s going to happen for YEARS and it hasn’t.

William Astley
January 30, 2015 2:31 pm

There needs to be a understanding of what is the dog and what is the tail. There are multiple fundamental errors/unknowns concerning the mechanisms that cause cyclic millennial climate change, cause cyclic changes in volcanic activity, and cause cyclic changes to the geomagnetic field.
It is a fact that there is a recent set of peculiar unexplained geological changes which correlates with past cyclic climate change and past cyclic abrupt climate change (same weird group of supposedly unrelated phenomena appear cyclically at the same time in the past).
It is an observational fact that the north geomagnetic pole drift velocity increased by a factor of 10 starting in the mid 1990’s), it is an observational fact that the reduction in the geomagnetic field intensity has increased by a factor of ten (the geomagnetic field intensity drop has increased from 5%/century to 5%/decade) starting also in the mid 1990s, and it is a fact that geomagnetic excursions correlate with the start and end of interglacial periods, and it is a fact that there is an increase in volcanic activity that correlates with millennial climate change. There needs to be a physical explanation as to why in the 1990s the geomagnetic field should suddenly start to change and why there is past correlation of supposedly unrelated geological phenomena and climate change.
It is an observational fact that something in the past has caused bipolar volcanism which in turn correlates with millennial climate change. Volcanic eruptions are theoretically random, there is not an internal earth mechanism to cause simultaneous bipolar volcanic eruptions. (i.e. There is more than one mystery, what causes an increase in volcanic activity both hemispheres and why does that increase in volcanic activity correlate with millennial climate change and geomagnetic field changes.)
http://www.pnas.org/content/101/17/6341.abstract

Bipolar correlation of volcanism with millennial climate change
Analyzing data from our optical dust logger, we find that volcanic ash layers from the Siple Dome (Antarctica) borehole are simultaneous (with >99% rejection of the null hypothesis) with the onset of millennium-timescale cooling recorded at Greenland Ice Sheet Project 2 (GISP2; Greenland). These data are the best evidence yet for a causal connection between volcanism and millennial climate change and lead to possibilities of a direct causal relationship.

This paper notes it is a fact that geomagnetic field excursions correlate with cyclic abrupt climate change. The question is what is causing the cyclic geomagnetic excursion. The geomagnetic excursions causes/could cause abrupt cooling from Svensmark’s mechanism.
http://www.iisc.ernet.in/~currsci/apr252003/1105.pdf

The effect of changes in the Earth’s moment of inertia during glaciation on geomagnetic polarity excursions and reversals: Implications for Quaternary chronology
In the Late Pleistocene, geomagnetic excursions directly correlate with brief phases of rapid ice growth that accompany falls in global sea-level, notably during the Younger Dryas stage, Dansgaard–Oeschger interstadials 5 and 10 that precede the rapid melting events during Heinrich events H3 and H4, and during the transitions between oxygen isotope stages 5c-5b, and 5e-5d.

What caused an abrupt change top the geomagnetic (the geomagnetic field excursion) is what caused five geologically separated (different magma chambers, same location on the planet, same island) volcanoes to erupt simultaneously.
http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2006/2006GL027284.shtml

Geomagnetic excursion captured by multiple volcanoes in a monogenetic field
Five monogenetic volcanoes within the Quaternary Auckland volcanic field are shown to have recorded a virtually identical but anomalous paleomagnetic direction (mean inclination and declination of 61.7° and 351.0°, respectively), consistent with the capture of a geomagnetic excursion. Based on documented rates of change of paleomagnetic field direction during excursions this implies that the volcanoes may have all formed within a period of only 50–100 years or less. These temporally linked volcanoes are widespread throughout the field and appear not to be structurally related. However, the general paradigm for the reawakening of monogenetic fields is that only a single new volcano or group of closely spaced vents is created, typically at intervals of several hundred years or more.

http://sciences.blogs.liberation.fr/home/files/Courtillot07EPSL.pdf

Are there connections between the Earth’s magnetic
field and climate? Vincent Courtillot, Yves Gallet, Jean-Louis Le Mouël,
Frédéric Fluteau, Agnès Genevey

Editor
January 30, 2015 2:36 pm

This piece needs some additional input.
PLOS One The Human Impact of Volcanoes: a Historical Review of Events 1900-2009 and Systematic Literature Review explains the oddities from the graph of volcano numbers in the essay:

The two primary data sources were EM DAT: The Emergency Events Database 3 and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration – National Geophysical Data Center (NOAA NGDC) Significant Volcanic Eruption Database 11. For an event to be included in the EM DAT database, one or more of the following criteria must be fulfilled: 10 or more people killed or injured; 100 people reported affected; declaration of a state of emergency; or a call for international assistance. In the NOAA NGDC database, a significant eruption must meet one or more of the following criteria: caused fatalities; caused moderate damage (approximately $1 million or more); caused a tsunami; or was associated with a major earthquake.

The time series used for Continuously Operating GPS Stations in this study were quite short — many of them less than ten years, some as short as seven years. It is of no great surprise that on this actively volcanic island, there is a great deal of “up and downing” of the land surface.

ROM
January 30, 2015 2:41 pm

I should point out that there are many skeptic predictions that predicted that there would be a number of “predictions” from the alarmists that we could expect a significant increase in volcanic activity and eruptions which would, according to the alarmists, be directly caused by global warming.
It seems that based on the evidence from “Time,” those predictions by the skeptics made without any benefit of any models and using only observation appear to be correct.
Further skeptic predictions are that the alarmists will soon predict that solar output is directly affected by global warming.
We await confirmation of that skeptic prediction with considerable interest and with baited sarcasm although I have a suspicion I have already seen somewhere that that particular alarmist prediction has already been made.

Brandon Gates
January 30, 2015 2:52 pm

So ….
1) Increased volcanism cannot be explained by melting ice. Check.
2) Volcanoes cannot explain The Pause: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/09/ben-santer-tries-to-explain-the-pause-in-global-warming/ Check.
3) Volcanoes can explain short-term cooling: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/11/18/get-laki-get-unlaki/ Check.
4) Volcanoes might explain rising CO2 levels: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/02/nasas-new-orbiting-carbon-observatory-shows-potential-tectonically-induced-co2-input-from-the-ocean/ Che …..
… errrr … wait a minute:comment image

Gosh, it sure looks like another slam dunk for carbon dioxide driven climate hell in a handbasket, doesn’t it? The VEI starts increasing right about the time of the industrial revolution. […] But, there’s a hitch, according to NOAA data, volcanic activity worldwide actually went DOWN in the 2000’s while the climate changing carbon dioxide went UP in global concentration …

Paging Dr. Hovland. Anyone … anyone? Bueller?

Khwarizmi
Reply to  Brandon Gates
January 30, 2015 6:50 pm

volcanoes might explain rising CO2 levels …Paging Dr. Hovland..
Dr. Hovland only suggested that “tectonically-induced activity” might explain a few CO2 “hot spots.”
That’s very different to the strawman you attacked, isn’t it?

Brandon Gates
Reply to  Khwarizmi
January 30, 2015 10:26 pm

Khwarizmi,

Dr. Hovland only suggested that “tectonically-induced activity” might explain a few CO2 “hot spots.”

He’s very careful to not spell it out. That didn’t stop others from running with it: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/02/nasas-new-orbiting-carbon-observatory-shows-potential-tectonically-induced-co2-input-from-the-ocean/#comment-1827003
If human emissions were the major driver behind atmospheric CO2 concentration, atmospheric concentration would be accelerating. It is not.
Or: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/02/nasas-new-orbiting-carbon-observatory-shows-potential-tectonically-induced-co2-input-from-the-ocean/#comment-1827051
Lake Nyos blew the whistle (unfortunately at the cost of thousands of lives) on another big Warmist lie. Analyses of the underlying vent and estimates of its flow rate reveal that it is a major source of CO₂. If the Lake Nyos vent is at all typical, estimates of total volcanic CO₂ are too low by one or two orders of magnitude.
The crux of my rebuttal to such silliness is in this post: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/01/02/nasas-new-orbiting-carbon-observatory-shows-potential-tectonically-induced-co2-input-from-the-ocean/#comment-1827015
Now here we have Anthony himself employing similar logic: Gosh, it sure looks like another slam dunk for carbon dioxide driven climate hell in a handbasket, doesn’t it? The VEI starts increasing right about the time of the industrial revolution.
The irony is too thick.

That’s very different to the strawman you attacked, isn’t it?

Tell it to the “it’s volcanoes whut do CO2” crowd, not me. They are the ones who read into Hovland’s essay that which you say is not there.

January 30, 2015 2:59 pm

So if the VEI fell in the 21stC why didn’t temps shoot up? Is cooling worse than we thought?

Reply to  Andrew
January 30, 2015 3:50 pm

See essay Blowing Smoke in ebook of same name. You logic is correct. The science is sketchy, the PR and MSM reporting based on the PR just awful.

V. Uil
January 30, 2015 3:01 pm

Not only stupid, but arrogant with it.
I quote from Kluger’s article, “Perhaps anticipating the climate change deniers’ uncanny ability to put two and two together and come up with five……..”
Clearly ‘Great Brain’ Kluger thinks that anyone who dares question climate change is an idiot, not realizing, of course, that he may be the one with a problem.

January 30, 2015 3:03 pm

Those seismometers they had back in the 17th Century, do we know how they were calibrated?

Mike the Morlock
Reply to  Charles Nelson
January 30, 2015 4:21 pm

No seismographs they used a different method. It involved concentric areas of damage and destruction the Mercalli scale for earthquakes, is an example.
http://geology.answers.com/methods/scales-for-measuring-earthquakes
michael

Peter
January 30, 2015 3:06 pm

I did not see somebody here mentioning possibility that there is dependency between volcanic activity and temperature caused by contraction/expansion of materials by changing temperature. It is simple, temperature is going down, earth crust is contracting, creating and widening cracks, thus increasing volcanic activity. And vice versa increasing temperature is expanding crust sealing cracks making volcanic activity to get to surface harder.
I found coefficient of expansion for rock like materials is around 10^-6 m/mK, water 69^-6m/mK, quartz 0.33^-6m/mK.
Taking average 10^-6m/mK and delta T between glacial/interglacial 10K, that means that earth crust is contracting 10^-5. This is 0.001%
Taking width of N. America as 4000km and width of Eurasia as 10000km it represents width of cracks 40m and 100m. That is enough if we imagine that even 1cm crack is probably enough to start magma venting.
This can also explain 4000 years time shift between Milankovitch insolation and actual start/end of glacial. It just takes a lot of time for heat to get to earth crust deep enough for make change. According rough experiences in Europe in winter it takes 6 months to change temperature in 1m depth. At around 2m is temperature more less same. 4000 years are needed to make change in 8km depth with 16km depth end of change, corellating very nicely with earth crust thickness.
Actually propagation of heat down through earth crust can be imagined as heat wave. So in time where cold wave is reaching depth causing increase of volcanism another warm wave could be on the way down as volcanism switching of mechanism.
This would be definite positive feedback for cooling. Earth cools, crust is cooling contracting more volcanic activity is forced causing more cooling.

asybot
Reply to  Peter
January 30, 2015 7:56 pm

@ Peter, it is simple, temperature is going down, earth crust is contracting, creating and widening cracks,
Correct me if I am wrong but if the Earth is contracting, would the cracks actually not become narrower?

Peter
Reply to  asybot
January 31, 2015 6:22 pm

If you think like cooling and contracting full sphere crust, holding together yes, cracks should be narrower. But if you think like cooling only patches – continents on otherwise liquid sphere covered by water cooling will make cracks wider.
Imagine that like cooling crust is squeezing molten core of Earth which is increasing pressure inside until it cracks somewhere creating magma outburst.
It should be similar mechanism as tidal contraction and extension is making cracks in ice of Europa moon. Or ground cracked by drought.

Gunga Din
January 30, 2015 3:12 pm

So….Kilauea is erupting now because of all those long gong …er… gone (I couldn’t help thing of the old “The Gong Show”.) because Hawaiian glaciers?
Does that mean we could shut her down by turning all the Man-made CO2 into dry ice and bombing Hawaii with it?

Steve P
January 30, 2015 3:13 pm

ecoGuy
January 30, 2015 at 11:40 am

I blame it on the schools, people are often taught how to write good English at the expense of never been taught basic logic.

The stupid, it burns like a magnesium flare.

Not to be too pedantic, but “stupid” is an adjective. I suppose this phrase was popularized on TV, but the noun is stupidity. Sorry to nitpick, but “…the stupid it burns” is in the same class with “expect great,” which was or perhaps still is the slogan of the WNBA, and don’t get me started about that.
-☺-
My understanding is perhaps flawed, but I recall reading recently that the existence of the long postulated mantle plumes has been disputed.


Textbook Theory Behind Volcanoes May Be Wrong

In the typical textbook picture, volcanoes, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian islands, erupt when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth. But that picture is wrong, according to a new study from researchers at Caltech and the University of Miami in Florida.

http://www.caltech.edu/content/textbook-theory-behind-volcanoes-may-be-wrong
http://authors.library.caltech.edu/49341/
Unknown cause, methinks.

Reply to  Steve P
January 30, 2015 6:32 pm

“MAY be wrong” OK, it MAY be right. First I’ve ever heard of a plume as being a “Jet”. And what explains the progression of the Hawaiian chain in a northwesterly direction, with the youngest vulcanism at its extreme southeastern end? It can be demonstrated by seafloor spreading that the Pacific ocean plate moved over a stationary phenomenon that somehow localizes the effusion of magma. Seismic tomography has shown there to be a velocity (read thermal) anomaly under the big island.

mebbe
Reply to  Steve P
January 30, 2015 6:52 pm

Steve P,
You and I appear to be the frontrunners in the race for the WUWT most ludicrous comment prize.
You for your stupendously punctilious cavil and me (or is that I?) for this lame acknowledgement of your effort.
If you had stuck with mantle plumes, Sir Harry would have been a shoo-in.

u.k.(us)
Reply to  Steve P
January 30, 2015 8:44 pm

Is there a word for using bad English to show derision ?

DonM
Reply to  u.k.(us)
January 30, 2015 9:34 pm

mebbe, but I don’t know what it is.

rogerknights
Reply to  u.k.(us)
January 31, 2015 7:52 pm
Steve P
Reply to  u.k.(us)
February 5, 2015 1:58 pm

It’s called poetic license, or artistic license.

Artistic license (also known as dramatic license, historical license, poetic license, narrative license, licentia poetica, or simply license) is a colloquial term, sometimes euphemism, used to denote the distortion of fact, alteration of the conventions of grammar or language, or rewording of pre-existing text made by an artist in the name of art.

Mark from the Midwest
January 30, 2015 3:13 pm

We’ve had an unusually pleasant stretch of mid-winter weather here on the 45th parallel. Three sunny days, moderate winds, and the barometer slightly to the high side of normal. As the sun slowly ascends so that it’s now above the tree tops from 10am until 5 pm we’ve also had an unusual number of racoons, possums, and skunks stirring. Of course we all know that skunks are dim-witted and prone to be hit by passing motorists. With this mild weather might I assume that climate change causes a skunk-like odor?

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
January 30, 2015 7:25 pm

About skunks, I’m not so sure that skunks are dimwitted, or just have poor sight. A friend de- scents and makes pets of the curious little creatures. As house pets, they’re almost pests, as they crave attention and are constantly in your lap, or underfoot, seeking and giving affection. They’re too bothersome to be good pets for someone always busy about the house with work or hobbies, but might be ideal for couch potatoes. A home with pet skunks is insect free, as they are relentless hunters. Oh, they’re also kinda tough and slap my friend’s Yorkies around when they get out of line.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 30, 2015 7:56 pm

Oh, I should have told the skunk story as past history, since my friend raised his last litter of kits, last year. He’d accidentally left one of the little cuties in stock trim, unmodified, which didn’t ultimately go over too big with his wife. Right before her eyes, It opened fire on her wee Yorkie in the living room and didn’t do her any favors, either. She got new carpeting out of the deal and while my friend lived to tell the tale, he had to give away his skunks.

Mark from the Midwest
Reply to  Alan Robertson
January 31, 2015 5:06 am

No, they’re dim-witted. Among small animals they show little in the way of problem solving ability. The only reason they survive is their potent defense mechanism, which doesn’t help them one bit against foxes, raptors, or dogs that haven’t had their hunting instincts bred out. Now if you want to discuss the intelligence of racoons I’ve got a few stories that no one would believe, like how we found the drip-pan from my gas grill 50 yards from the house, jammed between two logs so the fat could be licked-clean. In order to get the drip tray out you need to hold a spring-steel latch down, and pull the tray up at the same time.

Steve P
Reply to  Alan Robertson
February 2, 2015 10:59 am

Alan, thanks for your enjoyable comments. I have to say that the skunk’s bad smell is somewhat over-rated. It is intense and acrid, but not nearly as stomach-turning, imo, as some odors most of us would readily recognize, even in wee, tiny doses. Among my candidates for top stench would be the huge cattle-marshaling yards just south of I-80 in W. Nebraska.
But the opossum is winner, hands down in my view, for the ugliest critter on land. They seem not very bright in some situations, but like the coyote and ‘coon, they are survivors.
Finally, I close with the observation that Lockheed probably didn’t name its advanced developments projects after a dim-witted animal, however that would be measured.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk_Works

Steve P
Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
January 31, 2015 3:08 pm

Mark from the Midwest January 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm & January 31, 2015 at 5:06 am
Stupidity may stink, but just because it stinks doesn’t mean it’s stupid.
Getting run down in the roadway is no real indicator of intelligence among animals. Critters simply do not recognize cars; Ravens and Crows are among the few exceptions to this rule.
Coyote, for example, are not usually considered to be dumb animals, yet I’m sure I’ve seen more dead coyote/coy dogs lying dead alongside the roadway, than I’ve seen dead skunks. I’ve also seen what appeared to be an entire family of raccoon – 4 young, 2 adults – squashed on the highway. As you may know, when the corn ripens in the Midwest, the ‘coons come out at night to feast. In the morning, they toddle back whence they came, sometimes crossing (now) busy highways in process. It’s not a pretty sight.

here’s what owners of pen-bred, de-scented pet skunks have to say:
They speak of an animal who’s very intelligent, willful, stubborn, curious, ornery, friendly, playful and lovable. Their skunks enjoy playing tug-of-war and being chased. They love toys, especially fuzzy ones. They can figure out how to open almost any cabinet door and even refrigerators. They litter box train themselves. They love to investigate in, on, and under everything — sofa cushions, potted plants, drawers. They “steal” towels and clothing to add to their own bed. They don’t claw furniture or chew stuff. They understand and learn to correct their naughty behavior when punished with “time out” banishments to their cage. They get along with other pets and, like them, usually have the run of the house. Some love to swim. They appear to like to please their owners and they like to be cuddled.

http://www.welcomewildlife.com/?folder=pages/urban%20wildlife/mammals/skunk
Of the critters you mentioned, in my experience, I’d pick the opossum as the dumbest, but please read on:

The skull of the Virginia opossum is considered primitive (because it retains many of the cranio-facial features of early fossil therian mammals) and is characterized by a small brain case. The size of the opossum’s brain case has been measured by filling the cranial cavity with dried beans and then counting the number of beans it took to fill the cavity. It was found that if the brain case of an opossum, a raccoon and a house cat were compared using this method, the opossum brain case held 5 dried beans; the cat brain case held 15 dried beans and that of a raccoon held 150 dried beans. Thus, the opossum has one of the smallest brain-to-body size ratios among mammals and it was generally assumed that the larger the brain size to total body ratio the more intelligent the animal is.
[…]
In spite of their apparent primitiveness and small brain size, opossums have a remarkable capacity to find food and remember where it was found. When tested for their ability to remember, opossums scored better than rats, rabbits, dogs, and cats but did not score as well as humans. Opossums can remember the taste of noxious or toxic substances even a year after a single encounter.
Visual discrimination tests have shown that the opossum can learn to discriminate black versus white, different colors, patterns, and geometric forms. Additional studies designed to measure the opossum’s ability to solve maze problems indicate that mature opossums were superior to most species (rats, cats) in maze learning tasks.

http://www.wildliferescuerehab.com/all-about-opossums.html

Alan Robertson
Reply to  Steve P
February 1, 2015 11:18 am

Thanks for the great link, Steve.
A ‘possum lived here at my place for years and grew big and fat. I’d catch him occasionally and pet him, as his soft fur was irresistible and… just because. He would hiss and show teeth, but we never hurt each other. He liked to sit on a low branch near my garden and watch me work, then follow where I’d dug and challenge the Robins for exposed worms and grubs.
A coon that must weigh over 20 lbs has been wintering over in my shop. We are engaged in an arms race over points of entry. A neighbor kid has a large havahart type trap and is enthusiastic about turning him into a coonskin cap, but so far has only snared neighbor cats and the coon is getting fatter from stolen bait. I guess you could say that we’re getting outsmarted by a coon. I wouldn’t really care if it hung around, but raccoons’ reputation for cleanliness is only partially deserved, as he has befouled the shop in places. Must be getting soft, because there was a time when I’d have shot him on sight and been done with it.
An uberlib lady friend had a persistent coon in her attic. She’s quick with anti- gun screeds, but still bought a shotgun to kill the little bandit. Both killing raccoons and in- town firearms discharges are illegal. As she tells it, she waited in the shadows, with a pile of dog food on the deck as bait. As the coon appeared and she took aim, the coon alerted and stood on its hind legs with it’s arms raised above its head. She shot him anyway, but only wounded it, sending it rolling before it escaped. She tried a second shot but jammed the gun, then her natural anti- gun nuttiness reasserted itself. She hid the jammed gun she knows not where, in the house. Her tale was so filled with rationalizations that it would be shocking, were it not so typical of the similar- minded people I know. The men are no different, just quicker to follow their anger with threats, with even the most innocuous questioning of their rants.

January 30, 2015 3:59 pm

I tried to read this, but the first few quotes were so stupid that I couldn’t go on.

Chris D.
January 30, 2015 4:11 pm

There was a post here several years ago about a guy who claimed that global warming was going to make the planet explode. Someone found his page where he was marketing these goofy shirts with some sort of weird patterning on them – fractals or some such. This article is about as loony.

January 30, 2015 4:23 pm

Stupid is as stupid does.

Stephen Skinner
January 30, 2015 4:29 pm

And what about these volcanoes? Krakatoa, Santorini, Vesuvius, Tambora, Mount St. Helens, Pinatuba to name a few. There was such a lot of ice over these bad boys that when it melted all hell was let lose.

Svend Ferdinandsen
January 30, 2015 4:32 pm

It fits. A while ago some one claimed that it was the volcanoes that delayed the global warming, so here is the negative feedback.
It is amazing with all the explanations that points in all directions.

Reply to  Svend Ferdinandsen
January 30, 2015 5:19 pm

Svend, in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. See essay Blowing Smoke in ebook of same name for references. You nailed it. All feedbacks in all directions.

January 30, 2015 4:41 pm

Reblogged this on Head Space and commented:
New science from the media of the absurd

Mike in Chile
January 30, 2015 4:54 pm

Wow! As I read this I’m about 20 miles from Villarrica Volcano in Pucon, Chile….and it has snow on it…and its 23c outside….in January! No wonder I saw all of the Time journalists fleeing town.

Siksikayi
January 30, 2015 5:06 pm

now gentlemen, I think we should applaud Time magazine for taking steps to accommodate the developmentally delayed…

old44
January 30, 2015 5:09 pm

Not even close, last years newsreader linked meteors to global warming, at least volcanoes are terrestrial.

simple-touriste
Reply to  old44
January 30, 2015 7:23 pm

At least 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko “remained outside the global warming”, according to French minister of the environment and former presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal.

C’est extraordinaire ce qui vient de se passer. C’est une prouesse européenne qui vient de se réaliser dans la conquête de l’espace. Nous allons peut-être en savoir plus sur l’origine de la vie humaine car cette comète est restée en dehors du réchauffement climatique, c’est une avancée fondamentale. (…) Les informations que l’on pourra en tirer nous permettront d’agir plus efficacement afin de protéger notre planète commune, car c’est là le but de cette mission.

If you want to check, the interview is here:
http://www.franceinfo.fr/emission/l-interview-politique/2014-2015/segolene-royal-ou-l-art-d-esquiver-les-questions-qui-fachent-13-11-2014-07-45
This is à 5:50.
You cannot make that up.
Google Translate does a really decent work here (trivially edited):

It’s amazing what just happened. This is a European feat that has come true in the conquest of space. We may know more on the origin of human life because this comet remained outside the global warming, this is a fundamental step. (…) The information that we can learn will allow us to work more effectively to protect our shared planet, for that is the goal of this mission.

As a presidential candidate in 2007, she said during a debate that the EPR reactor at Flamanville was a “prototype”, not a real plant (maybe she thought is was an experimental toy for scientists like ITER?).
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1vxnw_l-epr-dans-le-debat-royal-sarkozy_tech
Nicolas Sarkozy was slightly less pathetic during this debate.
She doesn’t have a clue, but she isn’t alone.
Another minister of the environment believed Monsanto added genes to Roundup. (Not RR crops, the herbicide Roundup.)

Jim Francisco
January 30, 2015 5: