We still Have a Chance? Norwegian Climate Doomsday Authors Issue a “Clarification”

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Guest essay by Eric Worrall

A few days ago WUWT reported on a Norwegian “past the point of no return” global warming paper whose outlook was so pessimistic even climate alarmists were upset.

The authors now appear to have responded to academic pressure, and have publicly accepted that it is never too late to pay the penalty for our climate sins by taking expensive remedial action.

NEWS RELEASE 12-NOV-2020

Climate change: Ending greenhouse gas emissions may not stop global warming

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Please note that this press release was updated to provide clarity on the model used in this study. The changes are highlighted in bold.

Even if human-induced greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced to zero, global temperatures may continue to rise for centuries afterwards, according to a reduced complexity model of the global climate between 1850 and 2500 published in Scientific ReportsThe authors encourage other researchers to explore their results using alternative models.

Jorgen Randers and Ulrich Goluke used a reduced complexity earth system model to studythe effect of different greenhouse gas emission reductions on changes in the global climate from 1850 to 2500 and created projections of global temperature and sea level rises.

The modelling suggests that under conditions where anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions peak during the 2030s and decline to zero by 2100, global temperatures will be 3°C warmer and sea levels 3 metres higher by 2500 than they were in 1850. Under conditions where all anthropogenic greenhouse-gas emissions are reduced to zero during the year 2020 the authors estimate that, after an initial decline, global temperatures will still be around 3°C warmer and sea levels will rise by around 2.5 metres by 2500, compared to 1850. The authors suggest that global temperatures could continue to increase after anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have reduced, as continued melting of Arctic ice and carbon-containing permafrost may increase the greenhouse gases’ water vapour, methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Melting of Arctic ice and permafrost would also reduce the area of ice reflecting heat and light from the sun.

To prevent the projected temperature and sea level rises, the authors suggest that all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions would have had to be reduced to zero between 1960 and 1970. To prevent global temperature and sea level rises after greenhouse gas emissions have ceased, and to limit the potentially catastrophic impacts of this on Earth’s ecosystems and human society, at least 33 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide would need to be removed from the atmosphere each year from 2020 onwards through carbon capture and storage methods, according to the authors.

###Article details

An earth system model shows self-sustained melting of permafrost even if all man-made GHG emissions stop in 2020

DOI:

10.1038/s41598-020-75481-z

Corresponding Author:

Jorgen Randers 
BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, Norway 
Email: jorgen.randers@bi.no

Please link to the article in online versions of your report (the URL will go live after the embargo ends): https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-020-75481-z

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Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-11/sr-cce110520.php

This clarification follows a well trodden climate doomsday pattern, in which no matter how scary the climate prediction, we always have a last chance to provide taxpayer funding for climate research or climate remedial action. Lots of last chances.

96 thoughts on “We still Have a Chance? Norwegian Climate Doomsday Authors Issue a “Clarification”

    • Now it seems that they have changed their minds and we can now get indulgences by paying lots of cash to researchers and their friends.

    • On your way then, you lawmen,
      The time will be soon,
      When there’s blood upon the sawdust
      In the Last Chance Saloon.
      It’s your last chance of boozing,
      Where there’s no-one to mind.
      It’s your last chance of losing
      And the first place you’ll find.
      Four days ride from the station
      And you’re leaving at noon
      And your one consolation
      Is the Last Chance Saloon

      — from the Ballad of the Last Chance Saloon

  1. The alarmists like to talk about tipping points. If there is such a thing, how did the climate get tipped back to where is is?

        • My point is that the alleged ‘tipping point’ is actually a shortsighted snapshot of a long cyclical process where the motion changes direction. And the IPCC is nothing if not shortsighted. Deliberately so.

          • The UN Globalists established and continue funding the IPCC for the purpose of finding an adverse link between man the environment. Why should anyone be surprised that they keep delivering to the Globalists what they paid for.

            If we want to solve for Climate Change or allow me to say again: “Catastrophic Global Warm…aahhh we really meant climate change all along and while we are at it we have now determined that you can conflate weather with climate so that we can hysterically hype hurricanes, tornadoes and ingrown toenails with man burning fossil fuel”

            So if you really want to solve this so called problem, then disband the IPCC which serves no useful purpose and While we are at it lets send the bureaucrats back to their respective hovels, disband the UN and turn the building into affordable housing.

    • And it’s ironic – most warmists are atheists – yet they play the same old Catholic guilt game – just painted over with dayglo green – or perhaps Commie-red, would be a better description – even the friggin’ Pope.

      • I have commented before, but it has been a while.

        All of this parallels my belief system, Judeo-Christianity. All of the Commie World View.

        The nature of the problem: our inherent selfishness.
        The solution: admit your sinful nature, and repent.

        Or, face the consequences. Paralleling the Book of Revelation. It is all the same. Plagues, unbearable heat, cataclysms of all sorts. The one thing they are calling for that is not a copy of Revelation is the Flooding. In Genesis 9, God promises that He will never again flood the planet. Thus far, promise kept. 4,000 years and counting.

        but Al Gore, who dropped out of Divinity School to preach a dfiferent Gospel, does believe another Flood is coming. [He is getting in his beach time before it does.]

    • Dementia Joe is now claiming there’s possibly going to be another 200,000 COVID deaths in the US by January 20th.

      Only if Govs Cuomo (NY), Newsom (CA), Whitmer (MI), and Murphy (NJ) give him an assist by ordering COVID+ patients to be placed in nursing homes … again. Even then he’d still be way short.

      I wonder how long the media is going to keep covering-up Dementia Joe’s clear cognitive problems? Till about March is my guess.

        • Mark,
          He was confusing dead people with additional voter numbers, being spirited in to the ballot, an easy mistake to make if you are a Dem official….

          • True. After all the Dems have build the most “extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in history” according to old Joe.

      • How long will the media keep covering it up?
        Certainly until he is inaugurated, if the courts uphold the current reported election result. After that he is on his own. He will be in post only long enough to allow the procedural process to take place where he is removed by his own team, due to ill health and replaced by Kamala Harris.

  2. They say a boat is a hole in the water that you throw money into.
    Co2 is a hole in the earth that you throw everyone’s money into.

  3. I used to review papers before the the Anthropocene, sometimes in subjects to varying degrees unfamiliar. I wondered about this, especially about the use of the word “Sadly…” and also why they didn’t suggest other explorations.

    “It is, of course, simple to come up with parameter changes that remove the self-sustained melting of the permafrost—especially if those changes are made in what we already know are the most sensitive parts of ESCIMO, namely the equations that describe water vapour, albedo and clouds…..We encourage other model builders to explore these conclusions in their models, and report on their findings.”

  4. The modelling suggests that under conditions where anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions peak during the 2030s and decline to zero by 2100, global temperatures will be 3°C warmer and sea levels 3 metres higher by 2500 than they were in 1850.

    That comes to 4.6 mm/yr

    NOAA Tells us average global sea level rise rate is 1.7-1.8 mm/yr. LINK

    There isn’t any evidence that rates acceleration to 4.6 mm/yr any time soon. Any realistic evaluation of acceleration turns up about 0.01 mm/yr².

    Jorgen Randers and Ulrich Goluke have no empirical data to back up their claim.

    • MarkW
      Well said sir. I was trying to find an equally pithy phrase, but your fifteen word demolition is better than anything I could imagine.

      As an aside, does anyone know whether the paper was peer-reviewed prior to publication?

    • Interesting to see the personal bias of some in the Climate Science debate, no-one picked up the statement from Prof Katherine Hayhoe

      once you smoke one pack of cigarettes, you’re technically past the point of no return in terms of zero lung damage

      Like to see the science for that claim and how she measured it.

      I think we all get the know smoking is bad for your lungs but the concept that a single pack damages your lungs that is a new extreme for a scientist.

      • Even one cigarette damages your lungs.
        The question then becomes how much (very little) and how quickly the lungs recover (very quickly).

      • once you give credence to anything that Kathryn Hayhoe says, references, thinks, or agrees with, you’re technically past the point of no return in terms of zero brain damage

      • LdB, technically her comment is correct. Just one cigarette (let alone one pack) causes damage. It’s just that the damage is so minimal (and the human bodies recuperative abilities so good) that it’s not even worth worrying about. It’s when one cigarette is followed by another and another and so on over a life time that the minimal damage accumulates beyond what the human body can reliably repair.

  5. I volunteer my GoFundMe account to receive this “expensive remedial action”. And the results will be just as good as if it were spent anywhere else!

    Honest!

  6. “never too late to pay the penalty for our climate sins by taking expensive remedial action”

    You forgot notional, irrational, unproven, and delusional as adjectives for remedial action.

    “A delusion is a fixed belief that is not amenable to change in light of conflicting evidence.”

    • Patrick MJD, me living in Norway maybe having a closer insight in the situation, there are political partjes and all kind of ngo’s that are happy to throw the country as a lemming over the cliff, thinking the new pillars will be windmills at sea and seafood in all kind of variaties. Electric cars have been heavily subsidized the last ten years or so and the end is still not nigh. And not to forget CO2 storage in empty oil fields. Norway will lead and save the world in their not so humble opinions. On the other hand rumour has it that Norway has the largest percentage of climate sceptics under the population in the world, around 65%. Outside the Oslo bubble folk are quite down to Darth.

        • “On the other hand rumour has it that Norway has the largest percentage of climate sceptics under the population in the world, around 65%.”

          Cite source?

          • Um, Kevin, are you having reading comprehension issues? He did site his source: “rumour has it”. Spelling differences aside, do you need me to post the definition of what rumor/”rumour” means?

  7. From the article: “Even if human-induced greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced to zero, global temperatures may continue to rise for centuries afterwards”

    Isn’t this based on the authors’ claim that CO2, once put into the Earth’s atmosphere, will stay there for hundreds of years?

    Some estimates say CO2 only stays in the Earth’s atmoshpere for about seven years. If that were the case, it would blow up their theory.

    • Although anthropogenic methane may be flammable (and we are all emitters), CO2 has yet to blow anything up.

      • Wrong! I’ve heard about blown up Paintball co2 tanks and surely there’s other things blown up too. We just have to accumulate a bit more to get this planet blown up..

  8. If it’s already too late to act then people might choose to “eat, drink and live normally” (and keep their cash and freedoms).

  9. What about CO2 being saturated, unable to take in significantly more infra red, so unable to give more heating? Geoff S

    • Happer and Wijngaarden find the bulk of the CO2 and H2O bands are saturated Geoff. But once again the wings are not.

      They calculated that doubling CO2 will still bring about 2 C of warming. But again, the rest of the climate is still ceteris paribus.

    • As long as the bands aren’t completely saturated, then there is room for more CO2 to have an impact. Not much of an impact, but not mathematically zero either.

  10. The usual gloom-and-doomist narrative about the Arctic, but not a word about the Antarctic.

    Not a word about the logarithmic physics of CO2 or how close we are to the saturation point.

    Not a word about the paleoclimate ice core studies that show CO2 changes trailing temperature changes.

    Not a word about how the models do not jive with what the UAH satellite says has been going on for the last 40 years.

    Not a word about any of the natural drivers of climate. I guess that they don’t exist.

    Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera…..

    Anyone that tries telling me that climate science isn’t hopelessly corrupted by politics, money and eco-activism is living in a fantasy world. I am part owner of the Brooklyn Bridge in NY, and I’ll sell it to you real cheap. $$$$$$$

    Money does indeed make the world go round….

    • Not a word about…spurious nonsense. Let’s just dismantle one of them for you, again.

      “Not a word about the logarithmic physics of CO2 or how close we are to the saturation point.”

      Come on CD, that red-herring was landed only two or three days ago for you. Have you already forgotten? Stop repeating it as if it means anything, it just isn’t true.

      See Roy’s point #5, again…
      https://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/04/skeptical-arguments-that-dont-hold-water/

      Six years later and you’re still mindlessly trotting it out? The rest of your talking points fall into exactly the same category: endlessly repeated, zombie myths, red-herrings and disinformation. Please, don’t make me brandish the ‘playing chess with pidgeons’ quote.

  11. A graph of typical top-of-atmosphere radiation flux (remote from the poles) is at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1k9OpSeNkiavyKjxzgU22i33m_QHNiUt3 It shows a dip centered on the CO2 wavenumber band. The energy from the dip got shared with the much more numerous water vapor molecules. The WV molecules, particularly in the wavenumber range 500 to 600/cm and altitude range 2 to 6 km, can radiate part of it directly to space. WV below the tropopause can radiate to space because of the huge 1200 to 1 average molecule population gradient from surface to tropopause. The spike at wavenumber 667 is from CO2 in the stratosphere where more CO2 results in more cooling.

  12. What is a “reduced complexity model” and why is it better at predicting 500 years in the future than the IPCC models which have overpredicted temp increases by 300% on average (0.9 C vs 0.3 C measured in the troposphere in the tropics) over the past 40 years. I’ll believe Nostradamus’ predictions from 500 years ago before these models.

  13. This is actually very humourous.

    A guy in Norway, a country close to the north pole where the human survival challenge for thousands of years has been trying to survive the cold, now realises with 3 degrees of warming in a frozen landscape, that all is not doomed. Give that man a medal and a T shirt. He can wear the medal now, but the T shirt will still only come out when he travels south for his holidays.

    • That Russians aren’t burning as much coal as economically possible (and selling electricity to China) is an argument against AGW. Siberia with Nebraska’s climate would be a big win for them (unless China rolled in on electric tanks).

  14. Even true believers have found this paper over the top. A commentary on YouTube showed a tweet from such a person saying we should look to the likes of @MikeEMann for more realism. You don’t see that kind of comment every day 🙂

    • Image how terrible your paper must to be for someone to think the likes of Mann is more realistic. No wonder they’re walking it back!

  15. Lots of last chances.

    It’s a new Last Chance, you see. A Last Chance to avoid climate doom. I must say, I still get very excited about it all. I know we have them rather often now, but that’s because of the Climate Alarmists’ great goodness, you see.

    With apologies to Douglas Adams and Doctor Who’s the Pirate Planet

  16. This clarification follows a well trodden climate doomsday pattern, in which no matter how scary the climate prediction, we always have a last chance to provide taxpayer funding for climate research or climate remedial action. Lots of last chances.

    That reminds me of the crass chat-up line that was ridiculed in season 2 of “The Good Place”:

    “time’s running out and I’m the only choice you’ve got”

  17. Reduced complexity… meaning that they might actually just be seeing natural processes leading to sea level rise since 1850, and it’s inevitable?

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