Climate scientist goes off the rails: ‘climate change is like an asteroid strike’

From the “send the men in the white coats” department. It seems that this already alarmist climate scientist has gone off the rails and sees climate change as an ELE (extinction level event). In an online article titled Climate Change Like An Asteroid Strike appearing in Germany’s national daily Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), journalist Alex Rühle reports on the outgoing director of Germany’s…

CNN: Government shutdown increases risk of undetected asteroid impacts! Scientists brace for impact!!!

Guest ridicule by David Middleton Update: “Scientists in the United States are bracing for impact”!!! This is what happens when Trump Derangement Syndrome is combined with hallucinogenic drugs … CNN: Undetected Asteroids Could Threaten Earth During Government Shutdown – Breitbart by KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ 21 Jan 2018 Two CNN correspondents claimed during an episode of The…

Ancient asteroid collision put Earth in the freezer

From AGU: Dinosaur-killing asteroid impact may have cooled Earth’s climate more than previously thought WASHINGTON D.C. — The Chicxulub asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs likely released far more climate-altering sulfur gas into the atmosphere than originally thought, according to new research. A new study makes a more refined estimate of how much sulfur and…

NASA discovers ancient ocean on Asteroid Ceres

Via the AGU: WASHINGTON D.C. — Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global ocean in the past. What became of that ocean? Could Ceres still have liquid today? Two new studies from NASA’s Dawn mission shed light on these questions. In one study, the Dawn team…

Asteroid to buzz Earth this week

Four years ago, a house-sized asteroid tore through the atmosphere over Chelyabinsk, Russia, and exploded.  Shock waves shattered windows and knocked down onlookers as fragments of the disintegrating space rock peppered the Ural countryside. This week an asteroid about the same size is approaching Earth. It will not hit our planet, but it’s coming very…

Gigantic asteroid near miss coming this Thursday

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Express reports that a colossal one mile wide asteroid will brush past the Earth this Thursday, with a closest approach of 3 million kilometres – far too close for comfort, with a rock that big. According to The Express; The gigantic missile thought to measure almost a mile across…

Bigger problems than global warming – NASA discovers 8 new dangerous near Earth asteroids

Guest essay by Eric Worrall- In 2013, NASA decided to take time out from creating spectacularly useless climate models, and reactivated their Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer programme. The result is moderately terrifying – 8 previously unknown near Earth asteroids with catastrophic impact potential have been discovered, along with a host of smaller bodies which…

NASA wants to lasso an asteroid

PASADENA (JPL) – NASA is on the hunt for an asteroid to capture with a robotic spacecraft, redirect to a stable orbit around the moon, and send astronauts to study in the 2020s — all on the agency’s human Path to Mars. Agency officials announced on Thursday, June 19, recent progress to identify candidate asteroids…

Asteroid Diversity Points to a ‘Snow Globe’ Solar System

As of today, there are currently 1453 known potentially hazardous asteroids that could impact Earth and cause a real planetary catastrophe. Given the new diverse “snow globe” model of our solar system in relation to asteroids, how may more don’t we know about? It only takes one. Of more pragmatic interest, this new paper suggests…

Asteroid blows past Earth in near miss

From ChicoEr.com Flying close enough to Earth that in astronomic terms one could feel the breeze as it passed, a small asteroid flashed by just after midnight today. NASA reported the space rock, with the unimaginative name of 2012 KT42, was just 8,700 miles above the atmosphere when it went by. While the asteroid’s approach…

Asteroid near miss – the movie

There’s no danger that the asteroid will strike Earth, but Sky and Telescope reports that if it did, it would “deliver a kinetic-energy punch equivalent to several thousand megatons of TNT … the kind of potential threat that outer-space sentries lose sleep over.” PASADENA, Calif. — Scientists working with the 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network…

Oil company geologist helps find new asteroid crater

From Australian National University Sciencewise Magazine A big impact on climate: Examining a new asteroid crater found in the Timor Sea As new land-based oil deposits become increasingly scarce, oil companies have turned to the seabed in search of new reserves. The drilling and seismic surveying often find oil, but occasionally they turn up something…

Close call – Asteroid near miss for Earth yesterday

From NASA’s Spaceweather.com and NASA JPL Twitter feed. It only takes one missed space rock to ruin your day. On Friday November 6th at 2132 UT (16:32/ 4:32PM EST) asteroid 2009 VA barely missed Earth when it flew just 14,000 km above the planet’s surface. For comparison, Earth’s diameter is 12,756.1 km. That near miss…

Asteroid explosion over Indonesia

From NASA’s Spaceweather.com INDONESIAN ASTEROID: Picture this: A 10-meter wide asteroid hits Earth and explodes in the atmosphere with the energy of a small atomic bomb. Frightened by thunderous sounds and shaking walls, people rush out of their homes, thinking that an earthquake is in progress. All they see is a twisting trail of debris…

Sudan hit by Apollo Asteroid

Posted by Dee Norris A recently discovered Apollo Asteroid, 2008 TC3, exploded over Sudan at about 1046 EDT on October 7, 2008. 2008 TC3 was discovered on Monday by an observer at the Mt Lemmon Observatory near Tucson, Arizona. 2008 TC3 is notable in that it is the first Asteroid of its size that was…

Uniformitarian Impact Craters, Part Deux: Carolina Bays Edition

Alternate title:  Carolina Bays are as antithetical to impact craters as any dents in the ground possibly could be. Guest essay by David Middleton Introduction In my previous essay, we discussed the differences between uniformitarian geology and drawing cartoons on Google Earth images.  Several commentators brought up the “Carolina Bays” in defense of crater hunter…

Uniformitarian Impact Craters… “Same as it ever was.”

Guest essay by David Middleton Over the past few years (2010-2018), WUWT has featured at least 14 posts on the possibility that the Younger Dryas stadial could have been triggered by an impact event.  It’s an interesting debate… Proponents of a Younger Dryas impact event have been able to put forward some interesting evidence; however…

NASA Gavin Schmidt Searching For the Silurians

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Would it be possible to distinguish the fall of a pre-human civilisation destroyed by industrial CO2, from a natural climate upheaval? A New Study Suggests There Could Have Been Intelligent Life on Earth Before Humans Looking for aliens across deep space is great, but have we looked hard enough in…

Essay: On the Abandonment of Logic

Guest essay by Andi Cockroft As I have outlined several times here, I am no scientist, despite having studied at University. But by far and away the vast quantity of learning has been obtained during life’s journey – both good and bad. All contribute to a depth of knowledge impossible to achieve through any 3…

A new paper about hurricanes shatters the narrative

By Larry Kummer. From the Fabius Maximus website. Summary: A new paper provides new information about hurricanes, one of the top natural disaster threats. It shatters the media’s narrative and illustrates how science works in the real world. Real science in action! Science shapes our world, revealing secrets of nature that allow humanity to build…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #301

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President, Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) Skepticism: In an essay titled “Be Skeptical of Those Who Treat Science as an Ideology” appearing in the Wall Street Journal, Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann discusses the difference between anti-science and skepticism,…

Elon Musk’s Latest Corporate Welfare Effort?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall If the “Fire and Fury” Musk excerpt is true, Elon Musk appears to be rapidly adapting to the spending priorities of the Trump era – downplaying his climate ventures, advancing proposals for himself to be at the helm of the Trump push for exploration missions to other planets. But in…

2017: Year of the Climate Movie Flop

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Washington Times reporter Christian Toto points out the remarkable failure of a whole series of Hollywood climate disaster movies – and the cognitive dissonance of producers and critics who keep pushing out movies nobody wants to watch. Hollywood tries to save the Earth, but moviegoers aren’t buying eco-messages anymore Christian…

Moss Piglets: First Interstellar Travelers?

Guest post by David Middleton People are gearing up to spread life from our solar system out into the cosmos. But the first life-forms to make that journey won’t be human beings, or even critters most folks would recognize. Instead, scientists plan to send tiny, chubby, pinch-faced tardigrades on the first living journey out past the Oort…

Monday Mirthiness – ‘Russia caused Climategate’

Lol, this is hilarious! Asteroid expert and self-appointed super-sleuth Mark Boslough has it all figured out (on Twitter no less). It was the Russians wot dun it! Just like his ilk finds the effects of “climate change” under every rock and behind every tree, and no longer content to blame Exxon-Moblie, Boslogh has used his…

Ancient Pacific Northwest eruption, blocked out sun, cooled planet

WSU researchers document one of planet’s largest volcanic eruptions Gases from Inland Northwest blocked out sun, cooling planet From WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have determined that the Pacific Northwest was home to one of the Earth’s largest known volcanic eruptions, a millennia-long spewing of sulfuric gas that blocked out…

Study: Early Earth gobbled up mini-planets to grow

The volatile processes that shaped the Earth Oxford University scientists have shed new light on how the Earth was first formed. Based on observations of newly-forming stars, scientists know that the solar system began as a disc of dust and gas surrounding the centrally-growing sun. The gas condensed to solids which accumulated into larger rocky…

Strange ‘ring comet’ discovered by Hubble telescope

Hubble discovers a unique type of object in the solar system From the ESA/HUBBLE INFORMATION CENTRE With the help of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, a German-led group of astronomers have observed the intriguing characteristics of an unusual type of object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: two asteroids orbiting each other and…

Weekly Climate and Energy News Roundup #283

Brought to You by SEPP (www.SEPP.org) The Science and Environmental Policy Project THIS WEEK: By Ken Haapala, President Hurricane Irma – Resilience Needed: Last week’s TWTW discussed Hurricane Harvey, which ended a lull of almost 12 years without a major hurricane making landfall in the US. A major Hurricane being defined as category 3, or above, on…