“Losing Earth”… Bad SciFi at its best! And a preview of the Green New Deal

Guest smack-down by David Middleton Funny thing… The writing of this post was disrupted by a preview of the Green New Deal in Dallas over the past 5 days… More on this later. Losing Earth: A Recent History is a bad science fiction novel by Nathaniel Rich of The New York Times. It’s apparently an…

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Holocene Highstand

The Holocene Sea Level Highstand

Guest geological note by David Middleton Most skeptics are familiar with the Warmunist efforts to erase the Medieval Warm Period and Little Ice Age. However, many skeptics may not be aware of efforts to erase another paleoclimatological feature: The Holocene Highstand. What is a highstand? A highstand is one phase of the sea level cycle…

Middle Miocene Volcanism, Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change

Guest geology lesson by David Middleton What’s wrong with the following paragraph? In Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous times, Gondwana was split apart, and as rift volcanism and sea-floor spreading developed, ocean temperatures rose and ocean waters were enriched with nutrient elements from volcanic outpourings (along mid-ocean ridges and continental margins or island arcs). Oxygen-isotope analyses of…

Divestment Goes Full-Billy Madison

Guest ridiculing by David Middleton This post employs Billy Madison as a euphemism. Fossil fuel divestment is, by definition, Billy Madisoned. It is a concerted effort hold back or slow down fossil fuel production by cutting off access to capital. Fossil fuel divestment is “a really futile and stupid gesture”. An investment can only be…

Birth of an underwater volcano: “This thing was built from zero in 6 months!”… Which is a lot less than 12 years

Guest geological observation by David Middleton From the American Association for the Advancement of SCIENCE! of America… Ship spies largest underwater eruption everBy Roland PeaseMay. 21, 2019 , 1:20 PM Last week, Marc Chaussidon, director of the Institute of Geophysics in Paris (IPGP), looked at seafloor maps from a recently concluded mission and saw a…

Stanford Researchers: Save the climate by turning methane into carbon dioxide!!!

Guest no schist Sherlock by David Middleton Stanford News Service MAY 20, 2019Stanford researchers outline vision for profitable climate change solution A seemingly counterintuitive approach – converting one greenhouse gas into another – holds promise for returning the atmosphere to pre-industrial concentrations of methane, a powerful driver of global warming. BY ROB JORDAN Stanford Woods…

140 Years to a PETM-Style Doomsday!!! Another PETM/Chicken Little of the Sea Epic Fail

Guest geology lesson by David Middleton PETM = Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum Research ArticleTemporal Scaling of Carbon Emission and Accumulation Rates: Modern Anthropogenic Emissions Compared to Estimates of PETM Onset Accumulation Philip D. GingerichFirst published: 30 January 2019 […] Plain Language Summary The Paleocene‐Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) is a global greenhouse warming event that happened 56…

Chinese Lunar Rover May Have Identified Mantle Exposure

Guest geological note by David Middleton Chang’e-4: Chinese rover ‘confirms’ Moon crater theoryBy Paul RinconScience editor, BBC News website 15 May 2019 The Chinese Chang’e-4 rover may have confirmed a longstanding idea about the origin of a vast crater on the Moon’s far side. The rover’s landing site lies within a vast impact depression created…

Fossil Fuel Fake Subsidies Top $5 Trillion in 2017

Guest slam dunk by David Middleton From the ever unreliable Nick Cunningham at Oil Price Dot Com… Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Hit $5.2 TrillionBy Nick Cunningham – May 12, 2019 The world spent a staggering $4.7 trillion and $5.2 trillion on fossil fuel subsidies in 2015 and 2017, respectively, according to a new report from the International Monetary Fund.…