What Fresh Hell Is This?

September 20, 2015

The Tribune-Review Editorial Board Flubs Its Climate Research. Again.

From today's Trib:
"Global warming” is getting so bad that weather forecasters say Great Britain is facing its most savage winter in 50 years, reports the Daily Express. Months of heavy snow and bitter Arctic winds are “set to bring the country to a total standstill,” the newspaper says. And the mayhem could strike as soon as next month. Historically low solar activity is blamed. Cold facts are a stubborn thing for climate alarmists. [Bolding in Original]
Setting aside the fact that localized weather patterns (in this case winter in the UK) doesn't have much to do with overall global climate trends, let's take a closer look at the weather situation being described here.  As the braintrust utterly fails to offer up any sort of factual data to support the prediction of a cold colder winter in the UK, where can we go get it?

Perhaps maybe we should look at the Daily Express reporting the braintrust quotes.  Is it there?

Indeed it is:
Scientists say part of the problem could be due to the melting Greenland ice cap allowing huge volumes of fresh water to flood into the North Atlantic.

Fresh water floats on top of the ocean saltwater hindering the normal currents which are driven by a constant sinking of cold water to the ocean bed.

This has slowed down the pace at which the Gulf Stream channels warm water from the Caribbean, up the coast of the US, and to north Europe.

Professor Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, said it has slowed by between 15 and 20 per cent.

This has resulted in cooling equivalent to switching off a million power stations with possible catastrophic effects this winter.
Huh - so according to the source cited by the Trib braintrust, part of the problem is that Greenland's ice cap is melting and pouring lots of fresh water into the ocean and that, in turn, messes with the Gulf Stream that helps keep the UK temperate and without that temperature temperance, the UK will get colder this winter.

But why do you think Greenland's ice cap is melting?

Could it be because the planet on the whole is getting warmer?

The Washington Post, by the way, reported on Professor Rahmstorf's research back in March.  Part of that reporting included this paragraph:
Rahmstorf points to a recent release by the National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, finding that the winter of December 2014 through February 2015 was the warmest on record for the globe as a whole. However, there were several anomalies — not just a cold winter for the eastern U.S., but also record cold temperatures in the middle of the North Atlantic.  [Link and italics in original]
What the Tribune-Review editorial board is describing as evidence against climate change is actually part of the evidence supporting climate science.

They're just too intentionally myopic to see the mistake they've made.


Zeus0209 said...

When facing our indiscretions in college, we always touted "admit nothing, deny everything, and counter-accuse!". It was childish humor in a "tee-hee" kind of way back then.

Jim Moore said...

Another excellent take-down. Keep banging that drum!

BTW, just caught wind of this, in case you've missed it.