Climate Reason - The Little Ice Age Thermometers
A study of Climatic Variability from 1660-2009
Links to Other Websites
1) This site is from Professor Ole Humlum; Professor of Physical Geography at the Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, since 2003; Adjunct Professor of Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), since 2003.
It provides much historic background to climate change events, many of which have greatly affected human civilisation since recorded times and destroyed great civilisations. It also includes invaluable information on oceans, polar, clouds, volcanoes and has an easy to use graphic enabling Giss temperatures back to 1880 to be easily accessed. Central England Temperatures (the oldest in the world) are a subject of particular interest to researchers and I would like to highlight the graphical seasonal records from Professor Humlum’s web site:
2) This information - shown in a slightly different format - is also carried by this New Zealand web site when comparing 18th and 20th century CET
3) Another excellent Norwegian site which contains a great breadth of material.
"Temperature development on earth the last 250 years at over 1100 selected locations worldwide. CO2 emissions since 1950 for 150 countries. Ice data time series for harbours, rivers and lakes on three continents."
The individual temperature stations are structured to permit the automatic insertion of regression lines covering any period.
4) Several of the articles mentioned here have the following site as their source. The information about the MWP is particularly good, although not always easy to interpret. It also contains a great deal of other climate related information.
5) John Daly died in 2004, yet his web site remains popular as people discover his peerless collection of climate related articles, links, temperature records and much more besides.
6) An 'unprecedented rise in modern temperatures is matched by an unprecedented rise in Co2 levels'. The first proposition is demonstrably false. The second part much more contentious than the IPCC would want to admit. They suppressed over 200,000 records of historic co2 readings made by a host of eminent scientists since 1830, showing that Co2 levels then were as high as today. Having read and researched the material and corresponded with Ernst Beck, I think his conclusions are essentially correct.
The Green Corner
1) Whatever your feelings on the official views of climate change, you don’t have to be a politically motivated greenie to believe that protecting the environment is important. I 'own' one acre of rain forest-one of some 120,000 acres saved from deforestation. If you can get past the rather preachy tone, this web site enables you to contribute.
2) Whilst not believing that co2 will cause runaway warming and that carbon should remain an important mainstay of our energy requirements for years to come, there are nevertheless compelling reasons to look for cost effective alternatives, not least to secure cheap and reliable energy security. Regrettably, wind farms have received most of the attention, and certainly in the UK risk spoiling some of our finest landscapes. This link provdes a useful primer of the varioius alternatives, although having written an article on generating energy from waves many of the methods described are either unacceptable to many (nuclear) or in their infancy (such as wave power)
3) World population has doubled to 6 billion over the last forty years and is expected to reach 9 billion in 20 years. Space and population pressures are evident in many European countries such as the UK and Holland, yet population growth remains the Elephant in the room. Developed countries tend to have smaller, wealthier, healthier families, and assisting less developed countries to achieve that stage is a worthwhile goal for all concerned. Realistically, that will involve the use of cheap carbon to assist third world development and equally realistically most western citizens have no intention of donning hair shirts and transferring wealth wholseale. This UN initiative appears to take a more pragmatic approach than that followed by their colleagues at the IPCC.