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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #106 on: August 28, 2014, 07:31:49 pm »
I've been thinking some strange Fibonacci thoughts about the retreating North pole ice cap.   :(

You see, a lot of things follow Fibonacci sequences in nature. But it's not just numbers and patterns in leaves and whatnot. It works on physical cause and effect thermodynamic phenomenon in a non-fractal way. For example, when you flush a toilet, the low pressure area that forms and starts the water swirling n a counterclockwise fashion (in the northern hemisphere) is nearly perfect Fibonacci sequence. The outer edges are relatively flat and the center is a deep tight spiral. Suppose the positive feedback mechanism on the ice cap shrinkage AND the temperature rise on our planet turns out to be a Fibonacci sequence?  :o It will catch all the scientists and math models flat footed because of the nearly exponential nature of the acceleration!

I've been developing a theory to explain why the models have been so wrong (too modest) in predicting the velocity of shrinkage as well as the increase rate of shrinkage of the floating ice.

I'm just thinking out loud but here is a 3D drawing of a Fibonacci spiral I recently drew:

I'm still plugging in some numbers but if I find a correlation between a the Fibonacci sequence and ice reduction, we are WAY PAST Thelma and Louise's cliff.   


The flat trajectory  of the car above is about to go exponentially DOWN in a close approximation of a Fibonacci sequence reduction.  :P
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« Reply #107 on: August 30, 2014, 03:28:26 pm »
Leonardo DiCaprio Narrates Climate Change Films Urging Shift From Fossil Fuels to Renewables

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Production company Tree Media, whose mission is to inspire positive social action, has just released the first of four films in the Green World Rising series focusing on solutions to the climate crisis.
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Leonardo DiCaprio is the voice of a series of short films exploring what we can do to protect our Earth.

The eight-minute film, CARBON, narrated by actor and dedicated environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio, was created with support from the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and in collaboration with Thom Hartmann. The film’s goal is to draw attention to how some governments are already putting a price on carbon through carbon taxes and carbon trading to encourage polluters to shift from dirty energy sources to renewables prior to the UN Climate Summit in New York on Sep. 23. All four films will be released in the next month leading up to the summit.

“97% of climate scientists agree: climate change is happening now—and humans are responsible,”
said DiCaprio. We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon—now.”

“We need serious action to address the most pressing issue of our time,” said Hartmann. “Communities across the world have taken action in the most direct and effective way possible by taxing and trading carbon. For us to beat this crisis, many more need to join.”

The film explains what a carbon tax and carbon trading are, how they can help us stop “using the atmosphere as a sewer,” as Joseph Romm of the Center for American Progress says in the film, and what ordinary people can do to push elected officials to act.

You can watch the film here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP-Twj2lzB8&feature=player_embedded

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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #108 on: August 31, 2014, 01:06:57 am »


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« Reply #111 on: September 03, 2014, 02:22:50 pm »
Found this article today while floating around the web for news articles, and Monbiot describes a phenomenon that has been very much on my mind lately. Has it been on anyone else's?


Sick of this market-driven world? You should be
The self-serving con of neoliberalism is that it has eroded the human values the market was supposed to emancipate


George Monbiot
The Guardian, Tuesday 5 August 2014

[float=left][/float] To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. This column is for those who feel at odds with life. It calls on you not to be ashamed.

I was prompted to write it by a remarkable book, just published in English, by a Belgian professor of psychoanalysis, Paul Verhaeghe. What About Me? The Struggle for Identity in a Market-Based Society is one of those books that, by making connections between apparently distinct phenomena, permits sudden new insights into what is happening to us and why.

We are social animals, Verhaeghe argues, and our identities are shaped by the norms and values we absorb from other people. Every society defines and shapes its own normality – and its own abnormality – according to dominant narratives, and seeks either to make people comply or to exclude them if they don’t.

Today the dominant narrative is that of market fundamentalism, widely known in Europe as neoliberalism. The story it tells is that the market can resolve almost all social, economic and political problems. The less the state regulates and taxes us, the better off we will be. Public services should be privatised, public spending should be cut, and business should be freed from social control. In countries such as the UK and the US, this story has shaped our norms and values for around 35 years: since Thatcher and Reagan came to power. It is rapidly colonising the rest of the world.

Verhaeghe points out that neoliberalism draws on the ancient Greek idea that our ethics are innate (and governed by a state of nature it calls the market) and on the Christian idea that humankind is inherently selfish and acquisitive. Rather than seeking to suppress these characteristics, neoliberalism celebrates them: it claims that unrestricted competition, driven by self-interest, leads to innovation and economic growth, enhancing the welfare of all.

At the heart of this story is the notion of merit. Untrammelled competition rewards people who have talent, work hard, and innovate. It breaks down hierarchies and creates a world of opportunity and mobility.

The reality is rather different. Even at the beginning of the process, when markets are first deregulated, we do not start with equal opportunities. Some people are a long way down the track before the starting gun is fired. This is how the Russian oligarchs managed to acquire such wealth when the Soviet Union broke up. They weren’t, on the whole, the most talented, hardworking or innovative people, but those with the fewest scruples, the most thugs, and the best contacts – often in the KGB.

Even when outcomes are based on talent and hard work, they don’t stay that way for long. Once the first generation of liberated entrepreneurs has made its money, the initial meritocracy is replaced by a new elite, which insulates its children from competition by inheritance and the best education money can buy. Where market fundamentalism has been most fiercely applied – in countries like the US and UK – social mobility has greatly declined.

If neoliberalism was anything other than a self-serving con, whose gurus and thinktanks were financed from the beginning by some of the world’s richest people (the US multimillionaires Coors, Olin, Scaife, Pew and others), its apostles would have demanded, as a precondition for a society based on merit, that no one should start life with the unfair advantage of inherited wealth or economically determined education. But they never believed in their own doctrine. Enterprise, as a result, quickly gave way to rent.

All this is ignored, and success or failure in the market economy are ascribed solely to the efforts of the individual. The rich are the new righteous; the poor are the new deviants, who have failed both economically and morally and are now classified as social parasites.

The market was meant to emancipate us, offering autonomy and freedom. Instead it has delivered atomisation and loneliness.

The workplace has been overwhelmed by a mad, Kafkaesque infrastructure of assessments, monitoring, measuring, surveillance and audits, centrally directed and rigidly planned, whose purpose is to reward the winners and punish the losers. It destroys autonomy, enterprise, innovation and loyalty, and breeds frustration, envy and fear. Through a magnificent paradox, it has led to the revival of a grand old Soviet tradition known in Russian as tufta. It means falsification of statistics to meet the diktats of unaccountable power.

The same forces afflict those who can’t find work. They must now contend, alongside the other humiliations of unemployment, with a whole new level of snooping and monitoring. All this, Verhaeghe points out, is fundamental to the neoliberal model, which everywhere insists on comparison, evaluation and quantification. We find ourselves technically free but powerless. Whether in work or out of work, we must live by the same rules or perish. All the major political parties promote them, so we have no political power either. In the name of autonomy and freedom we have ended up controlled by a grinding, faceless bureaucracy.

These shifts have been accompanied, Verhaeghe writes, by a spectacular rise in certain psychiatric conditions: self-harm, eating disorders, depression and personality disorders.

Of the personality disorders, the most common are performance anxiety and social phobia: both of which reflect a fear of other people, who are perceived as both evaluators and competitors – the only roles for society that market fundamentalism admits. Depression and loneliness plague us.

The infantilising diktats of the workplace destroy our self-respect. Those who end up at the bottom of the pile are assailed by guilt and shame. The self-attribution fallacy cuts both ways: just as we congratulate ourselves for our success, we blame ourselves for our failure, even if we have little to do with it.

So, if you don’t fit in, if you feel at odds with the world, if your identity is troubled and frayed, if you feel lost and ashamed – it could be because you have retained the human values you were supposed to have discarded. You are a deviant. Be proud.

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To be at peace with a troubled world:    this is not a reasonable aim.

Although I don't agree with Monbiot on nukes, the above should be shouted from the roof tops 24/7. The status quo is a DEATH SENTENCE on HOMO SAP! Those who support it or defend it are COMPLICIT in our imminent demise.

No more Mr. Nice Guy! 
 
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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #112 on: September 16, 2014, 10:36:08 pm »
CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns — The Washington Post

September 9, 2014


By Joby Warrick

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come.

Concentrations of nearly all the major greenhouse gases reached historic highs in 2013, reflecting ever-rising emissions from automobiles and smokestacks but also, scientists believe, a diminishing ability of the world’s oceans and plant life to soak up the excess carbon put into the atmosphere by humans, according to data released early Tuesday by the United Nations’ meteorological advisory body.

The latest figures from the World Meteorological Organization’s monitoring network are considered particularly significant because they reflect not only the amount of carbon pumped into the air by humans, but also the complex interaction between man-made gases and the natural world. Historically, about half of the pollution from human sources has been absorbed by the oceans and by terrestrial plants, preventing temperatures from rising as quickly as they otherwise would, scientists say.

“If the oceans and the biosphere cannot absorb as much carbon, the effect on the atmosphere could be much worse,” said Oksana Tarasova, a scientist and chief of the WMO’s Global Atmospheric Watch program, which collects data from 125 monitoring stations worldwide. The monitoring network is regarded as the most reliable window on the health of Earth’s atmosphere, drawing on air samples collected near the poles, over the oceans, and in other locations far from cities and other major sources of pollution.


The new figures for carbon dioxide were particularly surprising, showing the biggest year-over-year increase since detailed records were first compiled in the 1980s, Tarasova said in an interview. The jump of nearly three parts per million over 2012 levels was twice as large as the average increase in carbon levels in recent decades, she said.


“The changes we’re seeing are really drastic,” Tarasova said. “We are seeing the growth rate rising exponentially.”

The organization’s annual report on greenhouse gas levels was released ahead of a climate summit of world leaders at this year’s U.N. General Assembly meetings in New York. On Sept. 23, President Obama will meet with chief executives from dozens of other countries to discuss ways to lower industrial emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other gases blamed for heating up the planet.

Natural carbon dioxide is an essential ingredient for life on Earth, enabling green plants to convert sunlight into energy. But at excessive levels it acts as a heat trap, causing the planet to warm. Scientists say that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution and that the increase has accelerated since the 1990s.

The WMO’s data for 2013 shows the global average level of atmospheric carbon at just under 400 parts per million, about 40 percent higher than in pre-industrial times and higher than in any other period in at least 800,000 years. The symbolically important threshold of 400 parts per million — described by scientists as the level at which more dramatic climactic impacts become likely — will probably be crossed in the next two years, the report said.

“It’s the level that climate scientists have identified as the beginning of the danger zone,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton University professor of geosciences who was not involved in the WMO report. “It means we’re probably getting to the point where we’re looking at the ‘safe zone’ in the rearview mirror, even as we’re stepping on the gas.”


A landmark report last year by a U.N.-appointed panel of climate scientists warned that, if current trends continue, the world could soon see major disruptions to both natural ecosystems and human civilization, including rising sea levels that could swamp many of the world’s coastal cities. That report, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, projected a rise in temperatures of up to nine degrees in the next century unless action is taken to lower carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

Methane, another major greenhouse gas, also rose significantly in the WMO’s latest report, continuing a steady climb that began six years ago. Global concentrations of methane — a byproduct of farming and fossil-fuel extraction, as well as numerous natural processes — are now 21 / 2 times as high as they were at the start of the industrial age, in the mid-18th century, the report said.

The organization’s annual report included, for the first time, figures on the increasing acidification of the oceans stemming from higher levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. As the seas absorb more carbon dioxide from the air, the water’s chemical composition becomes more acidic. Studies extrapolating from the fossil record suggest that the rate of acidification is now “unprecedented, at least over the past 300,000 years,” the WMO said.

Higher acidity in seawater is known to disrupt the life cycles of many marine species — from reef-building corals to shellfish beloved by humans — by interfering with the creatures’ ability to use sea-borne calcium to build their shells.

In an indirect way, the acidification of seawater also exacerbates climate change: The oceans over time become less capable of absorbing carbon from the air, allowing more of the greenhouse gas to accumulate in the atmosphere, the report said.
http://www.ncwarn.org/2014/09/co2-levels-in-atmosphere-rising-at-dramatically-faster-rate-u-n-report-warns-the-washington-post/
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Re: Global Warming is WITH US
« Reply #113 on: September 20, 2014, 01:54:11 pm »
Arctic Melt season ending
September 16, 2014   

The end of this year’s Arctic sea ice melt season is imminent and the minimum extent will be slightly lower than last year’s, making it the sixth lowest extent in the satellite record. Earlier in the month, a small area of the Laptev Sea ice edge was within five degrees of the North Pole. This appears to be the result of persistent southerly winds from central Siberia. Meanwhile, Antarctic sea ice is poised to set a record maximum this year, now at 19.7 million square kilometers (7.6 million square miles) and continuing to increase.


http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2014/09/melt-season-ending/
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« Reply #114 on: September 20, 2014, 04:50:38 pm »
If you are a pro-fossil fuel BULLSHIT artist GW denier, please be sure to claim the following peer reviewed article is wild eyed breathless screaming, sky is falling scare mongering and unscientific silliness.  ;D

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Science 22 August 2014:
 Vol. 345  no. 6199  pp. 860-861 
 DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6199.860 

Climate Change

Is Atlantic holding Earth's missing heat?


Eli Kintisch

Armchair detectives might call it the case of Earth's missing heat: Why have average global surface air temperatures remained essentially  ;)  steady since 2000, even as greenhouse gases have continued to accumulate in the atmosphere?

The suspects include changes in atmospheric water vapor, a strong greenhouse gas, or the noxious sunshade of haze emanating from factories. Others believe the culprit is the mighty Pacific Ocean, which has been sending vast slugs of cold bottom water to the surface.

But two fresh investigations finger a new suspect: the Atlantic Ocean.

One study, in this issue of Science,
presents sea temperature data implying that most of the missing heat has been stored deep in the Atlantic.

The other, published online in Nature Climate Change, suggests a warming Atlantic is abetting the Pacific by driving wind patterns that help that ocean cool the atmosphere. But some climate specialists remain skeptical.

In a third recent paper, also published online in Nature Climate Change, other researchers argue that the Pacific remains the kingpin. One reason some scientists remain convinced the Pacific is behind the hiatus   ;) is a measured speedup in trade winds that drive a massive upwelling of cold water in the eastern Pacific. But there, too, the Atlantic may be responsible, modeling experiments suggest.

A consensus about what has put global warming on pause   ;)may be years away,
but one scientist says the recent papers confirm that Earth's warming has continued during the hiatus, at least in the ocean depths, if not in the air.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6199/860.summary

Agelbert NOTE: There is a logical problem with the above article. It might be considered a quibble   but since we aren't talking opinions here but a hard boiled scientific method approach to data and the definition of terms, it is inaccurate and unscientific to discuss a HIATUS of GLOBAL warming when ONLY the atmospheric temperature records are considered!

Hello? The oceans, covering two thirds of this planet's SURFACE, are part of the GLOBE (two thirds of it!). So, OBVIOUSLY, the temperature of the oceans in conjunction with the temperature of the atmosphere MUST be computed as a UNIT if a GLOBAL WARMING HIATUS is to be CLAIMED!

So, this hair splitting exercise about the ATMOSPHERE being in a Global Warming HIATUS is an incorrect statement.

WHY? First of all, because even the atmospheric temperature data NEVER flat lined; it's SLOPE continued UP at a much lower angle. That is a RELATIVE hiatus from the STEEP ANGLED TEMPERATURE UP SLOPE, not a TEMPERATURE INCREASE HIATUS! How scientists can equate those Apples with those Oranges only Mking could tell us. 

Hair splitting IS science when we are JUST TALKING ABOUT HAIR! But we have an OCEAN of molecular activity (known as temperature  ;D)  in INTIMATE CONTACT with those "hairs" (the atmosphere) that it is just plain unscientific as well as STUPID to ignore (unless you want to distort the data, of course  ).

Sure, the oceans have high specific heat. So, it is expected scientifically that the temperature of the oceans in a warming planet will lag behind the atmosphere. But the thermodynamics in regard to specific heat is not the only process going on here; there is a CHEMICAL PROCESS TOO!

Science teaches us that there are exothermic and endothermic processes in nature. HELLO? The increase in CO2 is creating an ENDOTHERMIC chemical process in the oceans making them have, in effect, a slightly lower specific heat which SUCKS heat from the atmosphere!

And THAT SHOULD have caused a flat line or possibly COOLING in the atmosphere. But the Global Warming from fossil fuel burning green house gasses is so SEVERE that, even with the oceanic endothermic chemical process going on, the slope STILL DID NOT FLAT LINE.


There has BEEN NO HIATUS in anything but a departure from the ANGLE of the slope on INCREASE of atmospheric temperature.   

Below please find a "wild eyed, hyperbolic, extreme, polarized, unobjective and definitely not measured definition" (according to Mking :evil4:) of the word "hiatus". This "breathless" definition forces us prudent and measured types to accept the unacceptable! That is, that since an INCREASE in average global atmospheric temperature NEVER STOPPED, the "hiatus" is ONLY attributable to the ANGLE OF THE SLOPE of the temperature increase, and not the temperature increase itself. And even worse than that:  :o Horror of horrors for our fossil fuel stock portfolio, the alleged hiatus doesn't include MOST of the molecular activity (i.e. temperature) on two thirds of the PALNET! So, woe is us, we can't call it a GLOBAL temperature warming pause, hiatus or fossil fuel stock buying opportunity. 

But we can give those reality based community rubes the old Fossil Fuel (Skullduggery) College TRY, just the same!   


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hi·a·tus

noun

noun: hiatus; plural noun: hiatuses

a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.
"there was a brief hiatus in the war with France"

synonyms: pause, break, gap, lacuna, interval, intermission, interlude, interruption, suspension, lull, respite, time out, time off, recess; 

There's a place in France, where Mking does a dance;
and the dance he do, costs a dollar, ninety two money for me and you.   
 


https://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4ADRA_enUS485US486&q=hiatus
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« Reply #115 on: September 22, 2014, 10:42:51 pm »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXGfZPd57hE&feature=player_embedded
  Hickory, hickory dock, Wall Street  is soon going to have a clean clock!  



And now for the ROUTINE PLANET EARTH NEWS...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aR4H52WSjo&feature=player_embedded
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« Reply #116 on: September 23, 2014, 01:09:24 am »
Sun Sep 21, 2014 at 10:12 PM PDT.

US elites beginning to realize there's a problem


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SNIPPET:  ;D


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There are 85 million single family homes in the US, and just over 30 million apartment and condo units. $40,000 (to properly upgrade and insulate all of them) multiplied by 115 million is $4.6 trillion. Sounds like a lot of money? That is just one third of what the Treasury and the Federal Reserve used to save the useless predators of Wall Street and the banking system over the past six years - and what have we got to show for that? 

The Scandinavians build houses that are so well engineered and so carefully constructed that they are beyond efficient. A new Scandinavian house can keep its occupants warm from just their body heat and the heat thrown off by a pc, a few appliances, and the light bulbs in use:o  That's pretty damn impressive, for being only a couple hundred miles from the Arctic Circle. But they don't build such structures using the cheapest labor they can illegally import. As Larson points out:
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There are reasons for shoddy insulation.  Installing it can be very unpleasant.  The job is usually given to the lowest guy on the totem pole.  It becomes just another task to finish as quickly as possible. Worse, [USA] architects take 50 times as much time selecting the bathroom tile than designing insulation systems and rarely design sufficient space for them.  :P
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And let's be truthful here - if you were to actually make your house as efficient as possible, meeting the highest USA standards, you would have accomplished more to reduce your carbon footprint    than attending a dozen marches demanding action from our corporatist overlords. What are people demanding now to stop global climate change? Cap and trade? Carbon offsets? How about a $4.6 trillion program over the next five or ten years to radically rebuild and upgrade every single damn house and apartment building in America? 
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/22/1331455/-US-elites-beginning-to-realize-there-s-a-problem
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« Reply #117 on: September 23, 2014, 03:10:52 pm »
The story of methane in our climate, in five pie charts


Filed under: Climate Science — david @ 23 September 2014



http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/09/the-story-of-methane-in-our-climate-in-five-pie-charts/

Agelbert NOTE: The web site, "RealClimate Climate Science From Climate Scientsts" is the gold standard in Climate Science. 

Unlike the PSEUDO scientific web sites claiming their ain't nuttin' to worry about posted by Fossil Fuelers like the Mking Wedge (see basic engineering for the definition of a wedge  ;D), This web site IS a hard boiled source of no bullshit, objective, empirical evidence, peer reviewed climate science data (They won a Science and Technology Web Award from Scientific American.)

And as to Mking's disingenuous attempts to disparage climate modeling as if it were alarmist guesswork, here is the way REAL climate scientists view climate modeling built from statistical data projections:


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Is expert judgement about the structural uncertainties in a statistical procedure associated with various assumptions that need to be made different from ‘making things up’? Actually, yes – it is.

The above quote is from a VERY LONG, DETAILED, point by point refutation of the specious arguments brought here by Mking.
Judith Curry is probably one of Mking's pseudo scientific hair splitter heroes! 

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2014/08/ipcc-attribution-statements-redux-a-response-to-judith-curry/#more-17409
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« Reply #118 on: September 25, 2014, 07:57:52 pm »
A few choice pieces of data resist most Spin Doctoring, mainly Ocean Heat Content and Acidity




The atmosphere is very turbulent, so getting any kind of reliable data globally is pretty tough.  You can cherry pick data and show what you want.  The Ocean is tougher. It is CLEAR it has risen in total heat energy by an order of magnitude.  Similarly, it is CLEAR the pH is steadily dropping.  Both effects are significant far as the food chain is concerned, so it is stupid to go arguing about what is going on in the atmosphere, the Ocean is clearly in deep trouble resultant from total energy distribution changes..

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« Reply #119 on: September 30, 2014, 07:15:39 pm »
By Eric Holthaus | Tue Sep. 30, 2014

Study further confirms global warming is changing Antarctica in fundamental ways.




This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Gravity—yes, gravity—is the latest victim of climate change in Antarctica. That's the stunning conclusion announced Friday by the European Space Agency.

"The loss of ice from West Antarctica between 2009 and 2012 caused a dip in the gravity field over the region," writes the ESA, whose GOCE satellite measured the change. Apparently, melting billions of tons of ice year after year has implications that would make even Isaac Newton blanch. Here's the data visualized.

To be fair, the change in gravity is very small. It's not like you'll float off into outer space on your next vacation to the Antarctic Peninsula.

The biggest implication is the new measurements confirm global warming is changing the Antarctic in fundamental ways. Earlier this year, a separate team of scientists announced that major West Antarctic glaciers have begun an "unstoppable" "collapse," committing global sea levels to a rise of several meters over the next few hundred years.

Though we all learned in high-school physics that gravity is a constant, it actually varies slightly depending on where you are on the Earth's surface and the density of the rock (or, in this case, ice) beneath your feet. During a four-year mission, the ESA satellite mapped these changes in unprecedented detail and was able to detect a significant decrease in the region of Antarctica where land ice is melting fastest.

The new results in West Antarctica were achieved by combining the high-resolution gravity field measurements from the ESA satellite with a longer-running but lower resolution gravity-analyzing satellite mission called Grace, which is jointly operated by the United States and Germany. Scientists hope to scale up this analysis to all of Antarctica soon, which could provide the clearest picture yet of the pace global warming is taking in the frozen continent. Current best estimates show that global seas could be as much as 50 inches higher by century's end, due in large part to ice melt in West Antarctica.
 Previous research with data from a third satellite, CryoSat (also from ESA), has shown ice loss from this portion of West Antarctica has increased by three-fold since just 2009, with 500 cubic kilometers of ice now melting each year from Greenland and Antarctica combined. That's an iceberg the size of Manhattan, three-and-a-half miles thick.

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/09/antarctic-ice-melt-causes-small-shift-gravity
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