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There have been far bigger Antarctic icebergs than the latest A68 Larson C berg

CNN is  “freaking out” about the latest large iceberg. But John Sutter doesn’t mention that there was an iceberg twice its size in the year 2000 which was 11,000km2, and that as long ago as 1967, two other icebergs of a similar size were recorded. Thanks to John McLean for the links.

UPDATE:  Tony Heller has found a newspaper story about an even bigger one from 1956. This monster iceberg was allegedly 334km x 96km or 32,000 km2.  (h.t John of Cloverdale).

UPDATE #2: Monster bergs are everywhere. Lazzara lists two other massive icebergs as well as B15 that occurred in just 18 months: A38 in Oct 1998 was  7,600km2 and A43 in May 2000 was almost as big as B15, being 9,250km2. h/t WS All three of these were larger than the current “freak”.

When it comes to long term trends in iceberg sizes, the only scientific answer is “who knows”. Satellite records are so short, if a bigger iceberg broke off in say, 1811, how the heck would we find out? Not much is left of an iceberg 100 years later. What kind of proxy could show it ever existed — ancient stone carvings of satellite pics from ancient Greece?

The latest 2017 Larson C iceberg is 5,800 square kilometers and weighs a “trillion tons”. But back in 1967, two icebergs calved – one of 7,000km2 and one of about 5,000 km2:

Swithinbank (1969), basing on analysis of the ESSA-3 satellite imageries, reports that in 1967—68 two giant icebergs were seen in the eastern part of the Weddell Sea, measuring 70 by 100 km, and 45 by 100 km respectively, with total area of about 11.000 km.

– Birkenmajer, 1980

Apparently the smaller of these two was called “Trolltunga” and floated around til 1978. (See the map far below). Sadly, the real Trolltunga was pre-youtube, no photos I can find, except of the region in question.

Trolltunga, large iceberg, 1967.

This is the Trolltunga region. The little iceberg on the left is not “Trolltunga 1967″ which was around 45km  x 100km.

But an even larger iceberg apparently was  B15 — nearly 11,000 square kilometers in the year 2000:

Wesche:  B15 …. This giant iceberg—the largest observed from satellite (dimensions of 295 km × 37 km [28])—calved from the Ross Ice Shelf in March 2000.

The B15 iceberg on youtube.

B-15 iceberg, largest satellite recorded iceberg, photo.

B-15 iceberg, largest satellite recorded iceberg, photo.

 

If I read this correctly, we are talking about ice that takes a century or even 2,000 years to go from the “grounding line” to the front. The Grounding line is the last point that the ice sheet touches land. The part beyond that is hanging out over the ocean:

We were mainly interested in the differences of residence times dependent on the density of surface patterns on the 15 km strip along the ice front. In case of very dense patterns we found that the ice needs between 78 and 968 years to move from the grounding line to the ice front. For less dense patterns we obtained a range between 140 and 2,764 years. — Wesche 2013

 In Table 3 of Wesche, there are ten potential calving fronts greater than 200km wide spread over four sectors of Antarctica. It’s just a matter of time before another big berg breaks off.

For the curious, Encycploedia Britannica  has this map and path of Trolltunga, which bounced around near the Antarctic coast for years before heading into the Atlantic Ocean, where it still took a year to melt. Strangely Encyclopedia Britannica has no article any more.

Path, Antarctic Iceberg, massive Trolltunga, 1967-1978.

And in other unrelated but curious news, apparently Winston Churchill was considering using an iceberg as an aircraft carrier in WWII.

REFERENCES

Birkenmajer, K. (1980)  The last stages of Trolltunga drift in the Weddell Sea, Antarctica *, Polish polar research, 1, 2-3, 235-237.

Lazzara, M.A.; Jezek, K.C.; Scambos, T.A.; MacAyeal, D.R.; van der Veen, C.J. On the recent calving of icebergs from the Ross ice shelf. Polar Geogr 2008, 31, 15–26.

Wesche et al (2013) Calving Fronts of Antarctica: Mapping and Classification, Remote Sensing 20135(12), 6305-6322; doi:10.3390/rs5126305

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193 comments to There have been far bigger Antarctic icebergs than the latest A68 Larson C berg

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    Popeye26

    Jo – there is some explanation of the track of Trolltunga here:

    Oh, and the sky is falling in again and again and again – ad infinitum!

    Cheers,

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      Geoff

      Surely the world’s largest iceberg is the north polar ice pack? Its floating all the time, gets bigger and smaller and is closer to Al Gore most of the time than anything down our way.

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        OriginalSteve

        All this talk of calving reminds me of a dad joke….

        What do you call a cow after its given birth?

        Decalfinated….

        Hate mail to usual location…

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    Any storm in a tea cup will do when it comes to the global warming worriers.

    If none of these ice shelves had ever separated, the Antarctic would probably have reached Australia by now.

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      Or you’d definitely be able to walk across from South America.

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      The other thing that intrigues me is that if there were no calving of sea ice, how low would our oceans be by now, or how low could they conceivably go?

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      OriginalSteve

      OT but intersting I was observingthe firestorm the female Dr Who announcement has caused…..certainly people are more interested in preserving a cultural icon than CAGW…

      FWIW 1 – I think a female Dr Who is a dumb idea….it just further seems to prove the BBC has fully abandoned itself as a willing sacrifice on the altar of gender equality PC nonsense and what appears PC for the sake of PC.

      FWIW 2 – I have no issues with a real female doctor for medical stuff, but mess with Dr Who…nope….bridge too far.

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        There are no more boyhood heroes remaining, or allowed to exist. But I wonder if this being the 13th Dr Who might be an omen?

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          OriginalSteve

          OT – I think the key here is “boy hood” – these days its all gender neutral stuff.

          Greek nouns have a state of “neuter” which means neither male nor female, and “neuter” is what the PC crowd seem to be aiming at.

          The other benefit of confusing society about gender is that some kids get confused about their sexuality makes them fair game to predators as well, which is bad.

          Its all pretty awful IMHO, but as the take-down of Christianity by the Establishment ramps up ( and Christinaity is a clear bulwark aginst leftist gender polics ), we shouldnt be surprised this stuff continues to surface. I notice the ABC is attempting to “do a job” on Christainity today by attempting to confuse Biblical roles of men and women, and link it with abuse. The subconcious message they are trying to push seems to be is “Christians are abusers”. I think the line is drawn in the sand now…. and this is a govt run news outlet….ergo…Establishment run…

          /rant

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            I mentioned Their ABC’s oddity article this morning to my wife and how the elephant in the room wasn’t touched upon whatsoever. Their ABC isn’t even trying to hide their bias anymore.

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              OriginalSteve

              Yes, what I fear is a Krystal Nacht against anyone who has any form of Conservative bias now…religious or non religious.

              They wouldnt do that unless they knew the general population were sufficiently brainwashed to support it.

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                I’m not sure if this is common outside of the inner city coffee shops, but most of my encounters with people in rural Victoria (with the exception of Green tree-changers) indicate that not many believe much of what comes out of our MSM. It’s a bit like the US experience with CNN etc, they are rapidly being viewed as ‘fake news’ because all that they deliver is stuff that goes against the grain of normal people.

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        Rod Stuart

        When will they start calling her “Dr. Ho”?

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    Robber

    Just you wait, those past reports have not yet been homogenized.

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    Robert Rosicka

    Noticed on the last thread someone stated the obvious about ice eventually breaking off if counterlevered across the water but the resident troll wanted a link .

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      Yonniestone

      I hope Julian has a brown paper bag handy for the ice-crisis and lack of CO2 from hyperventilating, oh and counter-leavers or the like involve physics so they’ll be of no interest to a warmist.

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        RobK

        Yonnie,
        Valid point but FYI:
        Noun: cantilever
        |’kan-ti,lee-vu|
        Projecting horizontal beam fixed at one end only.

        Not to be confused with counter-weight. :-)

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          Yonniestone

          Thanks I blame haste and poor fact checking on my behalf, lets just call it lots of potential energy then.

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      David Maddison

      That was me that posted the original comment. :-)

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        Robert Rosicka

        Sorry David I know you didn’t use those exact words but I tried to do it justice , just thought how weird it was that gayeye or whatever the troll goes by wanted proof that ever extending sea ice would eventually break .

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      Leonard Lane

      Glaciers don’t calve unless they are advancing. Another global warming claim shot.

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        Mary E

        In a discussion with people I (kinda) know, one theme kept coming back ’round – the idea that this and other ice shelves “hold back” the glaciers. If the ice shelf breaks, the glacier will eventually slide off its land-mass and – with, I suppose, a huge KER-PLOP sound, cause a huge sea level rise, massive tsunamis, and so on.

        My mentioning that some people were watching too many B and C grade disaster movies was not received well.

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    Our Green Betters don’t believe one can transfer minerals to the ocean any other way than by hand-feeding. While they were hand-feeding iron in 2009 El Nino stirred up the silt in Central Australia and sent countless tonnes of iron to the Pacific on spring westerlies. The hand-feeders probably didn’t notice, being too intent on hand-feeding (in paltry amounts but damaging concentrations) from their expensive boat. Next time, leave it to the Red Centre or the Sahara, foosterers.

    The ocean will take some meltwater and the minerals in it, thanks very much. Part of the diet. Really, warmies, get a life.

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      John F. Hultquist

      Yesterday, while hiking near Mt. Rainier at 2,000 m., I heard for the first time that those prone to seasickness often “feed the fish” when the roll is just right. Further those underwater, and holding a dive rope (?) can do the same, and so learn (if they continue the sport) to allow the rope to do its up-and-down thing but let it slide through a loose grip.
      Your use of the phrase “hand feeding” made me think that many sorts of minerals and chemicals can enter the water in unexpected ways.

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      So…another heavily precedented unprecedented event.

      Looks like the climatariat will have to start burning old newspapers and encyclopedias. Not a very low-carb solution but someone strong will have to stop these unscientific practices of constant referencing, checking and verifying.

      As they used to warn students going off to uni back in the 60s, exposure to excessive knowledge can lead to loss of faith.

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        A giant iceberg has detached from the elephant’s trunk of
        the Larsen Ice Shelf? …

        Calving is what icebergs do when they flow to the restless
        sea. Say, how long has this process been going on way,
        down yonder in ol’Antarctica? Why that ol’ ice shelf has
        been floating on that ol’Antarctica Peninsular for 10,000
        years or more…How long has this process of calving been
        going on? While scientist’s models are opining that this
        specific, observed-event will likely bring unstable
        regrowth, way down yonder in ol’Antarctica there were no observational bases thereabouts prior to 1944. Antarctica
        through the telescope close-up, no lo-o-ong view. But when
        did the short view of climate variation ever deter those
        climate scientists?

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      AndyG55

      All the times that TH uses the word “FR**D”,

      … and not once has one of the climate glitterati taken him to task on it.

      Ask yourself why that is the case ;-)

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    John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia

    The 1956 Iceberg. Also mentions a biggie in 1927.

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      el gordo

      There were two major glacier advances in Antarctica in 1850 and 1890, which accounts perfectly with sightings of large bergs by immigrant ships. Going further back, into the mid to late 18th century, the glaciers were expanding rapidly.

      So it stands to reason that icebergs have nothing at all to do with global warming, but are in fact a result of too much snow and ice influencing mass balance.

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      UPDATE to the post: Tony Heller has found a newspaper story about an even bigger one from 1956. This monster iceberg was allegedly 334km x 96km or 32,000 km2. (h.t John of Cloverdale).
      Thanks John.
      Please someone check that maths. That is uuuuge.

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        Roy Hogue

        Icebergs are only a problem if you’re driving a ship named Titanic. Everyone else has learned to see and avoid. And larger is easier to see than smaller. ;-)

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        Rereke Whakaaro

        Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, MY iceberg is bigger than your iceberg!

        Icebergs happen! Why can’t CNN and the Twitterati just accept that.

        If I was CNN, I would pay more attention to the hooks that hold the sky up. Nobody is prepared to state how long ago they were last checked and serviced. They could break at any time, but nobody in authority is talking about that.

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          Roy Hogue

          I thought Chicken Little’s complaint would have fixed that by now. What happened?

          If I was CNN I’d admit that others do it better then close up the store and go home.

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        32000 km² is slightly larger than Belgium 30,528 km² or Massachusetts 27,363 km².

        Incidentally, the B15 Iceberg at a trillion tonnes is not that large. A trillion tonnes of water is a 1000 cubic kilometres. Lake Superior has 12 times the volume.
        If B15 were a chunk of ice flowing into the sea it would raise sea levels by around 2.75 mm. Makes one realize how big the oceans are. The last major calving was Larsen B in 2002, with an area of 3,250 km2. This inmplies the annual rate of implied movement is very small on a global scale..
        There is estimated to be 26-30 million km³ or 24-27 thousand trillion tonnes of ice in Antarctica. So the odd trillion tonnes is very small.
        The Larsen C ice-shelf is located in the Antarctic Peninsula, which comprises 2% of the Antarctica and is climatically different. I have a useful map showing the relative size of the Iceberg to Antarctica here.

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          Robert Rosicka

          The standard unit of measurement for large volumes is small countries or Olympic swimming pools .

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            OroginalSteve

            Well Belgium rates lower than a swimming pool, so….

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            In other words, the unit of measure is anything that does not enable a proper perspective relative to the real world. It is just like looking at renewables in terms of homes (not Gigawatts) or ocean warming in terms of four Hiroshima Bombs per second, rather than time taken to heat the oceans by 1C – which is hundreds of years.

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              Roy Hogue

              Since the truth hasn’t mattered a bit for so long why would it matter now? The whole ideas was to bamboozle people into following some of the worst and most dishonest pretenders to leadership and correct scientific procedure.

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                Good point Roy. Why should the truth matter? For masses the truth would undermine costly and useless renewables policy. But more importantly, it would completely undermine people’s beliefs about the world, probably far more than the impact on communists of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 or Khrushchev’s revelations of Stalin’s purges in the 1950s.

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    Manfred

    In the climatism fixated eco-globalist MSM, Radio NZ trumpeted the event in its usual echo chamber manner, citing the BBC, unexpectedly saying that the calving was an event unlikely to be related to “climate change.”
    The Greenblob BBC were stunningly and unusually, quite mute on the subject.

    I suspect the UN propaganda meisters are beginning to dimly perceive that peddling climatism and catastrophism at every turn might just be a trifle predictable, tiresome, desensitising and obvious.

    But over at CNN, Fake News Central, they peddle out the likes of Eric Rignot, a glaciologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of California, Irvine, happy to wander about wearing the usual end-times placard, ‘The End is Nigh’. He probably hasn’t too long left at NASA with the change in guard, so nothing to lose.

    Meanwhile the Antarctic continues its cooling trend of 0.14C/100 yrs for 37 yrs 7 mo, and I’m enjoying a good Merlot.

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      The shabbiness of the climate scare (this last one, not the cooling scare of the 70s when I was too out of it) and the complete connivance on all levels of media, government, academia and even corporate business is having an unexpected effect. Even people like me, placid conservatives, are starting to ask an obvious question:

      If they are willing to lie/connive so ineptly but outrageously about climate, what else have they been willing to lie/connive about?

      This won’t just backfire on the climatariat. What the media found so easy to do to us is going to get harder and harder for them.

      Some years back a mate of mine was caught up in an investigation by 60 Minutes of a person he knew professionally. What he told me then about their fakery and manipulation was shocking, and I was thereafter even more wary of such programs. Over time I’ve come to suspect that it’s not just 60 Minutes and the more luvvie-friendly stuff like Four Corners, 7.30 etc. It’s just about all mainstream media, including the reportage and commentary that’s pitched to appeal to my conservative mind-set.

      So I’ve turned ‘em off and left ‘em off. They’re out of my life.

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        Annie

        I lost trust in the Melbourne Age right back in the mid-90s for a similar reason. I never bother with TV ‘news’ now and despise all programmes like the 7.30 report and ‘documentaries’. The latter, despite great photography, are not worth my time, with ghastly overbearing muzak, self-conscious ‘look at me’ overpaid presenters and always the obligatory curtsey towards CAGW/CC and the ‘we are all guilty’ meme. Yuk to the lot.

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    RobertR

    Well, the Antarctic iceberg must have floated up to the south Coral Sea ………I took a walk along a beach just south of the
    G Barrier Reef this afternoon and almost froze my toes off, the sea water was so frigging freezing!
    So much for the warm sea water we were promised in these parts by the Warmest Ministry!

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      TdeF

      Does that make Frydenburg Turnbull’s Minister for Warming? It could merge with the Ministry for Silly Walks and save some money. There are so many Climate Change Warming Renewable Clean Electricity agencies you cannot keep track of them all. Consolidate them all under the Ministry for Warming.

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    David Maddison

    What difference does it make if the ice breaks into one big piece or a larger number of smaller pieces?

    Why are warmists obsessed with the size of the ‘berg?

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      The bigger the burg, the more it can remain a hazard to shipping, and water-skiing old age pensioners.

      Lots of little pieces of berg are good for making cocktails but little else.

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      Robert Rosicka

      That’s easy , one piece breaking of is due to globull warming , breaking into many pieces is catastrophic globull warming .
      Mind you no bits breaking off is also a sign of globull warming .

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      Yonniestone

      It could be called ‘pieces envy’ David, reminds me of watching a group of Psychiatrists learning to ski, I’d never seen so many Freudian’s slip……

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    Lionell Griffith

    From Chicken Little’s perspective, an acorn falling on her head is taken to mean the sky is falling. From a wider perspective, it is simply an Oak tree doing what Oak trees have been doing since the first Oak tree became and adult.

    There is much to be learned from the old tales and fables. It is sad that they are no longer a much used part of the effort to pass along human culture. Long ago, they were the way common sense was taught. Today? Hardly ever. Most of what we have today is 10 second sound bites or 145 character tweets without significant content.

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      RobertR

      Don’t tell the Greens where the oak tree is. They’ll cut it down!

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        Lionell Griffith

        I doubt it.

        They will call it a long lived repository of man made CO2. Then they will insist that it is to be protected from being converted into furniture or any other human use. All the while to be left exposed to naturally caused wild fires made worse by their prohibition of proper forest management. Even the partially burned trunk is to be left to nourish the next version of the once great forest rather than to be put to good use by man.

        This is but one of the countless ways they demonstrate their hatred for being human or anything associated with humans.

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          RobertR

          Oh I dunno! They’ll say the oak is not a local species and that it attracts bats! And that it causes erosion and its seeds polute the nature reserves! It’s been classified as a “weed” don’t forget! What, are you an “oak tree lover” or something?
          CHAINSAW ALERT!

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            RobertR

            It’s ironical, in my last comment I just repeated what I was told by the “head arborist” at a South East Queensland local council (Greens dominated of course) not so long ago when I was trying to save a beautiful old oak tree from their chain saws in a nearby public park reserve. After being told oaks were “weeds”, I was labeled an “oak tree lover”. This was meant to be a patronising label but I took it as a compliment because I love all trees unlike the Greens.

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              Graeme No.3

              The Greens used to be known as Tree Huggers but now they hug turbines.

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                RobertR

                Oh here’s a good idea. In places where wind turbines have taken over the environment in competition with the poor trees that used to be there, we should try and get the turbines classified as weeds because they are not a local ‘neightive’ species ha.
                Then the leftie pc brigade will get confused and start cutting the turbines down.

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              Lionell Griffith

              Ahh. There is your problem. You loved the beautiful old oak tree and received pleasure from it being there.
              Obviously it is “all your fault.” If you had wanted to have it cut down and use the wood to build furniture, it would have been protected. Since you wanted it preserved, it had to be cut down. Humans receiving value from the tree cannot be permitted.

              Heads they win, tails you loose.

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    Cloudbase

    What about the 17,000 + sq klm iceberg observed by the crew of the SS Glacier in 1956. That is over 5 times bigger than this latest pipsqueak.

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    TdeF

    Icebergs are up to 75 meters above the surface of the water. 90% is below the water so are up to 750metres thick. Sounds a lot except the the ocean there is 4km deep. The iceberg hardly matters in volume and they would be stopped by the continental shelf. When they melt, the water level will be unchanged.

    Melt they will. The great news is that now the world is much warmer thanks to the miracle of the industrial revolution and South Australia’s windmills which have done absolutely nothing to cool the planet, these icebergs will melt faster and be much less of a hazard. So that’s a good thing. Thanks Global Warming.

    By the way, thanks to the bouyancy as discovered by Archimedes, the weight of the iceberg out of the water is exactly equal to the difference in weight between the water displaced and the lower density ice. Or if you like, the increased volume is exactly out of the water. So when it melts, the volume reduces and icebergs or sea ice does not increase the water level.

    So what was the problem again? As only 2% of the world’s population lives south of Townsville, the tropic of Capricorn, it is utterly meaningless as an event, except for the sensationalist press. Besides, we still have Bruce Willis?

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      Graeme No.3

      I occasionally remind Greenies about Archimedes and suggest that Climate Science must be 2200+ years behing the times. They don’t thank me.

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      Will Janoschka

      “By the way, thanks to the buoyancy as discovered by Archimedes.”

      The engineer Archimedes’ greatest gift was the incontrovertible demonstration (57BC), that Earth’s atmosphere exhibits no weight whatsoever! Way before mass was discovered.

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    Richard Ilfeld

    Icebergs are getting a bad name in the press now, and it’s a shame.
    Let’s revive the idea of towing a big one to the arid California coast,
    and using it for a fresh water supply.
    If icebergs aren’t renewable, I don’t know what is.
    The prevailing wind over the thing might even counter a little bit of global warming.
    And as it melts fast, it may dynamically raise the ocean level locally, gratifying the greens
    on that score. See the headlines: ICE MELTS!.
    And you could put an airstrip on it, then make the airstrip disappear….another green dream.
    Churchill was right, ya know (ice9, ice9).
    Yup, never mind reality, just another Hollywood story needing a good PR flak.

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    pat

    Miranda Devine has made it to DrudgeReport. hit the big-time!

    16 Jul: Daily Telegraph: Miranda Devine: Who’s afraid of the big bad climate monster?
    In Al Gore’s latest cinematic dose of climate scaremongering, a young Asian man is crying.
    “I feel so scared” he wails, before vision of solicitous uncle Al patting his hand in an attempt to soothe away his fears of the apocalypse.
    Scaremongering is what Gore does best, and fear is the business model that has made him rich, though his every apocalyptic scenario has failed to materialise.

    In Australia last week to spruik his upcoming movie An Inconvenient Sequel, the former US vice president tried it on again, claiming Mother Nature was “screaming” and the world would ­descend into “political disruption and chaos and diseases, stronger storms and more ­destructive floods” unless we buy his snake oil…

    Silly Labor premiers bought that snake oil last week, pledging alongside the grinning Gore that Victoria, Queensland, the ACT and South Australia would embrace renewables to produce zero net emissions by 2050.
    They haven’t learned the lesson from SA’s extreme green experiment with renewable energy that has produced nothing but crippling blackouts and the highest electricity prices in the world.

    Any normal person with such a woeful record of accuracy as Gore would be ashamed to show his face…

    In our region countries are busy building new clean coal plants. In East Asia alone 1250 new plants are under construction or planned.
    Yet in the past eight years in Australia not a single new baseload coal or gas generation unit has been built.
    That has to change…
    Fossil fuels are here to stay, despite Al Gore.
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/whos-afraid-of-the-big-bad-climate-monster/news-story/5079c031c43e3de67572402640cc6fc0

    a powerful message to the world, Miranda.

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    angech

    The happy fact is you can only get really big icebergs when it is very cold.i If the ice ever melts away a lot the icebergs would be much smaller.
    Ie global warming can only be proved by little icebergs.

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    Raven

    What ever happened to that guy that set up a tent on an iceberg?
    He was planning to camp out on it to raise awareness of global warming and just go where ever the berg took him.

    I don’t recall seeing anything after the initial press release and fanfare.

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    There was a wild theory that this ice-shelf was forming a wedge against the glaciers further back. Surprisingly, the BBC debunked this theory, quoting a Prof Helen Fricker.

    Most glaciologists are not particularly alarmed by what’s going on at Larsen C, yet. It’s business as usual.

    But, unsurprisingly the Guardian tried to push this false alarmism, particularly in this comment.

    Unlike thin layers of sea ice, ice shelves are floating masses of ice, hundreds of metres thick, which are attached to huge, grounded ice sheets. These ice shelves act like buttresses, holding back and slowing down the movement into the sea of the glaciers that feed them.

    “There is enough ice in Antarctica that if it all melted, or even just flowed into the ocean, sea levels [would] rise by 60 metres,” said Martin Siegert, professor of geosciences at Imperial College London and co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change & Environment.

    By placing the second paragraph (on the consequence of all Antarctica melting) right after one on an unsupported theory, it makes it seem to the unwary reader that ice shelves are acting like buttresses to all that ice.

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      ie media beat up and science takes second place as usual

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        David Maddison

        I’m since when did warmists believe in science, Gee?

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        el gordo

        Scientists fight back against catastrophe theory.

        ‘Doomsday activist who claimed humans will be ‘burned alive’ by climate change is shot down by scientists

        ‘A controversial article appearing in the New York magazine has drawn criticism from the scientific community’

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    Gbees

    Q: is this the area of the Antarctic with undersea volcanoes? Just interested to know.

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      No. This iceberg is part of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Volcanoes are under West Antarctica.
      This graphic from the Guardian shows the thin arm of the Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic Circle goes through the top end of Larsen C, so it is at the most Northerly extremity of the frozen continent.
      The Volcanoes are in West Antarctica, along will the vast glaciers which sit on top of the hidden volcanoes. The is the nobble at the left of the graphic, from which the arm of the Antarctic Peninsula extends. Most of the area of Antarctica is East Antarctica, the big round area to the right of the graphic.
      This map from geology(dot)com shows the Larsen ice shelf on the left, and the West Antarctica.

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      AndyG55

      Most of the West Antarctic peninsular is an ACTIVE volcanic region.

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    Another Ian

    Sort of o/t

    Not Antarctic but involves ice

    https://realclimatescience.com/2017/07/arctic-to-be-ice-free-by-november-10/#comments

    Don’t miss reading the comments

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    Ruairi

    All but alarmists agree,
    That massive icebergs must break free,
    From Antarctica’s shore,
    And calve as before,
    Many times in the cold Waddell Sea.

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    David Maddison

    O/T

    Victoria’s Dopey Dan wastes more taxpayer money. As Trump drains the swamp the swamp rats are looking for other feeding grounds.

    http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/al-gore-launches-victorias-renewable-energy-action-plan/

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      David Maddison

      The plan includes:

      $48.1 million for renewable energy certificate purchasing, including powering Victoria’s tram fleet

      Indeed. Not one kWh of new electricity will be produced. It is simply a paper transaction with nothing produced except Aussie taxpayer funds being transferred overseas…

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    Bob Fernley-Jones

    But what has it got to do with global warming anyway?

    Aerial photography shows deep cracking before separation that credibly aligns with a hinging effect as sea tides rise and fall. Surely, it must be a bending fatigue failure! Temperature change in the ice is trivial WRT the mechanical properties. There is an argument that the ice shelf is getting thinner and that thus its section modulus is reduced (reduced bending strength), but this would also seem to be trivial in relation to the currently great thickness of the ice (only about 10% visible freeboard I think).

    Maybe summer surface melting may accelerate the deepening of the crack, but the prime cause remains mechanical, including perhaps from wave action in storms creating heaving waves in the ice?
    Bob Fernley-Jones

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    TdeF

    For all the size of this iceberg, Antarctica is 2x the size of the continental US, the size of South America and as tall as the ocean is deep, 4km. An ocean above ground. This iceberg is a snowflake.

    This iceberg has broken off because Antarctic ice is growing, not shrinking. Only an alarmist would conclude the place is melting. The Global Warming scare just does not work in Antarctica, a place too cold for life below 60 latitude. At 69 degrees North, the Russian city of Murmansk has a population of 300,000. Our Antarctic Mawson Station at 67 degrees South houses up to 60 people in summer and a massive 20 people in winter. No Opera then?

    Al Gore’s scary tale is just so silly in the Southern Hemisphere, as was proven by Prof Turkey and his Ship of Fools.

    However with 2% of the world’s population in the South including Mawson base, we in the South have a huge Ozone hole and we pay $200 a litre for refrigerant, largely punitive government taxes. Again Australians saving the world by paying massive taxes, this one so high it is cheaper to buy a new Chinese airconditioner than to regas the old one, but isn’t that the idea? Send all the money overseas. People complain about Trump’s make America Great. No one notices the UN agenda of Make China Rich.

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    Gazman

    A little off topic, but very interesting is that the Weddell Sea is where Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctic expedition on the Endurance became stuck in the ice. The ship was eventually crushed and sank, leaving the crew to survive on the ice. They salvaged two life boats and used them to eventually escape the ice to Elephant Island. Shackleton and a small crew set off from there to South Georgia Island, where he was able to reach the whaling station and effect a rescue of every one of his men. Frank Hurley produced a amazing photographic record. It was an astonishing feat of survival and heroism. If anyone can find a copy of the book “Endurance”, get it and read it (it may be on Amazon kindle).

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    David Maddison

    O/T

    If you are in Sydney you can see Climate Hustle tonight (July 18, 2017). It is free but you have to book.

    http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/06/28/finally-see-climate-hustle-in-australia-melbourne-brisbane-sydney/

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    PeterS

    We all know the climate change gang of scam artists not only ignore the historical facts but often twist them to fit their agenda to promote their scam. That’s how they highlight what we observe happening today and make it appear like it’s all out of control due to human induced CO2 emissions. Yet the facts speak for themselves and I wonder why they are not all taken to court for scaremongering and exaggeration that would land anyone in prison if they did something similar in other areas.

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    Robert Rosicka

    The media and the warmistas are oppressing the right of the icebergs to break free from mainstream stereotypes.

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    and what are the scientists saying about this?

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    Robert Rosicka

    Forget about the “science” they haven’t used it in years just Crystal ball and computer games along with scary and wild predictions of which none have come true .
    And who cares what a scientist says about an icebergs right to break free from mainstream stereotypes anyway .

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      what a completely useless comment. So you are happy to rail against the msm but when the scientists agree with you (ie they say this berg is unexceptional) you ignore them because of your own view of science.

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        Robert Rosicka

        So how many MSM reports have you seen where the reporter has pushed some so called expert , with one sided loaded questions about the iceberg and globull warming ?Everyone I’ve seen in this country OZ anyway , icebergs breaking away or calving is a natural phenomenon and has been happening since the earth has developed ice .
        Now if you ask for a link for that last statement it will show just exactly what sort of a troll you really are .

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          seen plenty of such reports and I agree.

          This has nothing to do with the fact that the scientists you characterise with silly and undefined terms like crystal ball and computer games actually agree with you on the reasons for the crack in the ice sheet turning into a berg.

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            el gordo

            From my general reading the scientists agree that this particular berg is recalcitrant and doesn’t fit their preferred meme. It is what it is.

            Gee Aye you need to seriously lift your game.

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            Robert Rosicka

            If i understand you correctly , you’re saying the scientists are not putting this event into the globull warming category,
            If you understand me correctly I’m saying the MSM are trying to get anyone to blame this event on globull warming .
            As for Crystal ball gazing and computer games and wild predictions of so called scientists , can you give me one just one example where scientists have empirical evidence to prove their claim on ocean acidity due to increased Co2 or the affect of Co2 causing a runaway warming climate .
            Only those examples that haven’t been debunked or exposed as garbage by other scientists allowed no cheating .

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              David Maddison

              I wonder what the warmists think the alternative to iceberg carving is? Do they think there should never be any carving and the ice shelf expands indefinitely?

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                Who are these warmists?

                Are you talking about the general public with no scientific background or polar scientists? I’ve not heard any relevant experts claim anything other than this is normal. I’m still waiting for a link to any scientist with expertise in this field who says this is not normal?

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              Robert Rosicka

              Not getting much of a response from the little troll with the fake name .

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              this is a straw man. Maybe you can show me a scientific paper where runaway warming climate is predicted or where CO2 causes an acidic ocean.

              If on the other hand you are talking about a lower pH and plain old warming, that is a bit easy.

              Of course before I went ahead and did this fool’s errand, it would be good to know what you define as empirical evidence. I ask because there are a lot of lay definitions that differ from each other considerably and I don’t want to waste my time by assuming one thing only for you to claim that it is not empirical.

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                el gordo

                ‘….and I don’t want to waste my time …’

                Heaven forbid, develop cognitive dissonance and you’ll always have the last word.

                Twinotter is a better resident troll than you.

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                Robert Rosicka

                Maybe this will help .

                empirical
                ɛmˈpɪrɪk(ə)l,ɪmˈpɪrɪk(ə)l/
                adjective
                based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience rather than theory or pure logic.
                “they provided considerable empirical evidence to support their argument”
                synonyms: observed, seen, factual, actual, real, verifiable, first-hand; More

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                OK,

                Maybe you can show me a scientific paper where runaway warming climate is predicted or where CO2 causes an acidic ocean.

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                Robert Rosicka

                Oh Ye hypocrite, what is the definition of straw man .
                We both are guilty of this to a degree but the argument that empirical evidence for Co2 induced CAGW just do not exist .
                Each side of this argument is tested by the other , our side have never withheld any research or work to prove your side wrong , we never adjusted then readjusted our work to suit our view .
                Asking anyone to prove otherwise puts you into the straw man category , you either have proof or none and in this case you have didly squat .
                Look up the meaning of the word “Empirical ” and see if it fits your meme .

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                poached from another post (see if you can find who wrote it regarding who) regarding your trolling demand “can you give me one just one example…etc”

                As per the off topic questions raised, do note they were raised with a ‘demand’ that I address them. Another common Troll Tactic. Raise a point NOT relevant, likely not even appropriate, then “claim victory” with a vague odour of “the folks demanded at must be incapable”. It’s a subtile variation on “Have you stopped beating your spouse?!”. Never ever answer, either yes or no. At most, point out the question is absurd and ask why would one ever ask it. But add another Troll Count point.

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                el gordo

                Professor Nancy Bertler, of the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, says this iceberg discharge is directly linked to ozone depletion and industrial CO2. I haven’t seen a paper but she must have written a few, after all she has been wandering around preaching imminent SLR and the catastrophic consequences to follow.

                In regards to your troll status ….

                The rafting of large bergs is related to the intensification of the Subtropical Ridge and its southerly latitude, which is happening as we speak. Its a signal.

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    pat

    18 Jul: Australian: Greg Brown: Solar panel fires rise amid warnings over battery use
    Queensland firefighters attended at least 64 fires caused by solar panels since the start of 2015, amid industry warnings that the risk of more severe fire is growing as consumers rush to adopt lithium-ion battery technology.

    A spokeswoman for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the service had attended 15 fires caused by solar energy systems in 2015, which more than doubled to 33 incidents last year.
    Firefighters attended at least 16 incidents caused by solar ­panels in the first half of this year…

    Victoria’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade said it attended more than 40 fires caused by solar panels in the past five years, Fire Rescue NSW responded to seven fires caused by solar panels last year…

    Mr Cutler said that solar panel fires were usually caused by ­poorly trained installers who used cheap products…

    Victorian couple Kathy and Ravin Sadhi had a fire at their home in regional Bacchus Marsh caused by a solar panel two years ago…
    The solar system did not ­include battery storage…
    “The water was able to leak into the isolator and caused the fire; I was advised it was poor technique,” she said. “I think there should be stronger regulation.”

    The solar battery storage ­industry is pushing to kill new ­regulations that would force homeowners to build a separate “fire bunker” housing for battery installations…READ ALL
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/mining-energy/solar-panel-fires-rise-amid-warnings-over-battery-use/news-story/7dbb44c7c0703028d14aa27cd7435246

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      TdeF

      That’s a very interesting point. If the battery stores say a charge enough to power a Tesla for 300km, it is equivalent to a tank of petrol, with the same explosive power. If not an explosion, then a fire which would be devastating for the average home. One of the advantages of a central coal power station which supplies power on demand is that there is no domestic storage, no domestic storage risk.

      The move to add mandatory domestic storage is equivalent to a big LP gas bottle inside every home. It is therefore a foregone conclusion that deaths from fire will result. They will be the result of ‘Green’ policies. They may even be frequent. Big fires too which can sweep through crowded areas or high rise or terrace buildings. You have to wonder at the nett value to society of eliminating this carbon dioxide ‘pollution’. So stop breathing, as every living thing on this planet is a carbon dixodie polluter and there are 5 billion more people on the planet than 100 years ago.

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        TdeF

        I suspect these fires would not be ones you could put out. The collapse of the batteries would generate enormous heat even without oxygen. This would be closer to say 300kg of magnesium, which can burn without oxygen.

        Consider..”A thermal runaway means that the battery cell releases stored energy rapidly, and lithium-ion batteries with higher energy density can release a lot more energy more quickly than other battery types. Lithium-ion batteries contain a highly flammable electrolyte, so they store both electrical energy from the normal battery chemistry and chemical energy from the lithium-based electrolyte.

        Thermal runaway can occur when the battery self-heats, which can happen when electrolyte reaches temperatures as low as 158 to 194 degrees F (70 to 90 degrees C), according to the FPRF report. Runaway accelerates quickly at higher temperatures, and the greater the charge in the battery, the faster runaway happens. Temperatures during a runaway can reach 1,110 degrees F (600 degrees C). The battery cells will also experience increased pressure, venting or popping of the cell, possible ignition of cell gases, possible ejection of cell contents and propagation to adjacent cells.”

        So you can forget your fire extinguisher. Run.

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        David Maddison

        TdeF, you indirectly raise another issue.

        Traditional insurance policies place limits on the amount of fuels you can store at home e.g. petrol/(US)gasoline and LPG/(US)propane without having special facilities.

        The whole battery storage and solar panel thing is going into unexplored territory for insurance companies especially since firefighters are reluctant to gain roof access by cutting through solar panels that might be energised at hundreds of volts or deal with battery fires.

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          David Maddison

          The other insurance issue is the high value of a solar panel and battery setup which could be tens of thousands of dollars extra that needs to be insured, apart from the extra insurance risk such installations incur.

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    pat

    12 Jul: Australian: Greg Brown: ‘Years to understand’ fire risk of solar power systems
    Victoria’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade has responded to more than 40 fires caused by home solar power systems in the past five years and warned that it would take years to understand the fire risk posed by lithium ion battery storage.
    The MFB said the solar installations were vulnerable to faults across their systems, including isolation switches, inverters and installed wiring, and from deteriorating components.
    The alarming figures come as the solar battery storage industry pushes to kill new regulations that would force homeowners to build a separate “fire bunker” housing for battery installations…

    Under draft rules released by Standards Australia, lithium ion batteries are classed as “Fire Class 1” and would not be allowed inside or within 1m of a domestic dwelling…
    The safety moves are designed to avoid a repeat of Labor’s insulation batts scheme in which the rapid rollout of roof insulation in 2009 led to more than 200 house fires across the nation, and ultimately four deaths…

    “We are aware of as many as eight recalls nationally over the last five years of DC isolator switches which are located next to the solar panel on the roof,” (Energy Safe Victoria director Neil) Fraser said.
    “It is important that those ­people who have panels maintain them. They need to be cleaned regularly and inspected, preferably by a licensed electrician.”…

    The owner of a Sydney-based solar panel maintenance company said he had seen “hundreds” of fires caused by solar panels in the past five years…
    He said cheap products from China had forced local installers to drop prices and cut corners…

    But CEC chief executive Kane Thornton said yesterday the lithium ion batteries were ***not a fire hazard, although he acknowledged it would take time to fully understand their risk.
    “Things can go wrong from time to time but they are a relatively ***low risk, particularly relative to a bunch of other appliances and things that people have got in their homes”…
    A spokesman for Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said the industry was heavily regulated and the fire risk from solar panels was not high.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/years-to-understand-fire-risk-of-solar-power-systems/news-story/bcb237fc4e13e3cf37e56cadfaf44430

    ***not a fire hazard OR low risk?

    11 Jun: TheCapitolist: Brian Burgess: South Miami Solar Plans Raise Questions About Disposal, Fire Safety
    With another city commission meeting slated for Tuesday night, South Miami mayor Phillip Stoddard isn’t backing down from his plans to require all new construction in the city to include solar panels on the roof. But while Stoddard remains a staunch advocate for forcing solar power onto rooftops, he’s got few answers about plans to deal with defective or aging solar panels and used lithium batteries that will soon begin to pile up in his tiny community…

    The technology is plagued with challenges, and renewable energy advocates are starting to realize that the true cost of solar must include the environmental impact of manufacturing, maintaining and disposing of solar panels and batteries. Both contain hazardous chemicals and rare materials that have an impact on the environment all their own.
    Worse, there is currently no market for recycling solar panels, because it’s not cost-effective to do so…
    Stoddard acknowledges his city is too small to attract recycling vendors at this stage, but he’s aware that dealing with solar waste is going to be a signficant issue at some point in the future…

    Fire safety is another looming problem, and one that Stoddard declined to address in a series of email exchanges on the subject…
    But even when solar panels are not the cause of blaze, they still get in the way of firefighters trying to contain a blaze. Wired Magazine covered the issue in gritty detail last month…ETC
    http://thecapitolist.com/south-miami-solar-plans-raise-questions-about-disposal-fire-safety/

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    Bulldust

    O/Topic … more praise for renewables at The Age, unless you read the detail of the story at the end:

    http://www.theage.com.au/business/energy/somebodys-got-it-wrong-on-renewables-20170717-gxclo8.html

    ARENA (Government leeches dependent on pushing renewables narrative) pushed out a report based on a survey of Australia’s biggest (96) companies, which contained such gems as:

    “Companies planning to use more renewable energy are doing so for the financial benefits, while businesses with no intention to use renewables say it’s because it’s too expensive,” says the report, provided to Fairfax Media ahead of its release on Tuesday at the Australian Clean Energy Summit.

    “This mismatch may be simply a case of familiarity. Companies already using renewables would likely have conducted in-depth cost-benefit analyses and therefore would be more familiar with the financials of renewable energy compared to those that have never used it.”

    But when you push further you find out that of the 46 companies which actually use renewables only three (yes, 3) use it to supply in excess of 10% of their energy needs. And of those that are looking into renewables are allocating between $1 and $100 million … might sound like a lot, but when you are talking the top 96 companies in Oz that is a drop in the virtue signalling bucket.

    These are sophisticated companies. If they could save oodles in costs by switching to renewables you wouldn’t be able to stop them. The fact that they only get a smidge of their power this way is all the information you need to know.

    Renewables have been weighed, measured and found wanting.

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    tom0mason

    There really is only one thing to note (if you are not at sea and in the vicinity of icebergs) and that is that the Antarctic ice cores have some of the best record of the atmosphere going back many centuries. From this ice core data it has been shown that –

    The last 1000 years of temperature and CO2 levels show no correlation.
    The last 10,000 years of temperature and CO2 levels show no correlation.
    The last 1 million years of temperature and CO2 levels show no correlation.

    Why does anyone think that this time it must be different.

    Historical record alone say the CO2 levels and global temperature are NOT correlated.

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      The covariation of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration and temperature in Antarctic ice-core records suggests a close link between CO2 and climate during the Pleistocene ice ages. The role and relative importance of CO2 in producing these climate changes remains unclear, however, in part because the ice-core deuterium record reflects local rather than global temperature. Here we construct a record of global surface temperature from 80 proxy records and show that temperature is correlated with and generally lags CO2 during the last (that is, the most recent) deglaciation. Differences between the respective temperature changes of the Northern Hemisphere and Southern Hemisphere parallel variations in the strength of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation recorded in marine sediments. These observations, together with transient global climate model simulations, support the conclusion that an antiphased hemispheric temperature response to ocean circulation changes superimposed on globally in-phase warming driven by increasing CO2 concentrations is an explanation for much of the temperature change at the end of the most recent ice age.

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        Raven

        These observations, together with transient global climate model simulations, support the conclusion . . .

        Adjusted observations are not in fact observations . . and thus, are dubious at best.
        Non-validated climate models support nothing.

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          Robert Rosicka

          And don’t forget this bit of ground breaking proof .

          The role and relative importance of CO2 in producing these climate changes remains unclear .

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            Robert Rosicka

            Or there’s this gem .

            The covariation of carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration and temperature in Antarctic ice-core records suggests a close link between CO2 and climate during the Pleistocene ice ages.

            My cat had wings and feathers in its mouth the other day , so I suggest the cat was growing feathers and therefore this supports the agreed conclusion that my cat has turned into a chicken .

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          David Maddison

          The simulations are right and it’s the reality that’s wrong…

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          Raven

          Or, more fully . .

          These observations, together with transient global climate model simulations, support the conclusion that an antiphased hemispheric temperature response to ocean circulation changes superimposed on globally in-phase warming driven by increasing CO2 concentrations is an explanation for much of the temperature change at the end of the most recent ice age.

          We have zero T observations “at the end of the most recent ice age”.
          We have zero CO2 concentration observations “at the end of the most recent ice age”.

          But, but, but . . we have proxies, though. That should be fine, right?
          Good thinking 99 . . let’s feed that into our non-validated climate models, write a paper and send out a media release.

          See . . this is why we can’t have nice things . . not even electricity.

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        David-of-Cooyal-in-Oz

        Any reference for that quote Gee Aye?
        Cheers,
        Dave B

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          well I didn’t make it up but it might prompt you and others to look yourselves and to be sceptical of absolutist claims like “no correlation” and “no evidence” etc.

          I found many papers that don’t agree with tomos claim. He and you might well disagree with the published science on CO2 but it you can’t claim that there is nothing out there.

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            Raven

            . . but it you can’t claim that there is nothing out there.

            Any peer reviewed X-Files science on that one?
            I think we’re getting closer . .

            But more seriously, people can literally claim anything they like.
            It’s pretty much guaranteed when we consider any non-testable hypotheses.
            AGW epitomises what Richard Feynman calls a vague theory

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        tomo asked for correlation not causation.

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        tom0mason

        Nice try but a fail.

        Concoctions from AGW advocates are not evidence.

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          So you are saying that if a scientist finds a correlation it is automatically rejected by you because they found a correlation?

          Interesting.

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            tom0mason

            No I was never asking a question!

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              well you did ask a rhetorical one after making your falsified statements. You forgot to add the question mark to this

              Why does anyone think that this time it must be different.

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                tom0mason

                “Why does anyone think that this time it must be different.”

                Indeed it was a rhetorical question, as it is a correct statement — PERIOD!

                Those that attempt otherwise this time do little but prostituting themselves and their profession for some transitory fame and fortune.

                They only cuckold the honorable profession of science with their modeled nonsense, that is not science, it is sophistry mixed with outlandish deranged imagination — its little better than a Hollywood sci-fi production.
                If any scientist thinks climate is not about observation and measurement they need to f**k-off to theoretical physics, or one of the ‘social sciences’, where any unproven outlandish idea is called ‘science’
                .
                Real science tests its hypotheses against the observations, against the measurements.
                Thus far there has never been correlation on this planet between CO2 level change and temperature change, therefore to say otherwise demands extraordinary evidence.

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              tom0mason

              Petit et all 1999 — analysed 420,000 years of Vostok, and found that as the world cools into an ice age, the delay before carbon falls is several thousand years.
              Fischer et al 1999 — described a lag of 600 plus or minus 400 years as the world warms up from an ice age.
              Monnin et al 2001 – looked at Dome Concordia (also in Antarctica) – and found a delay on the recent rise out of the last major ice age to be 800 ± 600
              Mudelsee (2001) – Over the full 420,000 year Vostok history Co2 variations lag temperature by 1,300 years ± 1000.
              Caillon et al 2003 analysed the Vostok data and found a lag (where CO2 rises after temperature) of 800 ± 200 years.

              As Joanne points out here –
              http://joannenova.com.au/global-warming-2/ice-core-graph/

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                tom0mason

                And also http://joannenova.com.au/2009/12/carbon-rises-800-years-after-temperatures/

                With updates
                Petit, J.R., Jouzel, J., Raynaud, D., Barkov, N.I., Barnola, J.-M., Basile, I., Bender, M., Chappellaz, J., Davis, M., Delaygue, G., Delmotte, M., Kotlyakov, V.M., Legrand, M., Lipenkov, V.Y., Lorius, C., Pepin, L., Ritz, C., Saltzman, E., and Stievenard, M. 1999. Climate and atmospheric history of the past 420,000 years from the Vostok ice core, Antarctica. Nature 399: 429-436. [Discussion, CO2science]

                Fischer, H., Wahlen, M., Smith, J., Mastroianni, D. and Deck B. 1999. Ice core records of atmospheric CO2 around the last three glacial terminations. Science 283: 1712-1714. [Discussion, CO2science]

                Monnin, E., Indermühle, A., Dällenbach, A., Flückiger, J, Stauffer, B., Stocker, T.F., Raynaud, D. and Barnola, J.-M. 2001. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations over the last glacial termination. Science 291: 112-114. [Discussion, CO2science]

                Mudelsee, M. 2001. The phase relations among atmospheric CO2 content, temperature and global ice volume over the past 420 ka. Quaternary Science Reviews 20: 583-589.

                Caillon, N., Severinghaus, J.P., Jouzel, J., Barnola, J.-M., Kang, J. and Lipenkov, V.Y. 2003. Timing of atmospheric CO2 and Antarctic temperature changes across Termination III. Science 299: 1728-1731. [Discussion, CO2science]

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                tom0mason

                Also of note is the relationship between CO2 and temperatures in the ice core data. Each time after an ice-age CO2 continues to rise for a significant period of time after temperatures begin to fall. This adds to the evidence of CO2 not being a major driver of temperature. CO2 starts to fall long after temperatures plummet, it being dragged down by the falling temperature.

                If CO2 was a major driver of temperature, then the CO2 would have stopped the temperature fall, or at least slowed it, however CO2 continues to increase as temperatures begin the decline.

                That also drive a nail to the heart of the premise of CO2 being a main driver of temperature, no matter what modelers with degrees in scientifical sophistry says.

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                Craig Thomas

                Congratulations, you’ve figured out what the feedback is when you cause global warming: more CO2.

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        TdeF

        That is Antarctic ice cores against global air temperatures which may indeed have lagged CO2 in ice cores. Does that mean CO2 causes warming? No.

        The question is how is global temperature measured? Assuming the proxies are accurate, are they land based? Simple physical chemistry tells us that CO2 is controlled by ocean temperatures. So oceans get warmer, CO2 goes up (most CO2 is in the ocean), the world gets warmer but not because CO2 went up.

        We have exactly the same situation today. Air temperatures are static, at least for the last 20 years. Ocean temperatures are rising and CO2 levels are rising, as Henry’s law says they must. Air temperatures may in fact go up later at the oceans cover 75% of the planet. That does not mean CO2 causes warming.

        However the paper seems to suggest that because CO2 levels measured in Antarctica seem to lag temperatures, that CO2 causes warming. That is not true.

        However the authors say it is true. “Our global temperature stack and transient modelling point to CO2
        as a key mechanism of global warming during the last deglaciation”

        That is a correlation equals causation argument, which is surprising but very acceptable to Nature. In 2011 it was all the rage.

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    most reports say the building was empty, but just noting this for the record:

    16 Jul: WESH2 Florida: Firefighters extinguish fire on roof of SpaceX building
    Heavy smoke poured from the building at Magellan Road and Grouper Road, just north of the Coast Guard station, and about half a mile west of the entrance to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station…
    Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Chris Quinn said arriving firefighters found active fire in the roof decking when they arrived.
    The large building, and difficulty reaching the fire made the job tough. Firefighters wearing lots of heavy protective gear and equipment had to climb 75-foot tall ladders in the hot Florida afternoon sun to reach the blaze. One firefighter experienced heat stress, and was taken to a hospital to be checked. There were no other injuries…

    Chief Quinn said the SpaceX building did not appear to have hazardous materials in it.
    The fire was extinguished, and then firefighters had to peel back the roof to ensure the fire was completely out. Chief Quinn said the cause of the fire was not known. Detectives from the State Fire Marshal’s Office were called to investigate…
    WESH 2 News space reporter Dan Billow noted that this building houses SpaceX rockets that have returned from space flight…
    http://www.wesh.com/article/your-mac-and-cheese-may-contain-toxic-chemicals/10306884

    17 Jul: FloridaToday: Suzy Fleming Leonard: Investigation: SpaceX fire at Port Canaveral caused by building maintenance
    The Sunday afternoon roof fire at a SpaceX building at Port Canaveral has been ruled an accident, a Cape Canaveral Fire Department spokesman said.
    The state fire marshal was at the Magellan Road site until about 9 p.m. Sunday, said Assistant Fire Chief Chris Quinn. A crew was using a grinder on the side of the building Thursday or Friday. A hot ember sparked from that work landed on a piece of wood, and eventually ignited. It was accidental, he said.
    A passerby on State Road 401 reported seeing smoke coming from the rooftop of a building at 4:46 p.m. Sunday, Quinn said…

    Quinn said the fire was relatively minor, but it was difficult to access.
    “It’s a very large building,” he said, rising a little more than two stories.
    One Cape Canaveral firefighter was transferred to Cape Canaveral Hospital, where he was treated for heat exhaustion, Quinn said.
    “They gave him some fluids,” he said. “Everything is OK.”…
    http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/17/investigation-spacex-fire-port-canaveral-caused-building-maintenance/485428001/

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    a bit more…

    16 Jul: Teslarati: Eric Ralph: SpaceX’s planned refurbishment facility briefly catches fire at Cape Canaveral
    It seems highly implausible that SpaceX would ever be able to secure a permit for routine hot-fire testing at a facility literally within the bounds of an active port, and this implies that SpaceX’s refurbishment procedures will soon pivot away from intensive static fire testing of every recovered booster…

    There is no current public timeline for the development of the refurbishment facility, but it is certainly a breath of relief to hear that the small fire that occurred earlier this night was extremely minor and is highly unlikely to impact whatever that construction schedule may be…
    https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-leased-refurbishment-facility-fire-cape-canaveral/

    17 Jul: SpaceFlightInsider: Captain Brian Dennison of the Cape Canaveral Fire Department told SpaceFlight Insider that the fire occurred where contractors were doing some refurbishment to the building…
    “SpaceX’s contractors were doing the work, and that would have been either Thursday or Friday this past week,” Dennison said. “At this point, we’re still unsure of a cause and an origin of the fire, but it was in the area of where they were doing work on the roof.”
    http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/space-exploration-technologies/small-fire-extinguished-spacex-building-port-canaveral/

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    10 Jul: Times-Gazette: Jeff Gilliland: Solar panel catches on fire
    Tim Thuering, captain of the Highland County North Joint Fire and Ambulance District in Leesburg, said he was driving by Leesburg American Legion Post 568 when he saw what appeared to be flames coming out of the side of the building. When he inspected the flames closer though, they were coming from a solar panel that powers a light above a mural of different scenes from Leesburg that hangs on the side of the building.
    The solar panel is located on the side of the building near the roof line. It was destroyed…
    Monday’s fire left some small soot marks on the mural, but other than the solar panel that was the only damage…
    http://www.timesgazette.com/news/17923/solar-panel-catches-on-fire

    another good idea with unintended consequences!

    13 Jul: Australian: AAP: Melbourne recycling plant fire: Toxic smoke forces evacuations
    The blaze broke out at the Coolaroo SKM Recycling factory on Thursday morning after firefighters extinguished a smaller blaze at the site on Wednesday night. Emergency services issued an evacuation warning for the suburb of Dallas at 8.30pm on Thursday night, with very poor air quality levels detected by the Environment Protection Authority.
    People are being advised to collect their medicines, pets and belongings and securely lock their houses before leaving…

    “We’re saying it could go up to three days to put the fire out completely,” MFB deputy chief officer Ken Brown told 3AW.
    “What we’re trying to do over the next 24 hours is try and get the smoke down … and then we can fully extinguish this fire.” Mr Brown also said it was the fourth time the factory had caught fire in recent months, with other blazes in February, June and on Wednesday night. He said firefighters were working with the council and business owners to find out why the fires were starting and how to stop them…

    “It’s a mixture of cardboard, paper and plastic and they’re ground up into fine pieces of stockpile ready for the recycling process,” he said. “They burn rapidly, they burn deep-seated and they’re very hard to extinguish.” Clarissa Garrow, who works directly across the road from the fire, said the blaze was “insane”.
    “No one can get in and no one can get out,” she earlier told AAP. “Ash and papers are flying everywhere. This is a regular thing, on my first day there was a fire there.”…
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/melbourne-recycling-plant-fire-toxic-smoke-forces-evacuations/news-story/9056f4d73be20acc43e505c9d66d2cc4

    COMMENT: by Chris: More filth in the atmosphere in a few days than a year from a coal fired plant producing months of electricity to South Australian homes..For those that need it.
    Of course this is just “pollution” and has nothing to do with carbon emissions.

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    OT another Green gone maybe ? Larrisa Waters ? Just resigned from the senate .

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    Robert Rosicka

    Same reason as last green poly resigning , dual citizen .

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      Bulldust

      I am wondering how many more pollies are going to get caught up in this one. It is a silly law TBH, but them’s the breaks.

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        the fact that she needed legal advice says a lot about it.

        I know several people who are still unsure about their status and one is currently going through the motions to get a British passport in part to be certain about this (I wont go into why this is important but it is not politics in this case). Basically he was born after 1983 in the UK (rules different prior to 83) and his parents were not British citizens but were employed in UK with right to reside visas but were not permanent residents. Right to reside seems to mean he can claim to be a British national but aspects of the wording of the regulations suggest he may not.

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          Robert Rosicka

          Why would you need legal advice to know whether or not you were born overseas ?

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            the advice is not about place of birth. The issue is not about place of birth

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              Robert Rosicka

              Nothing to do with being born overseas which would make you a dual citizen no matter what age you came to Australia hey .
              When an aspiring chriiminal wants to become a politician they sign a legal document which under the relevant section you are not entitled to become a parliamentary rep if you hold dual citizenship .
              Unless of course you’ve renounced the other country and this is very clear to them as witnessed from their own mouths .
              Their excuse is I assumed , or didn’t bother to check because I thought, etc etc .
              You’re not a very good troll are you ? And you’ve just let everyone know who pays your wage for trolling .
              Your ABC is on your side by the way and also share your sentiments on this matter but rules is rules , break them and suffer the consequences.
              One green goes it’s a tragedy two go and it’s a bloody good start .

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                What are you on about? Or on?

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                Craig Thomas

                I think he’s on about proving he has NFI, Gee.

                Being born overseas has no automatic implication about citizenship, and nor does being born in Australia.

                I have a daughter who was born overseas and she has single Australian citizenship, whereas I was born in Sydney with dual citizenship.

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                I don’t think Robert has ever been wrong about anything. He is not about to start now.

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    ***not surprised.

    17 Jul: NYT: California Extends Climate Bill, Handing Gov. Jerry Brown a Victory
    By ADAM NAGOURNEY
    The measure was approved by a two-thirds majority in both the Assembly and the Senate, a margin that Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, had insisted lawmakers meet to avoid any potential legal challenges. ***In the end, eight Republicans voted for the bill, affirming what many described as the need to deal with climate change and differentiating themselves from Republicans in Washington…

    The program imposes a statewide cap on carbon dioxide emissions. Companies are permitted to buy and sell pollution credits, allowing them to exceed the cap. Not incidentally, Mr. Brown is relying on money raised from the program to help finance another of his last-term priorities, construction of a high-speed train between San Francisco and Los Angeles…

    Kevin de Leon, Democratic president of the Senate: “Californians overwhelmingly support our efforts to tackle climate change,” he said. “They know it’s an urgent threat and they want us to continue to lead.”…
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/climate/california-cap-and-trade-approved-jerry-brown.html

    17 Jul: SanFranciscoChronicle: Cap-and-trade survives razor-thin votes in California Legislature
    By David R. Baker
    Despite fierce opposition from both the left and the right, Brown’s bill won approval in the senate and assembly, with barely a vote to spare…
    “Tonight, California stood tall and once again, boldly confronted the existential threat of our time,” Brown said in an emailed statement Monday night. “Republicans and Democrats set aside their differences, came together and took courageous action. That’s what good government looks like.”…

    Passage required two-thirds of the legislators in each house. Twenty-eight senators voted in favor — one more than needed. Surviving the assembly required 54 votes in favor, and the bill secured 55. Several assembly Republicans crossed party lines to support it, even though some noted that California represents just 1 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

    “You’re right, we’re a very small component of the world on this,” said Assemblyman Rocky Chavez, R-Oceanside (San Diego County). “But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be leaders on something that’s threatening the world.”…

    Both houses also approved a companion measure, AB 617, that will increase monitoring of industrial air pollution and toughen penalties for polluters…
    http://www.sfgate.com/business/article/Crucial-vote-for-California-cap-and-trade-11295208.php

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    17 Jul: SanJoseMercuryNews: Richard Halstead: Two Bay Area counties sue oil companies over sea-rise
    Two Bay Area counties sued 37 oil, gas and coal companies Monday asserting the companies knew their fossil fuel products would cause sea level rise and coastal flooding but failed to reduce their greenhouse gas pollution.

    The lawsuit was part of a coordinated litigation attack by Marin, San Mateo County and the city of Imperial Beach.

    The lawsuit, filed in Marin County Superior Court, alleges that “major corporate members of the fossil fuel industry, have known for nearly a half century that unrestricted production and use of their fossil fuel products create greenhouse gas pollution that warms the planet and changes our climate.”

    The suit goes on to say that even though the fossil fuel companies knew there was a narrow window to take action before consequences would be irreversible, they engaged in a “coordinated, multi-front effort” to “discredit the growing body of publicly available scientific evidence and persistently create doubt.”…

    And the suit states that this greenhouse gas pollution has “substantially contributed to a wide-range of dire climate-related effects including global warming, rising atmospheric and ocean temperatures, ocean acidification, melting polar ice caps and glaciers, more extreme and volatile weather and sea level rise.”

    The defendants named in the suit include San Ramon-based Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and Shell…READ ON
    http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/17/two-bay-area-counties-file-complaint-against-oil-companies-over-sea-rise/

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    Robert Rosicka

    OT again but I was listening to the local weather report for my area of Victoriastan and it was light intermittent rain no more than 5mm possible .
    We just had a five minute downpour that has come close to flooding us out , from experience it’s about 15+ mm .

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    reeling in Tassie:

    17 Jul: Xinhua: Marine heatwave off Australian coast “almost certainly” caused by climate change: study
    The study, compiled by the University of Tasmania (UTAS), said that an area of the Tasman Sea was affected by a heatwave for 251 consecutive days in the summer of 2015/16.

    The area, roughly seven times the size of Tasmania, experienced a peak intensity of 2.9 degrees Celsius warmer than expected, causing widespread harm for marine life.
    Researchers from the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) found that a surge of warm water from the East Australian Current (EAC) was responsible for the heatwave…

    “Scientists are inherently conservative about making grand claims, but we can say with 99 percent confidence that anthropogenic climate change made this marine heatwave several times more likely, and there’s an increasing probability of such extreme events in the future,” Eric Oliver, the lead researcher, said in a statement.

    “The 2015/16 event was the longest and most intense marine heatwave on record off Tasmania.”
    He said that Tasmanian industry was still reeling from the impact the heatwave had…ETC
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-07/17/c_136449270.htm

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    1.5 to 6 times as likely? sounds accurate:

    15 Jul: Springer: Climatic Change: Attributing extreme fire risk in Western Canada to human emissions
    FROM ABSTRACT:
    Fourteen metrics from the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System are used to define the extreme fire seasons. For the majority of these metrics and during the current decade, the combined effect of anthropogenic and natural forcing is estimated to have made extreme fire risk events in the region 1.5 to 6 times as likely compared to a climate that would have been with natural forcings alone…
    https://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-017-2030-0

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      Manfred

      Yeahhhhh right.
      Is there a “metric” for the amount of combustible detritus allowed to accumulate on the forest floor due to the Green Nazista forest “management” policies (“don’t touch or come near”), which forms the perfect voluminous accelerant for massive forest fires, intentionally blamed on anthropogenic driven “climate change” and all past of the Grand Green Master Plan?

      The only thing “settled” here is the immoral consensus of “settled Green politics.”

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    17 Jul: NoTricksZone: Kenneth Richard: CO2 Contributed Only 0.12°C To Global Temps Since 1850
    CO2 is a very weak greenhouse gas
    A Swiss scientist known to have published hundreds of scientific papers in physics journals has authored a new scholarly paper that casts serious doubts on the effectiveness of CO2 as a greenhouse gas influencing Earth’s temperatures…

    Below are some of the key user-friendly (non-technical) points from Dr. Reinhart’s paper entitled Infrared absorption of atmospheric carbon dioxide (LINK).

    A summarizing conclusion from the calculations may be that if we doubled today’s concentration (400 ppm) to 800 ppm, the consequent temperature response would be less than 1/4th of a degree Celsius. Even with a ten-fold increase in today’s CO2 concentration (400 ppm) to 4,000 ppm, the resulting temperature change would amount to just 0.8°C…
    http://notrickszone.com/2017/07/17/swiss-physicist-concludes-ipcc-assumptions-violate-reality-co2-a-very-weak-greenhouse-gas/#sthash.4S4Pasmd.ZF4LZZBh.dpbs

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    read it all – for the contradictions:

    17 Jul: Deutsche Welle: Cristina Krippahl: Will climate change turn the Sahel green?
    Climate change can be a good thing. At least for the arid Sahel region in Africa, where rainfall has been increasing as the world warms up. ***But to avoid dire negative consequences, precautions must be taken now.
    That is one conclusion reached by a research paper just published by the Potsdam Institute for Climate research (Potsdam-Institut für Klimafolgenforschung). “What is new is the observation that there are some scenarios where you get not just a little more rain, but substantially more rain, and it may happen quite suddenly,” Jacob Schewe, co-author of the new study, told DW.

    This does not come as a surprise to Emmanuel Oladipo, professor of climatology at the University of Lagos, in Nigeria, who emphasized the high degree of volatility of the climate in the region.”What appears to be happening now is that the system is tilting to what happened in the sixties. We are getting more rainfall than what we used to get.”…

    “What we need now are more reliable predictions. So that people can know how much rain will fall ***in the next one or two weeks and get prepared for it” Emmanuel Oladipo said, adding that “Unfortunately people are not able to do that, due to a lack of communication, limited education and the ***inability of weather predicting systems.”
    http://www.dw.com/en/will-climate-change-turn-the-sahel-green/a-39724061

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    VIDEO: 17 Jul: ClimateDepot: Marc Morano: Watch: Alex Epstein warns of ‘destructive fad’ of ‘climate catastrophism’ – Mocks ‘Paris Poverty Plan’ & dubs solar/wind ‘unreliables’
    Epstein: ‘I think Trump had an obligation to stand up both for Americans, but also for 3 billion energy poor people throughout the world…I think it should be called the Paris Poverty Plan, because all it really does is it makes energy more expensive.’…
    http://www.climatedepot.com/2017/07/17/watch-alex-epstein-warns-of-destructive-fad-of-climate-catastrophism-mocks-paris-poverty-plan-dubs-solarwind-unreliables/

    read and weep:

    17 Jul: LA Times: How did your lawmaker vote on California’s climate change program?
    Republicans voting yes: LIST
    http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-cap-and-trade-vote-california-legislature-htmlstory.html

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    this needs proper translating. maybe notrickszone could do it. looks like some CAGW back-tracking in Germany, despite what Merkel might say publicly:

    15 Jul: Gerber presents draft revised energy strategy
    Brandenburg is changing its climate
    Potsdam: On Wednesday, Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Albrecht Gerber (SPD) will present a draft of the revised energy strategy of the country to the economic policy speakers of all political groups in the Brandenburg Landtag.
    According to this, Gerber would significantly reduce the planned saving of carbon dioxide (CO) in Brandenburg for 2030 compared to 1990. (***The local government in Potsdam wants to lower the region’s carbon dioxide emissions by just 55 percent to 62 percent relative to 1990, compared with the current reduction target of 72 percent).

    Alliance 90 / Greens in Brandenburg, the WWF environmental organization and the environmental group Cottbus criticized such plans as a “devastating signal”, “revelation” and “trump climate insanity”. The environmental group Cottbus even sees the red-red coalition agreement in danger.

    However, according to Gerber, it is clear that the ambitious target of 72 per cent of CO savings is not achieved for various reasons. The use of CCS carbon dioxide capture technology failed, not only for the power plant sector, but also for the steel industry due to lack of acceptance. Industry and traffic in Brandenburg were growing stronger than expected…

    There is, however, growing resistance to wind parks. “The reality can not be decided away,” summarizes Brandenburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs…

    The energy strategy is much more than just the brown coal industry. Domres also points to the problem of grid expansion and increasing resistance to wind power plants in the country…
    http://www.lr-online.de/nachrichten/brandenburg/Gerber-stellt-Entwurf-der-ueberarbeiteten-Energiestrategie-vor;art310462,6098157

    ***found the bit in brackets on a website and it made more sense than the google translation, so inserted it.

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    A MUST-READ:

    17 Jul: National Review: Robert Bryce: Climate Lawsuit Brewing?
    Mark Jacobson, the Stanford professor who claims the U.S. can run solely on renewables, tells his critics he’s hired an attorney.
    (Robert Bryce is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute)

    Mark Jacobson, the Stanford engineering professor who became the darling of the green Left by repeatedly claiming the U.S. economy can run solely on renewable energy, has threatened to take legal action against the authors of an article that demolished his claims last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…

    The paper (LINK) — whose lead author is Chris Clack, a mathematician who has worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado and now has an energy consulting firm — received coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other outlets, including a piece from yours truly (LINK) in this space…

    For a comment on this, I contacted Roger Pielke Jr., a professor at the University of Colorado who has written extensively about climate issues…

    Jacobson’s implied threat to sue is “antithetical to what we should be doing, which is to have an open and honest debate,” Pielke said. “But for some reason, climate science, and even discussions about climate science, play by a different set of rules.” He continued, saying Jacobson has launched “an intimidation campaign to clear the field for his ideas. It’s an effort to silence experts when you can’t counter them on the merits.”
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449567/renewables-advocate-mark-jacobson-tells-his-critics-hes-hired-lawyer

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    no wonder I don’t watch ABC. why did Canavan even agree to go on this program?

    18 Jul: CairnsPost: Cairns anti-coal campaigner hijacks Q&A over Canavan’s Adani support
    by Chris Calcino
    CAIRNS anti-coal campaigner Michael Dillon interrupted last night’s episode of Q&A to deliver a brief anti-Adani message to Senator Matt Canavan before being dragged off stage.
    Sen Canavan was being questioned about how Australia could profess to be bringing down carbon emissions while exporting huge amounts of coal when Mr Dillon took to the stage, waving a piece of paper.
    “With all due respect Senator Canavan, you are robbing us of our future and you’re taking away a safe economy for Queensland,” the 20-year-old said before being removed.

    Sen Canavan appeared to have already met the intruder, responding with a “thanks, Michael”.

    In a statement released by Stop Adani Sydney, Mr Dillon said he was born and raised in Cairns and all of his family was in North Queensland.
    “Climate change is savaging my home state,” he said…
    A large group of protesters opposed to the Carmichael coal mine set up outside the Q & A studio ahead of the Liberal senator’s appearance…
    http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns-anticoal-campaigner-hijacks-qa-over-canavans-adani-support/news-story/0a3622959a08209df90925f6192bbe15

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    Robert Rosicka

    Just looked at BOM’s weather report for my area and they have removed the predicted rainfall of 5 mm for today .
    Checked a competitor and they still have 5mm for today , I estimate we have had close to 25 mm so far today and it’s still raining outside and heavy at times .

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    Robert Rosicka

    Correction , competitor says 5-10mm possible .

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    Craig Thomas

    What I get from this post is that “Britannica does not currently have an article on this topic” seen through the lens of…er…”scepticism”, becomes “Strangely Encyclopedia Britannica has no article any more.”

    Now that *is* strange!

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      Roy Hogue

      Craig,

      I have never understood what you’re talking about. I still don’t. Maybe you should not resort to cryptic riddles about Britannica.

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    Shauno

    I was down there bobbing around the Southern Ocean in the mid 90s on a research ship and we saw a big one 26 miles long floating between 55S and 60S in the Heard Island area. Might have been carved of the Amery Ice Shelf was pretty impressive to see. Had big swells crashing into it and the spray was way higher than the ice cliffs which must have been 30m high I guess.

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