Monday, February 1, 2016

Opinion about peer review, of one of the greatest 20th century physicists

"After 1989 Schwinger took a keen interest in the non-mainstream research of cold fusion. He wrote eight theory papers about it. He resigned from the American Physical Society after their refusal to publish his papers. He felt that cold fusion research was being suppressed and academic freedom violated. He wrote:

"The pressure for conformity is enormous. I have experienced it in editors’ rejection of submitted papers, based on venomous criticism of anonymous referees. The replacement of impartial reviewing by censorship will be the death of science."

... "Schwinger was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 for his work on quantum electrodynamics (QED), along with Richard Feynman and Shinichiro Tomonaga. Schwinger's awards and honors were numerous even before his Nobel win. They include the first Albert Einstein Award (1951), the U.S. National Medal of Science (1964), honorary D.Sc. degrees from Purdue University (1961) and Harvard University (1962), and the Nature of Light Award of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1949)." --Wikipedia

Monday, January 25, 2016

"The De-Klein of a Revolutionary Writer: From Subcomandante Marcos to Angel Gurria" --Wrongkindofgreen

Just WOW. Just wow.

"Shock and awe (technically known as rapid dominance) is a military doctrine based on the use of overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force to paralyze the enemy’s perception of the battlefield and destroy its will to fight. (Shock and awe – Overview”, Oxford University Press). In the context of today’s completely top-down environmental/climate “movement” funded by the world’s most powerful institutions, we have a soft-power doctrine serving western hegemony based on the use of overwhelming power and spectacular displays of force via the non-profit industrial complex, that succeeds in paralyzing the public’s perception of the “battlefield” (power structures) and destroy its will to fight. Further this doctrine coupled with social engineering and behavioural change tactics manipulates the populace in not only acquiescing to, but even demanding further servitude and oppression."


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Anthropogenic CO2 predicted to postpone the next ice age by at least 100,000 years --Nature article

Commentary by Denis Rancourt

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is a leading member of the global-warming scientific elite:

"In 2012, he was the lead-author of a report commissioned by the World Bank on possible impacts of a 4 degrees Celsius warming towards the end of the 21st century. This report received a lot of attention worldwide. That same year, Schellnhuber presented the keynote at the gala dinner that opened the high-level segment of the world climate summit COP18 in Doha, Qatar. In the presence of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and UNFCCC's boss Christiana Figueres, a few days later Schellnhuber signed an agreement with the Qatar Foundation to jointly create a Climate change research institute in Qatar - a remarkable step as the country's wealth for decades had been based on exporting fossil fuels." [Wikipedia]

His recent 2016 co-authored paper in Nature contains the conclusions:

"moderate anthropogenic cumulative CO2 emissions of 1,000 to 1,500 gigatonnes of carbon will postpone the next glacial inception by at least 100,000 years"


"our results suggest that anthropogenic interference will make the initiation of the next ice age impossible over a time comparable to the duration of previous glacial cycles."

I would say that those consequences of an increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere -- to the extent that the climate models can reliably be used for climate predictions -- are significant benefits to both humans and the planet, which far outweigh any negative consequences that have been projected and imagined.

Whereas it is difficult to establish a causal link between increased CO2 and any specific human suffering or environmental disaster, there can be no doubt that an ice age is a change in climate and that an ice age would be negative for life on Earth.

To be specific, there is a scientific consensus that an ice age would create large population migrations and associated political tensions possibly leading to wars, global loss of forests, a large drop in global mean surface temperature, massive loss of biodiversity over extended regions, collapse of agriculture, heightened threats to endangered species, loss of bees, perturbed migration patterns, and so on.

Few animal species would benefit from an ice age. The exceptions being cold-region animals such as polar bears.

Although fossil fuel extraction is largely motivated by state power and corporate profit, an unintended side affect may be to have postponed the certain environmental mega disaster of the next ice age, if we can believe climate modellers?

I think we should use some of the next thousand years or so to develop democracy and diplomacy tools (plenty of opportunity for development in those areas) just in case the modellers don't have all the details worked out yet and some of that unavoidable cooling starts to kick in sooner than expected. We know it's coming, modellers or no modellers.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

I love this media article!

Earth heading for 'mini ice age' within 15 years

Research has predicted a new solar 'Maunder minimum' in the 2030s

The Telegraph
11:35AM BST 
11 Jul 2015

Hilarious. Solar physics expert makes his point... Hilarious.

Here be the scientific article itself:

Heartbeat of the Sun from Principal Component Analysis and prediction of solar activity on a millenium timescale
V. V. Zharkova, S. J. Shepherd, E. Popova & S. I. Zharkov
Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 15689 (2015)

Friday, November 20, 2015

It's non-stop -- The climate change paradigm received infinite resources, like light from the sun


From the dystopian to the optimistic, from college students to Pulitzer Prize winners, LETTERS TO THE FUTURE--a national effort to encourage people from all walks of life to write six generations into the future about climate change-- generated original reflections on what has been called the greatest challenge facing the planet.
The campaign puts a spotlight on the importance of world leaders agreeing to a global climate treaty in Paris. Dozens of celebrated public figures joined in drafting letters to future generations of their own families, predicting the success or failure of the Paris talks. Hundreds of letters from the public continue to be posted at
LETTERS TO THE FUTURE is a collaborative independent media project will reach more than 20 Million readers in print and online. The project was orchestrated out of the offices of the Sacramento News & Review and sponsored by the Association of Alternative Newsmedia and The Media Consortium.
To date, LETTERS TO THE FUTURE has attracted letters
…From writers across North America
Jane Smiley, Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner
West America was once a beautiful place—not the parched desert landscape that it is now. Where you see abandoned, flooded cities, we saw smooth beaches and easy waves.
T.C. Boyle, Author, Winner of PEN/Faulkner Award, Finalist for the National Book Award
At least you don’t have to worry about abattoirs, piggeries, feed lots, bovine intestinal gases and the like—or, for that matter, the ozone layer, which would have been long gone by the time you started walking on two legs.” (T.C. Boyle wrote his LETTER TO THE FUTURE to… rats.)
Kim Stanley Robinson, Author, Nebula and Hugo Award Winner
Dear Great-Great-Grandchildren, I’ve been worried about you for a long time. But recently I’ve seen signs that we might give you a better result. At this moment the issue is still in doubt. But a good path leading from me to you can be discerned.
…as well as performing artists
Nitanju Bolade Casel, Member of the Grammy Award-Winning Troupe Sweet Honey in the Rock
Please know that there were also visionaries who worked endlessly for positive changes in this world—changes to benefit the many, not just the few; you may have to do the same.
David Harrington, Violinist, Artistic Director, Kronos Quartet
All those who object to the unsurvivable situation humanity faces must mobilize every available resource to circumvent dire shortsightedness.
…To those active in the world of politics
Annie Leonard, Story of Stuff and Exec Director, Greenpeace USA
“Paris … paved the way for an era of unprecedented innovation, as entrepreneurs and academics fine-tuned the best ways to harness the unlimited power of our wind, waves and sun.”
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, United States Senator from Nevada
You deserve a chance to experience the beautiful world that I grew up in. ... The idea that our actions could jeopardize your future was simply unbearable.
Bill McKibben, Author, Educator and Environmentalist
By the time the great Paris climate conference of 2015 rolled around, many of us were inclined to cynicism.
Sen. Kevin de León, President Pro Tempore, CA State Senate
This fight is larger than me, larger than any industry, state or nation. It’s about you and the future of your family.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

It's true. Canada now has a federal ministry of "climate change"

The Ministry of the Environment, under incoming prime ministry Justin Trudeau, is now renamed Ministry of "Environment and Climate Change" (LINK-media-article).

There you have it. Minister Catherine McKenna (my home riding in Ottawa!) will be in charge of managing climate change for Canada.

Her success will presumably be measured in degrees Celcius? And her training as a lawyer will certainly be of value.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It was obvious! The coal will not be left in the ground

By Denis G. Rancourt

In my February 2007 essay "Gobal Warming: Truth or Dare?" I predicted:

"In this world, before renewable sources become the new basis of global economic extortion, oil exploration will be extended to every sensitive ecosystem on the globe and the world’s massive coal reserves will be liquefied and gasified. There are enough coal reserves to keep the wheels of corporate exploitation turning for another 1000 years or so at the present rate."

Today Reuters reported:

"[I]n Asia alone this year power companies are building more than 500 coal-fired plants, with at least a thousand more on planning boards. Coal is not only cheaper than natural gas, it is often available locally and has no heavy import costs."

This occurs as the US is attempting to use carbon panic (global "climate mitigation") as coercion to impede and exploit the emergence of BRICS et al., with the overly enthusiastic collaboration of too many American and European middle-class citizens who irrationally fear a planetary collapse induced by atmospheric CO2.

Related 2015 essay: "Climate Stupidity and Human Survival"