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It's the Holiday Season, and Global Warming Hype Is Filling the Air - Forbes

It's the Holiday Season, and Global Warming Hype Is Filling the Air - Forbes | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
T'is the season when stories of death, destruction, and the end of the world from climate change appear daily.

 

From a global warming skeptic, in Forbes Magazine.  Sample:

 

"Stories that sea levels have risen dramatically around New York City because of global warming are a bit of a stretch. The continuous record of water level at Battery Park shows a pretty steady rise of about 17 inches since 1856. About half of this was caused by the fact that the land is sinking (as shown in 2009 by S.E. Englehart in Geology). The post-1850 escape from the Little Ice Age of the 17th and 18th centuries is probably good for about a third of the remainder. That leaves a maximum six or seven inches of sea level rise remaining from human-induced warming (probably less), which is pretty small beer.

 

So, of the 17.34 foot record elevation of the station base sea level caused by Sandy, yes, a maximum of about six inches might be related to human activity. Obviously, if there were no Homo sapiens, Sandy would have caused pretty much the same overwash, with or without warmer seas."

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Geologist Proposes New Theory Behind Global Sea Level Rise

Geologist Proposes New Theory Behind Global Sea Level Rise | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

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"The gigantic stores of ice in Greenland and Antarctica melted during the last interglacial period, raising the sea level 10 meters – without any help from human interaction. According to new data, that 10 meter sea level rise took place over centuries.

 

'You can lose most of the Greenland ice cap in a few hundred years, not thousands, just under natural conditions,” says Hay. 'There’s no telling how fast it can go with this spike of carbon dioxide we are adding to the atmosphere.' "

 

Not sure how this comports with the studies showing that global warming stopped 16 years ago. http://www.scoop.it/t/conformable-contacts/p/2979134670/global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago-reveals-met-office-report-quietly-released-and-here-is-the-chart-to-prove-it)

 

 


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Geology in Motion: Frankenstein Storm: Pressure in the eye is 941 millibars--so what?

Geology in Motion: Frankenstein Storm: Pressure in the eye is 941 millibars--so what? | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

A geologist stuck in DC during the storm ponders the oddities of Sandy. 

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"The puzzles to experts, and amateurs alike, were 'why did it come so far inland so late in the year, and what's going to happen about it since most hurricanes like this head back out into the Atlantic where they peter out over the cold waters?'

 

... Meanwhile, we mull over that 20 years ago, Halloween 1991, the "Perfect Storm" unfolded almost exactly like this one."

 

Image credit: http://pmcmovieline.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/hurricane-sandy1.jpg?w=630&h=354

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Threat of heavy rain on saturated soils prompts flood, debris-flow watches and warnings

Threat of heavy rain on saturated soils prompts flood, debris-flow watches and warnings | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it
According to NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory, strong atmospheric rivers can transport water vapor equivalent to 7.5 to 15 times the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River.

 

AKA, the Pineapple Express.

 

See here for Dr. Larry Vardiman's modeling of post-Flood, warm ocean temperatures in a Pineapple Express weather pattern, which could have increased precipitation, thus enabling rapid, thick glacial accumulations: http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/arj/v3/n1/yosemite-pineapple-express

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InaSAFE 1.0 Launched

InaSAFE 1.0 Launched | Conformable Contacts | Scoop.it

"InaSAFE is a QGIS plugin (also available as a web extension for GeoNode) for assessment of scenarios following a natural disaster such as a flood, earthquake, volcano, tsunami etc."

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