Its easier for the world to accept a simple lie, rather than a complex truth
- Alexis de Tocqueville, 19th century French philosopherValentia Observatory in County Kerry provides temperature data not compromised by urban heat and for this reason is the most reliable source for temperature data in Ireland. With the media reporting on IPCC's claims for 2014 as "Hottest Year on Record" , did anybody think to check the records in Ireland themselves ? Well, Irish Energy Blog did. 30 year data for each observatory can be accessed from Met Eireann here :
The following graphs show mean maximum / minimum (Figure 1) and actual maximum /minimum (Figure 2) temperatures since 1985 :
|Fig 1: Valentia Observatory, Mean Max and Min Temperatures 1985 - 2014|
As for winter temperatures, they were relatively normal when compared with most of the preceding years.
So what do these graphs tell us - do you see a warm or even a cooling trend ? Well, I dont see any trend at all. The temperature has remained relatively consistent with a few exceptions as one would expect in a complex system like our climate. Oddly enough, this ties in with my memory of the Irish climate over the past 30 years - for example, 2013 was very warm and 2010 was indeed a very cold year.
So how rational is it for Ireland to be doing a solo run on "climate change" action ? Which, by the way, is not working, not reducing CO2 emissions (rather simply outsourcing them), leading to more inequality and helping to erode what is left of our competitiveness. Has mass hysteria and group think taken root once again in the land of Saints and Scholars ?
The Global Dimension
The following is an analysis of climate trends globally so as to put the current global warming mass hysteria into context.
One has to ask the question as to whether calculating a "global" temperature for 2014 has any meaningful value in the first place. Consider the following :
- Where do you pick your temperature measurements? Clearly if we were relying on Dublin data rather than Valentia or Armagh Castle over the second half of the twentieth century, we would come to different conclusions. This is known 'cherry picking' and adjustment of the raw data.
- Can we measure a single global temperature of relevance anyhow, when there are known annual variations and cycles in different parts of the world, in particular the El Nino Southern Oscillation.
- How can IPCC claim that 2014 was the hottest, when their 'number' was 0.04C higher than previously. You couldn't read a thermometer to that level of precision so this is a major flaw as the UK Met Office explained later :
NOAA explain that warmer global oceans accounted for much of the increased warmth during 2014 :
Much of the record warmth for the globe can be attributed to record warmth in the global oceans(link http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/)
So what actually was going on ? Well, the reality was that there was a weak El Niño in the Pacific Ocean :
Tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperature anomalies exceeded the threshold for a weak El Niño during November, with values of 0.5 to 1.0 degrees Celsius above normal. Some atmospheric indicators have also become indicative of weak El Niño, while others have remained neutral throughout the recent several months;
But while this warmth was going on in the Pacific, North America was finding it very very cold indeed :
In contrast to all other land areas around the world, much of North America had below-average temperatures for much of the year, particularly during early 2014 due to a series of cold Arctic outbreaks and a persistent dip in the jet stream that moved warm air northward into Alaska and northern Europe and cold air southward into North America and central Russia. According to Environment Canada it was the coldest meteorological winter (December 2013–February 2014) for the country since 1996, but with cold settling in before this official start to winter and remaining after its official end, Canada observed its coldest November–March since national records began in 1948. Record snowfall in some regions also accompanied the cold. Saskatoon had snow on the ground for six straight months, the longest period with continuous snow cover since records began there in 1955. The United States had its 33 coolest winter in the 120-year period of record, with many states east of the Rockies having their coldest winter since the 1970s. The ice cover over the Great Lakes was the second largest since records began in 1973 (link http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/).
The bottom line is, if there was any warming in the last 18 years, it was absolutely minuscule, despite the alarmist predictions of the IPCC's computer models. So we should just be sensible and forget about those models, as an increasing amount of people and countries are doing. At the end of the day, it is like saying alcohol causes babies, well it does, but that is missing the point, the overwhelming number of babies are natural and not influenced by alcohol - exclusively so in the Muslim world(?). So we are not entering a doomsday environmental overpopulation scenario as a result of alcohol. Similarly, the overwhelming driver of climate is natural, which these doomsday IPCC models fail to replicate, as they simply do not understand those complex and long term processes going on.
“Within a few years winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event. … Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
|From : http://oceanworld.tamu.edu/resources/oceanography-book/oceananddrought.html|
So we are going back into the cold phase, which is why Artic sea ice is now starting to increase again.
When one actually reads the IPCC's own reports, rather than media articles, you will see that IPCC acknowledge these processes and complexities in the Earth's climate (link to report):
There are fundamental limits to just how precisely annual temperatures can be projected, because of the chaotic nature of the climate system. Furthermore, decadal-scale projections are sensitive to prevailing conditions—such as the temperature of the deep ocean—that are less well known. Some natural variability over decades arises from interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land, biosphere and cryosphere, and is also linked to phenomena such as the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the North Atlantic Oscillation (see Box 2.5 for details on patterns and indices of climate variability).
The 2013 Edition of the State of Renewable Energies in Europe [link]:
- 106,757 MW of total wind energy in EU 28 by end of 2012
- 5,022 MW of offshore wind energy installed by end of 2012
- 68,906 MW of installed photovoltaic cells by end of 2012
- Cost of installing 1 MW of onshore wind energy in Germany is estimated at €1.7 million per MW[Advice given by German renewable industry that the total cost of a 2 MW turbine installation is €3 million:], would be higher in other countries due to more difficult access (roads to be completed on tops of mountains in peat soil, etc.)
- Cost of offshore wind is recognised at between €3 to €4 million per MW[1,567 MW worth between €4.6 billion and €6.4 billion, were fully grid connected between 1 January and 31 December 2013]
- Cost of solar PV[link]:
- Assume an average of $7.5 per W, €6.25 per W. €6.25 million per MW.
- Total: (68,906 x 6.25) + (101,735 x 1.7) + (5,022 x 3.5) = €621,189 million.