Month: May 2019

Summer Rates Kick In At The Greenland Country Club

Today is the first day of meteorological summer, and temperatures at The Greenland Country Club have warmed up to a balmy -27C (-17F.)  Summer greens fees now apply, but do not include treatment for frostbite and medical evacuation. Ask about our senior discount.

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May 31, 2019 at 11:46PM

Several coldest May mornings on record in Australia

Several May temperature records – at least one more than a century old – were broken in southern Queensland overnight.

Applethorpe, Oakey and Dalby all suffered their coldest May mornings on record.

The temperature plummeted to -6.1 C in Applethorpe, –2.1 C below its previous record set 13 years ago.

Oakey dropped to -4.4, 0.3 of a degree cooler than its old record set in 2006.

Dalby had its coldest morning since 1911, recording -3.6.

Southern Queensland towns record coldest May morning

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-31/cold-morning-in-southern-queensland/11166790

Thanks to Darren Mac for this link

“Unusual for the abc to report on cold temps,’ says Darren. “I guess we better get used to it.”

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May 31, 2019 at 09:34PM

“Peak Negativity”: Climate Fear Doesn’t Work Unless you also Tell People What to Do

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World Energy Consumption. Notice the thin green smear on the bottom, the outcome of all the billions spent to date on renewables. By Con-structBP Statistical Review of World Energy 2017, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

According to The Conversation, there is no point journalists frightening people into obedience if they don’t also include clear instructions on what they should do to alleviate that fear.

Climate change or climate crisis? To really engage people, the media should talk about solutions

May 30, 2019 10.33pm AEST

Dimitrinka Atanasova Lecturer in Linguistics, Lancaster University
Kjersti Fløttum
Professor of Linguistics, University of Bergen

Days after the British parliament declared a “climate emergency”, The Guardian announced that it would start using “stronger” language to discuss the environment. Its updated style guide states that “climate change” no longer accurately reflects the seriousness of the situation and journalists are advised to use “climate emergency”, “climate crisis” or “climate breakdown” instead.

But the “strong” language of “breakdown”, “crisis”, “emergency” and “war” may have unintended consequences.

Fear appeals might also have the opposite effect to what is intended, causing indifference, apathy and feelings of powerlessness. When people see a problem as too big, they might stop believing that anything can be done to solve it. If fear is to motivate people, then studies suggest that a solution must also be presented to focus minds on action.

Informing people about wars, crises and emergencies is an important part of the media’s role, but we may have reached “peak negativity”, where the news is so full of serious crises that people are increasingly avoiding it. They are left feeling disengaged, demotivated and depressed about the state of the world and their role in it.

Constructive journalism should take a solution-focused approach that covers problems with the appropriate seriousness, but also answers the inevitable “what now?”, by describing how similar problems have been addressed elsewhere in the world. Awareness of climate change is high and growing, but the potential solutions need more attention.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/climate-change-or-climate-crisis-to-really-engage-people-the-media-should-talk-about-solutions-118004

Leaving aside the in my opinion repugnantly casual academic acceptance of climate fear campaigns as a political tool, the real reason none of this is working is that climate scientists and greens don’t have any solutions to their fake emergency.

Greens won the battle. For decades greens held the upper hand. In some countries they still hold the upper hand. They successfully convinced Western and even some Asian governments to squander billions, maybe even trillions of dollars on their useless “solutions”.

The result has been less than impressive. All we have to show for all that money and sacrifice is unaffordable electricity bills in the places which spent the most money on green energy, and soaring global reliance on cheap fossil fuel (see the graph at the top of the page).

People aren’t fools. On some level I suspect most people are aware renewable energy is an utter failure.

Unless greens think of something new, presenting more of the same failed green “solutions” to their fake emergency is going to create the very despair they claim they want to avoid, the kind of despair which keeps green voters at home on election day.

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May 31, 2019 at 08:08PM

Polar bear habitat update: open water primarily due to winds pushing pack ice

Here is a look at what polar bear habitat looks like this year at the end of May compared to previous years. It helps put any predictions of impending doom into perspective.

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This is the time year when declining sea ice gets some people all worked up. However, declining ice is normal at this time of year and there is always variation in where the most open water appears first. At this time of year, there isn’t much ice ‘melt’ going on. Rather, what we are seeing is the opening up of shore leads and polynyas by winds.

Sea ice in Canada at 31 May

This year, as usual, open water increases with the expansion of persistent polynyas due to winds and currents. These areas increase the extent of ice edges and provide polar bears with more hunting habitat (because seals congregate near open water). This year, there is less open water in Hudson Bay than there has been in years at end of May:

Sea ice Canada 2019 May 31

Most similar recent year was 2016 for open water in the Beaufort Sea, although Hudson Bay is opening up much more slowly:

Sea ice extent Canada 2016 May 31 CIS

Compare to other recent years including 2018, 2017, 2015:

Sea ice Canada 2018 May 31

Chart for 2017 is for 29 May (31 not available):

Sea ice Canada 2017 May 29

Ice loss in Hudson Bay at the end of May was most pronounced in 2015:

Sea ice Canada 2015 May 31_CIS

Sea ice globally at 30/31 May (MAISE archive)

masie_all_zoom_4km 2019 May 30

2016 (below) was very similar to this year in total extent (11.0 mkm2) but the distribution was a bit different:

masie_all_zoom_4km 2016 May 31

Back in 2006 (below), sea ice extent at this date was higher but not by much (11.5 mkm2), see close up here:

Sea ice global at 30 May 2006 MASIE day 150_11.5mkm2

2015 (below) was about the same as 2006 but with less ice in Hudson Bay and more in the Chukchi Sea:

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masie_all_zoom_4km 2016 May 31

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May 31, 2019 at 07:35PM