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Comment Re:Climate trolls consistently misleading (Score 1) 319

Why do you believe (yes, believe is the correct word) that the records are broken on longer timescales than the instrumental one?

Example: Satellites are showing ice loss in the arctic. The satellite coverage begins in 1979.

We know from proxies that the arctic was possibly ice free in the summer during the Holocene Optimum - that's within the least 12000 years.

We know from proxies that the arctic was most certainly ice free during the last interglacial, the Eemium.

Thus, whenever someone says "records" - you need to ask yourself at which timescale. The Earth cares very little for human life spans.

Comment Re:Whatever happened to Science? (Score 2) 319

On the contrary a leading theory of how reglaciation happens is because of ice melt in the arctic due to warm water influx. The Eemian had a "warm pulse" just before it plunged back into full glaciation.

See Late Eemian warming in the Nordic Seas as seen in proxy data and climate models (Born, Nisancioglu. Risebrobakken)

Comment Re:Climate trolls consistently misleading (Score 1) 319

Record storms, droughts, floods, forest fires, and heat waves are costing hundreds of billions and tens of thousands of lives right now.

Record as to compared to what?

30 years?
60 years?
120 years?
1000 years?

Here's a good read of _documented_ (i.e, written down, well sourced) weather from all over the world for the last 2000 years. It's quite eye opening.


Comment Re:"...need to be prepared..." (Score 1) 382

If you want to talk about paleo-climate, realise that the industrial revolution looks like an asteroid strike in the fossil record.


Mostly due to the difference in resolution between the proxies used for paleo-climate and today's instrumental measurements of course.

Comment Re:"I am about to be killed, tortured, or exiled," (Score 1) 706

Did you take the time to look up how many countries consider laws at home to apply to their citizens when they're abroad?

I'm Swedish - smoking cannabis is illegal (very much so, it's considered to be the same as shooting heroin) here. However, if I get stopped on the streets of southern Sweden and taken in for a urine test, all I have to say is that I was recently in Amsterdam and smoked it there.

You see, the laws of Sweden applies ... well, in Sweden. When I'm in another country I'm expected to follow the laws there.

Comment "Recorded history" (Score 1) 390

"If you go back thousands of years, you see that droughts can go on for years if not decades, and there were some dry periods that lasted over a century, like during the Medieval period and the middle Holocene [the current geological epoch, which began about 11,000 years ago]. The 20th century was unusually mild here, in the sense that the droughts weren’t as severe as in the past. It was a wetter century, and a lot of our development has been based on that.

If you look at the archaeological record, you see that the Native American population in the West expanded in the wet years that preceded those long droughts in the Medieval period. Then during the droughts, they were pretty much wiped out. There was the so-called Anasazi collapse in the Southwest about 800 years ago. In some ways, I see that as an analogy to us today."

Anyone who wasn't expecting a multi year drought in California obviously didn't study history.

Comment Re:Thanks, I'll pass (Score 3, Informative) 66

I support the Pirate Party, but I'm wary of any "news service" run specifically by any political party.

Thank you for your support, it's much appreciated. However, Falkvinge's news service isn't in any way affiliated with the Swedish Pirate Party (or any other Pirate Party as far as I know). Interests and viewpoints might of course overlap regardless.

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