The mother of all hockey sticks

Image credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Words are not really necessary to accompany this image but, if you want some, feel free to go and read ‘The Last Time CO2 Was This High Humans Did Not Exist” by Andrew Freedman on the Climate Central website. However, what I would really like to know is how anyone could possibly think that, since the Industrial Revolution, the Earth’s climate would not have been impacted by: – a sevenfold increase in the the human population; – a similar increase in the number of methane-producing livestock; – a super-exponential increase in the burning of fossil fuels. Therefore, those who still dispute the reality of anthropogenic climate disruption have not only picked a fight with history; they have picked a fight with science – the Laws of Conservation of Energy and Mass and the concept of Entropy in particular. Defeat is therefore inevitable. The only question that remains is how bad do things have to get before they are willing to admit they are wrong? I am afraid this may be the last post on this blog for a while because – what with the all the willful blindness and ideological prejudice that seems to stop people from recognising what an Eff-ing mess humanity is in – and my as yet unresolved employment situation – I am feeling somewhat emotionally drained. However, please don’t cancel your subscription (as who knows how quickly I may recover). ———— Addendum (10:00 hrs BST 4 May 2013) I would also recommend that reader take a look at this excellent post, ‘The “hockey stick” slaps back’, on the Skepticblog website. This takes readers on a journey back in time, looking at all the palaeoclimatic reconstructions that have been done for the last million years. Somehow, I managed to be the first person to post a comment on this piece, which reads as follows:

Why not go back even further by looking at sea floor sediments too? As in, for example, Zachos et al. (2001), ‘Trends, Rhythms, and Aberrations in Global Climate 65 Ma to Present’, Science 292: 686-93. http://www.sciencemag.org/content/292/5517/686.abstract

For those that are really interested, you can get a PDF of the whole paper here. It includes many fascinating diagrams, but one of the more complicated ones has been helpfully simplified by James Hansen in his book, Storms of my Grandchildren. All the figures from the book are available here but, with regard to Zachos et al (2001), Figure 18 is the one to which I refer. This too needs few words to convey its importance: Storms Figure 18

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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18 Responses to The mother of all hockey sticks

  1. Rick, great post. But you are correct to focus on maintaining the best perspective for your immediate and near-term needs. Paul

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    • Rick Altman says:

      Thanks Paul, I hope you will return to see the important addendum I have just added. Apart from that, I will be focusing on tackling the problem that is fully within my own power to solve…

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  3. ccgwebmaster says:

    “I am afraid this may be the last post on this blog for a while because – what with the all the willful blindness and ideological prejudice that seems to stop people from recognising what an Eff-ing mess humanity is in – and my as yet unresolved employment situation – I am feeling somewhat emotionally drained.” Understandable, it’s a little like telling the tide to turn around. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cnut_the_Great#Ruler_of_the_waves Good luck on the employment front.

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  4. Patrice Ayme says:

    BTW, Rick, Cheer up! I obeyed you, me the fierce one, and put a little essay out on plutocracy, as NWO. http://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/plutocracy-new-world-order/ I have more coming up my sleeve. Thanks for latest hockey stick, I had one on my site a few months ago, not as spectacular! I think plutocrats and their lackeys have picked up a fight with the future! Once again, this is not because of a lack of understanding, but because of deliberate malfeasance. Explaining to them what they can see as well as we do will not stop them feeling they should stop splurging! PA

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  6. Reblogged this on A Little Bit Greener and commented: It is pretty discouraging. I talk to people all the time–family included–who turn willfully blind eyes to the situation. It’s sad, really. But I don’t intend to give up the fight.

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