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The 'War on Climate Change' is coming...again

War on Climate Change
© Off-Guardian
Last week, a senior member of Parliament for the UK's Labour Party went on television demanding the UK - maybe even the entire world - be on a "war-like footing" to combat climate change.

Speaking on the BBC's flagship political magazine Newsnight, Barry Gardiner MP argued for unity of purpose against climate change's "existential threat":
"...if this were a war we wouldn't be arguing about whether the Labour strategy or the Tory strategy were better, we would be working together to try and win [...] Well, it is a war. It is a war for survival and climate change threatens everything [...] So actually instead of playing party political games about who is up, who is down, what we need to be doing is saying let's get together, let's mobilise on a war footing and that is what is needed..."
Two days later, the exact same thoughts were expressed in a Financial Times column by Camilla Cavendish, former head of David Cameron's Downing Street policy unit and Kennedy School of Government alumnus:
The answer is surely to invoke a wartime spirit, and make the fight against climate change a joint endeavour against a common enemy. If the public and political will is there, human ingenuity can prevail, with remarkable speed. In the second world war, America transformed its manufacturing base to produce tanks and ammunition. The Covid pandemic resulted in the discovery and development of vaccines at scale, saving millions of lives.
It's interesting to note the comparison to Covid, but we'll come back that.

The campaign isn't isolated to the UK, in fact it kicked off on the other side of the Atlantic, with the Inquirer running an article headlined "President Biden should address the nation and declare war...on climate change" on July 16th, which argued:
Biden and his aides need to grab that metaphorical bullhorn and call the TV networks to announce a prime-time address from the Oval Office that will declare a national emergency — in essence, a state of war — to fight climate change.
Joe Biden himself called climate change an "existential threat" on July 27th.

The invocation of metaphorical war is of course nothing new.

"War" is a very important word in the world of politics and propaganda. It has - or is assumed to have - an immediate effect on the collective public mind; an instant connection to generations of shared memories, that promotes feelings of conformity and solidarity.

Some psychological study or focus group clearly figured this out decades ago, and as such the word "war" is frequently used to control narratives.


Snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California sits at an astounding 1,000% of normal

The Sierra Nevada Mountains are currently holding a staggering 1,000% of normal snow water equivalents as of July 21, 2023, following a historic winter season.

The last time the Sierra Nevada saw such a significant late summer snowpack was over a decade ago, in 2011, when late spring storms combined with intense snowfall throughout the season contributed to a similar late-summer snow accumulation. Since then, there have been only two other years, 2017 and 2019, when any snowpack was documented in July.


Cobalt carnage, child labor and ecological destruction

Horrific for cell phones, worse for electric vehicles, calamitous under Net Zero.
Child Labor
© Watts Up with That
Global cobalt demand soared with the advent of cell phones and laptop computers. It exploded with the arrival of electric vehicles and now is skyrocketing in tandem with government EV mandates and subsidies. Cobalt improves battery performance, extends driving range and reduces fire risks.

Demand will reach stratospheric heights if governments remain obsessed with climate change and Net Zero. States and nations would have to switch to electric cars, trucks, buses and tractors; end coal and gas electricity generation; convert gas furnaces, water heaters and stoves to electricity; and provide alternative power for windless, sunless periods. Electricity generation would triple or quadruple.

Weather-dependent wind turbines and solar panels would require billions of battery modules, to stabilize power grids and avoid blackouts every time wind and sunshine don't cooperate.

All that Net Zero transformation equipment - plus transmission lines, substations and transformers - will require billions of tons of cobalt, lithium, copper, nickel, graphite, iron, aluminum, rare earths and other raw materials at scales unprecedented in human history. That will necessitate mining, ore processing, manufacturing, land disruption and pollution at equally unprecedented levels.

Just President Biden's first tranche of US offshore wind turbines (30,000 megawatts by 2030) will require some 110,000 tons of copper, for the turbines alone. Transmission lines, transformers and batteries are extra. Based on average global ore concentrations, getting that copper would require extracting 40,000,000 tons of surface rock (overburden) and 25,000,000 tons of copper ore.

But those 2,500 12-megawatt 800-foot-tall turbines would provide barely enough electricity to power New York state on a hot summer day, if the wind is blowing, and before its Net Zero mandates kick in.


Sea ice extent above average around Svalbard Norway despite high sea surface temperature in northern Atlantic

Polar bears
© Bonnie Jo Mount
Polar bear habitat around Svalbard Norway above average despite high temps in N. Atlantic

Sea ice extent for Svalbard was above average yesterday and has been since 17 July, despite "record-breaking" sea surface temperatures in June.

Comment: Meanwhile down in Antarctica, which is in the middle of winter, record cold temperatures have been documented. The claim that 'sea ice extent continues to plummet' there is likely to be untrue (see Tony Heller's tweet).

Some researchers propose that the higher than average sea surface temperatures could be due to less cloud cover than usual, whereas higher than usual water temperatures overall may be, in some instances, due to increased activity of submarine volcanoes: 'Unheard of' marine heatwave off UK and Irish coasts poses serious threat


Mount Hutt Ski Resort in New Zealand gets big snow dump of over 39 inches

Mt Hutt received 70 cm (28 inches) of snow in the last 24 hours.

Mt Hutt received 70 cm (28 inches) of snow in the last 24 hours.
After a slow start to the season in New Zealand, the Snow Gods have finally blessed the 'Land of the Long White Cloud' with a big snow dump. A classic cold front hit with wind, rain, and snow sweeping across both the North and South Island and bringing a much-needed snow dump to Mount Hutt Ski Resort.

So far, the south-west of both islands was hit by the highest precipitation, with the majority of snow falling on the South Island and only a trace of snow on the North Island. The storm is supposed to last until Wednesday and bring more snow to all ski areas before it clears. The low-pressure system is expected to stay in the area for the week.

Mt Hutt received the lion-share of this snow dump, with 70 cm (28 inches) of snow falling at the base area of this Canterbury region ski area. It is estimated that more than 1m (39 inches) fell at the summit, but the heavy snowfalls mean that avalanche danger is considerable, and the resort is closed today. Mt Hutt's mountain crew will be working throughout the day and night to get the resort ready to open tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25, 2023.


Summer snow in the Dolomites and Alps in Europe

Fresh snow at Marmolada, Dolomiti, Italy.

Fresh snow at Marmolada, Dolomiti, Italy.
Marmolada, the highest ridge in the Dolomites, Italy, woke up this morning to a dusting of fresh snow. Marmolada is part of the Dolomiti Superski ski area, one of the largest ski areas in the world. The Dolomites are considered the most stunning mountains in the world and are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ski area consists of 15 ski resorts that offer 1,200 km (750 miles) of groomed slopes serviced by 450 cutting-edge mountain lifts.

The Marmolada ridge sits at 3,265 m (10,712 ft) and is known as the 'Queen of the Dolomites' (in Italian "La Regina delle Dolomiti"). Punta Penia is the highest peak in the Marmolada range, stretching out to 3,342 m (10,964 ft). The video below and pictures above were taken at Punta Penia.

Dolomiti Superski is part of IKON Pass and IKON passholders get seven days of unrestricted access to any of the 15 resorts in the ski area. Base Pass and Base Pass Plus holders get five days of access without any blackout days.

Comment: Meanwhile at the same time came some images on social media of snowfall in the Alps:

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The Lancet distorts the data to make heat deaths look worse...

What do you do when not enough people die to suit your religion? Distort the axis and hope no one notices.

Welcome to government-science, where one of top journals in the world uses graphic design tricks for political convenience. In this graph from the paper, 10 excess deaths from the heat looks "bigger" than 50 excess deaths from cold. Isn't the whole point of a graph so we can compare the bars "at a glance"?

Björn Lomborg corrected this with chart on right. Doesn't that tell a different story?

Thanks to Patrick Moore @EcoSenseNow:

The journal Lancet published the chart on left with unequal Y-Axis to downplay fact that cold causes 10X more deaths than heat in Europe. ...This is disgraceful for a supposedly scientific journal.
Heat / Cold Graph
© joannenova.com
Björn Lomborg's version shows us exactly how important heat deaths are. It's no small thing. The news outlets are filled with heatwave porn trying to scare people about normal weather, while politicians try to justify spending billions to "cool" the world. These graphs hide the crime — increasing the cost of energy will kill far more than mythical cooling could ever save.


Day and night Phoenix has sweltered from heat that will break a record for American cities

phoenix heat wave
© AP
A digital billboard displays the temperature in downtown Phoenix on Monday, July 17, 2023.
Phoenix's relentless streak of dangerously hot days was finally poised to smash a record for major US cities on Tuesday, the 19th straight day the desert city was to see temperatures soar to 110 degrees Fahrenheit or more.

Nighttime has offered little relief from the brutal temperatures. Phoenix's low of 95 F on Monday was its highest overnight low ever, toppling the previous record of 93 F set in 2009. It was the eighth straight day of temperatures not falling below 90 F, another record.

It's "pretty miserable when you don't have any recovery overnight," said National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Salerno.

Comment: See also:


Temperature extremes: China shatters all-time high temperature record with a sizzling 52.2C

China recorded its highest-ever temperature on Sunday amid blistering heatwaves that have been shattering records all summer in the country and across the globe.

The remote Sanbao township in the Turpan depression of Xinjiang saw temperatures climb up to 52.2C.

Sunday's temperature broke the previous record of 50.3C, measured in 2015 near Ayding in the depression, a vast basin of sand dunes and dried-up lakes more than 150 metres below sea level.

China has been hit by a series of climate disasters this year with ongoing heatwaves shattering record after record, extreme rainfall prompting floods and landslides and tropical storm Talim making landfall on Monday.

The record 50C temperature comes after China's Mohe, in Heilongjiang province, recorded temperatures of minus 53C in January amid an extreme cold spell.

Better Earth

Another 'unprecedented marine heatwave', this time around the coast of Florida

marine heatwave florida
Sea surface temperatures around parts of Florida and the Bahamas are warmer than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, shown here in shades of purple.
A sudden marine heat wave off the coast of Florida has surprised scientists and sent water temperatures soaring to unprecedented highs, threatening one of the most severe coral bleaching events the state has ever seen.

Sea surface temperatures around Florida have reached the highest levels on record since satellites began collecting ocean data. And the warming is happening much earlier than normal - yet another example of ocean heat being amplified by the human-caused climate crisis and the extreme weather it brings.

Comment: Just over a month ago there was an 'unheard of' marine heatwave off UK and Irish coasts , could the two be related?At least in the case of the event near Ireland, the most reasonable explanation seems to be that this heat may have been emanating from the depths of the ocean: 19,000 previously unknown undersea volcanoes revealed by satellite data

"We didn't expect this heating to happen so early in the year and to be so extreme," Derek Manzello, a coordinator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coral Reef Watch, told CNN. "This appears to be unprecedented in our records."