Monday, August 19, 2019

ABC's Icelandic glacier coverage is not OK

ABC report that a plaque is to be placed near the summit of the OK Volcano to mark the purported "official" death of Iceland's first glacier, the Ok Glacier which sits in the vent of a shield volcano. "Death" of the glacier is attributed to modern global warming.

Unfortunately, ABC lets down its audience (as usual) in failing to critically examine the claims made. It took us less than 5 minutes online to find out that about 90% of the OK glacier vanished between 1901 and 1945 well before the onset of late 20th-century global temperature increases. Here's what the publication Glaciers of Iceland has to say about the OK glacier...

"Thoroddsen described the glacier as a regularly-shaped, snow-white mound, like an eggshell, although further down its flanks it was succeeded by scattered patches of snow which gave the mountain the appearance of a spotted leopard. No individual outlet glaciers crept down from the glacier and all its meltwater runoff seeped into the dolerite lava. The ice cap is depicted as being about 38 km2 on Thoroddsen's geological map from 1901, but on the map of the Danish General Staff from 1910, it was only around 15 km2, and only 5 km2 on the map of 1945; the glacial patch had a surface area of just over 3 km2 on an aerial photograph from 1978, just less than 2 km2 on a satellite picture from 2004, and it has been reduced even more since then, the crater at the top of the lava dome now glacier-free."

Here's a graphical indication of when most of the glacier loss occurred in relation to the Global Mean Temperature anomaly. Seems the OK Glacier died quite some time ago!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Ayers Rock Climb; don't expect balanced coverage from #theirabc

The fight to save one of the world's most renowned walking experiences is only just beginning. For historical information about the Climb that is not likely to get wide  any coverage on the ABC visit

Trying to get positive changes at the ABC appears to be a lost cause but we may still be able to stop political correctness, myth and superstition, and petty bureaucracy from making the world a worse place and save that iconic natural experience at the heart of the continent. With that in mind posting here will be infrequent. Make sure to follow us at the Right to Climb Blog.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Missing News: Quality control needed in environmental research

Another missing story:

The need for a formalised system of Quality Control for environmental policy-science


Research science used to inform public policy decisions, herein defined as “Policy-Science”, is rarely subjected to rigorous checking, testing and replication. Studies of biomedical and other sciences indicate that a considerable fraction of published peer-reviewed scientific literature, perhaps half, has significant flaws. To demonstrate the potential failings of the present approaches to scientific Quality Control (QC), we describe examples of science associated with perceived threats to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Australia. There appears a serious risk of efforts to improve the health of the GBR being directed inefficiently and/or away from the more serious threats. We suggest the need for a new organisation to undertake quality reviews and audits of important scientific results that underpin government spending decisions on the environment. Logically, such a body could also examine policy science in other key areas where governments rely heavily upon scientific results, such as education, health and criminology.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Missing News: Solar impact on climate seven times greater than climate models suggested

Wow, Great Story from Graham Lloyd at the Oz about a new paper by an ABC missing voice Henrik Svensmark:

The impact of changes in solar activity on Earth’s climate was up to seven times greater than climate models suggested according to new research published today in Nature Communications.
Researchers have claimed a breakthrough in understanding how cosmic rays from supernovas react with the sun to form clouds, which impact the climate on Earth.
The findings have been described as the “missing link” to help resolve a decades long controversy that has big implications for climate science.
Lead author, Henrik Svensmark, from The Technical University of Denmark has long held that climate models had greatly underestimated the impact of solar activity.
He says the new research identified the feedback mechanism through which the sun’s impact on climate was varied.
Read the rest at the link above, or at you won't read this on "our" ABC.


Increased ionization supports growth of aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei
H. Svensmark 1, M.B. Enghoff 1, N.J. Shaviv2 & J. Svensmark1,3
Ions produced by cosmic rays have been thought to influence aerosols and clouds. In this study, the effect of ionization on the growth of aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei is investigated theoretically and experimentally. We show that the mass-flux of small ions can constitute an important addition to the growth caused by condensation of neutral molecules. Under present atmospheric conditions the growth rate from ions can constitute several percent of the neutral growth rate. We performed experimental studies which quantify the effect of ions on the growth of aerosols between nucleation and sizes >20 nm and find good agreement with theory. Ion-induced condensation should be of importance not just in Earth’s present day atmosphere for the growth of aerosols into cloud condensation nuclei under pristine marine conditions, but also under elevated atmospheric ionization caused by increased supernova activity.

Friday, November 17, 2017

ABC alarm: OMG Coffee will be gone!!!!

ABC post this alarmist piece from activist Molly Harriss Olson, CEO of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand.

Why your morning coffee will taste different and cost more

Molly's introduction:

The countless cups of coffee downed during the UN's COP23 climate summit in Bonn may seem insignificant.But if coffee consumption has any message, it is that climate change is personal.
Worldwide, more than 2.75 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. Half of all Australians love a good coffee to kick-start each morning. Yet, as climate change influences weather patterns around the world, coffee yields and quality are already suffering, and pests and diseases are on the rise.

"Already suffering". Simple Fact check using production figures from the International Coffee Organisation shows production figures over the last few decades have improved significantly, during a time of rising temperatures.
Testing my morning brew reveals a good tasting cup of joe.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Anti - science

ABC cover the idiot Greens extension of a ban on GM crops in SA. The report lacks any inquiry into the long term consequences for SA. Looks like they'll be starving in the dark.

LINK to very ordinary report that does not ask any hard questions:
Genetically-modified crop ban extension in South Australia to 2025 passes Upper House by single vote

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Missing News: Killing an Australian Icon

No mention by the ABC of news from Alice Springs about the administrative murder of a great Australian icon:

Rock climb mostly closed


The Uluru (Ayers Rock) climb was closed for parts 229 days of the 273 days between January 1 and September 30 this year. That’s 84% of the days.

The reasons for the closures include wind, rain, storms or extreme temperatures, according to Parks Australia, the Federal instrumentality that manages the park. The climb is opened again when rangers deem it safe.

In January and February the climb was closed from 8am every day “due to heat” and longer on 52 of the 59 days in those two months.

A Parks spokeswoman says the climb is closed “for people’s safety” for the following reasons: If the temperature reaches 36 degrees or above; there is a greater than 20% chance of rain within three hours; there is a greater than 5% chance of thunderstorms within three hours; the estimated wind speed at the summit reaches 25 knots or above; more than 20% of the rock’s surface is wet after rain; cloud descends below the summit or for cultural reasons, for example, during a period of mourning.

During the height of the tourist season the climb was closed at some time during the following number of days: May – 20 days, June – 26, July – 10, August – 29.

The climb is now always closed at night, from about 5pm to 7am.