6th October - Today's News

Baby woolly mammoth provides secrets of survival in Ice Age

Havoc as gales sweep Yorkshire

In northern Queensland: scorcher points to hellish summer whilst in New Zealand, snow-hit highways to re-open.

Tropical storm hovers near Luzon; super-typhoon threatens Japan - possibly heading for Tokyo.

More on the Svensmark cosmic ray/cloud theory as latest research suggests that cosmic ray decreases affect atmospheric aerosols and clouds.
Averaging satellite data on the liquid-water content of clouds over the oceans, for the five strongest Forbush decreases from 2001 to 2005, the DTU team found a 7 per cent decrease, as mentioned earlier. That translates into 3 billion tonnes of liquid water vanishing from the sky. The water remains the-re in vapour form, but unlike cloud droplets it does not get in the way of sunlight trying to warm the ocean.

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"The effect of the solar explosions on the Earth's cloudiness is huge," Henrik Svensmark comments. "A loss of clouds of 4 or 5 per cent may not sound very much, but it briefly increases the sunlight reaching the oceans by about 2 watt per square metre, and that's equivalent to all the global warming during the 20th Century."
The problem there is that, as many AGW sceptics are fond to point out, there was no warming between 2001 and 2005 ......

Meanwhile, there's still time to cut the risk of climate catastrophe, study shows - though not for those hundreds (thousands?) who have already perished this year in floods and landslides accentuated by ill conceived mass deforestation....

NASA ice campaign takes flight in Antarctic

Air pollution worse on one side the street - by why should I have to risk life and limb crossing a road just so that I can breathe without choking? Interestingly, the worse place I've ever encountered for traffic fumes was the long bridge across the Taw in Barnstable. I have no idea why it was so bad there.

Logbooks may yield climate booty

Weather aids defence of Calif. mountain town

And finally, Fish gets reeled in by GMTV - Micheal is to present the forecasts on the morning TV programme for the week covering the 22nd anniversary of the Oct 1987 storm - the one for which everyone remembers his comment about 'no hurricane coming' but conveniently forget the details of - in which he forecast heavy rain and gales. There was, of course, no hurricane. But there was a 'sting jet' - a phenomena we simply didn't know of at the time and thus not possible to predict.

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