30th January - Today's News: Fat Aussies Threatened by Extreme Weather

If you want to survive wild weather, get fit!  Ill-prepared, fat Aussies under threat from extreme weather

Amber warning as high winds batter north and west Scotland - just a run of the mill winter storm.  Meanwhile flood warnings issued for Wales.  And my garden it now quite waterlogged.  More rain expected this week .....

Britain in the snow seen from above - clearly showing a green Vale of Evesham (apart from the summit of Bredon)!

Some research from the UEA which I think is a little misleading: why flying could produce less carbon than taking a bus.   It doesn't.  The (arguably) unnecessary CO2 emissons are still produced.  Carbon trading schemes just mean people make money out of it.  CArbon trading will, I am quite sure, eventually be seen as the biggest con of the early 21st century and as helpful in cutting carbon emissions as sticking a dead politician's head in a bucket of sand.   

Spring may come earlier to North American forests, increasing uptake of carbon dioxide.   Makes sense: earlier spring means a longer growing season and more CO2 uptake: a natural negative feedback.   I bet the models don't take that into account .....

And as we approach the 60th anniversary of Britain's worst modern era natural disaster, lessons of the 1953 east coast of England flood disaster


  1. Carbon cycle models probably take the earlier spring into account, but not all models model the carbon cycle.

    However, much of the carbon taken up in spring is released in Autumn. You can see this in the Mauna Loa record in the annual cycle. AS the N hemispere has more vegetation than the S hemispere, the CO2 level goes down in the N hemisphere spring and up again in N hemisphere autumn.

    Analysis of this cycle (on tamino's Open Mind, a couple of years back) shows that the autumn rise has stayed roughly the same, whereas the spring drop has moved to a few days earlier in the year. Thus the annual cycle has been altered with the trough widened a little. The differences are not really ver noticeable and I'd expect, unnoticeable really.



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